New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

February 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The biology book : from the origin of life to epigenetics, 250 milestones in the history of biology

February 26, 2015
Gerald, Michael C.
526 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

Trees up close : the beauty of bark, leaves, flowers, and seeds

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.

Ten million aliens : a journey through the entire animal kingdom

February 12, 2015
Barnes, Simon, author.
New York : Marble Arch Press, 2015.
480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Short Books, c2014.
Includes index.

Amazing plant powers : how plants fly, fight, hide, hunt, & change the world

February 2, 2015
Leedy, Loreen, author, illustrator.
New York : Holiday House, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm

The glory of the tree : an illustrated history

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.

National birds of the world

January 23, 2015
Toft, Ron, author.
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.

The bee : a natural history

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.

The birds of Costa Rica : a field guide

January 16, 2015
Garrigues, Richard, author.
Ithaca, New York : Comstock Publishing Associates, 2014.
xiii, 425 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Includes index.
"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.

Big red kangaroo

January 2, 2015
Saxby, Claire, author.
23 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Fact-filled story of red kangaroos in the wilds of Australia.

Sand swimmers : the secret life of Australia's desert wilderness

December 31, 2014
Oliver, Narelle, 1960- author.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
In the center of Australia lies a strange desert wilderness called the Dead Heart. It is difficult to imagine that anything can exist in such a harsh place. But the Dead Heart has a secret: it holds amazing stories of adaptation and survival. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers such a Charles Sturt and learn what the indigenous people of Australia have long known: not all is quite as it seems.

The pocket guide to wild mushrooms : helpful tips for mushrooming in the field

December 29, 2014
Holmberg, Pelle.
New York : Skyhorse, c2013.
125 p. : col. ill. ; 13 x 17 cm.
What are mushrooms? -- When can you find mushrooms? -- Some advice about picking, cleaning, preparation -- What do mushrooms contain? -- An explanation of the species -- Terms and symbols -- Species. Edible mushrooms -- Poisonous mushrooms -- Mushroom poisoning? -- Have mushrooms become more poisonous?
Depicts fifty-two edible mushrooms as well as the mushrooms with which they are often confused, edible or toxic. Uses symbol system, distribution maps and 175 photographs to help with identification. The reader will also become familiar with a wide variety of wild mushrooms, including morels, black trumpets, chanterelles, sheep polypore, porcini, a variety of boletes, and many more.

Mushrooms demystified : a comprehensive guide to the fleshy fungi

December 29, 2014
Arora, David.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, ©1986.
959 pages, [80] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
Identifies over two thousand species, answers common questions about mushrooms, and gives advice on collecting, preserving, and cooking with mushrooms.

Polar animals

December 26, 2014
O'Brien, Cynthia, author.
New York : Scholastic, 2015.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm.
Let Ms. Frizzle introduce you to some of the most amazing animals on Earth. You'll learn all about Arctic and Antarctica habitats, and discover how the animals there have adapted to their icy homes.

