New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

August 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

National Geographic illustrated guide to wildlife : from your back door to the great outdoors : mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians, aquatic life, insects & spiders.

August 29, 2014
Washington, D.C : National Geographic Society, [2014]
446 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
Mammals / Catherine Herbert Howell -- Birds / Laura Erickson & Jonathan Alderfer -- Reptiles & amphibians / Catherine Herbert Howell -- Aquatic life / Noel Grove -- Insects & spiders / Arthur V. Evans.

An indomitable beast : the remarkable journey of the jaguar

August 25, 2014
Rabinowitz, Alan, 1953- author.
Washington : Island Press, [2014]
xvii, 241 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm

The wild food cookbook

August 13, 2014
Phillips, Roger, 1932- author.
Woodstock, Vermont : The Countryman Press, [2014]
viii, 184 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

Bears in the backyard : big animals, sprawling suburbs, and the new urban jungle

August 13, 2014
Ricciuti, Edward R., author.
©2014
248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The big cat is back : return of the cougar -- Cougar attacks and how to survive them -- Reap what you sow : how the environmental movement and urban sprawl triggered the animal invasion -- Coyote on the cul-de-sac : coyotes in cities and new wolves in the woods -- That's not Big Bird at your feeder : an abundance of bruins- -- Deadliest of all? : dangerous deer and marauding moose -- Gators on the golf course : will success spoil the American alligator? -- Alien invasion : will global warming trigger a plague of serpents? -- Prowling poisoners : the venomous snakes next door -- Peaceful coexistence : searching for a balance.
As human population centers sprawl out into once open lands, and as conservation efforts help devastated wildlife populations recover, humans are having more frequent interactions with large and often dangerous wild animals. This book examines the reasons for and often violent consequences of these encounters; it might have you rethinking your decision to buy a home in that convenient new subdivision.

Preparing the ghost : an essay concerning the giant squid and its first photographer

July 25, 2014
Frank, Matthew Gavin.
©2014
297 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
The largest animal without a backbone -- The mere fabrication of a distorted mind -- All of these suckers -- We're coming to a head wind.

Wild ocean : sharks, whales, rays, and other endangered sea creatures

July 22, 2014
Golden, CO : Fulcrum Publishing, [2014].
150 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Tortuga, the island that swims / story and art by Jay Hosler -- The Galapagos / story and illustrations by Matt Dembicki, colors by Jason E. Axtell -- The rime of the modern mariner / story and art by Andy K. -- The shape of the future / story by Michael Cowgill, art by Tom Williams -- Hawaiian blues / story and art by Dove McHargue, lettering by David Allan Duncan -- Seeking shelter from the storm / story and art by Tammy Stellanova -- Butanding / story and art by Pierce Hargan -- Poseidon's steed / story and art by Steve Loya, lettering by Matt Dembicki -- Raw power / story and art by JF Frankel -- Atolls of the maldives / story by Kevin Panetta, art by Paulina Ganucheau -- The lady of the sea / story and art by Pat N. Lewis -- The legend of T. Gigas! / story and art by Brooke A. Allen, lettering by Kevin Panetta.
"The world's oceans represent the last wild frontier on Earth. While our understanding of life in the ocean is relatively basic, our actions are putting hundreds of species in danger. In this graphic anthology, Matt Dembicki, editor and an artist of the award- winning Trickster and District Comics, explores the adventures of twelve iconic endangered sea animals: hawksbill turtle, Bluefin tuna, hammerhead shark, giant clam, manatee, blue whale, coral, albatross, whale shark, monk seal, manta ray, and seahorse. Produced in cooperation with the non-profit PangeaSeed, these gripping stories instill a passion to conserve our magnificent sea creatures. 8x8, 156 pages, color throughout, trade paper. PangeaSeed's mission is to contribute to the protection of sharks and the preservation of our oceans by taking responsible action, increasing public awareness, and providing education that encourages environmental activism and sustainable consumption choices"-- Provided by publisher.

Parrot genius! : and more true stories of amazing animal talents

July 21, 2014
Donohue, Moira Rose, author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2014]
111 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes index.
Presents the stories of three amazing animals, including Einstein the genius parrot, Otis the skydiving dog, and Mudslinger a performing pig.

Tigers forever : saving the world's most endangered big cat

July 9, 2014
Winter, Steve, photographer.
©2013
223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 27 x 32 cm
Myanmar : in the valley of death -- Kaziranga : dodging bullets -- Sumatra : with Sumatran tigers -- Thailand : tiger science -- India : Bengal tigers.
"Tigers are in trouble, and National Geographic photographer Steve Winter is on a one-man mission to address the plight of this magnificent cat while there's still time. Together with Panthera, the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to saving big cats, and its Tigers Initiative, Winter reveals a decade worth of ... images and stories of tigers in their world"--Amazon.com.

