In the Company of Crows and Ravens

Author: John M. Marzluff,Tony Angell

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300135268

Category: Nature

Page: 408

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“Crows and people share similar traits and social strategies. To a surprising extent, to know the crow is to know ourselves.”—from the Preface From the cave walls at Lascaux to the last painting by Van Gogh, from the works of Shakespeare to those of Mark Twain, there is clear evidence that crows and ravens influence human culture. Yet this influence is not unidirectional, say the authors of this fascinating book: people profoundly influence crow culture, ecology, and evolution as well. John Marzluff and Tony Angell examine the often surprising ways that crows and humans interact. The authors contend that those interactions reflect a process of “cultural coevolution.” They offer a challenging new view of the human-crow dynamic—a view that may change our thinking not only about crows but also about ourselves. Featuring more than 100 original drawings, the book takes a close look at the influences people have had on the lives of crows throughout history and at the significant ways crows have altered human lives. In the Company of Crows and Ravens illuminates the entwined histories of crows and people and concludes with an intriguing discussion of the crow-human relationship and how our attitudes toward crows may affect our cultural trajectory.

Trauer ist das Ding mit Federn

Author: Max Porter

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446250190

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

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Eine junge Frau ist gestorben. Ihre Kinder, zwei kleine Jungen, und ihr Mann sind noch betäubt vom Schock, haben haufenweise Beileidsbekundungen und Lasagne zum Aufwärmen entgegengenommen, die notwendigen Dinge organisiert, und nun setzt die unerträgliche Leere ein. Da klingelt es an der Tür. Totenschwarz und gefiedert bricht es herein, packt den Vater und verkündet: "Ich gehe erst wieder, wenn du mich nicht mehr brauchst." Die überlebensgroße Krähe nistet sich rücksichtslos in der Familie ein, meldet sich mit drastischem Witz zu Wort und wird dabei zu einer Art subversivem Therapeuten, eine herrlich anarchische Mary Poppins. Max Porter ist ein bildmächtiges, wildes Buch über die Trauer gelungen.

Dog Days, Raven Nights

Author: John M. Marzluff,Colleen Marzluff

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300167113

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 323

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Describes a 1988 three-year scientific project which studied the behavior of the common raven in western Maine, discussing the discoveries about ravens that resulted from the research as well as the personal experiences of the scientists involved.

A Communion of Subjects

Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics

Author: Paul Waldau,Kimberley Christine Patton

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231509979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 720

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A Communion of Subjects is the first comparative and interdisciplinary study of the conceptualization of animals in world religions. Scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including Thomas Berry (cultural history), Wendy Doniger (study of myth), Elizabeth Lawrence (veterinary medicine, ritual studies), Marc Bekoff (cognitive ethology), Marc Hauser (behavioral science), Steven Wise (animals and law), Peter Singer (animals and ethics), and Jane Goodall (primatology) consider how major religious traditions have incorporated animals into their belief systems, myths, rituals, and art. Their findings offer profound insights into humans' relationships with animals and a deeper understanding of the social and ecological web in which we all live. Contributors examine Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Daoism, Confucianism, African religions, traditions from ancient Egypt and early China, and Native American, indigenous Tibetan, and Australian Aboriginal traditions, among others. They explore issues such as animal consciousness, suffering, sacrifice, and stewardship in innovative methodological ways. They also address contemporary challenges relating to law, biotechnology, social justice, and the environment. By grappling with the nature and ideological features of various religious views, the contributors cast religious teachings and practices in a new light. They reveal how we either intentionally or inadvertently marginalize "others," whether they are human or otherwise, reflecting on the ways in which we assign value to living beings. Though it is an ancient concern, the topic of "Religion and Animals" has yet to be systematically studied by modern scholars. This groundbreaking collection takes the first steps toward a meaningful analysis.

Rabenschwarze Intelligenz

Was wir von Krähen lernen können

Author: Josef H. Reichholf

Publisher: Langen Mueller Herbig

ISBN: 3776681713

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Ein kluges Buch über kluge Tiere: Unterhaltsam vermittelt der bekannte Zoologe Wissens- und Staunenswertes. Raben können schwindeln, Gut und Böse unterscheiden, Gemeinheiten bestrafen und ein erstaun liches Gedächtnis entwickeln. Sie sind Singvögel, singen aber nicht und können die menschliche Stimme so täuschend ähnlich wie kein anderes Tier nachmachen. Kein Wunder, dass sie uns nie so recht geheuer waren, wie Mythologie und Volksglaube zeigen. An den Krähen scheiden sich die Geister: Jäger wollen sie "kurz halten", Vogelschützer sich selbst überlassen und Forscher Erkenntnisse über ihre Intelligenz gewinnen. In seinem neuen Buch erzählt Josef H. Reichholf, auch aus persönlicher Beobachtung, von den erstaunlichen Verhaltensweisen der Rabenvögel. 978-3-7766-2600-1

Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies

Author: Garry Marvin,Susan McHugh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136237879

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

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The Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies presents a collection of original essays from artists and scholars who have established themselves internationally on the basis of specific and significant new contributions to human-animal studies. It offers a broad interpretive account of the development and present configurations of the field of human-animal studies across many cultures, continents, and times.

The Wingless Crow

Author: Charles Fergus

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271033037

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

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"A collection of thirty-three essays on Pennsylvania wildlife, science, and country living"--Provided by publisher.

The Environments of Architecture

Environmental Design in Context

Author: Randall Thomas,Trevor Garnham

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1134236077

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

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This well-illustrated 'think piece' provides a much needed and topical philosophical introduction to the place of environmental design in architecture. The Environments of Architecture sets out a range of considerations necessary to produce appropriate internal environments in the context of a wider discussion on the effect of building decisions on the broader environment. The authors, from architecture and engineering, academia and practice, provide a rounded and well-balanced introduction to this important topic. Starting from a belief that the built environment can contribute more positively to the planet and the pleasure of places as well as answering the practical demands of comfort, they cover site planning, form, materials, construction and operation as well as looking at design on a city level. Presenting a thoughtful and stimulating approach to the built environment, this book forms an excellent guide for practitioners, students and academics concerned with our built environment.

Worthwhile Family Tales

Author: Jenifer Wirth Ostendorf,Richard J. Bisbee

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 144907605X

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Page: 160

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All three of these "Worthwhile Family Tales" or stories are loosely based on our real life experiences. But recast in the form of "Tall Tales" for our Grand nephews and nieces and a few other children in our lives. All of their names are used as characters in the stories, but are not of course biographical. Most of the real life experiences occurred to us their Grand uncles and aunts and Grandparents many years ago. It is our hope that these stories will endure in our family as a keepsake from our generation to theirs.

Feral Cities

Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle

Author: Tristan Donovan

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1569761035

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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"[An] entertaining jaunt through city wildlife." —Kirkus Reviews We tend to think of cities as a realm apart, somehow separate from nature, but nothing could be further from the truth. In Feral Cities, Tristan Donovan digs below the urban gloss to uncover the wild creatures that we share our streets and homes with, and profiles the brave and fascinating people who try to manage them. Along the way readers will meet the wall-eating snails that are invading Miami, the boars that roam Berlin, and the monkey gangs of Cape Town. From feral chickens and carpet-roaming bugs to coyotes hanging out in sandwich shops and birds crashing into skyscrapers, Feral Cities takes readers on a journey through streets and neighborhoods that are far more alive than we often realize, shows how animals are adjusting to urban living, and asks what messages the wildlife in our metropolises have for us. Tristan Donovan is the author of two widely praised books, Replay: The History of Video Games and Fizz: How Soda Shook Up the World. His journalism has appeared in many major newspapers, magazines, and web sites. He has a degree in ecology.

Die Regeln des Sommers

Author: Shaun Tan

Publisher: Aladin

ISBN: 9783848900107

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

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»Nie die Regeln verletzen. Schon gar nicht, wenn du sie nicht verstehst.« Niemand weiß, woher diese Regeln kommen und wer sie sich ausgedacht hat. Sie sind einfach da und bestimmen unser Leben: als Geschwister, als Freunde, als Wegbegleiter. Shaun Tan erzählt von einem Sommer, in dem die Rivalitäten zweier Brüder immer bedrohlicher werden. Bis sie beschließen, dass ihre Liebe füreinander wichtiger ist als alle Regeln.

