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Monday, January 12, 2009

Book Review: Birds of Prey


Title: Birds of Prey: An Introduction
Author: Robert Bateman
Publisher: Scholastic Canada

This book includes lots of great Animal Behavior descriptions of Raptors, also known as birds of prey. You and your students will learn all about each of the different types of raptors – owls, hawks, eagles, falcons, kites, and vultures. And the illustrations are awesome and accurate. I highly recommend this book to accompany lesson about food web or Eagle Days. In fact, Eagle Days are coming this weekend in the Midwest (Jan 17 -18, 2009). It is a fabulous way to spend time with your family and share outdoor experiences. Bald Eagles are our nation’s symbol and spectacular bird to behold. Even if you are not an avid birder, spying a majestic eagle through a spotting scope is breathtaking. However, I will warn you it is very COLD outside, so dress warmly. The good news is that the colder it is, seems the Eagles love it and that improves your chances of seeing some.

Amazon Synopsis
Birds of Prey is a bird guide with a difference. Robert Bateman’s detailed, full colour paintings capture the incredible speed of falcons, the strength of eagles and osprey and the grace of hawks and vultures soaring overhead in a way that no photograph can. His paintings and sketches from around the globe bring to life these intriguing members of the bird world and also reveal Bateman’s deep understanding of their role in nature. Bateman has been fascinated by the beauty, speed and grace of these winged-hunters since he was a child. In the ravines and countryside near his home, he’d see snowy owls patiently waiting for mice in roadside fi elds, and he remembers that spotting a hawk was always a highlight of his day. The accessible text includes anecdotes of his encounters with hawks, eagles and owls and introduces young readers to the traits that birds of prey have developed to capture and eat their food. Unique "sketchbook" sidebars provide intriguing facts about the different species. There’s no better introduction to birds of prey!

Eagle Days Activities in the St. Louis, Missouri Metro Area

North St. Louis, Missouri
Missouri Department of Conservation
Chain of Rocks Bridge and Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
Jan 17, 18

Alton, Illinois
Eagle Meet and Greet
Alton Visitor Center
January 17, 24 & 31, 2009

Eagle Meet and Greet Sundays
National Great Rivers Museum
Sunday, January 18 & 25, 2009
Sunday, February 1 & 8, 2009

Grafton, Illinois
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette
Pere Marquette State Park
January 20, 21, 24 - 28 & 31, 2009
February 1 - 4, 21, 22, 23, 25 & 28, 2009
March 4 & 8, 2009

Eagle Days in Wisconsin
Jan 16, 17

Eagles Days in Clarksville, Missouri
Jan 24, 25

Eagle Days in Boise, Idaho
Jan 29 -31

1 comment:

Chickadee said...

Woot! Glad you did a plug in for Eagle Days. It's such a fun event and it never fails to amaze me how they can survive and thrive in these cold weather conditions. :)

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