New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

April 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Peterson field guide to moths of southeastern North America

April 16, 2018
Leckie, Seabrooke, author.
©2018
ix, 652 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 19 cm.
"There are over 11,000 species of moths currently recognized in North America"--Introduction.
"Sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the National Wildlife Federation."
Introduction -- How to use this book -- How to see moths -- How to identify moths -- Moth taxonomy -- Moths and conservation -- Species accounts.
A field guide to the most common moths found in southeastern North America.

The birds at my table : why we feed wild birds and why it matters

April 12, 2018
Jones, Darryl N., author.
©2018
xxi, 327 pages ; 23 cm
Why bird feeding matters -- Crumbs to corporations: the extraordinary history and growth of bird feeding -- The big change: winter or always? -- The feeder effect: what all that food can do -- What happens when we feed? Insights from supplementary feeding studies -- Tainted table? Can feeding make birds sick? -- Feeding for a purpose: supplementary feeding as conservation -- Reasons why we feed wild birds -- Bird feeding matters even more now: the promise and risks of a global phenomenon.
"Discusses the history and scale of feeding wild birds. Outlines debates about the practice, highlighting key research findings and pointing out the issues that require further examination. Written in nontechnical language, thus making it accessible to the general public, birders, and academics"-- Provided by publisher.

Complete guide to Florida wildflowers : over 600 wildflowers of the Sunshine State including national parks, forests, preserves, and more than 160 state parks

April 12, 2018
Hammer, Roger L, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : FalconGuides, [2018]
380 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction -- How to use this guide -- Habitats -- Outdoor ethics -- Blue and purple flowers -- Pink flowers -- Red and orange flowers -- Yellow flowers -- Brown and green flowers -- White flowers -- Glossary.
This guide features stunning color photographs of more than 600 common wildflowers of Florida. Detailed descriptions and full-color photos aid the reader in identifying plants in the field. -- Provided by publisher.

Brave new Arctic : the untold story of the melting North

April 11, 2018
Serreze, Mark C., author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]
xii, 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm.
Beginnings -- It's not what it used to be -- The Arctic stirs -- Unaami -- Epiphany -- Rude awakenings -- Looking ahead.
In the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation and unexpected changes in weather patterns throughout the world. The Arctic's perennially frozen ground, known as permafrost, was warming, and treeless tundra was being overtaken by shrubs. What was going on? Brave New Arctic is Mark Serreze's riveting firsthand account of how scientists from around the globe came together to find answers.

Darwin comes to town : how the urban jungle drives evolution

April 9, 2018
Schilthuizen, Menno, author.
©2018
viii, 293 pages : illustrations 25 cm
City life: Nature's ultimate ecosystem engineer ; The ant(hropo)-hill ; Downtown ecology ; Urban naturalists ; City slickers ; If I can make it there -- II. Cityscapes: These are the facts ; Urban myths ; So it really is ; Town mouse, country mouse ; Poisoning pigeons in the park ; Bright lights, big city ; But is it really evolution? -- III. City encounters: Close urban encounters ; Self-domestication ; Songs of the city ; Sex and the city ; Turdus urbanicus -- IV. Darwin city:Evolution in a telecoupled world ; Design it with Darwin ; Outskirt.
"A growing number of urban ecologists are studying how our manmade environments are accelerating and changing the evolution of the animals and plants around us. Darwin Comes to Town, explains just how stunningly flexible and swift-moving natural selection can be. With human populations growing, we're having an increasing impact on global ecosystems, and nowhere do these impacts overlap as much as they do in cities. The urban environment is about as extreme as it gets, and the wild animals and plants that live side-by-side with us need to adapt to a whole suite of challenging conditions: they must manage in the city's hotter climate (the "urban heat island"); they need to be able to live either in the semidesert of the tall, rocky, and cavernous structures we call buildings or in the pocket-like oases of city parks (which pose their own dangers, including smog and free-ranging dogs and cats); traffic causes continuous noise, a mist of fine dust particles, and barriers to movement for any animal that cannot fly or burrow; food sources are mainly human-derived. And yet, the wildlife sharing these spaces with us is not just surviving, but evolving ways of thriving. "--Dust jacket.

Tree song

April 6, 2018
Stone, Tiffany, 1967- author.
Toronto, Canada ; Berkeley : Annick Press, [2018]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"This joyful book follows the life cycle of a tree as it grows from seedling to mature tree, and finally gives way to a new sapling. At every stage of the tree's life, children are shown playing under its branches."-- Provided by publisher.