H wie Habicht

Author: Helen Macdonald

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 384371147X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Der Spiegel-Bestseller Der Tod ihres Vaters trifft Helen unerwartet. Erschüttert von der Wucht der Trauer wird der Kindheitstraum in ihr wach, ihren eigenen Habicht aufzuziehen und zu zähmen. Und so zieht das stolze Habichtweibchen Mabel bei ihr ein. Durch die intensive Beschäftigung mit dem Tier entwickelt sich eine konzentrierte Nähe zwischen den beiden, die tröstend und heilend wirkt. Doch Mabel ist nicht irgendein Tier. Mabel ist ein Greifvogel. Mabel tötet. »Um einen Greifvogel abzurichten, muss man ihn wie einen Greifvogel beobachten, erst dann kann man vorhersagen, was er als Nächstes tun wird. Schließlich sieht man die Körpersprache des Vogels gar nicht mehr – man scheint zu fühlen, was der Vogel fühlt. Die Wahrnehmung des Vogels wird zur eigenen. Als die Tage in dem abgedunkelten Raum vergingen und ich mich immer mehr in den Habicht hineinversetzte, schmolz mein Menschsein von mir ab.« Helen Macdonald Ein Buch über die Erinnerung, über Natur und Freiheit - und über das Glück, sich einer großen Aufgabe von ganzem Herzen zu widmen. »[Macdonalds] anschaulicher Stil – verblüffend und außerordentlich präzise – ist nur ein Teil dessen, was dieses Buch ausmacht. Die Geschichte vom Abrichten Mabels liest sich wie ein Thriller. Die allmählich und behutsam anwachsende Spannung lässt den Atem stocken ... Fesselnd.« Rachel Cooke Observer * New York Times Bestseller * Costa Award für das beste Buch des Jahres 2014 * Samuel Johnson Prize

Second Nature

The Inner Lives of Animals

Author: Jonathan Balcombe

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230109261

Category: Science

Page: 256

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For centuries we believed that humans were the only ones that mattered. The idea that animals had feelings was either dismissed or considered heresy. Today, that's all changing. New scientific studies of animal behavior reveal perceptions, intelligences, awareness and social skills that would have been deemed fantasy a generation ago. The implications make our troubled relationship to animals one of the most pressing moral issues of our time. Jonathan Balcombe, animal behaviorist and author of the critically acclaimed Pleasurable Kingdom, draws on the latest research, observational studies and personal anecdotes to reveal the full gamut of animal experience—from emotions, to problem solving, to moral judgment. Balcombe challenges the widely held idea that nature is red in tooth and claw, highlighting animal traits we have disregarded until now: their nuanced understanding of social dynamics, their consideration for others, and their strong tendency to avoid violent conflict. Did you know that dogs recognize unfairness and that rats practice random acts of kindness? Did you know that chimpanzees can trounce humans in short-term memory games? Or that fishes distinguish good guys from cheaters, and that birds are susceptible to mood swings such as depression and optimism? With vivid stories and entertaining anecdotes, Balcombe gives the human pedestal a strong shake while opening the door into the inner lives of the animals themselves.

The Double-crested Cormorant

Plight of a Feathered Pariah

Author: Linda R. Wires

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300188269

Category: Science

Page: 368

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The double-crested cormorant, found only in North America, is an iridescent black waterbird superbly adapted to catch fish. It belongs to a family of birds vilified since biblical times and persecuted around the world. Thus it was perhaps to be expected that the first European settlers in North America quickly deemed the double-crested cormorant a competitor for fishing stock and undertook a relentless drive to destroy the birds. This enormously important book explores the roots of human-cormorant conflicts, dispels myths about the birds, and offers the first comprehensive assessment of the policies that have been developed to manage the double-crested cormorant in the twenty-first century. Conservation biologist Linda Wires provides a unique synthesis of the cultural, historical, scientific, and political elements of the cormorant’s story. She discusses the amazing late-twentieth-century population recovery, aided by protection policies and environment conservation, but also the subsequent U.S. federal policies under which hundreds of thousands of the birds have been killed. In a critique of the science, management, and ethics underlying the double-crested cormorant’s treatment today, Wires exposes “management” as a euphemism for persecution and shows that the current strategies of aggressive predator control are outdated and unsupported by science.

North Africa To North Malabar

AN ANCESTRAL JOURNEY

Author: N.C.SHYAMALAN M.D.

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 9383416645

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

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The origin of humans from Africa and the amazing journey of ancestors migrating to different regions of the world are illustrated. Study of archaeology and genealogy made possible to trace the path of migration. How various groups came to India and specific migrants to Kerala, India are stressed. Evolution of author's community and the role it played locally and nationally are emphasized. The book is unique, as it explains the genesis, migration, evolution and civilization of humans who are in search of social equality.


