Filled with 120 full-color illustrations that show what Manhattan looked like 400 years ago, this natural history of New York City is a groundbreaking work that offers a window into the past and inspiration for the future.

Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds - Eastern Region

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds - Eastern Region

What An Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds

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A wide variety of species of owls can be spotted in Central Park, including the Great Horned, Barred and Nothern Saw-whet. In the recent past, Barry the barred owl, and Flaco, a Eurasian eagle-owl, were beloved celebrity inhabitants.

In What an Owl Knows, Jennifer Ackerman illuminates the rich biology and natural history of these birds and reveals remarkable new scientific discoveries about their brains and behavior. She joins scientists in the field and explores how researchers are using modern technology and tools to learn how owls communicate, hunt, court, mate, raise their young, and move about from season to season. We now know that the hoots, squawks, and chitters of owls follow sophisticated and complex rules, allowing them to express not just their needs and desires but their individuality and identity. Owls duet. They migrate. They hoard their prey. Some live in underground burrows; some roost in large groups; some dine on black widows and scorpions.
Ackerman brings this research alive with her own personal field observations about owls and dives deep into why these birds beguile us. What an Owl Knows is an awe-inspiring exploration of owls across the globe and through human history, and a spellbinding account of their astonishing hunting skills, communication, and sensory prowess. By providing extraordinary new insights into the science of owls, What an Owl Knows pulls back the curtain on the nature of the world’s most enigmatic group of birds.

Hardcover, 352 Pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4

Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for almost three decades. Her book, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think, was a finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Her New York Times bestselling book, The Genius of Birds, has been translated into twenty-five languages and was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2016 by The Wall Street Journal, a Best Science Book by NPR’s Science Friday, and a Nature Book of the Year by The Sunday Times. Her other books include Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body, and Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity. Ackerman’s articles and essays have appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and many other publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.