A World on the Wing The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

A World on the Wing  The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
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Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780393608915
Release: 2021-03-30
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company

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An exhilarating exploration of the science and wonder of global bird migration. In the past two decades, our understanding of the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to cross immense oceans, fly above the highest mountains, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch has exploded. What we’ve learned of these key migrations—how billions of birds circumnavigate the globe, flying tens of thousands of miles between hemispheres on an annual basis—is nothing short of extraordinary. Bird migration entails almost unfathomable endurance, like a sparrow-sized sandpiper that will fly nonstop from Canada to Venezuela—the equivalent of running 126 consecutive marathons without food, water, or rest—avoiding dehydration by "drinking" moisture from its own muscles and organs, while orienting itself using the earth’s magnetic field through a form of quantum entanglement that made Einstein queasy. Crossing the Pacific Ocean in nine days of nonstop flight, as some birds do, leaves little time for sleep, but migrants can put half their brains to sleep for a few seconds at a time, alternating sides—and their reaction time actually improves. These and other revelations convey both the wonder of bird migration and its global sweep, from the mudflats of the Yellow Sea in China to the remote mountains of northeastern India to the dusty hills of southern Cyprus. This breathtaking work of nature writing from Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul also introduces readers to those scientists, researchers, and bird lovers trying to preserve global migratory patterns in the face of climate change and other environmental challenges. Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork, in A World on the Wing Weidensaul unveils with dazzling prose the miracle of nature taking place over our heads.

A World on the Wing

A World on the Wing
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Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781509841042
Release: 2021-03-18
Editor: Pan Macmillan

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

‘A vaulting triumph of a book' Isabella Tree, author of Wilding Bird migration remains perhaps the most singularly compelling natural phenomenon in the world. Nothing else combines its global sweep with its inherent ability to engender wonder and excitement. The past two decades have seen an explosion in our understanding of the almost unfathomable feats of endurance and complexity involved in bird migration – yet the science that informs these majestic journeys is still relatively in its infancy. Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted writer and ornithologist Scott Weidensaul is at the forefront of this cutting-edge research, and A World on the Wing sees him track some of the most remarkable flights undertaken by birds around the world. His own voyage of discovery sees him sail through the storm-wracked waters of the Bering Sea; encounter gunners and trappers in the Mediterranean; and visit a forgotten corner of northeast India, where former headhunters have turned one of the grimmest stories of migratory crisis into an unprecedented conservation success. As our world comes increasingly under threat from the effects of climate change, these ecological miracles may provide an invaluable guide to a more sustainable future for ourselves. This is the rousing and reverent story of the billions of birds that, despite the numerous obstacles we have placed in their path, continue to head with hope to the far horizon.

A World on the Wing

A World on the Wing
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Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781760986162
Release: 2021-05-25
Editor: Picador

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

‘A vaulting triumph of a book' Isabella Tree, author of Wilding Bird migration remains perhaps the most singularly compelling natural phenomenon in the world. Nothing else combines its global sweep with its inherent ability to engender wonder and excitement. The past two decades have seen an explosion in our understanding of the almost unfathomable feats of endurance and complexity involved in bird migration – yet the science that informs these majestic journeys is still relatively in its infancy. Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted writer and ornithologist Scott Weidensaul is at the forefront of this cutting-edge research, and A World on the Wing sees him track some of the most remarkable flights undertaken by birds around the world. His own voyage of discovery sees him sail through the storm-wracked waters of the Bering Sea; encounter gunners and trappers in the Mediterranean; and visit a forgotten corner of northeast India, where former headhunters have turned one of the grimmest stories of migratory crisis into an unprecedented conservation success. As our world comes increasingly under threat from the effects of climate change, these ecological miracles may provide an invaluable guide to a more sustainable future for ourselves. This is the rousing and reverent story of the billions of birds that, despite the numerous obstacles we have placed in their path, continue to head with hope to the far horizon.

On a Wing and a Prayer

On a Wing and a Prayer
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Author: Di Websdale-Morrissey
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781925774757
Release: 2019-09-03
Editor: Text Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The thrilling tale of an aviation escapade dreamed up by Melbourne’s Lord Mayor in the 1930s: a London to Melbourne air race that captured the world’s attention and told a remarkable Australian story.

The Wall and the Wing

The Wall and the Wing
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Author: Laura Ruby
Pages: 327
ISBN: 9780060752576
Release: 2007-05-22
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In a future New York where most people can fly and cats are a rarity, a nondescript resident of Hope House for the Homeless and Hopeless discovers that although she is shunned as a "leadfoot," she has the surprising ability to become invisible. Reprint.