The wisdom of wolves : lessons from the Sawtooth pack

April 4, 2018
Dutcher, Jim, 1943- author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2018]
219 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Foreword / by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. -- Introduction -- Earning trust -- Family first -- Lead with kindness -- One for all -- Never stop playing -- Teach the young, respect the old -- Stay curious -- Find compassion -- Cherish one another -- The wolf in the mirror.
"Lessons Jim and Jamie Dutcher learned from six years of living in the Idaho wilderness with gray wolves"-- Provided by publisher.

Who we are and how we got here : ancient DNA and the new science of the human past

March 29, 2018
Reich, David (Of Harvard Medical School), author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
xxv, 335 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Part I: The deep history of our species -- How the genome explains who we are -- Encounters the Neanderthals -- Ancient DNA opens the floodgates -- Part II: How we got to where we are today -- Humanity's ghosts -- The making of modern Europe -- The collision that formed India -- In search of Native American ancestors -- The genomic origins of East Asians -- Rejoining Africa to the human story -- Part III: The disruptive genome -- The genomics of inequality -- The genomics of race and identity -- The future of ancient DNA.
"A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies. Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear--in part from David Reich's own contributions to the field--that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word. Now, in The New Science of the Human Past, Reich describes with unprecedented clarity just how the human genome provides not only all the information that a fertilized human egg needs to develop but also contains within it the history of our species. He delineates how the Genomic Revolution and ancient DNA are transforming our understanding of our own lineage as modern humans; how genomics deconstructs the idea that there are no biologically meaningful differences among human populations (though without adherence to pernicious racist hierarchies); and how DNA studies reveal the deep history of human inequality--among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals within a population"-- Provided by publisher.

The food explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats

February 28, 2018
Stone, Daniel (Daniel Evan), 1985- author.
©2018
xvi, 397 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) map ; 24 cm
Chance encounters -- One thousand dollars -- East of Suez -- Guest and protégé -- The listless Pacific -- One cause, one country -- Crossing countries -- Alligator pears -- Grapes of a Venetian monk -- Citrus maxima -- Lemons, leaves, and the dawn of new light -- On the banks of the Tigris -- Bell's grand plan -- A brain awhirl -- Cherry trees with no cherries -- The urge to walk -- Outlaws, brigands, and murderers -- Fly the coop -- Sad and mad and so utterly unnecessary -- Wij zijn Amerikanen -- Epilogue.
"In the nineteenth century American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. Agriculture yielded stable, basic crops like soybeans, corn, and barley, and few growers considered variety or flavor. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable hunger to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Boarding a steamship, Fairchild embarked with little money and even less confidence, but he abounded with curiosity. Soon he fell in with an eccentric San Francisco millionaire named Barbour Lathrop, who took a shine to the awkward young man and financed his wanderlust. Across oceans and over rails, up mountainsides and through the surf of tropical beaches, they visited five continents and more than fifty countries, encountering cultures unimaginable to his neighbors back home. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food: From Egypt he sent back a variety of cotton that revolutionized an industry, and from Japan he introduced the cherry blossom tree, forever brightening America's capital. Along the way he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. But his culinary ambition came during a formative era, the golden age of science, travel, and a world growing more connected; and through him, America's food system was transformed into the most diverse ever."--Dust jacket.

Invasive species

February 26, 2018
Amstutz, Lisa J., author.
©2018
112 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 25 cm.
Humanity's impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. Invasive Species shines a light on the global problem of invasive species. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind how species become invasive and the damages they cause ecosystems around the world, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation.

The seabird's cry : the lives and loves of the planet's great ocean voyagers

February 21, 2018
Nicolson, Adam, 1957- author.
New York : A John Macrae Book, Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Originally published in The U.K. in 2017 by HarperCollins.
Fulmar -- Puffin -- Kittiwake -- Gull -- Guillemot -- Cormorant and shag -- Shearwater -- Gannet -- Great auk and its cousin razorbill -- Albatross -- The seabird's cry.

Our native bees : America's endangered pollinators and the fight to save them

February 15, 2018
Embry, Paige, author.
©2018
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
What a bee is: an introduction -- A bee for all seasons: Apis mellifera, the European honey bee -- Did greenhouse tomatoes kill the last Franklin's bumble bee? -- Osmia lignaria, the great and glorious BOB -- Bees, blueberries, budworms, and pesticides -- Cinderella ceratina and bees down on the farm -- Life, death, and thievery in the dark -- Bees in the grass: rethinking normal -- Citizen science and the great sunflower project -- The power of bees.

