New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

May 22, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Life's engines : how microbes made Earth habitable

May 21, 2015
Falkowski, Paul G., author.
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2015]
x, 205 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The missing microbes -- Meet the microbes -- The world before time -- Life's little engines -- Supercharging the engines -- Protecting the core genes -- Cell mates -- Supersizing wonderland -- The fragile species -- The tinkerers -- Microbes on Mars and butterflies on Venus?

Birding by impression : a different approach to knowing and identifying birds

May 19, 2015
Karlson, Kevin, author.
xiii, 286 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.

Daffodils in American gardens, 1733-1940

May 12, 2015
Van Beck, Sara L., author.
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2015]
xiv, 341 pages ; 27 cm
A brief history of daffodils in Britain and the Netherlands -- Daffodils in early America, 1733 to 1820 -- Daffodils in America, 1820 to 1860 -- Rise of American daffodils, 1860 to 1940 -- Daffodils in cemeteries -- Daffodils in historic gardens.

The house of owls

May 7, 2015
Angell, Tony, author.
New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2015]
xviii, 203 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The house of owls -- About owls -- Owls and human culture -- Owls in company with people -- Owls of unique habitat -- Owls of remote and wild places.

The narrow edge : a tiny bird, an ancient crab, & an epic journey

May 5, 2015
Cramer, Deborah, author.
viii, 293 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Beginnings -- The "uttermost part of the earth" : Tierra del Fuego -- When is the beginning of the end? -- The urban bird and the resort : Río Gallegos and Las Grutas -- Bay of plenty : Delaware Bay -- Tenacity -- Blue bloods -- Counting -- Lowcountry : South Carolina and other tidelands -- Ghost trail : the Laguna Madre and the central flyway -- Does losing one more bird matter? -- The longest day : the Arctic -- Returning south : James Bay, the Mingan Islands, and the Guianas -- Heading home.

A buzz in the meadow : the natural history of a French farm

May 1, 2015
Goulson, Dave, author.
xiii, 266 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.

Into the nest : intimate views of the courting, parenting, and family lives of familiar birds

April 29, 2015
Erickson, Laura, 1951-
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., 2015.
207 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 x 25 cm
Includes index.

Feral cities : adventures with animals in the urban jungle

April 20, 2015
Donovan, Tristan.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2015]
243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

Elephant don : the politics of a pachyderm posse

April 14, 2015
O'Connell, Caitlin, 1965- author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Kissing of the ring -- Journey to Mushara -- The head that wears the crown -- Introduction to the boys' club -- Dung diaries -- Teenage wasteland -- Coalitions and a fall from grace -- Male bonding -- The domino effect -- Capo di tutti capi -- Of musth and other demons -- The emotional elephant -- The don back in the driver's seat -- Closure -- Sniffing out your relatives -- Where are the boys in gray? -- A case for dishonest signaling -- The don under fire -- Black mamba in camp -- Baying at a testosterone-filled moon -- Relentless wind -- A deposed don -- The don returns -- Scramble for power -- The royal family -- Wee hours -- The politics of family -- A new beginning.

Infested : how the bed bug infiltrated our bedrooms and took over the world

April 13, 2015
Borel, Brooke, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
xiv, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Illustrations include life-size images of bedbugs on first page of each chapter.
Prologue : Mysterious bites -- Cryptic insect : meet the bed bug -- The fall : DDT and the slaying of the beast -- The forgotten era : out of sight, out of mind -- The return : a pyrethroid paradox -- Annihilation : by any means necessary -- Fear : when things go bite in the night -- Money : the Wild West of the bed bug economy -- Mysterious rash : the psychological toll of travel -- The origin of a species : the bed bug's beginning -- Epilogue : Horror, curiosity, and joy -- Appendix 1. Brooke's bed bug guide -- Appendix 2. Bed bug songs -- Appendix 3. Bed bug literature -- Appendix 4. Bed bug limericks.

