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What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World by [Young, Jon]
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"This book will enhance our own ability to learn what the nestlings learn."- Birding Business

"Don’t tell lifelong birder Jon Young that robins are boring. He can sit still in his yard, watching and listending for the moment when robins and other birds no longer perceive him as a threat. Then he can begin to hear what the birds say to each other, warning about nearby hawks, cats, or competitors. Young’s book will teach you how you, too, can understand birds and their fascinating behaviors." - BirdWatching

"A sophisticated guide for amateur bird watchers and a door-opener for newbies." - Kirkus

"Though primarily geared toward birders and naturalists rather than lay readers, this passionate instruction manual offers enjoyable anecdotes." - Publishers Weekly 

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A lifelong birder, tracker, and naturalist, Jon Young is guided in his work and teaching by three basic premises: the robin, junco, and other songbirds know everything important about their environment, be it backyard or forest; by tuning in to their vocalizations and behavior, we can acquire much of this wisdom for our own pleasure and benefit; and the birds' companion calls and warning alarms are just as important as their songs.

Birds are the sentries—and our key to understanding the world beyond our front door. Unwitting humans create a zone of disturbance that scatters the wildlife. Respectful humans who heed the birds acquire an awareness that radically changes the dynamic. We are welcome in their habitat. The birds don't fly away. The larger animals don't race off. No longer hapless intruders, we now find, see, and engage the deer, the fox, the red-shouldered hawk—even the elusive, whispering wren.

Deep bird language is an ancient discipline, perfected by Native peoples the world over. Finally, science is catching up. This groundbreaking book unites the indigenous knowledge, the latest research, and the author's own experience of four decades in the field to lead us toward a deeper connection to the animals and, in the end, a deeper connection to ourselves.


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  • File Size: 22039 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0547451253
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547727410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547727417
  • ASIN: B005MZN22G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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