New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

April 27, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Meerkats

April 26, 2017
Mc Ilrath, Grant M., author.
©2016
240 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Taxonomic classification -- Morphometrics - body characteristics and measurements -- Populations and distribution -- Habits -- Territories and burrow systems -- Parasites - body fluid burglars -- Thermoregulation -- Vocalisations -- Diet -- Predators and the hunted hunters -- The neighbourhood watch - costs and benefits of allies -- Guarding -- Hierarchy and dominance -- Grooming -- Reproduction -- Babysitting -- Play fighting -- Poetry inspired by meerkats -- Conservation and ecological importance -- The meerkat pet trade and rehabilitation concerns.
Meerkats offers unique insight into the world of this endearing creature, and is the first title on the subject written by a professionally qualified nature conservationist. Includes remarkable sequences of images of meerkats mobbing together to take on predators such as jackals, eagles and poisonous snakes, along with many other interesting behaviours. Meerkats truly are mammalian masters of multi-tasking.

Wetlands

April 21, 2017
Moore, Peter D.
New York : Facts on File, ©2008.
xviii, 270 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm.
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- What are wetlands? -- Why are wetlands important? -- 1. Geography of wetlands -- The water cycle -- Evaporation and precipitation -- Transpiration and evaportranspiration -- Climate and the global distribution of wetlands -- Albedo -- The oceans and climate -- The oceanic conveyor belt -- Factors affecting wetland types -- Succession : wetland changes in time -- Conclusions -- 2. Geology and chemistry of wetlands -- The rock cycle -- The nature of water -- Acidity and pH -- Geology and rock weathering -- Particle size -- Erosion and leaching -- Hydrology of wetland catchments -- Hydrology of peat -- Darcy's law -- Geology of wetland catchments -- Lake sediments and their origins -- Peat deposits : origins and contents -- Wetland stratigraphy -- Stratigraphy and climate -- The Younger Dryas event -- Stratigraphy and wetland catchments -- Stratigraphy and archaeology Radiocarbin dating -- Microscopic stratigraphy : diatoms -- Microscopic stratigraphy : pollen -- Pollen grains -- Conclusions.
Provides information on the development and study of wetlands, as well as the future of wetlands in a rapidly changing environment.

Raptor : a journey through birds : with a new preface

April 19, 2017
Lockhart, James Macdonald, 1975- author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
xiv, 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Hen harrier -- Merlin -- Golden eagle -- Osprey -- Sea eagle -- Goshawk -- Kestrel -- Montagu's harrier -- Peregrine falcon -- Red kite -- Marsh harrier -- Honey buzzard -- Hobby -- Buzzard -- Sparrowhawk.

DNA is not destiny : the remarkable, completely misunderstood relationship between you and your genes

April 18, 2017
Heine, Steven J., author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
344 pages ; 24 cm
How genes make you who you are -- Your genes, your soul? -- The oracle at 23andMe : genetic testing and disease -- Born this way : thinking about gender and sexual orientation -- Race and ancestry : how our genes connect and divide us -- Essences and the seductive allure of eugenics -- A brave new world : engineering better essences -- Harnessing our essentialist impulses : how should we think about genes?
"Do you fear what might be lurking in your DNA? Well, now you can find out, and you most likely will. Scientists expect one billion people to have their genomes sequenced by 2025, and as the price drops it may even become a standard medical procedure. Yet cultural psychologist Steven J. Heine argues that the first thing we'll do upon receiving our DNA test results is to misinterpret them completely. We've become accustomed to breathless media coverage about newly discovered "cancer" or "IQ" or "infidelity" genes, each one promising a deeper understanding of what makes us tick. But as Heine shows, most of these claims are oversimplified and overhyped misinterpretations of how our DNA really works. With few exceptions, it is a complex combination of experience, environment, and genetics that determines who we are, how we behave, and what diseases will afflict us in the future. So why do we continue to buy into the belief that our genes control our destiny? Heine argues that we are psychologically ill equipped to deal with DNA results, repeatedly falling into predictable biases--switch-thinking, essentialism, fatalism, negativity dominance, and more--that mold our thinking about the information we receive. Heine shares his research--and his own genome-sequencing results--not only to set the record straight regarding what your genes actually reveal about your health, intelligence, ethnic identity, and family, but also to help you counteract these insidious cognitive traps. His fresh, surprising conclusions about the promise, and limits, of genetic engineering and DNA testing upend conventional thinking and reveal a simple, profound truth: your genes create life--but they do not control it."--Jacket.

