100 Birds and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells, Lauren Jarrett

By Diana Wells, Lauren Jarrett

How did cranes come to represent matrimonial happiness? Why have been magpies the one creatures that may now not cross within Noah's Ark? Birds and chook imagery are critical elements of our language and tradition. along with her notable skill to dig up curious and desirable evidence, Diana Wells hatches a deal with for lively birders and armchair fanatics alike. Meet the intrepid adventurers and naturalists who risked their lives to explain and identify new birds. research the legendary tales of the gods and goddess linked to poultry names. discover the avian trademarks utilized by our best writers--from Coleridge's albatross in "The old Mariner" to Poe's raven.

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And Emily Dickinson, in “After Great Pain,” seems to have thought of hypothermia: As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow — First — Chill — then Stupor — then the letting go — AUGUST It is August second and sixty degrees. I watch a fisheries biologist wade into the Beaufort Sea. On and off, he has been wading into the Beaufort Sea for more than twenty years, collecting fish as part of a long-term study. He wears chest waders, but the cold soaks right through. Even when he stays dry, the plastic fabric presses against his skin, feeling wet.

He oversaw the relief effort following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and he was a founding member of the National Geographic Society. For a time, he ran the Weather Bureau, then part of the Army Signal Corps. He was in charge when the Blizzard of January 1888 swept through middle America. ” In places, temperatures dropped eighteen degrees in less than five minutes. In Helena, Montana, the temperature dropped from just over forty degrees to nine below in less than five hours. In Keokuk, Iowa, it dropped fifty-five degrees in eight hours.

A playful arctic fox amused them and developed a habit of stealing from the camp. Its thefts included, oddly enough, a thermometer. ” They slept to a point approaching hibernation, to a point at which sleeping became an art. ” It is August eighth. I stand in a weed-choked lot just outside Fairbanks, Alaska, one hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle. It is close to sixty degrees. A giant air conditioner drowns out the noise of traffic, wind, and birds. In front of me, built into the side of a hill, is a shed, painted brownish red, a color marketed as redwood but looking entirely unnatural here among the spruce trees.

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