On the Wing

On the Wing
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Author: Alan Tennant
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780307489043
Release: 2010-03-03
Editor: Anchor

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this extraordinary journey, Alan Tennant recounts his attempt to track the transcontinental migration of the majestic peregrine falcon — an investigation no one before him had ever taken to such lengths. From the windswept flats of the Texas barrier islands to the Artic and then south again into the Caribbean, On the Wing provides a hilariously picaresque and bumpy flight.

Right Wing Women

Right Wing Women
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Author: Paola Bacchetta,Margaret Power
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781136615702
Release: 2013-01-11
Editor: Routledge

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An oft-neglected subject, right-wing women are an important component in understanding the many racist, fascist, and anti-feminist movements of the 20th century. Providing original research on an array of right-wing groups around the world, the contributors paint a disturbing and complicated portrait of the women involved in these movements. From Mussolini supporters to Klanswomen, this collection provides an eye-opening look at extremist women.

The Queen s Wing

The Queen s Wing
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Author: Jessica Thorne
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781786816177
Release: 2018-11-21
Editor: Bookouture

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‘Took my heart out of my chest, stomped on it and then put it back, while whispering, "Keep reading"… This book was amazing.’ Awesome Alitza, 5 stars 'I was born to fight,’ I used to say. But now I know it isn’t true. I was born to be a pawn in the great game of royal houses, married to someone – anyone – my family deems suitable… Bel would do anything to spend her days alongside her best friend and childhood sweetheart Shae – training in the art of ancient combat, hoping to some day live up to the legacy left by the mother she lost as a child. But when a mysterious and deadly attack on the capital lands Bel’s father unexpectedly on the throne, her life is forever changed. In order to secure her father’s new empire, Bel is forced to travel to a distant land to marry its recently widowed ruler, Conleith. For any other young woman the chance to become royalty would be a dream come true, but for Bel, the rigidity of court life is like a prison sentence. And while Conleith is an unexpectedly intriguing – and attractive – puzzle… could she ever love him when it would mean turning her back on her feelings for Shae, her first love and last connection to home? Then a brutal assassination attempt nearly takes her life, and Bel learns that there’s more on the line than just her happiness. Is it the same faceless enemy who attacked her homeland and, with dangers around every corner, who in the palace can she trust? A heart-stoppingly magical new novel that will keep you turning the pages. Perfect for fans of The Selection, Bella Forrest and Sarah J. Maas. Readers absolutely love The Queen’s Wing: ‘WOW WOW WOW, what an incredible debut… a gripping tale full of action, romance, strategy and finding the strength within… a fantastically written heroine and I was besotted with her and her story from the first chapter.’ Esotericerlixir, 5 stars ‘Oh my good lord this book was AMAZING. Bel is an absolute badass of a character, the world was so unique, and the plot was tantalizing… I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘WOW! Thorne delivers a captivating, audacious, epically written fantasy novel. I could not put this book down for so many reasons… Bel's feelings felt raw, real, and I could feel the lump in my throat every time she experienced them herself.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Hands down this is one of the best books I have read in a long time… It's breath-taking and special and legitimately made me laugh and cheer out loud and yes, cry. Must read. Must buy. Must share with everyone you know.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I haven't closed my eyes, and I'm not entirely sure I've breathed properly for at least an hour… I finished it in one sitting. I am so tired it's unreal, but it was worth it… fantastic.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I am in love with this world… kept me hooked and gripping my tablet for 4 straight hours… Battle and war, love and loss, fear and fire and triumph and loyalty… this book has something for everyone.’ Evanescent Flames Books, 5 stars 'I love the badass female characters… especially Bel, I want more of her!!... just wowed me… I can’t rave about this enough!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘This books is awesome… it’s that kind of book you wish you could erase from your memory so you can read it again and again… so so epic!!’ Rach’s Books ‘To quote Mary Poppins… this novel is, "Practically perfect in every way." This book took my heart out of my chest, stomped on it and then put it back, while whispering, "Keep reading"… reminds me of something Sarah J. Maas would write... I NEED the second one.' Awesome Alitza, 5 stars ‘A heart-stoppingly magical new novel that will keep you turning the pages. Perfect for fans of The Selection, Bella Forrest and Sarah J. Maas. This book was oh so hard to put down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

On the Wing

On the Wing
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Author: David Elliott
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781536220995
Release: 2021-01-26
Editor: Candlewick Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

David Elliott’s witty verse takes flight with gorgeous illustrations in an enchanting look at fifteen avian species for birders of all ages. Take to the sky to explore a glorious array of all things avian, from the tiny, restless hummingbird to the inscrutable horned owl to the majestic bald eagle. David Elliott and Becca Stadtlander bestow a sense of wonder onto such common birdfeeder visitors as the sparrow, the crow, and the cardinal and capture the exotic beauty of far-flung fowl like the Andean condor, the Australian pelican, and the Caribbean flamingo. Concise, clever verse from an award-winning author pairs with striking artwork from a debut illustrator to make this a true pleasure for anyone who loves birds.