Audubon : on the wings of the world

April 14, 2017
Grolleau, Fabien, author.
©2016
174 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
Originally published as Sur les Ailes du monde, Audubon by Dargaud in 2016.
At the start of the 19th century, John James Audubon embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America with nothing but his artist's materials, an assistant and a gun. Driving him on through terrible storms, encounters with ferocious bears and dangerous people, Audubon's all-consuming passion for birds came to define his entire life - but what would the world make of his expressive and distinctly unscientific illustrations upon return?

Midwestern native shrubs and trees : gardening alternatives to nonnative species : an illustrated guide

April 11, 2017
Adelman, Charlotte, 1937- author.
©2016
xv, 430 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.

The songs of trees : stories from nature's great connectors

April 11, 2017
Haskell, David George, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
xi, 292 pages ; 22 cm
Ceibo -- Balsam fir -- Sabal palm -- Green ash -- Interlude: Mitsumata -- Hazel -- Redwood and ponderosa pine -- Interlude: Maple -- Cottonwood -- Callery pear -- Olive -- Japanese white pine.

Victory gardens for bees : a DIY guide to saving the bees

April 6, 2017
Weidenhammer, Lori, author.
©2016
xiii, 226 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Bee afraid -- Victory gardens for bees -- Bees of all stripes -- Healthy herbs for pollinators and people -- Bee-licious edible gardens -- Wild for indigenous bees -- The new buzz on beekeeping -- Bee hedgerows -- Victory borders for bees -- Growing to love bees.
"This book investigates the growing problem of bee mortality and offers practical measures we can all take to help. In ecological terms, bees play a critical role in the survival of many plant communities and the continuation of life on this planet. Now that bees are facing unprecedented levels of die-off caused by a toxic mixture of environmental stresses, a community-based effort is needed to make gardens, fields and landscapes healthy sanctuaries for bees. Just as citizens banded together to produce Victory Gardens to offset the perilous food shortages of World Wars I and II, now a similarly vital level of collective effort is needed to make our gardens into lifesaving shelters for bees. Planning a bee-friendly space can provide a beautiful and bountiful selection of edible crops, native plants and fragrant ornamentals, as well as herbs that have medicinal properties for both pollinators and people. With the help of ten inspiring garden plans and planting guides, Weidenhammer shows how bee-friendly plants can be used in creative combinations for plots and pots of all sizes, and are easily grown by novices and seasoned gardeners alike. In the spirit of the history-making Victory Gardens, readers will learn how to pack optimum benefits into a limited space for the survival of hive and home, and backyard beekeepers will learn great planting strategies for making sure their honeybees are healthy and have ample food to overwinter. Victory Gardens for Bees is also buzzing with DIY projects that will provide nesting sites and essential supplies for precious pollinators"-- Provided by publisher.

The zoo : the wild and wonderful tale of the founding of the London Zoo: 1826-1851

April 5, 2017
Charman, Isobel.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
349 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The founding of a zoo in Georgian London is a story of jaw-dropping audacity in the Age of Empire. It is the story of diplomats, traders, scientists, and aristocratic amateur naturalists charged by Sir Stamford Raffles with collecting amazing creatures from all four corners of the globe. It is the story of the first zoo in history, a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of the filthy, swirling city of Dickensian London, and of the incredible characters, both human and animal, that populated it--from Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria to Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. This is a story of Victorian grandeur, of science and empire, and of adventurers and charlatans. And it is the story of a dizzying age of Empire and industrialization, a time of change unmatched before or since. This is the extraordinary story of the London Zoo.

