New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

May 20, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The dragon behind the glass : a true story of power, obsession, and the world's most coveted fish

May 19, 2016
Voigt, Emily, author.
New York, NY : Scribner, 2016.
xi, 319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part I: "Dragons in their pleasant palaces". The pet detective ; The fish ; The arowana cartel ; Aquarama ; The dragon's den -- Part II: The edge of the known world. The living fish ; The explorers ; Naming rights ; Part III: The super red. In the age of aquariums ; Ghost fish ; Part IV: Fish #32,107. Monsters of our making ; "The authorities will be watching you" ; Beard of the crocodile -- Part V: Into the lair. The paradox of value ; Fish meets world ; Plan C ; Here be dragons.
"A journalist's quest to find a wild Asian arowana--the world's most expensive aquarium fish--takes her on a global tour through the bizarre realm of ornamental fish hobbyists to some of the most remote jungles on the planet."--Dust jacket.

Garden revolution : how our landscapes can be a source of environmental change

May 19, 2016
Weaner, Larry, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
328 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

Did you know? : animals

May 16, 2016
Harvey, Derek, author.
New York, New York : DK/Penguin Random House, 2016.
143 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"Amazing answers to more than 200 awesome questions!"--Front cover.
Presents random facts about animals around the world, including why tigers have stripes, how chameleons change color, and if flying fish can really fly.

America's snake : the rise and fall of the timber rattlesnake

May 16, 2016
Levin, Ted, 1948- author.
©2016
xxvi, 481 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
An introduction to Crotalis horridus -- Part One. Egress : the dangers of leaving home. A quirky subculture ; Quasimodo in the Blue Hills ; Live free or die ; Zero at the bone ; A long, muscular tube -- Interlude : High summer : on the trail with timber rattlesnakes. The dangers of being male ; The dangers of being female ; A commodity of rattlesnakes : snakes today, Bibles tomorrow -- Part Two. Ingress : the dangers of coming home. Chaos of rocks ; Among rattlesnakes ; Into the abyss ; The very last rattlesnake -- Epilogue: The ambiguous world of the timber rattlesnake.

Peterson reference guide to woodpeckers of North America

May 12, 2016
Shunk, Stephen A., author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xi, 298 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 26 cm
Labelled diagrams of external woodpecker anatomy and of bird wing on endpapers.
"Sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the National Wildlife Federation.
Introduction. Anatomy and adaptation ; Behavior ; Ecology and conservation ; How to use this book -- Species accounts -- Appendix 1. Measurements of North American woodpeckers -- Appendix 2. Nest site data for North American woodpeckers -- Appendix 3. Parenting data for North American woodpeckers -- Appendix 4. The woodpecker "family tree" -- Appendix 5. Woodpecker conflicts with humans -- Glossary.

The big picture : on the origins of life, meaning, and the universe itself

May 9, 2016
Carroll, Sean M., 1966- author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
ix, 470 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The fundamental nature of reality -- Poetic naturalism -- The world moves by itself -- What determines what will happen next? -- Reasons why -- Our universe -- Time's arrow -- Memories and causes -- Learning about the world -- Updating our knowledge -- Is it okay to doubt everything? -- Reality emerges -- What exists, and what is illusion? -- Planets of belief -- Accepting uncertainty -- What can we know about the universe without looking at it? -- Who am I? -- Abducting God -- How much we know -- The quantum realm -- Interpreting quantum mechanics -- The core theory -- The stuff of which we are made -- The effective theory of the everyday world -- Why does the universe exist? -- Body and soul -- Death is the end -- The universe in a cup of coffee -- Light and life -- Funneling energy -- Spontaneous organization -- The origin and purpose of life -- Evolution's bootstraps -- Searching through the landscape -- Emergent purpose -- Are we the point? -- Crawling into consciousness -- The babbling brain -- What thinks? -- The hard problem -- Zombies and stories -- Are photons conscious? -- What acts on what? -- Freedom to choose -- Billion heartbeats -- What is and what ought to be -- Rules and consequences -- Constructing goodness -- Listening to the world -- Existential therapy.

Following the wild bees : the craft and science of bee hunting

May 4, 2016
Seeley, Thomas D., author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
xviii, 164 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- The bee box and other tools -- Bee-hunting season -- Establishing a beeline -- Timing bees to estimate distance to home -- Making moves down the beeline -- Finding the bee tree -- On not "taking up" the bee tree.
Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it.