Man and beast : photographs from Mexico and India

July 3, 2014
Mark, Mary Ellen, 1940-
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2014.
167 pages : illustrations, 116 plates ; 32 cm.

Animal madness : how anxious dogs, compulsive parrots, and elephants in recovery help us understand ourselves

June 24, 2014
Braitman, Laurel, author.
©2014
373 pages ; 24 cm
The tail tip of the iceberg -- Proxies and mirrors -- Diagnosing the elephant -- If Juliet were a parrot -- Animal pharm -- Family therapy -- When the devil fish forgive.
"For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds. Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home--by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she'd never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness. Thankfully, all of us can heal. As Laurel spent three years traveling the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, she discovered numerous stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, dogs that cease licking their tails raw, polar bears that stop swimming in compulsive circles, and great apes that benefit from the help of human psychiatrists. How do these animals recover? The same way we do: with love, with medicine, and above all, with the knowledge that someone understands why we suffer and what can make us feel better. After all of the digging in the archives of museums and zoos, the years synthesizing scientific literature, and the hours observing dog parks, wildlife encounters, and amusement parks, Laurel found that understanding the emotional distress of animals can help us better understand ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Animal wisdom : learning from the spiritual lives of animals

June 24, 2014
Bender, Linda, 1950-
Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2014.
xvii, 177 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
The ecology of paradise -- How can we know what animals are thinking and feeling? -- You are loved -- You are already living in paradise -- You don't have to figure everything out -- Dying isn't bad -- How to connect telepathically with animals : a practical guide -- The animals speak for themselves -- Heeding the cries of the nonhuman world.

Eating wildly : foraging for life, love and the perfect meal

June 23, 2014
Chin, Ava.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2014.
245 p. ; 22 cm.
Fall. The search for a wild weed ; Flushing, Queens, 1970s -- Winter. into the urban wild, field garlic & hummus ; Mushroom of immortality, reishi tea -- Spring. A communion with the earth, wood sorrel micro-greens ; Gifts of spring ; A wild foods brunch, wild greens pie ; Foraging eyes, motherwort, drying techniques -- Summer. The mother borough, mulberry-balsamic jam ; A wild lawn, scrambled eggs "lambsquarterine" ; A recipe for forgiveness, blackberry-buckwheat pancakes ; A mysterious fungus, how to make a mushroom spore print -- Spring. The yellow morel, instructions for drying/storing wild morels ; The perfect meal, wild morel linguini ; The queen, wild honey & parmesan cracker drizzles ; When food was food -- Fall. A wild tart, urban forager wild oyster mushroom, fig, & goat cheese tart with carmelized onions.
Chin, who writes the "Wild Edibles" column for the New York Times, goes looking for love, blackberries, and wild garlic in this wildly uneven, yet warmly exhilarating memoir. Trekking through Central Park and other urban beaten paths and backyards, Chin leads us on a journey of discovery as she searches for the tender shoots poking through cement cracks and hardy wild plants resisting winter's bite.

Sea creatures

June 20, 2014
Jackson, Tom, 1972-
New York : Scholastic, c2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm.
"Based on The Magic School Bus series"--T.p. verso.
"A nonfiction companion to the original Magic School Bus series"--Cover.

Polar animals

June 18, 2014
Hayes, Susan.
New York : Scholastic, 2014.
80 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 26 cm.
Includes index.

