Birdsong

Birdsong By Don Stap, Birdsong Following one of the world s experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha s Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery Why do
  • Title: Birdsong
  • Author: Don Stap
  • ISBN: 9780743232746
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Birdsong By Don Stap, Following one of the world s experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha s Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean We quickly discover that one question leads to another Why does the chestnut sided warbler sing one song before dawn and another aftFollowing one of the world s experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha s Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean We quickly discover that one question leads to another Why does the chestnut sided warbler sing one song before dawn and another after sunrise Why does the brown thrasher have a repertoire of two thousand songs when the chipping sparrow has only one And how is the hermit thrush able to sing a duet with itself, producing two sounds simultaneously to create its beautiful, flutelike melody Stap s lucid prose distills the complexities of the study of birdsong and unveils a remarkable discovery that sheds light on the mystery of mysteries why young birds in the suborder oscines the true songbirds learn their songs but the closely related suboscines are born with their songs genetically encoded As the story unfolds, Stap contemplates our enduring fascination with birdsong, from ancient pictographs and early Greek soothsayers, who knew that bird calls represented the voices of the gods, to the story of Mozart s pet starling.In a modern, noisy world, it is increasingly difficult to hear those voices of the gods Exploring birdsong takes us to that rare place in danger of disappearing forever where one hears only the planet s oldest music.
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      Don Stap Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Birdsong book, this is one of the most wanted Don Stap author readers around the world.

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    1. I m done with this book Done I say I have read roughly half and I am clueless as to the point of the book There is not introduction, title chapters, or even themed sections I also had no idea that to gain any knowledge over the ornithology subject is to do horrible things to birds I mean, how can anyone say that they love birds when they do these things They radiated and then killed birds to see if they regenerated brain cells, cut vocal cords to see if they could still sing, isolated birds from [...]


    2. _Birdsong_ by Don Stap is an introduction to the amazing world of how and why birds sing the way they do, often centering on the author following world renown birdsong expert University of Massachusetts professor of biology Don Kroodsma around the country and in the rain forest of Central America Also covered are the history and science of the study of birdsong part of a field called bioacoustics , the invention of the audiospectrograph or sonograph, and details of the first birdsong laboratory [...]


    3. part biography, part journalistic foray, part science narrative, this book describes some of the history of the study of bird song and how we found out much of it is learned from a first person perspective.Stap focuses on Kroodsma s meticulous and reverent dedication to documenting bird songs from different regions and different species this researcher even pioneered raising chicks of various species in the lab to help prove whether or not their songs are culturally learned or hardwired in their [...]


    4. Birdsong seems to be one of those things that divides people into two categories those who think it s quite nice, often quite attractive, and those that really, REALLY like it If you fall into the first category, reading the accounts of people in the second category can leave you feeling a little ambivalent than you were before if I m not a truly devoted fan like these people, am I a fan at all I guess it s a better obsession to have than some gets you up early, out in the fresh morning air, an [...]


    5. This book has a number of fascinating facts and a number of interesting field observations and other ornithological incidents, but on the whole, its odd and unrewarding episodic nature is disappointing But that is not why I don t recommend reading it.Here s why I am appalled at the bland manner with which the author reveals the atrocities that ornithologists commit in the name of research castrating songbirds in order to determine whether testosterone affects their urge to sing surgically deafen [...]


    6. Every spring, during migration bird watching season, I pull a bird book off my shelf, and this year it was BIRDSONG Even as I ve become adept at identifying birds through visual cues, I m still stumped by their songs, with only a few exceptions I can t say that this book helped me with that problem in any practical sense, but it did inspire me to check into the works of birdsong expert Don Kroodsma, the main character in Stap s story I also enjoyed the chance to follow Kroodsma and his fellow s [...]


    7. Some of my favorite sounds are birdsongs I love the sounds of seagulls because it means the water is near Chickadees in the spring and fall This book will take you on a fascinating journey as to just how amazing birdsong is Why do they do it Why does one bird sing one song befroe dawn and a different after Why does one bird have only a few songs in their repetoire and another have 2,000 By the time you are done with this book you may not have all the answers but you will never veiw birds the sam [...]


    8. Not for everyone non fiction Having been involved in field work, I really enjoyed the adventures of ornithologist Don Kroodsma thru Central America looking for and recording songs of rare and disappearing birds As a bonus, Google three wattle bellbird videos to hear his most astounding song and looks They are disappearing as forest around them is being cut for farming.


    9. Ik had veel meer verwacht van dit boekje wetenschappelijke feiten, links naar de muziek, literatuur, etc In de plaats krijg je een quasi journalistiek relaas over de carri re van een handvol wetenschappers, met aansluitend het reisverslag van n bepaald onderzoek naar de klokvogels in Costa Rica Allemaal nogal droogjes en zonder het kleinste beetje humor Flauw.


    10. 3 chapters in and still not convinced It lacks the enthusiasm and energy I ve got from other books I ve read on birding ornithology I usually try to finish the books I pick to read, but I just can t get into this one.


    11. I never would have thought that a book about birds singing could be this interesting Stap gives enough background into his research so you know that he is factual, without overstating.


    12. Chock full of arrogant ornithologists and birders These are the kind of people who drive out too many unskilled beginners.



    13. I like to read nature books, so I enjoyed this one It explores the research of bird song and captures both the process and personalities of the researchers.


    14. The first third or so of the book was a bit lost on me, but eventually I warmed up to Kroodsma s story, particularly once he started working with the suboscines.


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