The Thing on the Wing Can Sing

The Thing on the Wing Can Sing
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Author: Brian P. Cleary
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781512479287
Release: 2017-08-01
Editor: Lerner Digital ™

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Come along with me and learn all about reading! Brian P. Cleary's wacky sentences and Jason Miskimins's colorful art will make phonics fun! Find activities, games, and more at www.brianpcleary.com.

Return to Wild America

Return to Wild America
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Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781429931922
Release: 2006-10-31
Editor: North Point Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In 1953, birding guru Roger Tory Peterson and noted British naturalist James Fisher set out on what became a legendary journey-a one hundred day trek over 30,000 miles around North America. They traveled from Newfoundland to Florida, deep into the heart of Mexico, through the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, and into Alaska's Pribilof Islands. Two years later, Wild America, their classic account of the trip, was published. On the eve of that book's fiftieth anniversary, naturalist Scott Weidensaul retraces Peterson and Fisher's steps to tell the story of wild America today. How has the continent's natural landscape changed over the past fifty years? How have the wildlife, the rivers, and the rugged, untouched terrain fared? The journey takes Weidensaul to the coastal communities of Newfoundland, where he examines the devastating impact of the Atlantic cod fishery's collapse on the ecosystem; to Florida, where he charts the virtual extinction of the great wading bird colonies that Peterson and Fisher once documented; to the Mexican tropics of Xilitla, which have become a growing center of ecotourism since Fisher and Peterson's exposition. And perhaps most surprising of all, Weidensaul finds that much of what Peterson and Fisher discovered remains untouched by the industrial developments of the last fifty years. Poised to become a classic in its own right, Return to Wild America is a sweeping survey of the natural soul of North America today.

On the Wing

On the Wing
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Author: David E. Alexander
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780199996797
Release: 2015-09-02
Editor: Oxford University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Ask anybody what superpower they wished to possess and odds are the answer just might be "the ability to fly." What is it about soaring through the air held up by the power of one's own body that has captivated humans for so long? David Alexander examines the evolution of flight in the only four animals to have evolved this ability: insects, pterosaurs, birds, and bats. With an accessible writing style grounded in rigorous research, Alexander breaks new ground in a field that has previously been confined to specialists. While birds have received the majority of attention from flight researchers, Alexander pays equal attention to all four groups of flyers-something that no other book on the subject has done before now. In a streamlined and captivating way, David Alexander demonstrates the links between the tiny 2-mm thrip and the enormous albatross with the 12 feet wingspan used to cross oceans. The book delves into the fossil record of flyers enough to satisfy the budding paleontologist, while also pleasing ornithologists and entomologists alike with its treatment of animal behavior, flapping mechanisms, and wing-origin theory. Alexander uses relatable examples to draw in readers even without a natural interest in birds, bees, and bats. He takes something that is so off-limits and unfamiliar to humans-the act of flying-and puts it in the context of experiences that many readers can relate to. Alexander guides readers through the anomalies of the flying world: hovering hummingbirds, unexpected gliders (squirrels, for instance), and the flyers that went extinct (pterosaurs). Alexander also delves into wing-origin theory and explores whether birds entered the skies from the trees down (as gliders) or from the ground up (as runners) and uses the latest fossil evidence to present readers with an answer.

The Bird Is on the Wing

The Bird Is on the Wing
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Author: James R. Hansen
Pages: 273
ISBN: 1585442437
Release: 2004
Editor: Texas A&M University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The airplane ranks as one of history’s most ingenious and phenomenal inventions—and surely one of the most world-shaking. How ideas about its aerodynamics first came together and how the science and technology evolved to forge the airplane into the revolutionary machine it became is the epic story James R. Hansen tells in The Bird Is on the Wing. Just as the airplane is a defining technology of the twentieth century, aerodynamics has been the defining element of the airplane. Hansen provides an engaging, easily understandable introduction to the role of aerodynamics in the design of such historic American aircraft as the DC-3, X-1, and 747. Recognizing the impact individuals have had on the development of the field, he conveys not only a history of aircraft technology, but also a collective biography of the scientists, engineers, and designers who created the airplanes. From da Vinci, whose understanding of what it took to fly was three centuries too early for practical use, to the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers, Hansen explores the technological matrix from which aeronautical engineering emerged. He skillfully guides the reader through the development of such critical aerodynamic concepts as streamlining, flutter, laminar-flow airfoils, the mythical “sound barrier,” variable-sweep wing, supersonic cruise, blended body, and much more. Hansen’s explanation of how vocabulary and specifications were developed to fill the gap between the perceptions of pilots and the system of engineers will fascinate all those interested in how human beings have used aerodynamics to move among, and even beyond, birds on the wing.

Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights
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Author: Helen Macdonald
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780735235519
Release: 2020-08-25
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk, a brilliant and insightful work about our relationship to the natural world Our world is a fascinating place, teeming not only with natural wonders that defy description, but complex interactions that create layers of meaning. Helen Macdonald is gifted with a special lens that seems to peer right through it all, and she shares her insights--at times startling, nostalgic, weighty, or simply entertaining--in this masterful collection of essays. From reflections on science fiction to the true story of an Iranian refugee's flight to the UK, Macdonald has a truly omnivorous taste when it comes to observations of both the banal and sublime. Peppered throughout are reminisces of her own life, from her strange childhood in an estate owned by the Theosophical Society to watching total eclipses of the sun, visits to Uzbek solar power plants, eccentric English country shows, and desert hunting camps in the Gulf States. These essays move from personal experiences into wider meditations about love and loss and how we build the world around us. Whether more journalistic in tone, or literary--even formally experimental--each piece is generous, lyrical, and speaks to one another. Macdonald creates a strong thematic undertow that quietly takes the reader along piece to piece and sets them down, finally, at a place they've never been before.

Tentacle and Wing

Tentacle and Wing
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Author: Sarah Porter
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781328707338
Release: 2017
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In Sarah Porter's electric middle grade debut, twelve-year-old Ada is a Chimera, one of a number of children born with human and animal DNA thanks to a genetic experiment gone wrong. When she is shipped off to a quarantined school for other kids like herself, she senses that the facility is keeping a secret, which, if discovered, could upend everything the world knows about how Chimeras came into being.

Life on the Wing

Life on the Wing
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Author: Brutus Östling,Magnus Ullman
Pages: 203
ISBN: 0007240473
Release: 2006
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A visual guide to how birds have become the masters of the air

Warriors of Wing and Flame

Warriors of Wing and Flame
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Author: Sara B. Larson
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781250208422
Release: 2020-10-27
Editor: Tor Teen

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In Warriors of Wing and Flame, acclaimed author Sara B. Larson continues her enchanting YA fantasy duology with a timeless fairytale feel in an original voice. The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world has been reopened. Paladin are once more living in the citadel where Zuhra and Inara grew up completely isolated by the magical hedge that trapped them there. Amidst the brewing conflict between the Paladin and humans looms the threat of Barloc, who has stolen Inara’s immense power and continues to elude the Paladin who are desperately searching for him. In this sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light, Inara and Zuhra must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and for the boys who have captured their hearts. Together, they search for the strength within themselves to bridge the divide between the two worlds they inhabit, even as war threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—they love. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Wing Warrior

The Wing Warrior
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Author: Kevin Outlaw
Pages: 286
ISBN: 1480052019
Release: 2012-10-01
Editor: Createspace Independent Pub

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In a world where magic has been banned, and the legendary creatures of old are nothing more than memories, an ancient and evil force has returned. In the shadow of this terror, a young boy called Nimbus sets in motion a chain of events that arouses a leviathan from its slumber and awakens an even more sinister power within his eight-year-old sister. But Nimbus's problems don't end there: his family is falling apart, his best friend has developed a nasty streak of jealousy, and he is about to discover just how difficult it is to become a hero when you're dead. The Wing Warrior is book one of The Legend Riders, a series of exciting fantasy adventure books for children and young adults. This is an adventure where nothing is as it seems. Heroes will be found in the most unlikely places, and everyone has the potential to end up fighting for the wrong side.

On the Wing

On the Wing
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Author: Anne Waldman
Pages: 14
ISBN: STANFORD:36105040327228
Release: 1968
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Bound tête-bêche (dos-à-dos binding) with: Highjacking / Lewis Warsh ; cover by Joe. Brainard. [s.l.] : Boke Press, ©1968.

Wings Over Wing

Wings Over Wing
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Author: Michael Warth
Pages: 184
ISBN: 1903747058
Release: 2001
Editor: Unknown

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