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Hawk Ridge

Hawk Ridge

Author: Laura Erickson
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816681198
Pages: 91
Year: 2012
Was Caesar like the eagle because of his aquiline (from aquila, for “eagle” in Latin) nose, or does the eagle seem imperial because of his Caesar-like beak? Does the sharp vision of a “hawk-eyed” observer have any basis in nature? And what the heck is “kettling” to a bird-watcher, or, for that matter, a bird? Raptors have captured the imagination from time immemorial and have an especially rich history in Minnesota. The ancient peoples whose pictographs adorn the rock faces of Lake Superior's North Shore may well have witnessed the first hawk movements along Lake Superior—the same annual migration that today draws as many as twenty thousand people to Duluth's Hawk Ridge. These birds, passing through in astounding numbers, are among the hawks and accipiters, buteos and harriers, eagles and ospreys pictured and profiled in detail in this book. Written by one of Minnesota's best-known bird authorities, with images by one of the state's favorite illustrators, Hawk Ridge is as fun as it is informative. It introduces the state's raptors, from the rare visitor to the most familiar hawk, noting each species' signature traits—osprey wings, for instance, are crooked to help them catch fish; vultures urinate on their legs to cool themselves—and their nesting, breeding, and migrating habits. Did you know that Sharp-shinned Hawks banded at Hawk Ridge have been found throughout Central America and even into South America, and also, in midwinter, in Wisconsin? Laura Erickson offers a broad perspective (a bird's-eye view!), making sense of the raptor's role in the larger ornithological scheme. With descriptions of various species—and helpful distinctions between species, families, and orders—the book gives readers a clear idea of which raptors might be seen in Minnesota, when, where, and how often. It also includes a hawk migration primer that explains the movements that bring these birds in such awe-inspiring numbers to places like Hawk Ridge. Filled with curious facts and practical information for expert and amateur bird-watcher alike, the book is at once a guide to the hawks of Minnesota and a beautifully illustrated album of the most regal members of the avian kingdom.
Birds of Minnesota Field Guide

Birds of Minnesota Field Guide

Author: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Bird Identification Guides
ISBN: 159193897X
Pages: 320
Year: 2019-04-09
This updated field guide features full-color photographs and information, organized by color, to help readers quickly and easily identify the Minnesota birds they see.
For the Birds

For the Birds

Author: Laura Erickson
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1452906203
Pages:
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Twelve Owls

Twelve Owls

Author: Laura Erickson
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1452933235
Pages: 67
Year: 2011
A gorgeous guide to the owls native to Minnesota, with descriptions and portraits by two of the state’s most beloved authors
Raptors in Captivity

Raptors in Captivity

Author: Lori Arent
Publisher: Hancock House Pub Limited
ISBN: 0888396139
Pages: 301
Year: 2007-01
A first-of-its-kind resource, "Raptors in Captivity" is designed as a reader-friendly reference tool covering a wide range of topics from making the decision to keep raptors and choosing suitable species, to housing and transportation, diet, medical care, equipment, training, and recovering a lost bird. From the novice to the experienced, this book provides everyone with the most current techniques -- drawn from a consortium of experts and not available in any other written form -- for successfully managing a variety of raptor species in captivity.
Raptor Medicine, Surgery and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition

Raptor Medicine, Surgery and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition

Author: David Scott
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 1780647468
Pages: 344
Year: 2016-09-05
Comprehensive, intensely practical, and extensively illustrated, this unique book consolidates years of practical knowledge of dealing with injured birds of prey. Written by a practicing veterinarian, it: concisely covers helpful, day-to-day advice through hints, tips and clinical insights; provides an emphasis on practical procedures; and includes numerous illustrations for easy recognition of symptoms and replication of techniques. Outlining everything from handling and the intake examination through to practical procedures and the treatment of a comprehensive range of conditions and injuries, the book also advises readers on housing, rehabilitation and eventual release. Also including numerous rapid reference charts, this book is the one text that any avian or general veterinarian needs by the bench for the treatment of raptors and birds of prey.
Birds of Prey of Minnesota

Birds of Prey of Minnesota

Author: Stan Tekiela
Publisher: Adventure Publications(MN)
ISBN: 1885061455
Pages: 71
Year: 2002
Includes hawks, eagles, falcons, kites, vulture, and owls.
A Love Affair with Birds