Der Herr der Raben

Mein Leben als Ravenmaster im Tower von London

Author: Christopher Skaife

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492993559

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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„Dieses Buch ist ein Blick hinter die Kulissen, voller Anekdoten, die uns die Tower-Raben nahe bringen, jeden Vogel mit seiner ganz eigenen Persönlichkeit. Ich hatte das Glück, den Tower und seine Raben schon selbst zu besuchen; nachdem ich „Der Herr der Raben“ gelesen habe, kann ich es kaum erwarten, dorthin zurückzukehren.“ George R.R. Martin Chris Skaifes Job gibt es nur einmal auf der Welt: Als Ravenmaster im Tower von London ist er verantwortlich für die Raben Ihrer Majestät. Die Legende sagt, das Königreich werde fallen, sobald eins der Tiere die berühmte Festung verlässt. Also kümmert Skaife sich hingebungsvoll: Er füttert die intelligenten Vögel mit blutgetränkten Keksen und beschützt sie vor Füchsen, er spricht mit ihnen und bringt sie abends ins Bett. Über die Jahre hat er ein enges Verhältnis zu den Raben aufgebaut, kennt ihre Charakterzüge genau. Skaife teilt seine Faszination für die klugen und hochsozialen Vögel mit uns Lesern. Er weiht uns ein in die Geschichte und die Geheimnisse des Towers und erzählt die witzigsten Episoden aus dem Leben mit seiner Rabenfamilie.

Crows and Jays

Author: Steve Madge

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408131692

Category: Nature

Page: 192

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120 species of crows, jays and their allies exist in the world today. Many are exceedingly beautiful in colour, grace and form, whereas others are black and somewhat sinister in appearance. In no other group of perching birds has evolution produced such a degree of variation, from the tiny Hume's Ground-Jay of the steppe-highlands of Tibet to the huge Thick-billed Raven of the mountains of Ethiopia. Some have had a long association with people and appear in tales of mythology and superstition, while others have been regarded as agricultural pests. The great majority, however, remain largely unknown, their only contact with humanity being the destruction of their specialised habitats. As a consequence, more than 20 species are now regarded as internationally endangered, some of which are very poorly known. The 30 superb colour plates by Hilary Burn in this book depict them all; each plate is accompanied by an informative caption page summarising the criteria required to identify the species, alongside colour world distribution maps. Some of these birds, bearing such evocative names as the Banggai Crow, Mesopotamian Crow and Flores Crow, have never been illustrated before. The authoritative text by Steve Madge treats each species in depth, summarising identification techniques and concisely reviewing all aspects of corvid behaviour, distribution, population and taxonomy. The author has had first-hand experience of most of the species during his travels throughout the world, travels in which he gradually became fascinated by this very special, but somewhat ignored, group of birds. Crows and Jays is a combination of scientifically accurate information and an identification guide, planned to give anyone, whether a birdwatcher or biologist, a greater understanding of the lives of these beautiful, yet very complex, group of birds. It will surely be a standard work of reference for many years to come.

Das geheime Leben der Kühe

Mit einem Vorwort von Alan Bennett

Author: Rosamund Young

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641222311

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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Wie fühlt es sich an, eine Kuh zu sein? Ziemlich ähnlich wie ein Mensch. Davon ist Rosamund Young, britische Ökobäuerin der ersten Stunde, überzeugt: Kühe haben Gefühle und gehen persönliche Beziehungen ein. Sie sprechen miteinander, geben ihre Weisheit weiter, kümmern sich um den Nachwuchs, spielen Verstecken, sind beleidigt, verärgert, traurig oder aufgekratzt. Young, die auf ihrer Farm Kite‘s Nest in den Cotswolds im Herzen Englands seit vielen Jahren biologische Landwirtschaft betreibt, hat zu ihren Kühen ein ganz besonderes Verhältnis. »Ich bin keine Schriftstellerin, ich bin Ghostwriter für meine Kühe«, sagt sie. Youngs ebenso warmherziges wie charmantes Plädoyer für einen Umgang mit den Tieren auf Augenhöhe verändert unseren Blick und lässt uns staunen. »Niemand, der dieses Buch gelesen hat, wird Kühe so sehen wie zuvor.« The Guardian »Das Tierbuch des Jahres 2018.« Literaturspiegel »Dieses Buch wird Ihren Blick auf die Welt verändern.« Alan Bennett Sunday-Times-Bestseller, Times Book of the Year Die bejubelte Wiederentdeckung eines Klassikers: über 100.000 verkaufte Exemplare allein in England. Heiß umkämpfter Titel: In über 25 Länder verkauft! Wunderschön gestaltet mit zahlreichen ganzseitigen Illustrationen. »Warmherzig, bewegend und absolut lesenswert.« Lydia Davis »Ein perfektes Buch voller überraschender Erkenntnisse.« Sunday Telegraph