New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

June 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A crack in creation : gene editing and the unthinkable power to control evolution

June 21, 2017
Doudna, Jennifer A., author.
xx, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: The wave -- Part I: The tool. The quest for a cure ; A new defense ; Cracking the code ; Command and control -- Part II: The task. The CRISPR menagerie ; To heal the sick ; The reckoning ; What lies ahead -- Epilogue: The beginning.
Two Berkeley scientists explore the potential of a revolutionary genetics technology capable of easily and affordably manipulating DNA in human embryos to prevent specific diseases, addressing key concerns about related ethical and societal repercussions.

The ends of the world : volcanic apocalypses, lethal oceans, and our quest to understand Earth's past mass extinctions

June 20, 2017
Brannen, Peter, author.
x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- The End-Ordovician mass extinction -- The Late Devonian mass extinction -- The End-Permian mass extinction -- The End-Triassic mass extinction -- the End-Cretaceous mass extinction -- the End-Pleistocene mass extinction -- The near future -- The last extinction.
"A vivid tour of Earth's Big Five mass extinctions, the past worlds lost with each, and what they all can tell us about our not-too-distant future. Was it really an asteroid that killed the dinosaurs? Or carbon dioxide-driven climate change? In fact, scientists now suspect that climate change played a major role not only in the end of the age of dinosaurs, but also in each of the five most deadly mass extinctions in the history of the planet. Struck by the implications of this for our own future, Peter Brannen, along with some of the world's leading paleontologists, dives into deep time, exploring each of Earth's five dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of what's to come. Using the visible clues these extinctions have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside the 'scenes of the crime,' from South Africa's Karoo Desert to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record--which is rife with fantastic creatures like dragonflies the size of seagulls and guillotine-mouthed fish--and introduces us to the researchers on the frontlines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the sites of Earth's past devastations. As our civilization continues to test the wherewithal of our climate, we need to figure out where the hard limits are before it's too late. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, allowing us to better understand our future by shining a light on our past" --Dust jacket.

The complete mushroom hunter : an illustrated guide to foraging, harvesting and enjoying wild mushrooms

June 20, 2017
Lincoff, Gary, author.
Beverly, Massachusetts : Quarry Books, 2017.
208 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Previous edition: 2010.
"Including new sections on growing your own edibles and off-season collecting" -t.p.
Chapter 1: Mushrooms: the what and the who -- Chapter 2: Mushroom hunting -- Chapter 3: Mushroom identification -- Chapter 4: Medicinal mushrooms -- Chapter 5: Bringing home the harvest: mushroom recipes -- Appendix I: Mushroom arts & crafts -- Appendix II: Mushroom cultivation -- Appendix III: Incredible edibles -- Appendix IV: Winter hunting -- Appendix V: Essential guide to major poisonous mushrooms, symptoms of poisoning, and treatment.
This revised edition includes a history of mushroom hunting worldwide; how to get equipped for mushroom forays; an illustrated guide to the common wild edible mushrooms; and cultivating, preparing and serving the harvest.

Fireflies, glow-worms, and lightning bugs : identification and natural history of the fireflies of the eastern and central United States and Canada

May 26, 2017
Faust, Lynn Frierson, author.
xvii, 356 pages : color illustrations; 24 cm.
List of species by scientific name -- Preface: For the awe of it -- Acknowledgments -- What genus is it? -- Fireflies around the world -- Frequently asked questions -- Eggs, larvae, and pupae -- Survival tactics and mimicry -- Parasites and predators -- Fieldwork, research, and filming -- Species accounts by genus -- Appendix: The Selangor declaration.
"The first ever comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of +75 species found in the eastern and central United States and Canada" --Inside cover.

The magnificent book of ocean creatures

May 26, 2017
Walerczuk, Val, illustrator.
San Diego, California : Silver Dolphin Books, 2017.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 38 cm

The trees of North America : Michaux and Redouté's American masterpiece

May 26, 2017
New York ; London : Abbeville Press Publishers, [2017]
392 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
At head of title: New York Botanical Garden.

