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What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

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“Jon Young knows birds, and you will too after reading his marvelous book. You’ll discover a universal bird language that will speak to you wherever you go outdoors. Every nature lover should read this book.”—Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children and John Muir: My Life with Nature

A lifelong birder, tracker, and naturalist, Jon Young is guided 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. Deep bird language is an ancient discipline, perfected by Native peoples the world over, and science is finally 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.

“Jon Young is one of the heroes of the new nature movement . . . This elegant book will deepen the kinship between humans and other species. It decodes our common language.”—Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods

“A brilliant work, born of a lifetime of listening, teaching, and tracking what really matters . . . Jon Young’s work replenishes our humanity.”—David Abram, author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780544002302
ISBN-10: 054400230X
Pagini: 272
Ilustrații: 15 b-w drawings
Dimensiuni: 3427 x 461 x 5161 mm
Greutate: 98.76 kg
Editura: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Colecția Mariner Books
Locul publicării: United States

Recenzii

Art Wolfe Award, 1999
Advanced Praise:
"Jon Young is one of the heroes of the new nature movement, an expansion of traditional environmentalism. With What the Robin Knows, he opens a door to a universe that overlaps modern life, a world lost to most, but found by some—because of teachers like Jon. This elegant book will deepen the kinship between humans and other species. It decodes our common language."
—Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
"Here is the ancestral wisdom passed down from Apache elder Stalking Wolf to renowned tracker Tom Brown to Jon Young himself, who in turn passes on to the reader the art of truly listening to the avian soundscape. With all senses more finely tuned, you’ll find yourself more aware of your surroundings, slowing down, and reconnecting with a native intelligence and love of the natural world that lies deep within each of us."
—Donald Kroodsma, author of The Singing Life of Birds and Birdsong by the Seasons
"Jon Young knows birds, and you will, too, after reading his marvelous book. You’ll discover a universal bird language that will speak to you wherever you go outdoors. Every nature lover should read this book."
—Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children and John Muir: My Life with Nature
"What the Robin Knows is a fascinating introduction to nature study beyond putting names on what we see, not just a guide to paying attention outdoors but full of tips on how to do it. It should help us discover the world of nature around us, often glimpsed but too often overlooked. This is less a book to read than one to use, one that will enrich our hours outdoors."
—Thomas R. Dunlap, author of In the Field, Among the Feathered
“This book turns us inside out, opening our minds onto the wider mind of the land itself. It’s a brilliant work, born of a lifetime of listening, teaching, and tracking what really matters. By waking our animal senses, Jon Young’s work replenishes our humanity.”
—David Abram, author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous
" 'A Little Bird Told Me'—I always wondered what that meant. Now I know. This is the book I've been waiting for. Full of real and useful information, I can now listen to the birds and actually understand them."
—Victor L. Wooten, Five-time Grammy Award–winning musician, author of The Music Lesson, and president of Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature
"What the Robin Knows is an invitation to reclaim, remember, and deepen our relationships with our wild neighbors. Drawing on a lifetime of field experience, Jon Young's engaging stories make the invisible visible; revealing the syntax and structure of an ancient language that is vital to realigning culture and consciousness with the rhythms, patterns, and wisdom of nature."
—Matthew Kolan, Ph.D., Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont