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April 20, 2015
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 
243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
April 14, 2015
O'Connell, Caitlin, 1965- author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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.
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.
April 7, 2015
Pearce, Fred, author.
Boston : Beacon Press, 
xvi, 245 pages ; 24 cm
April 7, 2015
Shapiro, Beth Alison, author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 
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"--Amazon.com.
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.
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.
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.
March 17, 2015
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 
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.
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.
March 10, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 26, 2015
Gerald, Michael C.
526 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
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.
February 12, 2015
Barnes, Simon, author.
New York : Marble Arch Press, 2015.
480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Short Books, c2014.
February 2, 2015
Leedy, Loreen, author, illustrator.
New York : Holiday House, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
January 26, 2015
Kingsbury, Noël, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
288 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Antiquity -- Ecology -- Sacred -- Utility -- Food -- Ornament.
Kingsbury describes ninety species of tree that collectively span the millennia of evolution and cross the globe. Organized into six categories, the trees are presented in short chapters that touch on botany, history, culture and more.
January 23, 2015
Toft, Ron, author.
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
January 22, 2015
Wilson-Rich, Noah, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2014.
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
Evolution & development. The evolution of bees ; Honey hunting and beekeeping ; The different bee groups ; The evolution and development of the honey bee ; Wild bees worldwide -- Anatomy & biology. What makes bees different? ; Anatomy of a honey bee ; Flight and internal anatomy ; Bee senses ; Genetics ; Genomics and informatics ; Hormones-- the endocrine system ; Immunology ; Pests and diseases ; Reproduction ; The bee's life cycle ; Pollination -- Society & behavior. Sociality ; Pathways to eusociality ; Reproductive division of labor ; Swarming ; Communication ; Dance communication ; Olfaction ; Navigation ; Foraging behavior ; Crafting ; Nesting ; Circadian rhythms ; Thermoregulation ; Changing behavior over time : temporal polyethism ; Defense and aggression ; Parenting ; Courtship ; Sexual reproduction ; Mating systems -- Bees & humans. Ancient and modern knowledge ; Scientific research today ; An economic force ; Spirituality ; Islam, Judaism and Christianity ; Patron saints of beekeeping ; Political symbolism ; What if bees were to disappear? -- Beekeeping. The basics ; Keeping other bees ; Ancient hive designs ; Langstroth hives ; Observation hives ; Data tracking ; Urban beekeeping ; Harvesting ; "Natural" beekeeping ; Swarming ; Integrated management ; Arthropod pests ; Bacterial, fungal and viral infections -- A directory of bees. Solitary bees ; Bumble bees ; Stingless bees ; Honey bees -- The challenges faced by bees. An introduction to bee losses ; Weather and climate ; Habitat loss ; Changes in agriculture ; Modern farming ; Agrochemicals ; Pests and diseases ; Other threats to bees ; Fear of bees ; Pollinators, the environment and conservation ; Research initiatives to help bees ; How we can help the bees.
January 16, 2015
Garrigues, Richard, author.
Ithaca, New York : Comstock Publishing Associates, 2014.
xiii, 425 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
"A Zona Tropical publication."
"Field guide for identifying birds in the field in Costa Rica. Includes descriptions, range maps, and illustrations of all 903 species definitely known from Costa Rica, including pelagics and species regular to Cocos Island. Includes alphabetical quick-find indexes of groups and families on the inside back cover"-- Provided by publisher.
January 13, 2015
Blackwell, Lewis, 1958-
New York : Abrams, 2014.
263 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm.
"There are no places on Earth more mysterious, complex, and unknown than tropical rainforests. Combining stunning photographs by the world's leading nature photographers--including new work by Tim Flach--with an inspiring text by award-winning author Lewis Blackwell, Rainforest opens our minds to the breathtaking beauty of these remarkable ecosystems, with their verdant plant life and diverse animal species. Swooping from aerial to macro perspectives, the book captures the world's most fascinating landscapes at all scales, from a vast sleeping forest cloaked in morning mist to the brilliant iridescent flicker of a butterfly's wing." -- Publisher's description.
January 2, 2015
Saxby, Claire, author.
23 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Fact-filled story of red kangaroos in the wilds of Australia.
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