The enigma of the owl : an illustrated natural history

March 31, 2017
Unwin, Mike, author.
©2016
288 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 30 cm
"Designed and produced by Quintessence Editions"--Title page verso.
Foreword -- Introduction -- North America -- Central & South America -- Eurasia -- Africa -- Southern Asia & Australasia -- Oceanic Islands.

Traveling with ghosts : a memoir

March 24, 2017
Fowler, Shannon Leone, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017]
294 pages : 24 cm
"From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took--through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond--to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand."--Amazon.com

The death and life of the Great Lakes

March 21, 2017
Egan, Dan, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
xix, 364 pages : illustations, map ; 25 cm
The front door. Carving a fourth seacoast : dreams of a seaway ; Three fish : the story of lake trout, sea lampreys and alewives ; The world's great fishing hole : the introduction of coho and chinook salmon ; Noxious cargo : the invasion of zebra and quagga mussels -- The back door. Continental undivide : Asian carp and Chicago's backwards river ; Conquering a continent : the mussel infestation of the West ; North America's "dead" sea : toxic algae and the threat to Toledo's water supply -- The future. Plugging the drain : the never-ending threat to siphon away Great Lakes water ; A shaky balancing act : climate change and the fall and rise of the lakes ; A Great Lake revival : charting a course toward integrity, stability and balance.
"The Great Lakes--Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior--hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan's compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come."--Jacket.

Honeybee democracy

March 21, 2017
Seeley, Thomas D.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
273 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Life in a honeybee colony -- Dream home for honeybees -- Scout bees' debate -- Agreement on best site -- Building a consensus -- Initiating the move to new home -- Steering the flying swarm -- Swarm as cognitive entity -- Swarm smarts.
"Honeybees make decisions collectively---and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated account of scientific discovery, Honeybee Democracy brings together, for the first time, decades of Seeley's pioneering research to tell the amazing story of house hunting and democratic debate among the honeybees." "In the late spring and early summer, as a bee colony becomes overcrowded, a third of the hive stays behind and rears a new queen, while a swarm of thousands departs with the old queen to produce a daughter colony. Seeley describes how these bees evaluate potential nest sites, advertise their discoveries to one another, engage in open deliberation, choose a final site, and navigate together---as a swirling cloud of bees---to their new home. Seeley investigates how evolution has honed the decision-making methods of honeybees over millions of years, and he considers similarities between the ways that bee swarms and primate brains process information. He concludes that what works well for bees can also work well for people: any decision-making group should consist of individuals with shared interests and mutual respect, a leader's influence should be minimized, debate should be relied upon, diverse solutions should be sought, and the majority should be counted on for a dependable resolution." "An impressive exploration of animal behavior, Honeybee Democracy shows that decision-making groups, whether honeybee or human, can be smarter than even the smartest individuals in them."--Jacket.

Birds of the Pacific Northwest

March 16, 2017
Shewey, John, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017.
559 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.

National Geographic backyard guide to insects & spiders of North America

March 9, 2017
Evans, Arthur V., author.
©2017
238 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"In this colorful beginner's guide, you'll meet the top 150 species of arthropods -- insects, spiders, and kin -- that you are most likely to encounter in everyday life." -- Back cover.

Beastly brains : exploring how animals think, talk, and feel

February 15, 2017
Castaldo, Nancy F. (Nancy Fusco), 1962- author.
© 2017
152 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
From machine to thinking animal -- Entering the lab -- Making decisions -- Emotions and empathy -- Fairness -- Communication -- Self-awareness -- Mental time travel -- Problem solving -- From thinking animals to protected animals.
"This fascinating nonfiction account reveals just what's going on inside the minds of animals, and through understanding animal intelligence we discover more about ourselves, including far more similarities than one might expect. Humans may have the biggest brains, but intelligence is not a quality exclusive to only us!"--Provided by publisher.