The new wild : why invasive species will be nature's salvation

April 7, 2015
Pearce, Fred, author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2015]
xvi, 245 pages ; 24 cm

How to clone a mammoth : the science of de-extinction

April 7, 2015
Shapiro, Beth Alison, author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
xii, 220 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Reversing extinction -- Select a species -- Find a well-preserved specimen -- Create a clone -- Breed them back -- Reconstruct the genome -- Reconstruct part of the genome -- Now create a clone -- Make more of them -- Set them free -- Should we?.
"Could extinct species like mammoths and passenger pigeons be brought back to life? The science says yes. In [this book], Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in 'ancient DNA' research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used--today--to resurrect the past"

Cuckoo : cheating by nature

April 7, 2015
Davies, N. B. (Nicholas B.), 1952- author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015.
xx, 289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
"First published in Great Britain, 2015"--Title-page verso.
A cuckoo in the nest -- How the cuckoo lays her egg -- Wicked fen -- Harbinger of spring -- Playing cuckoo -- An arms race with eggs -- Signatures and forgeries -- A cheat in various guises -- a strange and odious instinct -- Begging tricks -- Choosing hosts -- An entangled bank -- Cuckoos in decline -- A changing world.
How does the cuckoo get away with laying its eggs in the nests of other birds and tricking them into raising young cuckoos rather than their own offspring? Early observers who noticed a little warbler feeding a monstrously large cuckoo chick concluded the cuckoo's lack of parental care was the result of faulty design by the Creator, and that the hosts chose to help the poor cuckoo. These quaint views of bad design and benevolence were banished after Charles Darwin proposed that the cuckoo tricks the hosts in an evolutionary battle, where hosts evolve better defenses against cuckoos and cuckoos, in turn, evolve better trickery to outwit the hosts. For the last three decades, Davies has employed observation and field experiments to unravel the details of this evolutionary "arms race" between cuckoos and their hosts. Like a detective, Davies and his colleagues studied adult cuckoo behavior, cuckoo egg markings, and cuckoo chick begging calls to discover exactly how cuckoos trick their hosts.

Beneath the surface : killer whales, SeaWorld, and the truth beyond Blackfish

March 31, 2015
Hargrove, John (Animal trainer)
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
vii, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
A firsthand account of the lives of captive killer whales by one of SeaWorld's most experienced orca trainers and the star of Blackfish argues that their needs are not met in captivity and traces advocacy efforts comparing the lives of free and captive orcas.

H is for Hawk

March 24, 2015
Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
300 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2014.
Patience -- Lost -- Small worlds -- Mr White -- Holding tight -- The box of stars -- Invisibility -- The Rembrandt interior -- The rite of passage -- Darkness -- Leaving home -- Outlaws -- Alice, falling -- The line -- For whom the bell -- Rain -- Heat -- Flying free -- Extinction -- Hiding -- Fear -- Apple day -- Memorial -- Drugs -- Magical places -- The flight of time -- The new world -- Winter histories -- Enter spring -- The moving earth.
When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.

The book of beetles : a life-size guide to six hundred of nature's gems

March 17, 2015
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2014]
656 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Introduction -- What is a beetle? -- Beetle classification -- Evolution & diversity -- Communication, reproduction & development -- Defense -- Feeding behavior -- Beetle conservation -- Beetles & society -- The beetles. Archostemata ; Myxophaga ; Adephaga ; Polyphaga -- Appendices. Glossary ; Classification of the Coleoptera ; Resources ; Notes on contributors ; Index of species and families ; Acknowledgments.
The Book of Beetles celebrates the beauty and diversity of this marvelous group of insects. Six hundred significant beetle species are covered, from the delicate featherwing beetles to the six-inch-long titan beetles. Each entry includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, a listing of related species, and a description of the specimen's importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, behavior, and scientific significance. Intermixed with the facts are surprising asides, such as Priacma serrata's undeniable attraction to laundry bleach, Manticora latipennis's role in Persian legends as "one who devours men," or the ability of Nomius pygmaeus - the co-called Stinking Beetle - to force the evacuation of an entire village.--INSIDE FLAP.

The triumph of seeds : how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, & pips, conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history

March 16, 2015
Hanson, Thor, author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
xxv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Seed for a day -- The staff of life -- Sometimes you feel like a nut -- What the spike moss knows -- Mendel's spores -- Methuselah -- Take it to the bank -- By tooth, beak, and gnaw -- The riches of taste -- The cheeriest beans -- Death by umbrella -- Irresistible flesh -- By wind and wave.

Dragonflies: magnificent creatures of water, air, and land

March 16, 2015
Dokkum, Pieter van, 1972-
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015.
175 pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
Beginnings -- An excellent design -- Dew-clad dragons -- Masters of flight -- Portraits -- Hunters -- The next generation -- Endings, new beginnings.

