Calls Beyond Our Hearing by Holly Menino

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Menino’s is ... inviting, rigorous and balanced.
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A worldwide journey through the mystery and science of animal communication.

Calls Beyond Our Hearing is a fascinating exploration of animals, their voices, and their survival. Traveling from Panama to England, Africa to Puerto Rico, Quebec to America, Holly Menino learns from scientists, explorers, and cutting-edge studies about a wide variety of animal species as they feed, play, fight, mate, and communicate for survival. Voice by voice, researchers assemble the building blocks of animal communication, such as:

--How tungara frogs distinguish one mate from thousands of suitors
--The purposeful song duets of rare birds in a remote island wilderness
--England's iconic red deer and the interloper that is diluting the species
--How meerkats gather, warn or help each other, and reject outsiders with vocalizations
--The communication of elephants in close groups and across great distances

Calls Beyond Our Hearing will engage anyone interested in the musical world of creatures, and what animal communication can teach us about our own voices and songs.


About Holly Menino

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HOLLY MENINO grew up in a small Ohio college town, where her passionate interest in animals showed itself by age three, about ten years before she heard the call to be a writer. A graduate of Smith College, she has worked in both scholarly and popular publishing. She lives in Interlaken, New York.
Published April 10, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 271 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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on Jan 24 2012

The male takes the lead and the female responds. However, writes Menino, the parallel with jazz improvisation stops here. If the female's response is not right, the male will attack her...A charming meditation on the world of sound.

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Reviewed by Barbara King on Apr 07 2012

Menino’s is ... inviting, rigorous and balanced.

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