Walden warming : climate change comes to Thoreau's woods

June 18, 2014
Primack, Richard B., 1950- author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
x, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Borneo to Boston. We find Thoreau's records ; "A self-appointed inspector" ; On thin ice ; Ice at Walden Pond -- A hard rain. Nor'easters in New England ; What would Thoreau have done? -- Thoreau, scientist. Thoreau as a scientific observer ; Deciphering Thoreau's journals ; Decoding the data ; Our fieldwork begins -- Phantom plants. Revolutionary viewpoint ; "Terror" on the tracks ; Pink lady's slipper orchid : a sign of warmer times ; Mercury rising ; Thoreau's mantle passes to Hosmer ; Heat Islands ; Plants respond to temperature ; Timing matters ; Thoreau's records and today's climate -- Wild apples and other missing flowers. From common to rare to vanished ; Finding the missing wildflowers ; Vanishing orchids and missing mints ; Species loss and climate change in Concord ; Why do flexible species succeed? ; How fast is Concord losing species? ; Ray Angelo gets mad ; Did we forget about deer? -- The strife in loosestrife. The net loss of species ; The McGrath farm ; Any new species? ; Minot Pratt's introductions ; Taking action -- The message of the birds. Springtime bird arrivals ; Finding bird arrival data ; Thoreau's birds ; Modern records ; How good are the data? ; What do the bird data show? ; Climate change and many other factors -- Birds in the mist (net). What the Manomet data showed ; How do changes in population size affect bird data? ; Birds and climate : what drives arrival times? ; A farm diary ; Earlier appearance of spring activity ; Putting it all together ; Feathered ghosts -- Bees and butterflies. The helpful honeybee ; The forgotten bees ; We shift to butterflies ; Sharon Stichter's butterfly data ; The great northward expansion ; The Massachusetts Butterfly Club ; Elfins and hairstreaks : a natural experiment -- From insects to fish to people. Warming water at Walden ; The value of fishing ; Margaret's approach to fishing ; Eating smaller fish and krill -- Clouds of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes and climate change research ; Mosquitoes and eastern equine encephalitis ; Catching mosquitoes ; Mosquitoes connect birds and people ; Spraying to control mosquitoes ; The importance of insects -- The frog chorus. Trouble for turtles ; Too dry or too wet : changing rainfall and amphibian life cycles ; Salamanders in eastern Massachusetts ; Salamanders in the Hammond Woods ; Salamanders at the golf course ; The future of amphibians in Concord's woods -- Running in the sun and rain. Athletic endeavor and climate change ; Does a warming climate affect the Boston Marathon? ; The other side of Heartbreak Hill -- A new Earth. An alternative future ; Is climate change really happening in Concord? ; The world is changing for the worse ; What do we need to do? ; Can Thoreau show us a better path? ; Living simply in Japan ; Thoreau's advice to modern Americans -- Citizen science. Getting started ; Joining with others ; My own journal -- Species mentioned.
In his meticulous notes on the natural history of Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau records the first open flowers of highbush blueberry on May 11, 1853. If he were to look for the first blueberry flowers in Concord today, mid-May would be too late. In the 160 years since Thoreau's writings, warming temperatures have pushed blueberry flowering three weeks earlier, and in 2012, following a winter and spring of record-breaking warmth, blueberries began flowering on April 1st., six weeks earlier than in Thoreau's time. The climate around Thoreau's beloved Walden Pond is changing, with visible ecological consequences. In this book teh author uses Thoreau and Walden, icons of the conservation movement, to track the effects of a warming climate on Concord's plants and animals. Under the attentive eyes of the author, the notes that Thoreau made years ago are transformed from charming observations into scientific data sets. The author finds that many wildflower species that Thoreau observed, including familiar groups such as irises, asters, and lilies,have declined in abundance or have disappeared from Concord. He also describes how warming temperatures have altered other aspects of Thoreau's Concord, from the dates when ice departs from Walden Pond in late winter, to the arrival of birds in the spring, to the populations of fish, salamanders, and butterflies that live in the woodlands, river meadows, and ponds. He demonstrates that climate change is already here, and it is affecting not just Walden Pond but many other places in Concord and the surrounding region. Although we need to continue pressuring our political leaders to take action, the author urges us each to heed the advice Thoreau offers in Walden: to "live simply and wisely." In the process, we can each minimize our own contributions to our warming climate.

The Sibley guide to birds

June 18, 2014
Sibley, David, 1961-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xxv, 598 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
"A Scott & Nix edition"--page [ii].
Introduction : Classification of birds ; Equipment for birding ; Learning to identify birds ; Psychological effects and mistakes ; Variation in appearance ; Geographic variation and subspecies ; Learning songs and calls ; Finding rare birds ; Ethics ; Extinct species -- Bird topography : Parts of a passerine ; Parts of a shorebird ; Parts of a duck ; Mold and plumage -- Key to the species accounts -- Key to the group accounts -- Key to the range maps -- Ducks, geese, and swans : Geese head and bill shapes ; Identification of swans ; Domestic geese ; Domestic ducks ; Exotic waterfowl ; Hybrid mallard identification ; Downy young ; Rare and exotic ducks ; Identification of scaups ; Hybrid Aythya ; Identification of eiders ; Diving motions ; Goldeneye hybrids -- Upland game birds -- Loons and grebes : Loon habits ; Identification of grebes -- Albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters : Molt in seabirds -- Storm-petrels -- Pelicans, boobies, and frigatebirds -- Cormorants : Identification of cormorants -- Tropicbirds -- Wading birds : Snowy egret vs. little egret ; Snowy egret vs. little blue heron ; Courtship colors ; Identification of dark ibises -- Hawks and vultures : Harrier flight shapes ; Accipiter identification ; Buteo identification -- Rails, coots, cranes, and limpkin : Identification of coots ; Crane behavior ; Habits of rails -- Shorebirds : Identification of yellowlegs ; Bill length in curlews ; Identification of small sandpipers ; Dowitcher identification ; Aerial displays of snipes and woodcocks ; Identifying pharalopes --
"A completely revised edition of Sibley's landmark guide, with more than 600 new paintings and 111 rare species added, new information on habitat and behavior, and more tips on finding species in the field"--Cover.

