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J. A. Baker’s extraordinary classic of British nature writing

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Genre Book : Nature
Author Book : J. A. Baker
Publisher : HarperCollins UK
Release Book : 2011-06-09
Download Book : 432 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780007437382


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The Peregrine, which won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1967, recounts a single year from the author's ten–year obsession with the peregrines that wintered near his home in eastern England. The writing is lyrically charged throughout, as the author's role of diligent observer gives way to a personal transformation, as Baker becomes, in the words of James Dickey, "a fusion of man and bird."

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Genre Book : Nature
Author Book : J. A. Baker
Publisher : HarperCollins UK
Release Book : 2011-06-09
Download Book : 432 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780007395903


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The first edition of The Peregrine Falcon was widely recognised as a classic of its kind, documenting not only the species' biology but also the sad tale of its decline due to the impact of pesticides. This extensively revised and enlarged second edition takes full account of important new developments in the story of this bird during the intervening 12 years. It reports one of the few notable successes in wildlife conservation: the full restoration of British and Irish Peregrine populations, and their appreciable recovery in other countries where numbers had also been greatly reduced by the impact of organochlorine pesticides. The pattern of increase in Britain has been extremely varied, from districts where numbers are now far higher than at any time in recorded history, to others where the bird is now at its lowest ebb. The examination of the reasons for these differences helps us to understand the most recent developments in the Peregrine saga. Particular attention has been paid to the recent major advances in our knowledge of Peregrine biology, such as its movements, population turnover, food and nesting habits. Many of the tables and figures have been revised and brought up to date so that this volume, like its predecessor, is once again by far the most detailed and readable reference on this most evocative of birds. Donald Watson's colour paintings, monochrome washes and line drawings, and the original photographs, illustrate the book as before. Cover illustration by Donald Watson

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Genre Book : Nature
Author Book : Derek Ratcliffe
Publisher : A&C Black
Release Book : 2010-06-30
Download Book : 488 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781408136836


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Describes the efforts of scientists who are trying to save the peregrine falcon from extinction by taking the fragile eggs that would not survive in the wild, hatching them, raising the chicks, and then releasing the birds back into the wild.

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Genre Book : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author Book : Caroline Arnold
Publisher : LernerClassroom
Release Book : 1985-01-01
Download Book : 48 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0876145233


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The author describes his experiences during one summer spent in the Adirondacks observing peregrine falcons as they learned to fly

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Genre Book : Animal introduction
Author Book : P. H. Liotta
Publisher : Algonquin Books
Release Book : 1989
Download Book : 201 Pages
ISBN-10 : UOM:39015033997100


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When nine-year-old Roman Rodriguez learns that his father has suffered a life-threatening injury in Iraq, it changes his life forever. While his mother and little sister travel to Germany to be with Roman's father at a military hospital, he is sent to his grandparents' house. Roman must grapple with his worst fears about his dad as he and Grandpa Joe make the Good Friday pilgrimage to "El Santuario de Chimayo," a sacred site said to have healing powers.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Sue Picco
Publisher : Sunstone Press
Release Book : 2011
Download Book : 88 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780865348004


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A ten year study began in 1972 in West Greenland to investigate the breeding biology of the peregrine falcon. Data on nesting gyrfalcons were also collected. Thirty-four peregrine nesting sites were examined in the 6050 km2 inland study area near Søndre Strømfjord. Limited research also centered in Disko Bugt and Frederikshåb. Peregrines were found nesting predominantly on high, south-facing cliffs, which overlooked large areas. The mean minimum distance between peregrine eyries was 7.7 km for the inland area (1972 and 1973) and 55 km for the coast (1974). Approximately 60 percent of the inland nesting sites were occupied each year. A ten-year average production of 1.90 young per occupied site and 2.78 young per successful site was determined. Lapland longspurs, snow buntings, wheatears, and redpolls comprised 90 percent of the peregrines diet. Raven nests and prey availability may be the most significant factor affecting falcon density. Addled peregrine eggs, eggshell fragments, and peregrine prey species were collected. Whole eggs averaged 14.3 ppm wet weight (305 ppm lipid weight ) DDE, while eggshell measurements showed a 16 percent thinning compared with pre-1940 eggs from Greenland. Prey species carried low levels of DDE. The peregrine population appears to be at a near critical contamination level, and a small increase in DDE level could contribute to a population decline. No indication of a decline has been observed during the study, and the population appears stable. The project banded 185 peregrines, from which 8 recoveries occurred. The recoveries suggest peregrines migrate south to winter in South America.

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Genre Book : Gyrfalcon
Author Book : William A. Burnham
Publisher : Museum Tusculanum Press
Release Book : 1984
Download Book : 28 Pages
ISBN-10 : 8763511622


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When Jeff Hollis, top Pentagon security officer, receives a memorandum pertaining to a highly secret project named Peregrine, it is the beginning of a sixteen-day nightmare. Even as he manages to uncover that the purpose of Peregrine is to neutralize US ICBMs, Hollis finds himself branded a spy and subject of a national manhunt by the FBI. Fighting for his life against unknown assassins, he matches wits with a Soviet mole intent on the destruction of the US. As the fate of the US hangs in the balance, Hollis succeeds in destroying Peregrine, but not before a Soviet missile is launched—target Washington. In a gripping thriller as real as the headlines, Dowdle weaves an intense drama of international intrigue, sabotage, and desperation. Set in the early years of the Reagan Presidency when events such as the shootdown of KAL 007 and the deployment of the Pershing II’s to Europe seemed to signal a world spiraling out of control, Dowdle invites the reader to contemplate the unthinkable. . . and to ponder just how close we actually came to experiencing it.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : John W. Dowdle
Publisher : iUniverse
Release Book : 2000-08-01
Download Book : 408 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780595005765


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Frank Sullivan, an occasional contract employee of the CIA, has been recruited again--this time for work in an Iran where the Islamic revolution of 1978-79 is already well underway. Frank's assignment is to work for the Agency under US Air Force cover while officially serving as a propaganda adviser to the Iranian military. As Frank conflicts with an agency bureaucracy seeking field reporting that justifies Washington's already-determined conclusions, he gains a growing awareness of the inadequacy of American intelligence on the revolution's real nature. And as he witnesses the overrunning of the American embassy by militants, he realizes how intertwined his job has become with his life. Trying to survive a chaotic civil war is the least of Frank's problems as he becomes involved in efforts to recruit a high-level Russian KGB agent and to learn the identity of a mole back at Agency headquarters. But the closer he gets to the objects he pursues, the more likely it becomes that he won't make it out alive. Set during the final days of the Shah and the consolidation of power under Ayatollah Khomeini, Edmund P. Murray's The Peregrine Spy is a stunning novel of a time and place that has never left the public conscious. It is also a keenly told story of the inner workings of the CIA and the extent of its reach.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Edmund P. Murray
Publisher : Macmillan
Release Book : 2014-02-04
Download Book : 464 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781466864368


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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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Genre Book : Sports & Recreation
Author Book : Gerald Lascelles
Publisher : Read Books Ltd
Release Book : 2013-04-16
Download Book : 32 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781446548745