Black-Capped Chickadee

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Stackpole Books, 1997 - Nature - 90 pages
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Hard-to-observe behaviors captured by top wildlife photographers, Fascinating and lively text by leading ornithologists, Complete picture of a species' life in the wild. "This series will find a welcome place in bird-watching's storehouse of literature". A study of the life of the Black-capped Chickadee reveals surprising facts about the familiar backyard visitor: It is exceptionally agile, yet it cannot walk headfirst down trees. Females engage in extra pair mating with higher-ranked, but never lower-ranked, males. Chickadees use controlled hypothermia to help them survive frigid winter nights. This unique guide offers an entertaining examination of the natural history of this popular songbird, from courtship, and nesting to communicating, foraging, and flying. Full-color photos illustrate every aspect of the Black-capped Chickadee's life, making "Black-Capped Chickadee" an essential reference for anyone with an interest in learning more about birds.
  

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Contents

General Natural History
1
Reproduction
13
Winter Flocks
28
Diet and Foraging
36
Social Behavior and Communication
50
Surviving the Cold of Winter
64
Population Ecology
72
Relations with Humans
81
Photo Credits
87
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Author of Beyond the Darkness: Suffering in Silence, Susan M Smith has been on a journey of redemption, making it her mission to be the help the many children that are suffering in a way that she once suffered. Child abuse is a hidden tragedy for the most part and out of all of the industrialized nations, the United States is one of the worst places with staggering statistics. Susan Smith suffered incest, sexual abuse, mental and physical abuse, alcohol and drug related abuse, and the feeling of abandonment at the hands of the few people that children are supposed to trust, her family. Susan is now sharing her story in her newly released book, through a fictional character that is portraying all of Susan's real life sadness. With her new book and website (www.btd13.com) that is dedicated to bringing awareness to the harsh realities that many children must live through undetected, Susan hopes to eventually raise the attention of everyone who normally wouldn't pay any. "Not being able to "tell" what was happening to me. I had to hold it all in. And it makes you angry, bitter and cold on the inside," Susan admits that for a long time she did not want to talk about nor fully come to terms with the realities of her hardships, or the fact that there may be thousands of children facing the same situations. The situations consisting of child abuse is often misrepresented because it is often undetected or even reported at all; many experts all agree that actual incidents far outweigh the number of reported incidents. When people are given the impression that it is not happening, or it is out of their hands, many of these issues go unreported. "One in five girls and one in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse? Susan's mission with this book and the website is to bring light to this issue, and she has created the "Beyond the Darkness Initiative," which offers various programs that incorporates different performing arts and other mind consuming yet soothing outlets that will relieve a child's mind and emotions off the inconceivable tragic experiences these children may have suffered through due to the ones they should be looking to before anyone else, their own family. Every situation will be taken into consideration greatly and handled with great care. It is Beyond the Darkness' objective to reach out to each and every child that is in great need of protection. Susan hopes to raise awareness in Iowa first, and eventually reach out to other states in the USA.

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