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What the robin knows: how birds reveal the secrets of the natural world

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A lifelong birder, tracker, and naturalist, Jon Young is guided in his work and teaching 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. Birds are the sentries—and our key to understanding the world beyond our front door. Unwitting humans create a zone of disturbance that scatters the wildlife. Respectful humans who heed the birds acquire an awareness that radically changes the dynamic. We are welcome in their habitat. The birds don't fly away. The larger animals don't race off. No longer hapless intruders, we can find, see, and engage the deer, the fox, the red-shouldered hawk—even the elusive, whispering wren. Deep bird language is an ancient discipline, perfected by Native peoples the world over. This groundbreaking book unites indigenous knowledge, scientific research, and the author's own experience of decades in the field to lead us toward a deeper connection to the animals and, in the end, a deeper connection to ourselves. Includes bird language vocalizations.

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subject_facetBird watching
Birdsongs
Natural history -- New Jersey
Nature observation
Philosophy of nature
Songbirds -- Behavior
Young, Jon, -- 1960- -- Travel -- New Jersey
title_displayWhat the robin knows : how birds reveal the secrets of the natural world
title_fullWhat the Robin Knows How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World
What the robin knows : how birds reveal the secrets of the natural world / Jon Young ; with science and audio editing by Dan Gardoqui
title_shortWhat the robin knows
title_subhow birds reveal the secrets of the natural world
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Bird watching
Birdsongs
Natural history
Nature
Nature observation
Nonfiction
Philosophy of nature
Songbirds
Travel
Young, Jon