Synopses & Reviews
andldquo;Jon Young knows birds, and you will too after reading his marvelous book. Youandrsquo;ll discover a universal bird language that will speak to you wherever you go outdoors. Every nature lover should read this book.andrdquo;andmdash;Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children
and John Muir: My Life with Nature
A lifelong birder, tracker, and naturalist, Jon Young is guided 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 birdsandrsquo; companion calls and warning alarms are just as important as their songs. Deep bird language is an ancient discipline, perfected by Native peoples the world over, and science is finally catching up. This groundbreaking book unites the indigenous knowledge, the latest research, and the authorandrsquo;s own experience of four decades in the field to lead us toward a deeper connection to the animals and, in the end, a deeper connection to ourselves.
andldquo;Jon Young is one of the heroes of the new nature movement . . . This elegant book will deepen the kinship between humans and other species. It decodes our common language.andrdquo;andmdash;Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
andldquo;A brilliant work, born of a lifetime of listening, teaching, and tracking what really matters . . . Jon Youngandrsquo;s work replenishes our humanity.andrdquo;andmdash;David Abram, author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous
In this newly revised and updated edition of his highly acclaimed field guide, renowned nature photographer and tracking expert Paul Rezendes brings the fields and forests to life with his unique observations on North American wildlife and their tracks and sign. Illustrated with hundreds of his original photographs, Tracking & the Art of Seeing provides complete information on the behavior and habitat of over 50 animal species and shows you how to identify animals by their tracks, tail patterns, droppings, dens, scratches and other signs.
For woods walkers, animal lovers, and naturalists comes the new, updated edition of the acclaimed photographic tracking guide--with a new chapter on tracks and trails. Full color.
How understanding bird language and behavior can help us to see more wildlife.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 322-324) and index.
About the Author
Jon Young is on the leading edge of animal tracking and understanding bird language. He has been exploring animal communication for 35 years and was mentored by the famous tracker Tom Brown Jr. as well as a tribal elder in Africa.andnbsp;Jon developed the 8 Shields Cultural Mentoring System, a model that has influenced more than 100 nature programs in communities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and is also creator of the Shikari Method for data collection, which is used by the USFWS.andnbsp;Jon has given over 1,000 public presentations and has mentored numerous students of his own. Married, with six children, Jon lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What the Robin Knowsand#8195;xiii
A Cacophony of Harmonyand#8195;1
In the Beginning Is the Songand#8195;19
More Cacophony of Harmonyand#8195;28
The Sit Spotand#8195;48
An Alarm for Every Occasionand#8195;80
Theyand#8217;re All in This Togetherand#8195;99
A Shape for Every Occasionand#8195;119
From Collision to Connectionand#8195;164
Appendix A: Learning Bird Languageand#8195;183
Appendix B: Accompanying Audioand#8195;199