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The Raptors of Iowa

The Raptors of Iowa (Paperback)

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This long-awaited collection of James Landenberger's paintings of Iowa birds of prey presents thirty-two full-page, full-color species, from the common turkey vulture to the red-shouldered hawk of Mississippi River woodlands to the little northern saw-whet owl. Four naturalists who have devoted their lives to conserving wilderness habitats and species have written essays to complement the paintings. Thanks to state and federal laws and a shift in public attitude, birds of prey are no longer seen as incarnations of ferocity but as creatures superbly attuned to their lives and surroundings. Although Iowa unfortunately leads the way in the amount of wildlife habitat that has been destroyed, conservation organisations and state agencies have also led the way toward successful raptor restoration projects, among them a roadside nest box program for the American kestrel, a project to restore peregrine falcons to their historic eyries, and a relocation program that should ensure a sustainable population of ospreys. The recent spectacular recovery of the bald eagle, whose nests had vanished from the state for seventy years, is particularly encouraging.

There can be no substitute for seeing thousands of broad-winged hawks soaring high overhead during migration, a great horned owl perching in silhouette at dusk, or a Cooper's hawk plunging toward its prey along the roadside. But Jim Landenberger's meticulously detailed paintings go a long way toward conveying the remarkable beauty of the American kestrel and other falcons, the grace of the swallow-tailed kite, the immaculate mystery of the snowy owl and its fellow owls, the glistening head feathers of an adult bald eagle, and the piercing defiance so characteristic of our larger hawks

Natural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsBirds, including cage birds, as petsNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsThe Earth: natural history generalNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: birds & birdwatching Publisher: University of Iowa Press Publication Date: 30/04/2013 ISBN-13: 9781609381660  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Wildlife artist James F. Landenberger (1938-2003) was the first three-time winner of the Iowa outdoor stamp design contests; his original watercolours and limited-edition prints are a lasting legacy to his craft. Dean M. Roosa was Iowa's state ecologist from 1975 to 1992; he is coauthor of Iowa Birds, The Vascular Plants of Iowa (Iowa 1994), Wildflowers and Other Plants of Iowa Wetlands, and Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie (Iowa 2010). Jon W. Stravers is the Driftless Area Coordinator for the National Audubon Society's Mississippi River Initiative, founder of the Big Blue Sky music project, and coauthor of Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa's Bird Lady and Sylvan T. Runkel: Citizen of the Natural World. Bruce Ehresman is avian ecologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resource's Wildlife Diversity Program. Rich Patterson has been director of the Indian Creek Nature Center since 1978.

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