Curious Naturalists by Niko Tinbergen

By Niko Tinbergen

"This ebook describes the actions & many of the discoveries of a small variety of naturalists who've joined me, at one time or one other, within the pursuit of our universal pastime; the learn of the behaviour of animals of their average setting. It covers approximately 25 years of organic sightseeing & exploration & attempts to inform, with out using technical language, a narrative of our box paintings and the thrill of discovery."—Niko Tinbergen

... I learn this booklet as undefined. It encouraged my brain as few others had. i have been recommending it ever considering that. you will not be disappointed

Table of contents:
Preface vii

1. The Bee-Hunters of Hulshorst 1
2. Arctic Interlude 19
3· Snow Buntings and Phalaropes 43
4· again to the Bee-Hunters 60
5. speedier than Swifts 83
6. The Sand Wasps 103
7. reports of Camouflage 125
8. Defence by means of color 155
9· Bark with Wings 176
10. Camberwell Beauties 193
11. Cliff Dwellers 200
12. Black-headed Gulls, 1 218
13. Black-headed Gulls, 2 236
14. Eider Invasion 252
15. bugs and flora 268
16. Curious Naturalists 285

References 292
Index 296

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It is important to realise how recent the availability of electricity to us really is. When my own father was born, at the end of the 19th century, the family had no electricity—because nobody anywhere had electricity! Even today, with nearly 7 billion of us, one in four still have no electricity, neither for lighting nor comfort—not even for basic survival. We will return to this subject later in this book. Edison’s electric generator was powered by a steam engine. He built this generator, called a dynamo, himself.

One example is Switzerland, where hydroelectricity is available to cover 60 percent of national consumption—but half of that is exported. The result is that consumers in Germany, say, may claim that they only consume electricity from renewable sources, while Swiss consumers, without knowing what is going on, are getting imported electricity generated by nuclear and coal-fired power stations. You may want to call this the absurdity of the liberalised energy market. However, in the conventional energy system we have today, it makes sense since it may be better to transport great distances electricity produced from a nuclear source—which cannot be modulated easily for technical reasons—to spare stored hydroelectricity at a particular point in time instead of wasting it.

Interestingly, even the German PV journal Photon, the voice of the global PV industry, had to declare insolvency. It is important to note that Chinese module manufacturers were as much concerned by this downturn in the industry as those in the rest of the world. But against all logic, SolarWorld was successful in initiating from the United States and Europe a trade war with China followed by retaliation measures by China. There was quite objectively no reason for all this! These terrible times the world’s PV module industry was confronted with have their origin in the chronic overinvestment, and it did not stop when the market explosion came to an end.

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