Feral Pigeons

Author: Richard F. Johnston,Marián Janiga

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195084098

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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This definitive monograph focuses on the population, biology, and behavioral ecology of feral pigeons, a familiar but seldom studied bird. Includes a thorough listing of primary references of US and European scholarly literature.

Feral Future

The Untold Story of Australia's Exotic Invaders

Author: Tim Low

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226494197

Category: Science

Page: 394

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A decade ago, Tim Low journeyed to the remote northernmost tip of Australia. Instead of the pristine rain forests he expected, he found jungles infested with Latin American carpet grass and feral cattle. That incident helped inspire Feral Future, a passionate account of the history and implications of invasive species in that island nation, with consequences for ecological communities around the globe. Australia is far from alone in facing horrific ecological and economic damage from invading plants and animals, and in Low's capable hands, Australia's experiences serve as a wake-up call for all of us. He covers how invasive species like cane toads and pond apple got to Australia (often through misguided but intentional introductions) and what we can do to stop them. He also covers the many pests that Australia has exported to the world, including the paperbark tree (Melaleuca) that infests hundreds of thousands of acres in south Florida.

Feral Children and Clever Animals

Reflections on Human Nature

Author: Douglas K. Candland

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195356144

Category: Psychology

Page: 432

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In this provocative book, Douglas Candland shows that as we begin to understand the way animals and non-speaking humans "think," we hold up a mirror of sorts to our own mental world, and gain profound insights into human nature. Weaving together diaries, contemporary newspaper accounts, and his own enlightening commentary, Candland brings to life a series of extraordinary stories. He begins with a look at past efforts to civilize feral children. We meet Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron, now famous as the subject of a Truffaut film; Kaspar Hauser, raised in a cell, civilized, and then assassinated; and the Wolf Girls of India, found early this century huddled among wolf pups in a forest den (they were originally believed to be ghosts by superstitious villagers, who nearly shot them as they were being captured). In each case, it was hoped that the study of these children would help clarify the age-old nature/nurture debate, but, as Candland shows, so much of the information "revealed" was really only a projection of beliefs previously held by the investigating scientists. Candland then turns to "clever animals." We learn how the investigation of "Clever Hans," the German horse who could calculate square roots, proved to be a first step in the direction of behaviorism (researchers found that Hans was being tipped off by the subtle and unwitting body language of his owner and other observers, who would bend almost imperceptibly at the waist with every hoof beat, and stand erect when the correct count was reached). And Candland discusses the many attempts to communicate with our closest neighbor, the apes. We read of Richard Lynch Garner's 1892 experiment living with chimpanzees in Gabon (he taught one to say the French word "feu"), and of Gua, raised by W.N. and L.A. Kellogg alongside their own son Donald, and of the latest successes of teaching sign language to such precocious apes as Sarah, Sherman, Austin, and Koko. Throughout, Candland illuminates the boldest and most intriguing efforts yet to extend our world to that of our fellow creatures. And he shows that, in the end, our effort to "make contact" is a reflection of the way in which we as a species create and order our universe. Humans have long shown a wish to connect with the silent minds around them. In assembling and interpreting the compelling tales in this book, Candland offers us a new understanding not only of the animal kingdom, but of the very nature of humanity, and our place in the great chain of being.

Feral

A Morfs Universe Story

Author: Pete Shrike

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1543493920

Category: Fiction

Page: 302

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The start of the twenty-first century brought on Massive Ontogenetic Regulation Failure Syndrome, or just MORFS, to the fear of adolescents, since it might cause small or drastic changes. Among the drastic changes were gaining of characteristics of other species, sex changes, or even special powers. A young soldier that is somewhat purist is on assignment in a laboratory where MORFS is studied. However, not everything is as it seems. Then something goes wrong, and suddenly all his views are all turned around as he changes to the other side of the MORFS divide.

Feral Information Systems Development: Managerial Implications

Managerial Implications

Author: Kerr, Donald Vance

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1466650281

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 303

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"This book seeks to accelerate the collective understandings and implications on the management of business organizations; with an emphasis on theoretical explanations on the development of feral information systems"--Provided by publisher.

Feral Animals in the American South

An Evolutionary History

Author: Abraham Gibson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107156947

Category: History

Page: 320

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This book retells American southern history from feral animals' perspective, examining social, cultural, and evolutionary consequences of domestication and feralization.

Feral

Author: Kerry Greenwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0734412002

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 220

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When Sasha investigates the takeover of the town's university by shaven-headed, rebel students, he discovers that the real power lies in the Management - a faceless group with immense power and its own army of guards. Sasha longs to bring down the Management and restore order to the university, but first he must gain the trust and support of the dangerous Xanthippe of Gan Edan and the Mother Abbess of the Convent of St Mary McKillop. And then he must discover the identity of the spy who is leaking everyone's secrets... A gripping story from the author of CAVE RATS.

Feral

Author: Bev Cooke

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

ISBN: 1554696151

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 208

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She lives in fear -- of the two-legs, of the noisy, massive trains that scream in and out of the station, of cats and rats and dogs and the dark of the tunnels. She lives in the subway, where the hard shoes kick her ribs, where shrill voices beat her ears, where she subsists on the garbage of the humans. But the little cat walks alone. Until she meets Candlewax, a street kid exiled from the subway tunnels, and Katherine, a student photographer who loves her on sight. From these two she learns that trust can banish fear and love provides a home wherever you are.

Feral

Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life

Author: George Monbiot

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022620555X

Category: Nature

Page: 319

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As an investigative journalist, Monbiot found a mission in his ecological boredom, that of learning what it might take to impose a greater state of harmony between himself and nature. He was not one to romanticize undisturbed, primal landscapes, but rather in his attempts to satisfy his cravings for a richer, more authentic life, he came stumbled into the world of restoration and rewilding. When these concepts were first introduced in 2011, very recently, they focused on releasing captive animals into the wild. Soon the definition expanded to describe the reintroduction of animal and plant species to habitats from which they had been excised. Some people began using it to mean the rehabilitation not just of particular species, but of entire ecosystems: a restoration of wilderness. Rewilding recognizes that nature consists not just of a collection of species but also of their ever-shifting relationships with each other and with the physical environment. Ecologists have shown how the dynamics within communities are affected by even the seemingly minor changes in species assemblages. Predators and large herbivores have transformed entire landscapes, from the nature of the soil to the flow of rivers, the chemistry of the oceans, and the composition of the atmosphere. The complexity of earth systems is seemingly boundless."

Feral

Young Adult Epic Fantasy

Author: Brian Rathbone

Publisher: White Wolf Press, LLC

ISBN: 1301864986

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Reeling from the loss of the Regent dragons and her son to the black armies, Catrin Volker can take no more. Armed with power never before seen on Godsland, she goes in search of her son and her enemies. May the gods have mercy on those who stand in her way.