The wonder of birds : what they tell us about ourselves, the world, and a better future

May 25, 2017
Robbins, Jim, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]
xviii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

The encyclopedia of animal predators : learn about each predator's traits and behaviors ; identify the tracks and signs of more than 50 predators ; protect your livestock, poultry, and pets

May 23, 2017
Dohner, Janet Vorwald, 1951- author.
North Adams, Massachusetts : Storey Publishing, 2017.
279 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
The predation situation -- Who's out there? -- Canines -- Cats -- Bears -- Weasels -- Raccoons -- Skunks -- Opossums -- Rats -- Domestic and feral animals -- Birds of prey -- True owls -- Crows -- Snapping turtles -- Gators and crocs -- Snakes -- Nonlethal prevention methods and strategies -- Moving forward together.
"Learn to identify threatening species through tracks, scat, and the damage they leave behind. Fascinating profiles of more than 50 predatory mammals, birds, and reptiles teach farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and backyard-animal raisers how to prevent their livestock, poultry, and pets from becoming prey. By understanding how predators think and behave, where and how they live, and how they attack and kill prey, you’ll be able to interpret the potential threats surrounding your home. Whether you have a vested interest in protecting your pets and livestock or are simply spellbound by wild predators, this is the book for you!"

The evolution of beauty : how Darwin's forgotten theory of mate choice shapes the animal world-- and us

May 17, 2017
Prum, Richard O., author.
New York : Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Darwin's really dangerous idea -- Beauty happens -- Manakin dances -- Aesthetic innovation and decadence -- Make way for duck sex -- Beauty from the beast -- Bromance before romance -- Human beauty happens too -- Pleasure happens -- The Lysistrata effect -- The queering of Homo sapiens -- This aesthetic view of life.
What can explain the incredible diversity of beauty in nature? Richard O. Prum, an award-winning ornithologist, discusses Charles Darwin's second and long-neglected theory--aesthetic mate choice--and what it means for our understanding of evolution. In addition, Prum connects those same evolutionary dynamics to the origins and diversity of human sexuality, offering riveting new thinking about the evolution of human beauty and the role of mate choice, thereby transforming our ancestors from typical infanticidal primates into socially intelligent, pair-bonding caregivers. -- adapted from book jacket.

Of naked ladies and forget-me-nots : the stories behind the common names of some of our favorite plants

May 11, 2017
Armitage, A. M. (Allan M.)
219 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"Award-winning author and plantsman Allan Armitage tells the stories behind the common names of some of our favorite and lesser-known plants. From Hooker's Lips to Hairy Balls, Voodoo lilies and Gas Plant, this books of laugh-out-loud yarns is required reading for every plant enthusiast."--Amazon website.

Talking to animals : how you can understand animals and they can understand you

May 5, 2017
Katz, Jon, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2017.
228 pages ; 24 cm
Talking to Lucky -- Visualization: picturing the future -- Orson and the rings of fire -- Elvis -- Rose's message -- The great collapse -- Flo and Minnie: the barn cats -- Saving the animals -- Joshua Rockwood -- "Good morning, equines" -- Fate -- Epilogue: What they told me, what they taught me.
"'There are so many benefits to learning how to communicate with animals. Love, trust, a spiritual connection that goes to the heart of the human-animal bond. Every time I listen to them, I learn about myself.' We seem to need animals in our disconnected lives more and more, yet we understand them less and less. [Here,] bestselling author Jon Katz--who left his Manhattan life behind two decades ago for life on a farm where he is surrounded by dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows, goats, and chickens--draws from his experience to offer us a deeper insight into animals and the tools needed for effectively communicating with them. By better understanding animal instincts, recognizing they are not mere reflections of our own human emotions and neuroses, we can help them live happily in our shared world. Devoting each chapter to an animal who has played an important role in his life, Katz tells funny and illuminating stories about his profound experiences with them. He shows us how healthy engagement with animals falls into five key areas: Food, Movement, Visualization, Language, and Instincts. Along the way, we meet Simon the donkey, who arrives at Katz's farm near death and now serves as his Tai Chi partner. We meet Red the dog, who started out antisocial and untrained and is now a therapy dog working with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. And we meet Winston, the dignified and brave rooster who was injured defending his hens from a hawk and who has better 'interpersonal' skills than most humans. Thoughtful and intelligent, lively and heartwarming, this book will completely change the way you think about and interact with animals, building mutual trust and enduring connections."--Jacket.

Wolf nation : the life, death, and return of wild American wolves

May 4, 2017
Peterson, Brenda, 1950- author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, 2017.
x, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A Merloyd Lawrence book."


April 26, 2017
Mc Ilrath, Grant M., author.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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."

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.


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