Sharks : the animal answer guide

December 22, 2014
Helfman, Gene S.
xvii, 249 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 26 cm
6. Reproduction and development -- How do sharks reproduce -- Do sharks lay eggs or do they give birth to live young -- How long do female sharks hold young in their body -- How long does it take for a baby shark to hatch from an egg case -- Where do sharks lay their egg cases or give birth -- Do sharks give birth or lay their egg cases at the same times and places every year -- How many young does a mother shark produce -- How often do sharks reproduce -- What is a baby shark called -- Are all the baby sharks in a mother full siblings -- Do sharks care for their young -- How is the sex of a shark determined -- Can sharks reproduce asexually -- Is there such a thing as a hybrid shark -- Do male and female sharks live together -- At what size and age do sharks mature -- How long do sharks live -- How fast do sharks grow -- How can you tell the age of a shark -- 7. Foods and feeding -- What do sharks eat -- How do sharks find food -- How do sharks catch their prey -- When do sharks feed most -- How often must sharks feed -- Do sharks chew their food -- How do sharks eat hard-shelled animals -- Do sharks store their food -- Must a shark turn on its back to feed -- Do sharks cooperate with one another to feed -- 8. Sharks and humans -- Do sharks make good pets -- What is the best way to take care of a pet shark -- Are any medicines made from sharks -- Do sharks feel pain -- What should I do if I find an injured shark -- What should I do if I find a shark that looks diseases -- How can I see sharks in the wild -- How can I see sharks in captivity -- 9. Shark problems (from a human's viewpoint) -- Are some sharks pests -- Can there be too many sharks in an area -- Are sharks dangerous to people -- Why do sharks attack people -- How likely are shark attacks -- Can scientists estimate the size and species of a shark from bite marks -- How can sharks be repelled -- Do sharks have diseases and are they contagious -- Is it safe to eat sharks -- What should I do if I'm attacked or injured by a shark -- 10. Human problems (from a shark's viewpoint) -- Are any sharks endangered -- Will sharks be affected by global warming -- Are sharks affected by pollution -- How are sharks affected by litter -- How do people catch sharks -- Why do people hunt sharks -- How are shark fisheries managed -- What is bycatch and can it be reduced -- What is finning -- Is there such a thing as shark leather -- Is there such a thing as shark jewelry -- What other parts of sharks are used by humans -- Are boats dangerous for sharks -- What can an ordinary citizen do to help sharks -- 11. Sharks in stories, media, and literature -- What roles do sharks play in religion and mythology -- What roles do sharks play in Western religions -- Did early philosophers and naturalists mention sharks in their writings -- What roles do sharks play in various cultures -- What roles do sharks play in popular culture -- What roles have sharks played in are and literature -- 12. "Sharkology" -- Who studies sharks -- Can anyone study sharks -- Which species are best known -- Which species are least known -- How do scientists tell sharks apart -- How do scientists study the movements of large sharks -- Appendix A. Sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras of the world -- Appendix B. Organizations that promote the study and conservation of sharks -- Appendix C. Websites that provide useful and accurate information on sharks.
Answering every conceivable question about sharks, authors Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess describe the fascinating biology, behavior, diversity (there are more than 1,000 species worldwide), and cultural importance of sharks, their close relationship to skates and rays, and their critical role in healthy ecosystems. Helfman and Burgess take readers on a round-the-world tour of shark habitats, which include oceans as well as lakes and even rivers (as far up the Mississippi as St. Louis). They describe huge, ferocious predators like (Great) White and Tiger sharks and species such as Basking and Whale sharks that feed on microscopic prey yet can grow to lengths of more than 40 feet. The mysterious and powerful Greenland shark, the authors explain, reaches a weight of 2,200 pounds on a diet of seal flesh. Small (less than 2-foot long) Cookiecutter sharks attack other sharks and even take a chunk out of the occasional swimmer. Despite our natural fascination with sharks, we have become their worst enemy. Many shark species are in serious decline and a number are threatened with extinction as a result of overfishing and persecution. Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide presents a perfect mix of current science, history, anthropology, intriguing facts, and gripping photographs. Whether your fascination with sharks stems from fear or curiosity, your knowledge of these animals will improve immensely when you consult this book.

Tricholomas of North America : a mushroom field guide

December 17, 2014
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2013.
viii, 208 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
The genus Tricholoma -- Ecology of tricholomas -- Edibility of tricholomas -- Macroscopic features used for identifying tricholomas -- Microscopic features used for identifying tricholomas -- Notes on the descriptions of species -- A note about names -- Species not included in this book -- Keys to the described species -- Keys for eastern North America -- Keys for western North America -- Descriptions of species -- Recognized species -- Some additional tricholomas -- Excluded species.

The world of birds

December 16, 2014
Elphick, Jonathan, author.
608 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
"First published by the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London"--Title page verso.
Introduction -- Early birds -- Anatomy and physiology -- Flight -- Food and feeding -- Bird society and populations -- Breeding -- Where do birds live? -- Migration -- Birds and humans -- The bird families.
A definitive guide to every aspect of bird life. From the evolution of birds to each significant element of bird life, you'll discover an introduction to the 32 orders, and a detailed account and concise fact panel for every one of the 195 families.