The next species : the future of evolution in the aftermath of man

March 10, 2015
Tennesen, Michael.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
x, 322 pages ; 24 cm
Delving into the history of the planet and based on reports and interviews with top scientists, a prominent science writer, traveling to rain forests, canyons, craters and caves all over the world to explore the potential winners and losers of the next era of evolution, describes what life on earth could look like after the next mass extinction. Includes timeline.

The last unicorn : a search for one of Earth's rarest creatures

March 2, 2015
DeBuys, William, 1949- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"In 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with beautiful long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to western science -- a saola, the first large land mammal discovered in 50 years. Rare then and rarer now, no westerner had glimpsed a live saola before Pulitzer Prize finalist and nature writer William deBuys and conservation biologist William Robichaud set off to search for it in the wilds of central Laos. The team endured a punishing trek, up and down whitewater rivers and through mountainous terrain ribboned with the snare lines of armed poachers. In the tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Colin Thubron, and Peter Matthiessen, THE LAST UNICORN is deBuys's look deep into one of the world's most remote places. As in the pursuit of the unicorn, the journey ultimately becomes a quest for the essence of wildness in nature, and an encounter with beauty"-- Provided by publisher.

Guide to wild foods and useful plants

March 2, 2015
Nyerges, Christopher, author.
ix, 337 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Agave -- Alyssum -- Amaranth -- Black sage -- Brodiaea -- Burdock -- California Bay -- California coffee berry and cascara sagrada -- Camphor tree -- Carob -- Castor bean -- Cattail -- Chia -- Chickweed -- Chicory -- Cleavers -- Currants and gooseberries -- Dandelion -- Dock -- Elder -- Epazote -- Eucalyptus -- Fennel -- Filaree -- Glasswort -- Grass -- Horehound -- Horsetail -- Jimsonweed -- Lamb's quarter -- Mallow -- Manzanita -- Milkweed -- Miner's lettuce -- Mugwort -- Mustard -- Nasturtium -- Nettle -- Oak tree -- Passionflower -- Pinon pine -- Plantain -- Poison hemlock -- Poison oak -- Prickly lettuce -- Prickly pear -- Purslane -- Rose -- Rosemary -- Russian thistle -- Sea rocket -- Seaweeds -- Shepherd's purse -- Sow thistle -- Thistle -- Toothwort -- Toyon -- Tree tobacco -- Watercress -- Water hyacinth -- Western black nightshade -- White sage -- Wild asparagus -- Wild buckwheat -- Wild cucumber -- Wild onions -- Willow -- Wood sorrel -- Yarrow -- Yerba santa -- Yucca.
An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, foragers, or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. Written by a leading expert on wild foods and a well-known teacher of survival skills, Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant types--it teaches how to recognize edible plants and where to find them, their medicinal and nutritional properties, and their growing cycles. This new edition features more than 70 plants found all around the United States along with more than 100 full color photos plus handy leaf, fruit, and seed keys to help readers identify the plants. It also includes fascinating folklore about plants, personal anecdotes about trips and meals, and simple and tasty recipes.

Peterson field guide to medicinal plants and herbs of eastern and central North America

March 2, 2015
Foster, Steven, 1957-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2014.
xviii, 456 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.
"Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and the National Wildlife Federation."
How to use this book -- White or whitish flowers -- Yellow flowers -- Orange flowers -- Pink to red flowers -- Violet to blue flowers -- Green flowers -- Shrubs -- Trees -- Woody vines -- Ferns -- Grasses and grasslike plants.
A reference to the medicinal plants and herbs of Eastern and Central North American includes specific remedies for asthma, headaches, colds, stomachaches, depression, and many other common ailments.

The biology book : from the origin of life to epigenetics, 250 milestones in the history of biology

February 26, 2015
Gerald, Michael C.
526 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

Trees up close : the beauty of bark, leaves, flowers, and seeds

February 26, 2015
Hugo, Nancy R., author.
Portland : Timber Press, 2014.
200 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Leaves -- Flowers and cones -- Fruit and seeds -- Buds and leaf scars -- Bark and twigs.

Ten million aliens : a journey through the entire animal kingdom

February 12, 2015
Barnes, Simon, author.
New York : Marble Arch Press, 2015.
480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Short Books, c2014.
Includes index.


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