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"All my life I have been fascinated and thrilled by the nesting of birds, the songs, courtship rituals, nest building..." In these spirited essays Gladys Black, dean of Iowa ornithologists, presents the results of years of painstaking observation of the haunts and habits of Iowa birds. By distilling her exacting fieldwork into the columns that held a devoted readership in the Des Moines Register from 1969 to 1987, she motivated a generation of birdwatchers to help preserve Iowa's endangered natural heritage. This expanded edition of her 1979 book reprints more than 100 of her lively columns, supplemented by a new checklist of Iowa species and a description of Iowa habitats.

From robins nesting on window ledges to short-eared owls sailing low over snowy fields, pied-billed grebes diving for fish to catbirds singing on moonlit nights, Black introduces us to the birds of field and forest, prairie and pond. Whether describing red-breasted nuthatches gorging on suet at her feeder after a snowstorm or a flock of American goldfinches "all balancing gracefully on ripening oats," she reminds us of the natural sights and sounds that we must appreciate and protect. Humorous, personal, engaging, and instructive, her essays provide a readily accessible body of information about Iowa's birdlife for both amateur and professional naturalists of every interest level.

About the Author

Gladys Black was born within sight of the Red Rock bluffs of central Iowa in 1909. A retired public health nurse, she remains active in both classroom and field. She has been honored by the Iowa Academy of Science, the Iowa Ornithologists' Union, and Simpson College for being "a tireless defender of the environment."

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

The Nature Conservancy

Habitat Descriptions

Iowa Birdlife

Checklist of Iowa Birds

Index to Species Accounts

Product Details

ISBN:
9780877453932
Designed:
Roosa, Dean M.
Designed:
Kurtz, Carl
Introduction by:
Kurtz, Carl
Introduction:
Kurtz, Carl
Foreword by:
Roosa, Dean M.
Foreword:
Roosa, Dean M.
Designed:
Roosa, Dean M.
Designed:
Kurtz, Carl
Author:
Kurtz, Carl
Author:
Roosa, Dean M.
Author:
Black, Gladys
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Location:
Iowa City :
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - Guides
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Iowa
Subject:
Birds -- Iowa.
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Nature Studies-Bird Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Bur Oak Book
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
19921031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 color and 107 bandw photos
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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