A Love Affair with Birds

Author: Sue Leaf
Publisher:
ISBN: 0816675643
Pages: 271
Year: 2013
Imagine a Minneapolis so small that, on calm days, the roar of St. Anthony Falls could be heard in town, a time when passenger pigeons roosted in neighborhood oak trees. Now picture a dapper professor conducting his ornithology class (the university's first) by streetcar to Lake Harriet for a morning of bird-watching. The students were mostly young women—in sunhats, sailor tops, and long skirts, with binoculars strung around their necks. The professor was Thomas Sadler Roberts (1858–1946), a doctor for three decades, a bird lover virtually from birth, the father of Minnesota ornithology, and the man who, perhaps more than any other, promoted the study of the state's natural history. A Love Affair with Birds is the first full biography of this key figure in Minnesota's past. Roberts came to Minnesota as a boy and began keeping detailed accounts of Minneapolis's birds. These journals, which became the basis for his landmark work The Birds of Minnesota, also inform this book, affording a view of the state's rich avian life in its early days—and of a young man whose passion for birds and practice of medicine among Minneapolis's elite eventually dovetailed in his launching of the beloved Bell Museum of Natural History. Bird enthusiast, doctor, author, curator, educator, conservationist: every chapter in Roberts's life is also a chapter in the state's history, and in his story acclaimed author Sue Leaf—an avid bird enthusiast and nature lover herself—captures a true Minnesota character and his time.
The Humane Gardener

The Humane Gardener

Author: Nancy Lawson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1616896175
Pages: 224
Year: 2017-04-18
In this eloquent plea for compassion and respect for all species, journalist and gardener Nancy Lawson describes why and how to welcome wildlife to our backyards. Through engaging anecdotes and inspired advice, profiles of home gardeners throughout the country, and interviews with scientists and horticulturalists, Lawson applies the broader lessons of ecology to our own outdoor spaces. Detailed chapters address planting for wildlife by choosing native species; providing habitats that shelter baby animals, as well as birds, bees, and butterflies; creating safe zones in the garden; cohabiting with creatures often regarded as pests; letting nature be your garden designer; and encouraging natural processes and evolution in the garden. The Humane Gardener fills a unique niche in describing simple principles for both attracting wildlife and peacefully resolving conflicts with all the creatures that share our world.
Birds in Flight

Birds in Flight

Author: Carrol L. Henderson
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 0760333920
Pages: 159
Year: 2008-10-22
Describes adaptations for avian aerodynamics, and offers tips on spotting and identifying airborne birds.
The Double-Crested Cormorant

The Double-Crested Cormorant

Author: Linda R. Wires
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300187114
Pages: 368
Year: 2014-04-29
Explores the roots of the human-cormorant conflict and assesses the federal policies that have been developed to manage the bird's population in the twenty-first century.
Birding Minnesota

Birding Minnesota

Author: Jay Michael Strangis
Publisher: Falcon PressPub Company
ISBN: 0762718331
Pages: 304
Year: 2001-05-01
Where-to site guide to 50 of the best birding locations in Minnesota including detailed descriptions.
The Three-Minute Outdoorsman

The Three-Minute Outdoorsman

Author: Robert M. Zink
Publisher:
ISBN: 081669253X
Pages: 246
Year: 2014-04-25
"Some essays in this book were previously published in Outdoor News."
Tracks in the Wild

Tracks in the Wild

Author: Betsy Bowen
Publisher:
ISBN: 081669883X
Pages: 32
Year: 2015-11-01
Animal tracks always tell a story. You just have to recognize the signs. As you follow the marks an animal left behind, you get to know it: where it goes, what it likes to eat, when it runs, and why. There are secrets to be learned in those signs in the snow, mysteries to be explored in the mud along the river's edge. Tracks in the Wild introduces young naturalists to the tracks of bears, wolves, moose, otters, and other wild animals--thirteen in all. Betsy Bowen's signature woodcut prints accompany poetic passages about each animal, along with life-size representations of their footprints. As it reveals some of the wonders of the natural world, it will also inspire awe and respect for all of the wild, elusive creatures that inhabit Minnesota's northwoods. Winner of a 1994 Minnesota Book Award, Tracks in the Wild is perfect reading for a family to share before and after a trek through their own woods.
Raptors of North America

Raptors of North America

Author: Noel Snyder, Helen Snyder
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 0760325820
Pages: 320
Year: 2006-10-15
From majestic Bald Eagles to tiny Elf Owls, raptors are nature’s most fascinating and powerful birds. As predators with wide ranging habitats and food sources, raptors also serve as a litmus test for the health of their ecosystems. To preserve a species such as the Everglade Kite or Spotted Owl is to ensure the survival of many other creatures. Ornithologists Noel and Helen Snyder have spent nearly fifty years studying and photographing birds of prey in their natural habitat. The result of decades of firsthand field studies combined with key biological and conservation studies by other experts, Raptors of North America presents a comprehensive and captivating account of our continent’s birds of prey. Readers will meet the nocturnal raptors, the owls, and the diurnal raptors: hawks, harriers, kites, falcons, eagles, ospreys, vultures, and condors. This book was an editor's choice of the Scientific American Book Club.