Not so different : finding human nature in animals

May 2, 2016
Lents, Nathan H., author.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2016.
x, 349 pages ; 24 cm

Silent sparks : the wondrous world of fireflies

May 2, 2016
Lewis, Sara Margery, 1953- author.
©2016
xi, 223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm

Life : the leading edge of evolutionary biology, genetics, anthropology, and environmental science

April 28, 2016
© 2016
xii, 367 pages ; 21 cm
"Edge.Org presents Edward O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, Freeman Dyson, Matt Ridley, Ray Kurzweil, J. Craig Venter, Daniel Lieberman, and more"--Cover.
Introduction by John Brockman -- Evolvability / Richard Dawkins -- Genomic imprinting / David Haig -- A full-force storm with gale winds blowing / Robert Trivers -- What evolution is / Ernst Mayr (with an introduction by Jared Diamond) -- Genetics plus time / Steve Jones (in conversation with Edge) -- A united biology / E. O. Wilson (with an introduction by Steven Pinker) -- Is life analog or digital? / Freeman Dyson -- Life: what a concept! / Freeman Dyson, J. Craig Venter, George Church, Dimitar Sasselov, Seth Lloyd, Robert Shapiro (in conversation with Edge) -- The gene-centric view: a conversation / Richard Dawkins, J. Craig Venter (with an introduction by John Brockman) -- The nature of normal human variety / Armand Marie Leroi -- Brains plus brawn / Daniel Lieberman -- Mapping the Neanderthal genome / Svante Pääbo -- On biocomputation / J. Craig Venter, Ray Kurzweil, Rodney Brooks -- Engineering biology / Drew Endy -- Eat me before I eat you: a new foe for bad bugs / Kary Mullis -- Duck sex and aesthetic evolution / Richard Prum -- Toxo / Robert Sapolsky -- The adjacent possible / Stuart Kauffman.
"The newest addition to John Brockman's Edge.org series explores life itself, bringing together the world's leading biologists, geneticists, and evolutionary theorists -- including Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, J. Craig Venter, and Freeman Dyson. Scientists' understanding of life is progressing more rapidly than at any point in human history, from the extraordinary decoding of DNA to the controversial emergence of biotechnology. Featuring pioneering biologists, geneticists, physicists, and science writers, Life explains just how far we've come -- and takes a brilliantly educated guess at where we're heading. Richard Dawkins and J. Craig Venter compare genes to digital information, and sketch the frontiers of genomic research. Edward O. Wilson reveals what ants can teach us about building a superorganism -- and, in turn, about how cells build an organism. Elsewhere, David Haig reports new findings on how mothers and fathers individually influence the human genome, while Kary Mullis covers cutting edge treatments for dangerous viruses. And there's much more in this fascinating volume. We may never have all the answers. But the thinkers collected in Life are asking questions that will keep us dreaming for generations."--provided by Amazon.com.

The bee book

April 28, 2016
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2016.
221 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Discover the wonder of bees and how to protect them for generations to come"-- Cover.

Sibley birds east : field guide to birds of eastern North America

April 26, 2016
Sibley, David, 1961- author, illustrator.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xxv, 438 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm.
Includes index.
"A Scott & Nix edition".
Swans and geese -- Ducks -- Upland game birds -- Loons and grebes -- Tubenoses -- Pelicans, cormorants and allies -- Wading birds -- Hawks and vultures -- Cranes and rails -- Shorebirds -- Gulls -- Terns and skimmers -- Skuas and Jaegers -- Alcids -- Piegons and doves -- Cuckoos -- Owls -- Goatsuckers -- Swifts -- Hummingbirds -- Kingfishers -- Woodpeckers -- Falcons -- Parrots -- Tyrant flycatchers and becard -- Shrikes and vireons -- Jays and crows -- Larks -- Swallows -- Chickadees, nuthatches, and their allies -- Wrens, kinglets, gnatcatchers and bulbuls -- Thrushes and others -- Mimids, starling and mynas -- Pipits, waxwings, silky-flycatcher, and longspurs -- Wood-warblers --True tanagers -- Emberizine sparrows and their allies -- Tanagers, cardinals and buntings -- Icterids -- Finches and old world sparrows.
Indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative and portable guide to the birds of eastern North America.

Sibley birds west : field guide to birds of western North America

April 26, 2016
Sibley, David, 1961- author, illustrator.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xxv, 477 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm
Includes indexes.
"A Scott & Nix edition".
Swans and geese -- Ducks -- Upland game birds -- Loons and grebes -- Albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters -- Storm-petrels -- Pelicans, boobies, and allies -- Cormarants -- Wading birds -- Hawks and vultures -- Gruiformes -- Shorebirds -- Gulls -- Terns and skimmiers -- Jaegers and skua -- Alcids -- Pigeons and doves -- Cuckoos and their allies -- Owls -- Goatsuckers -- Swifts -- Hummingbirds -- Kingfishers and trogons -- Woodpeckers -- Falcons -- Parrots -- Tyrant flycatchers and becard -- Shrikes and vireos -- Jays, crows, and their allies -- Larks -- Swallows -- Chickadees, nuthatches, and their allies -- Wrens -- Gnatcatchers, kinglets, and others -- Thrushes -- Mimids -- Wagtails, pipts, waxwings, silky-flycatchers, starlings, longspurs, and olive warbler -- Wood-warblers -- Emberizine sparrows and their allies -- Tanagers, cardinals, and their allies -- Icterids -- Finches and old world sparrows.
Indispensable resource for all birders seeking an authoritative and portable guide to the birds of western North America.

Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?

April 25, 2016
Waal, F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.), 1948- author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you're less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed"--Dust jacket flap.

