The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us about Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future Read Online Free - A fascinating investigation into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful--and surprising--ways they enrich our lives and sustain the planet
Our relationship to birds is different from our relationship to any other wild creatures. They are found virtually everywhere and we love to watch them, listen to them, keep them as pets, wear their feathers, even converse with them. Birds, Jim Robbins posits, are our most vital connection to nature. They compel us to look to the skies, both literally and metaphorically; draw us out into nature to seek their beauty; and let us experience vicariously what it is like to be weightless. Birds have helped us in so many of our human endeavors: learning to fly, providing clothing and food, and helping us better understand the human brain and body. And they even have much to teach us about being human in the natural world.
This book illuminates qualities unique to birds that demonstrate just how invaluable they are to humankind--both ecologically and spiritually. The wings of turkey buzzards influenced the Wright brothers' flight design; the chickadee's song is considered by scientists to be the most sophisticated language in the animal world and a "window into the evolution of our own language and our society"; and the quietly powerful presence of eagles in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Anacostia, in Washington, D.C., proved to be an effective method for rehabilitating the troubled young people placed in charge of their care.
Exploring both cutting-edge scientific research and our oldest cultural beliefs, Robbins moves these astonishing creatures from the background of our lives to the foreground, from the quotidian to the miraculous, showing us that we must fight to save imperiled bird populations and the places they live, for the sake of both the planet and humankind.
Praise for The Wonder of Birds
"Engaging, thoughtful . . . worthy of a place alongside David Attenborough's documentary The Life of Birds or Graeme Gibson's The Bedside Book of Birds. . . . This offering will appeal to naturalists, anthropologists, linguists, and even philosophers as well as to lay readers."--Library Journal
"In this deeply felt and well-supported argument for avians' value to humankind, science writer Robbins hits the full trifecta for engrossing and satisfying nature writing."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Using enchanting stories and rich historical references, Jim Robbins explores the role of birds on the evolution of human self-awareness."--Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
"It's one for the birds--what a wonderful book! It will give you wings."--Rita Mae Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle
"The Wonder of Birds provides a great and well-timed gift: a portrait of the quiet miracles around us on each day of our ordinary lives."--Michael Punke, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Revenant
"Jim Robbins writes masterfully, with lucid prose and deep insight into the human psyche and natural world."--Peter Stark, author of Astoria
"A peregrine falcon and a loggerhead shrike, my flying friends, came into the garden the day The Wonder of Birds arrived. I'm surprised they didn't fly away with it--this exciting book of nature."--Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of The Global Forest
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June 12, 2017
The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us about Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future by Jim Robbins is journey of love and fascination between mankind and birds. A journal where man has benefited by watching our feathered friends in different ways and how they have enriched our lives, how they...
May 25, 2017
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The wonderful world of birds - in an easy-to-read, accessible format.
Birds are fascinating creatures. Direct descendants of dinosaurs, they're capable of not only flight but a myriad of other impressive things - yet...
October 20, 2017
I listened to the audiobook of this fascinating and well written novel and I found myself pleasantly surprised at how little I knew about the world between humans and birds. Robbins unveiled how birds work together in a migration, to how some birds have a vast vocabulary like the Lyrebird, or how...
May 30, 2017
Although I've always loved birds, I've become a much more avid and aware bird nerd bird watcher in the past year, so this book caught my eye when it promised to reveal how important birds are to our lives.
Each chapter focuses on a different species of bird/group of birds and discusses h...
August 19, 2017
Absolutely fascinating. I kept having to set bookmarks so that I could read passages to my husband. I have a new appreciation for my feathered friends. Highly recommended.
November 23, 2017
Fascinating facts about birds are presented in an easy to grasp format. I was shocked by Tesla's "love" of pigeons, horrified by the treatment of chickens (even though it's not new information), intrigued by the language of chickadees, but not surprised by the intelligence of corvids. WONDERful!
October 13, 2017
I highly recommend this book for all those interested in our natural world and in particular birds. I absolutely loved reading about every aspect of our feathered friends. Robbins skilfully discusses the myriad of ways birds influence our lives and how they differ from our relationship with any o...
October 02, 2017
nonfiction 598. 05/2017 library. Picking up, reading random facts, I then checked it out. Fascinating bits and pieces of information . Line drawings per chapter, historical links, quotes from famous individuals all related to birds form prehistoric to yesterday. Not a bird watcher guide, but rath...
May 28, 2017
The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, The World and a Better Future by Jim Robbins will have you reading out loud to your spouses, friends and family. Having read a lot about bird psychology, habits, and about different kinds of birds, there is still so much to learn about them....
September 16, 2017
So many cool stories and interesting facts about birds jammed in here. There was certainly some crossover with The Genius of Birds but that's okay - it takes me multiple repeats to learn things! The bottom line is the importance of the ecosystem and the peril that many bird populations are in. So...