An esteemed professor of biology at Wheaton College, John Kricher leads a fascinating discussion of the approximately 10,000 species of birds that share our world. In these engaging lectures, Kricher expands on such topics as bird anatomy, the mechanics of flight, migration, reproduction, and song. The professor's lively presentation demonstrates how understanding the traits, life cycle, and evolution of birds is critical for an understanding of the origins and evolution of life on earth - and why conservation plays a vital role in the environment's delicate balance.
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I enjoyed learning about the physiology and behavior of birds from these lectures. It was easy to listen to and had moments of humor and relate-ability that kept me interested.
Diamond and Ruby
This is a nice collection of lectures about birds. Not a whole lot of new, startling information, but a nice introduction. The author/lecturer was able to express his passion for birds and for science.
The narrator has an uncanny way of sounding like he actually IS John Kircher, the professor/author who wrote these lectures. His conversational style of reading is comfortable and affable, accessible. I suspect many listeners even mildly interested in the subject will gain loads of information and enthusiasm, thanks to the style of Kircher's writing, and the ease in which the narrator presents it.
There is a lot of information covered in this series of lectures, and the many examples of bird life and anatomy which were correlated with easy to picture metaphors or relatable examples makes it easy to assemble quite a bit of information. Of course, I could easily have listened to another 4 hours. Since the narrator is easy on the ears, and the writer draws the student in (one gets the feeling he not only loves his subject but loves to share all the remarkable and exciting things about it) I will probably listen to this again.
If John Kircher has any more lectures or books on birds, and they are narrated by "uncredited" ( Tom Stechschulte) I''l be first in line to purchase the audiobook.
I enjoyed this so much. Professor Kricher had a very amiable style, a wonderful voice, and was incredibly knowledgeable. The lecture sounded extemporaneous yet never wavered from the subject. I felt like an expert after listening and have gone back and listened several times, always trying to commit the facts to memory. I am a beginner birder and this definitely cemented my interest and increased my desire to learn more. I hope there is a Part Two in the works!
I flew through this audio lecture. It's loaded with information and the reader/lecturer was wonderful. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in ornithological studies.
A useful and workable balance of information and narrative in the audible version. It's definitely overpriced so use one of your free credits.
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