Rare birds of North America

June 17, 2014
Howell, Steve N. G., author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xviii, 428 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
What is a 'rare bird'-- and when and whence? Migration and vagrancy in birds ; Where do North American vagrants come from? ; Topography, molt, and aging -- Species accounts. Waterfowl ; Sungrebes ; Alcids ; Pelagic seabirds ; Gulls and terns ; Shorebirds ; Wading birds ; Raptors and owls ; Larger landbirds ; Aerial landbirds ; Songbirds -- Appendix A. Species new to North America, Fall 2011-Summer 2012 -- Appendix B. Species of hypothetical occurrence -- Appendix C. Birds new to North America, 1950-2011.
A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. This book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions: the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans.

Darwin's On the origin of species : a modern rendition

June 17, 2014
Duzdevich, Daniel.
Bloomington & Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2014.
xxix, 313 pages ; 24 cm
Variation under domestication -- Variation in nature -- The struggle for existence -- Natural selection -- Variation -- Difficulties with the theory -- Instinct -- Hybrids -- The imperfection of the geological record -- The succession of organisms in the geological record -- The geographical distribution of life -- The geographical distribution of life, continued -- Affinities between organisms: morphology, embryology, and rudimentary organs -- Summary and conclusion.

Bumble bees of North America : an identification guide

June 13, 2014
Williams, Paul (Paul Hugh), author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
208 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
Observing bumble bees -- Attracting bumble bees -- Bumble bee forage guide by ecoregion -- Maps and seasonal activity -- Bumble bee decline and conservation -- Threats to bumble bees -- Natural enemies -- Mimicry -- Distinguishing bumble bees from other insects -- Bumble bee names and classification -- How to use this book to identify bumble bee species -- Species accounts -- Square-or long-cheeked bees with a rounded angle on the midleg -- Short-cheeked bees with a rounded angle on the midleg -- Medium- or long-cheeked bees with a sharp angle on the midleg -- Hindleg (tibia) with the outer surface uniformly convex and densely hairy (cuckoo bumble bees, no workers) -- Identification keys to female and male bumble bees, with photos.
This guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions.

The leopards of Londolozi

June 13, 2014
Hes, Lex.
Cape Town : Struik Winchester, 1991.
168 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm.

The changing environment

June 11, 2014
Chancellor, Deborah.
New York : Kingfisher, c[2014]
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Snakemaster : wildlife adventures with the world's most dangerous reptiles

June 11, 2014
Stevens, Austin James, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
xvi, 233 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Known as the original "Snakemaster" from his various television shows, Austin Stevens is one of the most famous herpetologists in the world. From his show Austin Stevens: Snakemaster on Animal Planet to his many appearances in the media, Stevens is known as an incredibly smart, yet incredibly insane animal lover. In Snakemaster, Austin Stevens tells incredible stories of his many run-ins with dangerous animals and reptiles. From wrestling with a reticulated python to panicking after being bitten by the infamous black mamba, Stevens brings you into his world of wildlife and tells the story of how a boy from Pretoria, South Africa, became one of the most widely known herpetologists in the world. With incredible photographs taken by Stevens himself, you'll be able to place yourself in his world-from the deserts of Africa to the jungles of Madagascar. Sharing incredible stories of his love of animals and nature, this one-of-a-kind collection of stories will make you laugh, cry, and shiver with fear!"-- Provided by publisher.

Walter Potter's curious world of taxidermy

June 11, 2014
Morris, Pat, 1943-
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2014]
xi, 123 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Walter Potter (1835-918), a British country taxidermist of no great expertise, built anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux that became famous icons of Victorian whimsy, including his masterpiece The Death & Burial of Cock Robin. His tiny museum in Bramber, Sussex, was crammed full of multi-legged kittens, two-headed lambs, and a bewildering assortment of curios. Potter's inspired and beguiling tableaux found many fans in the contemporary art world: it was reported that a £1M bid by Damien Hirst to keep the collection intact was refused when the museum finally closed. Here, perhaps for the last time, many important pieces from the collection are showcased and celebrated with new photographs of Potter's best-loved works.

Touching the wild : living with the mule deer of Deadman Gulch

June 6, 2014
Hutto, Joe.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, 2014.
xiv, 306 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
"Companion book to the PBS nature documentary Touching the wild."

The owl who liked sitting on Caesar : living with a Tawny owl

June 5, 2014
Windrow, Martin, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014].
viii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A note on owls -- Man meets owl-- man loses owl-- man meets his one true owl -- Owls : the science bit, and the folklore -- The stowaway on the seventh floor -- The private life of the Tawny owl -- Mumble in her pride -- The driver's manual -- Mumble's day -- Mumble's year -- Real trees and free-range mice -- Departure.

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