The wasp that brainwashed the caterpillar : evolution's most unbelievable solutions to life's biggest problems

February 9, 2017
Simon, Matt.
©2016
xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
You absolutely must get laid. Antechinus ; Anglerfish ; Flatworm ; Mustache toad ; Toadfish -- You can't find a babysitter. Ant-decapitating fly ; Glyptapanteles wasp ; Asp caterpillar ; Ocean sunfish ; Lowland streaked tenrec ; Surinam toad -- You need a place to crash. Pearlfish ; Tongue-eating isopod ; Pistol shrimp ; Sociable weaver ; Hero ant -- You live in a crummy neighborhood. Water bear ; Diving bell spider ; Zombie ant ; Pink fairy armadillo ; Naked mole rat -- Turns out getting eaten is bad for survival. Hagfish ; Axolotl ; Cuttlefish ; Satanic leaf-tailed gecko ; Pangolin ; Crested rat -- It turns out not eating is also bad for survival. Giant African land snail ; Aye-aye ; Mantis shrimp ; Bone-eating worm ; Tiger beetle -- You can't let them get away that easily, can you?. Bolas spider ; Velvet worm ; Geography cone snail ; Lamprey ; Assassin bug -- A few parting words.
"On a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber&#x;s anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators. These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution's most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love."--Amazon.com.

De-extinction : the science of bringing lost species back to life

February 9, 2017
Hirsch, Rebecca E., author.
Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books, [2017]
120 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The last bucardo -- Resurrecting the mammoth -- Mammoth 2.0 -- From billions to zero -- The great passenger pigeon comeback -- Hopes and fears -- The frozen zoo.

The book that changed America : how Darwin's theory of evolution ignited a nation

February 1, 2017
Fuller, Randall, 1963- author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
x, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: Origins -- The Book from Across the Atlantic -- Gray's Botany -- Beetles, Birds, Theories -- Word of Mouth -- Making a Stir -- A Night at the Lyceum -- The Nick of Time -- Part II: Struggles -- Bones of Contention -- Agassiz -- The What-Is-It? -- A Spirited Conflict -- Into the Vortex -- Tree of Life -- A Jolt of Recognition -- Wildfires -- Part III: Adaptations -- Discord in Concord -- Moods -- Meditations in a Garden -- The Succession of Forest Trees -- Races of the Old World -- A Cold Shudder -- Part IV: Transformations -- At Down House -- The Ghost of John Brown -- In the Transcendental Graveyard.
Traces the impact of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" on a diverse group of writers, abolitionists, and social reformers, including Henry David Thoreau and Bronson Alcott, against a backdrop of growing tensions and transcendental idealism in 1860 America.

Invasive insects and diseases

January 30, 2017
Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
©2017
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Invasion of the tree snatchers -- The ants have landed -- You're invited -- Aliens are everywhere.

Ninja plants : survival and adaptation in the plant world

January 27, 2017
Blevins, Wiley, author.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2016]
96 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
P.U., you stink! (No, seriously dude. . . take a bath) -- Feed me! -- Kung fu and a tree, too -- I'm a bug (wink-wink), so buzz on over -- If a possum can play dead, so can I -- Rock, paper, . . . plant? -- Let's get a move on -- Firefighting hunks -- No way, Jose! -- Plant-pourri.

Bird watcher's digest butterflies backyard guide : identify, watch, attract, nurture, save

January 26, 2017
Gettler, Erin, 1982- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Cool Springs Press, 2017.
160 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Includes index.

Lesser spotted animals : the coolest creatures you've never heard of

January 12, 2017
Brown, Martin, 1959- author, illustrator.
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2017.
52 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Find out all about the amazing animals you need to know but never get to see, from the numbat to the zorilla, and everything in between.

Ancient skies, ancient trees

January 6, 2017
Moon, Beth, photographer.
New York : Abbeville Press Publishers, 2016.
114 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.

Peterson field guide to birds of northern Central America : Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

January 5, 2017
Fagan, Jesse, author.
©2016
ix, 438 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 19 cm

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