Baby birds : an artist looks into the nest

April 13, 2016
Zickefoose, Julie, author, illustrator.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xxi, 333 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Carolina wren -- Eastern bluebird -- Tree swallow -- Ruby-throated hummingbird -- Chimney swift -- House sparrow -- Eastern phoebe -- Carolina chickadee -- European starling -- Northern cardinal -- Prothonotary warbler -- Tufted titmouse -- Indigo bunting -- Mourning dove -- House finch -- House wren -- Yellow-billed cuckoo.
Collects over four hundred watercolor paintings depicting the rapid development of seventeen bird species that live at the author's wildlife sanctuary.

One wild bird at a time : portraits of individual lives

April 13, 2016
Heinrich, Bernd, 1940- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
ix, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Flickers nesting in the house -- A quintet of crows -- Getting to know a starling -- Woodpecker with a drum -- Barred owl talking -- Hawk tablecloths -- Vireo birth control -- Nuthatch home-making -- Blue jays in touch -- Chickadees in winter -- Redpolls tunneling in snow -- Tracking grouse in winter -- Crested flycatcher's nest helpers -- Red-winged blackbirds returning -- Phoebe seasons -- Evening grosbeaks -- Audience to a woodcock.
In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich shares his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. There are countless books on bird behavior, but Heinrich argues that some of the most amazing bird behaviors fall below the radar of what most birds do in aggregate. Heinrich’s passionate observations superbly mix memoir and science and lead to fascinating questions — and sometimes startling discoveries.

The most perfect thing : inside (and outside) a bird's egg

April 13, 2016
Birkhead, T. R., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xvi, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2016"--Title-page verso.
Climmers and collectors -- Making shells -- The shape of eggs -- Colouring eggs : how? -- Colouring eggs : why? -- Much ado about albumen : the microbe war -- Yolk, ovaries, and fertilisation -- Stupendious love : laying, incubation, and hatching -- Lupton's legacy.
Renowned ornithologist Tim Birkhead uses birds' eggs as wondrous portals into natural history, enlivened by the stories of naturalists and scientists, including Birkhead and his students, whose discoveries have advanced current scientific knowledge of reproduction.

The genius of birds

April 13, 2016
Ackerman, Jennifer, 1959- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The genius of birds -- From dodo to crow : taking the measure of a bird mind -- The bird way : the avian brain revisited -- Boffins : technical wizardry -- Twitter : social savvy -- Four hundred tongues : vocal virtuosity -- The bird artist : aesthetic aptitude -- A mapping mind : spatial (and temporal) ingenuity -- Sparrowville : adaptive genius.
"Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size, although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight. The Genius of Birds explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about."--provided by publisher.

The California Current : a Pacific ecosystem and its fliers, divers, and swimmers

April 12, 2016
Ulanski, Stan L., 1946- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
xiii, 233 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The bountiful waters -- Sea turtles : living dinosaurs of the ocean -- Seabirds : fliers, gliders, and divers -- Anglers reap the bounty -- Sea otters and pinnipeds -- Cetaceans : whales, porpoises, and dolphins -- Looking for solutions : protecting the California Current ecosystem.

Heart of a lion : a lone cat's walk across America

April 11, 2016
Stolzenburg, William, author.
©2016
245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Map on lining pages.
Black Hills -- Into the void -- The search -- Crossroads -- Attack -- Northbound -- The deer shepherd -- The gold coast -- Resurrection -- Tolerance.
Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. William Stolzenburg retraces his two-year journey, from his embattled birthplace in the Black Hills, across the Great Plains and the Mississippi River, through Midwest metropolises and remote northern forests, to his tragic finale upon Connecticut's Gold Coast.

I love mom.

April 7, 2016
Lake Forest, California : QEB Publishing Inc, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm

Bugs, bees, and other buzzy creatures.

April 6, 2016
New York : DK Publishing, 2016.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Full of fun facts and other activities ; projects to make and do"--Cover.

Lab girl

April 4, 2016
Jahren, Hope, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
290 pages ; 25 cm
Roots and Leaves -- Wood and Knots -- Flowers and Fruit.
"An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world,"--Amazon.com.

The New York Botanical Garden

March 31, 2016
New York : Abrams Inc. 2016.
252 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
In "The New York Botanical Garden", the institution's remarkable history and collections are presented in one magnificent volume. Through hundreds of exquisite photographs and reproductions of rare botanical art, the book celebrates this urban oasis s 125th year as a place of unparalleled beauty in New York City and as an internationally renowned leader in plant research and conservation. This revised edition includes more than 200 new photographs and features added sections that offer in-depth views of the extraordinary plants, spectacular gardens, and award-winning architecture that define the 250-acre landscape. Archival and contemporary photographs beautifully document the Garden s illustrious history and its ongoing development alongside essays that describe the origins and purpose of a botanical garden and provide a fascinating look at the Garden s groundbreaking scientific discoveries since its founding in 1891."

The sting of the wild

March 25, 2016
Schmidt, Justin O., 1947- author.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
xi, 257 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Stung -- The stinger -- The origin of stinging insects -- The pain truth -- Sting science -- Sweat bees and fire ants -- Yellowjackets and wasps -- Harvester ants -- Tarantula hawks and solitary wasps -- Bullet ants -- Honey bees and humans: an evolutionary symbiosis.

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