Blue hope : exploring and caring for earth's magnificent ocean

December 16, 2014
Earle, Sylvia A., 1935-
222 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
This lyrical ode to the ocean marries the insights and inspiration of ocean advocate Sylvia Earle, and other experts and celebrities, with the world's most stunning photographs of beaches, coral reefs, and underwater life. All combine to express Earle's passionate message: Life depends on the ocean, and to save it we must love it. In seven essays, she recounts the milestones of a life spent pioneering and protecting the ocean. Supporting facts and maps bolster this book's clear and hopeful message: We can all play a role in keeping the heart of our planet alive.

Trees of western North America

December 11, 2014
Spellenberg, Richard, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
560 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
Covers 630 species, presents all the native and naturalized trees of the western United States and Canada as far east as the Great Plains, illustrates important visual details with range maps that provide a thumbnail view of distribution for each native species; gives scientific and common names, taxonomy, information on the most recently naturalized species, and also contains a key to leaves, an introduction to tree identification, forest ecology, and plant classification and structure.

The cultural lives of whales and dolphins

December 9, 2014
Whitehead, Hal, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
417 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Culture in the ocean? -- Culture? -- Mammals of the ocean -- Song of the whale -- What the dolphins do -- Mother cultures of the large toothed whales -- How do they do it? -- Is this evidence for culture? -- How the whales got culture -- Whale culture and whale genes -- The implications of Culture: ecosystems, individuals, stupidity, and conservation -- The cultural whales: how we see them and how we treat them -- This book came from and is built on...

Welcome to subirdia : sharing our neighborhoods with wrens, robins, woodpeckers, and other wildlife

December 8, 2014
Marzluff, John M., author.
xiv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Home turf -- Finding subirdia -- A child's question -- A shared web -- The fragile nature of subirdia -- Where we work and play -- The junco's tail -- Beyond birds -- Good neighbors -- Nature's tenth commandment.

Trees of Eastern North America

December 5, 2014
Nelson, Gil, 1949- author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
720 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
Covers 825 species, including all the native and naturalized trees of the United States and Canada as far west as the Great Plains. Descriptions present details of size, shape, growth habit, bark, leaves, flowers, fruit, flowering and fruiting times, habitat, and range maps for native species, as well as specially commissioned artwork, up-to-date taxonomy and names, information on the most recently naturalized species, keys to leaves and twigs, and an introduction to tree identification, forest ecology, and plant classification and structure.

Adventures in the anthropocene : a journey to the heart of the planet we made

December 4, 2014
Vince, Gaia.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2014.
436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm

Ancient trees : portraits of time

December 4, 2014
Moon, Beth, author.
New York : Abbeville Press Publishers, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Provides a photographic guide to some of the world's most ancient trees, featuring seventy portraits of such species as yews, baobabs, and dragon's blood trees.

The secret life of clams : the mysteries and magic of our favorite shellfish

December 2, 2014
Fredericks, Anthony D., author.
xvii, 286 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
History and Lore. Leonardo and ancient clam history ; Secrets in the middens ; Bivalve legends ; Clams as culture -- Nomenclature and biology. By any other name ; Anatomy and physiology ; Sex among the bivalves ; Growing up, growing old -- Business and pleasure. It came from beneath the sea ; Clams in your back yard ; Low tide, clam rakes, and education ; They're good for you! ; Culinary odysseys and epicurean journeys ; Recipes to die for -- Appendix 1. Clams that fly.
It breathes with tubes, it has no head or brain, it feeds through a filter, and it is the source of dozens of familiar proverbs ("happy as a clam!"). Clams, it turns out, have been worshipped (by the Moche people of ancient Peru), used as money (by the Algonquin Indians), and consumed by people for thousands of years. Yet The Secret Life of Clams is the first adult trade book to deal exclusively with this gastronomic treat that is more complex than its simple two shells might reveal. The Secret Life of Clams features compelling insights, captivating biology, wry observations, and up-to-the-minute natural history that will keep readers engaged and enthralled.


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