Earth, Water, and Sky: A Naturalist's Stories and Sketches by Paul A. Johnsgard

By Paul A. Johnsgard

"As I write this, i'm sitting in a cabin at Cedar aspect organic Station in southwestern Nebraska.... the fantastic elemental mix of earth, water, and sky round me is the house of approximately 300 species of birds, and contains certainly one of my favourite areas on this planet. the following no radio stations blare out the latest result of meaningless activities occasions ... no site visitors noises confound the senses. as a substitute the wind is the unquestioned dominating summer season impression. The prairie grasses bend willingly and gracefully earlier than it, and the leaves of the cottonwood timber convert its breezes into smooth music."

Paul Johnsgard is one among America's such a lot popular ornithologists and an international authority on waterfowl habit. In those popularly written, frequently lyrical essays, he describes a few of his such a lot attention-grabbing encounters with birds, from staring at the once a year mating screens of prairie-chickens on a hilltop in Pawnee County, Nebraska, to trying to clear up many of the mysteries surrounding Australia's approximately flightless musk duck.

Reflecting his around the globe pursuits and travels, the birds Johnsgard describes inhabit many components of the globe. Grouping the birds via the point they common most—earth, water, or sky—he weaves a wealth of exact common background into own tales drawn from a life of avian commentary. And, as an advantage, Johnsgard's attractive pen-and-ink drawings illustrate each one species he describes.

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