New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

July 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unseen city : the majesty of pigeons, the discreet charm of snails & other wonders of the urban wilderness

July 27, 2016
Johnson, Nathanael, author.
New York, NY : Rodale, [2016]
xxxi, 224 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Foreword -- Some practical recommendations -- Pigeon -- Weeds -- Squirrel -- Bird language -- Ginkgo -- Turkey vulture -- Ant -- Crow -- Snail -- Conclusion.
"Johnson argues that learning to see the world afresh, like a child, shifts the way we think about nature: Instead of something distant and abstract, nature becomes real all at once comical, annoying, and beautiful. This shift can add tremendous value to our lives, and it might just be the first step in saving the world...[C]hapter by chapter, "Unseen City" takes us on a journey that is part nature lesson and part love letter to the world's urban jungles. With the right perspective, a walk to the subway can be every bit as entrancing as a walk through a national park."--Provided by publisher.

Being a beast : adventures across the species divide

June 30, 2016
Foster, Charles, 1962- author.
New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
235 pages ; 22 cm
Becoming a beast -- Earth 1 : badger -- Water : otter -- Fire : fox -- Earth 2 : red deer -- Air : swift.
To test the limits of our ability to inhabit lives that are not our own, Charles Foster set out to know the ultimate other: the nonhumans. To do that, he chose five animals and lived alongside them, sleeping as they slept, eating what they ate, learning to sense the landscape through the senses they used. In this lyrical, intimate, and completely radical look at the lives of animals, Charles Foster mingles neuroscience and psychology, nature writing and memoir, and ultimately presents an inquiry into the human experience in our world, carried out by exploring the full range of the life around us.

Deep dive : a LEGO adventure in the real world

June 28, 2016
Arlon, Penelope, author.
New York : Scholastic, 2016.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.

Birding at the bridge : in search of every bird on the Brooklyn waterfront

June 22, 2016
Wolf, Heather.
New York : The Experiment, [2016]
vii, 279 pages : color illustrations ; 16 cm

Lost among the birds : accidentally finding myself in one very big year

June 17, 2016
Hayward, Neil, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xiv, 400 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
New Year desolations -- Trash birds -- The bluebirds of unhappiness -- When hummingbirds stop humming -- Birding on the edge -- Ticked off in the bog -- Three men in a boat -- Winning the booby prize -- Losing my berings -- The bird that lives on top of the world -- A wild goose chase -- Swan song.
Author becomes a bird watcher, and sets record for number of birds counted.

Candid creatures : how camera traps reveal the mysteries of nature

June 13, 2016
Kays, Roland, 1971- author.
Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
ix, 261 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm

Coyote America : a natural and supernatural history

June 13, 2016
Flores, Dan L. (Dan Louie), 1948- author.
271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
American avatar -- Old man America -- Prairie wolf -- A war on wild things -- The archpredator of our time -- Morning in America -- Bright lights, big cities -- Coyote America -- Coyote consciousness.
This book "is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the wolf in our backyards, as well as its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism"--Dust jacket flap.

What a fish knows : the inner lives of our underwater cousins

June 10, 2016
Balcombe, Jonathan P., author.
New York : Scientific American/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016.
viii, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
The misunderstood fish -- What a fish perceives -- What a fish feels -- What a fish thinks -- Who a fish knows -- How a fish breeds -- Fish out of water.
"The author of Second Nature challenges popular misconceptions to explore the complex lives of the planet's diverse fish species, drawing on the latest understandings in animal behavior and biology to reveal their self-awareness, elaborate courtship rituals and cooperative intelligence,"--NoveList.

Listening to a continent sing : birdsong by bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific

June 7, 2016
Kroodsma, Donald E.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016] ©2016
xvi, 311 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

The physics of life : the evolution of everything

June 2, 2016
Bejan, Adrian, 1948- author.
New York : St. Martins Press, 2016.
x, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The life question -- What all the world desires -- Wealth as movement with purpose -- Technology evolution -- Sports evolution -- City evolution -- Growth -- Politics, science, and design change -- The arrow of time -- The death question -- Life and evolution as physics.
"The Physics of Life illuminates the meaning of evolution in its broadest scientific sense and empowers the reader with a new view of the intertwined movement of all life -- evolution is more than biological. The same physical effect is present in all patterns and flows -- from population growth, to air traffic, to government expansion, to the urge for better ideas. Evolution is everywhere, and the same elegant principles of physics apply to all things. Every animal and human wants power. From power comes movement: body movement, internal flow (pumping blood, and air), external flow (locomotion, migration), and safety such as warmth, drinkable water, health and the construction of highways and steel beams that do not break when we walk or drive on them. The growth and spread of civilization is the flow of more power to more individuals, for greater movement. And everyone wants more power. That desire to improve, to organize, to join, to convince others and to affect change is a trait we all share, and the freedom to change is what makes all evolution not only possible but mandatory"-- Provided by publisher.

A botanist's vocabulary : 1300 terms explained and illustrated

May 31, 2016
Pell, Susan K., author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2016.
226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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.
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.
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 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

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.


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