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  • Birdology: Adventures with Hip Hop Parrots, Cantankerous Cassowaries, Crabby Crows, Peripatetic Pigeons, Hens, Hawks, and Hummingbirds

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781416569855
    • Publisher: Free Press
    • Published: February 2011
    Meet the ladies: a flock of smart, affectionate, highly individualistic chickens who visit their favorite neighbors, devise different ways to hide from foxes, and mob the author like she's a rock star. In these pages you'll also meet Maya and Zuni, two orphaned baby hummingbirds who hatched from eggs the size of navy beans, and who are little more than air bubbles fringed with feathers. Their lives hang precariously in the balance—but with human help, they may one day conquer the sky. Snowball is a cockatoo whose dance video went viral on YouTube and who's now teaching schoolchildren how to dance. You'll meet Harris's hawks named Fire and Smoke. And you'll come to know and love a host of other avian characters who will change your mind forever about who birds really are. Each of these birds shows a different and utterly surprising aspect of what makes a bird a bird—and these are the lessons of Birdology: that birds are far stranger, more wondrous, and at the same time more like us than we might have dared to imagine. In Birdology, beloved author of The Good Good Pig Sy Montgomery explores the essence of the otherworldly creatures we see every day. By way of her adventures with seven birds—wild, tame, exotic, and common—she weaves new scientific insights and narrative to reveal seven kernels of bird wisdom. The first lesson of Birdology is that, no matter how common they are, Birds Are Individuals, as each of Montgomery's distinctive Ladies clearly shows. In the leech-infested rain forest of Queensland, you'll come face to face with a cassowary—a 150-pound, man-tall, flightless bird with a helmet of bone on its head and a slashing razor-like toenail with which it (occasionally) eviscerates people—proof that Birds Are Dinosaurs. You'll learn from hawks that Birds Are Fierce; from pigeons, how Birds Find Their Way Home; from parrots, what it means that Birds Can Talk; and from 50,000 crows who moved into a small city's downtown, that Birds Are Everywhere. They are the winged aliens who surround us. Birdology explains just how very "other" birds are: Their hearts look like those of crocodiles. They are covered with modified scales, which are called feathers. Their bones are hollow. Their bodies are permeated with extensive air sacs. They have no hands. They give birth to eggs. Yet despite birds' and humans' disparate evolutionary paths, we share emotional and intellectual abilities that allow us to communicate and even form deep bonds. When we begin to comprehend who birds really are, we deepen our capacity to approach, understand, and love these otherworldly creatures. And this, ultimately, is the priceless lesson of Birdology: it communicates a heartfelt fascination and awe for birds and restores our connection to these complex, mysterious fellow creatures.
  • Saving the Ghost of the Mountain

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $9.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780547727349
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    • Published: September 2012
    Provides an examination of the elusive snow leopards, who live along the mountain ridges of Mongolia and are seldom seen by humans, through the observations of a scientist and conservation director of the Snow Leopard Trust.
  • Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in Southeast Asia

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781603580632
    • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
    • Published: August 2009
  • Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $17.95
    • ISBN-13: 9781603587556
    • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
  • Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

    By Temple Grandin

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780547443157
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
    • Published: April 2012
    An authorized portrait about Grandin's life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother.
  • Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

    By Temple Grandin

    Our Price: $10.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780544339095
    • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    • Published: October 2014
  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019 (The Best American Series ®)

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781328519009
    • Publisher: Mariner Books
    • Published: October 2019
  • The Curious Naturalist: Nature's Everyday Mysteries

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $14.95
    • ISBN-13: 9780892725106
    • Publisher: Down East Books
  • The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345496096
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: April 2007
    A naturalist who spent months at a time living on her own among wild creatures in remote jungles, author Montgomery was more comfortable with animals than with people. So she gladly opened her heart to a sick piglet, with no inkling that this piglet would not only survive but flourish--and she soon found herself engaged with her small-town community in ways she had never dreamed possible. Unexpectedly, Christopher provided this traveler with something she had sought all her life: an anchor to family and home. This book celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, with his boundless zest for life and his large, loving heart, a great big Buddha master. Sy reveals what she and others learned from this generous soul who just so happened to be a pig--lessons about self-acceptance, the meaning of family, the value of community, and the pleasures of the sweet green Earth.--From publisher description.An ardent nature lover describes her unique friendship with a pig named Christopher Hogwood, a once sickly piglet who helped her develop a new relationship with neighbors in her small-town community.
  • The Great White Shark Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series)

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780544352988
    • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    • Published: June 2016
    Dr. Greg Skomal, biologist and head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, is investigating a controversial possibility: Might Cape Cod’s waters serve as a breeding ground for the great white shark, the largest and most feared predatory fish on Earth?       Aboard the OCEARCH research vessel, Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen report on this thrilling turning point in marine research and travel to Guadeloupe, Mexico, to get up close and personal with the sharks. This daring expedition into the realm of great whites shows readers that in order to save the planet and its creatures, we must embrace our humanity and face our greatest fears. 
  • The Hyena Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series)

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780544635111
    • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
    • Published: May 2018
    Timely and inspiring, this offering by a Sibert-winning duo sets the record straight about one of history's most hated and misunderstood mammals, while featuring the groundbreaking, pioneering research of a female scientist in a predominately male field. Full color
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781451697728
    • Publisher: Atria Books
    • Published: April 2016
    "In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus--a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature--and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect," about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters. Octopuses have varied personalities and intelligence they show in myriad ways: endless trickery to escape enclosures and get food; jetting water playfully to bounce objects like balls; and evading caretakers by using a scoop net as a trampoline and running around the floor on eight arms. But with a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and a tongue covered with teeth, how can such a being know anything? And what sort of thoughts could it think? The intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees was only recently accepted by scientists, who now are establishing the intelligence of the octopus, watching them solve problems and deciphering the meaning of their color-changing camouflage techniques. Montgomery chronicles this growing appreciation of the octopus, but also tellsa love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds"--
  • The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America's Largest Mammal (Scientists in the Field Series)

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $18.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780547815480
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
    • Published: July 2013
    Follows the extensive efforts of Pati Medici and her scientific team to study Brazil's mysterious lowland tapir and protect it from extinction.
  • The Tarantula Scientist

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $20.80
    • ISBN-13: 9780606106801
    • Publisher: Turtleback Books
  • The Wild Out Your Window

    By Sy Montgomery

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780892725755
    • Publisher: Natl Book Network
    • Published: August 2002
    In fifty essays, the nature and science writer takes readers on a season-by-season tour of the natural world.

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