David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place in that world. It's also a book full of entertainment and wonders. In The Song of the Dodo, we follow Quammen's keen intellect through the ideas, theories, and experiments of prominent naturalists of the last two centuries. We trail after him as he travels the world, tracking the subject of island biogeography, which encompasses nothing less than the study of the origin and extinction of all species. Why is this island idea so important? Because islands are where species most commonly go extinct -- and because, as Quammen points out, we live in an age when all of Earth's landscapes are being chopped into island-like fragments by human activity. Through his eyes, we glimpse the nature of evolution and extinction, and in so doing come to understand the monumental diversity of our planet, and the importance of preserving its wild landscapes, animals, and plants. We also meet some fascinating human characters. By the book's end we are wiser, and more deeply concerned, but Quammen leaves us with a message of excitement and hope.
This book, illustrated with 136 full-color photos and drawings, presents sensible, easy-to-follow recommendations about selecting and caring for your first budgerigar, or parakeet. It concentrates on providing readers with the information they need and want--all given in an interesting and easy to read style.
This delightful book contains a comprehensive guide to the care and management of budgies as pets. Complete with a number of heart-warming and interesting photographs of budgies, 'The Talking Budgie' is a great book for budgie enthusiasts both prospective and existing, and contains all the information necessary for the proper management of these beloved birds. The chapters of this book include: 'The Budgie as a Pet', 'Choosing your Budgie', 'Taming', 'Training', 'Teaching to Talk', 'Cages', 'Diseases', 'Breeding Cages', 'Aviaries', 'Cleanliness', 'Nest Boxes', 'Feeding', 'Bathing', 'Breeding', 'Color Breeding', and 'Salesman'. This text has been elected for modern republication due to its timeless educational value, and we are proud to republish it here complete with a new introduction on aviculture.
Katey learns of a massive corruption attempt. Spirits approach her to cooperate with them in an attempt to end it. Will the new powers she is given be of any useãand will she have the willpower to use them?
A budgie, as the common parakeet is typically called, is the subject of this Complete Care Made Easy pet guide that presents new and experienced bird keepers with insight into every aspect of selecting, caring for, and maintaining well-behaved happy pet birds. Angela Davids has written an ideal introductory pet guide, with chapters on the characteristics of the irresistible budgie, the history of budgies in the wild, selection of a healthy, typical pet bird, housing and care, feeding, training, and health care. The selection chapter offers potential owners excellent advice about selection of the color and sex, suitability of the delicate budgie with families, children, and other pets. In the chapter on housing and care, the author discusses selection of the right cage, placement of the cage, and the purchase of toys, cups, perches, and more. A bird’s diet is critical to its ongoing health, and the chapter devoted to feeding the budgie gives the reader all the info he or she needs about choosing the best diet, different types of seeds, greens, fruits, veggies, grit, as well as human foods to avoid. The chapter “Training Time” addresses finger training, towel training, perch training, and offers an easy-to-follow primer on teaching a budgie to talk. The final two chapters of the book will be useful for bird fanciers interested in learning more about the breeding and the basic color variations and genetics of this perfect beginner’s bird. The book concludes with an appendix of bird societies, a glossary of terms, and a complete index.