Year Book Volume 6

Year Book Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...their nesting period. His preliminary report gives an inadequate idea of the remarkable extent of his experiments or of the clearness of his results. Among other things, he demonstrated that if the sooty terns and noddies were taken to Cape Hatteras and then liberated they would return to their nests on Bird Key Tortugas, a distance of 850 statute miles from their place of liberation. As Professor Watson states in his preliminary report, one season's work is not sufficient in which to complete the study of so complex a series of instinctive reactions as those of nesting gulls, and it is to be hoped that he may continue his observations. His studies were carried out under circumstances so trying that but few men of science would have had the resolution or have maintained the interest necessary to conduct the experiments. He lived continuously upon Bird Key for 2 months, through the hottest season, when the temperature of the sand upon which the birds lay their egs rose to 1200 F. He lived in the old deserted yellow-fever hospital which was used when the island was a quarantine station, yet he pursued his observations with an energy and devotion rarely surpassed. Professor Watson's preliminary report is as follows: A Resume of a Study upon the Behavior of Noddy and Sooty Terns Carried on at Bird Key during the Spring of 1907, by John B. Watson, University of Chicago. From May 2 to July 18, accurate field observations were made upon the instinctive life of noddy and sooty terns. The complete report of this work will include the behavior of the birds during the laying, brooding, and rearing periods. These birds have a large series of instinctive activities, which are displayed in rhythmical order, depending upon the state of advancement of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592956
  • 9781236592958