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The wonder of birds : what they tell us about ourselves, the world, and a better future

Author: Jim Robbins
Publisher: Carlton, Vic. : Black Inc., an imprint of Schwartz Publishing pty Ltd, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Our relationship to birds is different from our relationship to any other wild creatures. They are everywhere and we love to watch them, listen to them, keep them as pets, wear their feathers, even converse with them. Birds, Jim Robbins posits, are our most vital connection to nature. They compel us to look to the skies, literally and metaphorically; draw us out into nature to seek their beauty; and let us  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Robbins, Jim.
Wonder of birds.
Carlton, Vic. : Black Inc., an imprint of Schwartz Publishing pty Ltd, [2017]
(OCoLC)987910150
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Robbins
ISBN: 9781925435825 1925435822
OCLC Number: 1044768037
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 331 pages) : illustrations.
Responsibility: Jim Robbins.

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Our relationship to birds is different from our relationship to any other wild creatures. They are everywhere and we love to watch them, listen to them, keep them as pets, wear their feathers, even converse with them. Birds, Jim Robbins posits, are our most vital connection to nature. They compel us to look to the skies, literally and metaphorically; draw us out into nature to seek their beauty; and let us experience vicariously what it is like to be weightless. Birds have helped us in many of our endeavors- learning to fly, providing clothing and food, and helping us better understand the human brain and body. And they even have much to teach us about being human. A natural storyteller, Robbins illuminates how qualities unique to birds make them invaluable to humankind-from the Australian brush turkey, which helped scientists discover how dinosaurs first flew, to the eagles in Washington D.C. that rehabilitated the troubled teenagers placed in charge of their care. From the ogood lucko ravens in England to the superb lyrebird, whose song is so sophisticated it can mimic koalas, crying babies and chainsaws, Robbins shows our close relationship with birds, the ways in which they are imperiled and how we must fight to save them for the sake of both the planet and humankind.

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