Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs by Roger Lederer audiobook

Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior

By Roger Lederer
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When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don't see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment. Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs guides the listener through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive. Like the goldfinch, which manages extreme weather changes by doubling the density of its plumage in winter. Or urban birds, which navigate traffic through a keen understanding of posted speed limits. In engaging and accessible prose, Roger Lederer shares how and why birds use their sensory abilities to see ultraviolet, find food without seeing it, fly thousands of miles without stopping, change their songs in noisy cities, navigate by smell, and much more.

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When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don't see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment. Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs guides the listener through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive. Like the goldfinch, which manages extreme weather changes by doubling the density of its plumage in winter. Or urban birds, which navigate traffic through a keen understanding of posted speed limits. In engaging and accessible prose, Roger Lederer shares how and why birds use their sensory abilities to see ultraviolet, find food without seeing it, fly thousands of miles without stopping, change their songs in noisy cities, navigate by smell, and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

An exceptional overview of the life, adaptations, and impressive skill sets of wild birds. . . . Highly recommended for all interested in natural history and the impact of humans on the natural world. Library Journal

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Author Bio: Roger Lederer

Author Bio: Roger Lederer Roger J. Lederer has taught ornithology and ecology courses, consulted for governmental agencies, environmental organizations and schools, and presented hundreds of public presentations to a wide variety of audiences. Lederer served as Chair of Biological Sciences, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Endowed Professor of Environmental Literacy, and Director of a 4000 acre ecological reserve. He has been contacted by BBC, National Geographic, National Public Radio, National Canadian Television, Vanity Fair Magazine, The Guinness Book of World Records, Real Simple Magazine, the Detroit Free Press, Voice of America, Fox TV, ABC News, Conde Nast Magazine, and many other organizations and individuals for authoritative information on wild birds via his popular website, Ornithology.com. Since 2000, Lederer has been a guest speaker on over twenty cruises, speaking on the flora, fauna, ecology and environment of the cruise destinations.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Animals
Runtime: 7.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English