Handbook of Bird Biology

Author: Irby J. Lovette
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118291047
Release Date: 2016-06-27
Genre: Science

Selected by Forbes.com as one of the 12 best books about birds and birding in 2016 This much-anticipated third edition of the Handbook of Bird Biology is an essential and comprehensive resource for everyone interested in learning more about birds, from casual bird watchers to formal students of ornithology. Wherever you study birds your enjoyment will be enhanced by a better understanding of the incredible diversity of avian lifestyles. Arising from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology and authored by a team of experts from around the world, the Handbook covers all aspects of avian diversity, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and conservation. Using examples drawn from birds found in every corner of the globe, it explores and distills the many scientific discoveries that have made birds one of our best known - and best loved - parts of the natural world. This edition has been completely revised and is presented with more than 800 full color images. It provides readers with a tool for life-long learning about birds and is suitable for bird watchers and ornithology students, as well as for ecologists, conservationists, and resource managers who work with birds. The Handbook of Bird Biology is the companion volume to the Cornell Lab’s renowned distance learning course, Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology.

Looking West

Author: John Darwin Dorst
Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
ISBN: IND:30000063932531
Release Date: 1999
Genre: History

The American West is a region, perhaps more than any other in the United States, that comes to us in visual terms. The grand landscapes, open vistas, and magisterial views have made the act of looking a defining feature of how we experience the West as an actual place. In Looking West, John D. Dorst examines a largely neglected pattern of seeing that stands in contrast to the universally familiar iconography.When we engage in the act of looking, contends Dorst, we inevitably do so according to historically determined patterns -- "discourses of seeing". It is a central premise of Looking West that over roughly the past one hundred years the American West, both as a physical location and as an imagined place, has been an important laboratory for the production of modern visual discourses.Through a series of Western texts -- folkloric, photographic, literary, and historical -- Dorst outlines another pattern of looking west, one characterized by optical distortion, faulty vision, and the ambiguous intersection of spectatorship, display, and covert observation. He applies the insights gained from this analysis of discursive patterns to various cultural displays located in the contemporary West. In a series of ethnographic case studies -- two folk art displays, a Western heritage theme park, and Devils Tower National Monument -- he shows how this other discourse plays out at actual sites and institutions.Dorst offers an account of visual practices that, though dressed in the images and narratives of the American West, are in fact characteristic of our modern consumer culture in general. This interdisciplinary combination of discursive analysis with ethnographic observation andmaterial culture interpretation makes Looking West an original contribution to the fields of visual culture studies, American studies, and Western studies.