Growing a revolution : bringing our soil back to life

February 14, 2018
Montgomery, David R., 1961-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
316 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Fertile ruins -- Myths of modern agriculture -- Roots of the underground economy -- The oldest problem -- Ditching the plow -- Green manure -- Developing solutions -- The organic dilemma -- Carbon cowboys -- Invisible herds -- Farming carbon -- Closing the loop -- The fifth revolution.
Since the dawn of agriculture, great civilizations have sunk into poverty after destroying their once fertile land. Today, few people realize how close we are to experiencing the same fate if we don't take action. In Growing a Revolution, geologist David R. Montgomery leads us on a journey through history and around the world to see how innovative farmers are ditching the plow, mulching cover crops, and adopting complex rotations to restore the soil. In their stories he finds the foundation for the next agricultural revolution: a soil health revolution.

Mushrooms of the Southeast

February 2, 2018
Elliott, Todd F., author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2018.
407 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm

Hidden in nature : the art of animal camouflage

January 29, 2018
Levin, Anna, author.
Milan, Italy : White Star Publishers, [2017]
207 pages : color illustrations ; 39 cm
"Nature Picture Library"--Cover.
Hiding among the leaves -- The frozen white kingdom -- Living patterns in the sand -- Secrets of the grasslands -- Masters of marine camouflage.
"A stunning look at the many ways animals camouflage themselves in order to survive, featuring images from the Nature Picture Library. Through their extraordinary ability to camouflage themselves, animals become invisible to both predators and prey. These incredible images, from the prestigious Nature Picture Library, capture wild creatures zhidingy in a variety of environments. See how polar animals’ white fur blends with the snow; how insects resemble the leaves in the forest; and how an octopus changes the color of its skin to match the ocean floor"--Publisher's website.

Inside animal hearts and minds : bears that count, goats that surf, and other true stories of animal intelligence and emotion

January 29, 2018
Recio, Belinda, 1961- author.
©2017
xv, 159 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Pt. 1. Heart -- The joke's on us : Laughter, humor, and mischief -- A generous nature : Reciprocity and cooperation -- Fair and square : Playing by the rules -- Stand by me : Friendship -- For the fun of it : Play and imagination -- Random acts of kindness : Empathy and altruism -- A sense of the sacred : Death and spirituality -- Pt. 2. Mind -- To know thyself : Awareness and identity -- If we could talk to the animals : Language -- Count them in : Numerical cognition -- Technology across the kingdom : Tool use -- Finding their way : Spatial intelligence -- For art's sake : Creativity and aesthetics -- Re-imagining IQ : Thinking outside the human brain.
In engaging text, photographs, and infographics, Inside Animal Hearts and Minds showcases fascinating and heart-warming examples of animal emotion and cognition that will foster wonder and empathy. Learn about an orangutan who does "macramé," monkeys that understand the concept of money, and rats that choose friendship over food. Even language, math, and logic are no longer exclusive to humans. Prairie dogs have their own complex vocabularies to describe human intruders, parrots name their chicks, sea lions appear capable of deductive thinking akin to a ten-year-old child's, and bears, lemurs, parrots, and other animals demonstrate numerical cognition.

Real dragons

January 23, 2018
Szymanski, Jennifer, author.
©2018
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Are dragons real? -- Dragon superpowers -- Big dragons -- All kinds of dragons.
"Think dragons exist only in fairy tales? Think again! Meet huge komodo dragons, flying lizards, and all sorts of amazing creatures that really are stranger than fiction. Adult and child readers will learn all about fierce and funny real dragons together."-- Provided by publisher.

Rosalind Franklin : DNA discoverer

January 23, 2018
Streissguth, Thomas, 1958- author.
©2018
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Photograph 51 -- Growing up smart -- War years -- Studying the holes in coal -- Working in Paris -- At the King's College Lab -- Competition from Cambridge -- Revealing DNA -- Doing the math -- To the new world.
In Rosalind Franklin, learn how the British biophysicist and X-ray expert chose to pursue a career in science and helped discover the structure of DNA. Features include a timeline, a glossary, essential facts, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards

Birds of prey : hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures of North America

January 23, 2018
Dunne, Pete, 1951- author.
©2016
xi, 305 pages : color illustrations; 24 cm
The birds of prey -- Species accounts -- Osprey -- Kites: Hook-billed kite ; Swallow-tailed kite ; White-tailed kite ; Snail kite ; Mississippi kite -- Sea eagles: Bald eagle -- Harriers: Northern harrier -- Accipiters :Sharp-shinned hawk ; Cooper's hawk ; Northern goshawk -- Buteos and allies: Common black-hawk ; Harris's hawk ; Red-shouldered hawk ; Broad-winged hawk ; Gray hawk ; Short-tailed hawk ; Swainson's hawk ; White-tailed hawk ; Zone-tailed hawk ; Red-tailed hawk ; Ferruginous hawk ; Rough-legged hawk -- Aquila eagles: Golden eagle -- Falconidae: Crested caracara ; American kestrel ; Merlin ; Aplomado falcon ; Gyrfalcon ; Peregrine falcon ; Prairie falcon -- New world vultures: Black vulture ; Turkey vulture ; California condor -- Threats to birds of prey -- Things you can do to help birds of prey.
Always a popular group of birds, raptors symbolize freedom and fierceness, and in Pete Dunne's definitive guide, these traits are portrayed in hundreds of stunning color photographs showing raptors up close, in flight, and in action--fighting, hunting, and nesting. These gorgeous photographs enhance the comprehensive, authoritative text, which goes far beyond identification to cover raptor ecology, behavior, conservation, and much more. In returning to his forte and his first love, Pete Dunne has crafted a benchmark book on raptors: the first place to turn for any question about these highly popular birds, whether it's what they eat, where they live, or how they behave.

Outrageous animal adaptations : from big-eared bats to frill-necked lizards

January 17, 2018
Rosen, Michael J., 1954- author.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2018].
96 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
A fish that walks on land, a frog that makes its own sunscreen, and an insect that can become invisible? These are just a few examples of how Earth's creatures have evolved some outrageous features and tricks to ensure survival.

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America

January 15, 2018
Pieplow, Nathan, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ix, 593 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm.
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
"The Cornell Lab of Ornithology"--Back cover.
A new approach to bird sounds -- How birds produce sound -- Visualizing sound -- The naming of bird sounds -- The biology of bird sounds -- Recording bird sounds and making spectrograms -- Birds by song : speciaes accounts.
Presents a collection of the songs and calls of 250 species of birds found in eastern and central North America. Includes only species in which songs and calls are of use in field identification.-- Source other than Library of Congress.

Tamed & untamed : close encounters of the animal kind

January 11, 2018
Montgomery, Sy, author.
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2017]
xv, 204 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"Tamed and Untamed -- a collection of essays penned by two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas -- explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and even octopuses. Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. Writes Montgomery, "The list of attributes once thought to be unique to our species -- from using tools to waging war -- is not only rapidly shrinking, but starting to sound less and less impressive when we compare them with other animals' powers." With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures -- from man's best friend to the great white shark -- and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives to sharing the animal kingdom's magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature. The book contains a foreword by Vicki Constantine Croke, author of the bestseller"-- Provided by publisher.

Butterflies : exploring the life cycle

January 9, 2018
Raines, Shirley C., author.
Franklin, TN : Flowerpot Press, a division of Flowerpot Children's Press, Inc., [2017]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Discover butterflies with photos, fun facts, and verse."

Charles Darwin : Victorian Mythmaker

January 9, 2018
Wilson, A. N., 1950- author.
©2017
438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by John Murray (Publishers), an Hachette UK Company.
A symbol -- The old hat -- What he owed to Edinburgh -- Cambridge: Charles Darwin, Gent -- The voyage of the Beagle -- 'Blackbirds... gross-beaks... wren' -- The ladder by which you mounted -- Lost in the vicinity of Bloomsbury -- Half-embedded in the flesh of their wives -- An essay by Mr. Wallace -- A poker and a rabbit -- Is it true? -- The Oxford Debate and its aftermath -- Adios, theory -- Immense generalizations -- Evolution old and new -- Mutual aid.
A radical reappraisal of Darwin argues that the evolution pioneer was less of an original scientific intellect than a ruthless self-promoter who did not give credit to the actual sages whose ideas he advanced in his history-shaping book.

Following Fifi : my adventures among wild chimpanzees : lessons from our closest relatives

January 4, 2018
Crocker, John, MD, author.
©2017
xv, 269 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Part one: Into the forest -- Gombe arrival -- Settling in -- A day in the life of Fifi and Freud -- Of chimps and men -- Madame Bee holds her own -- Trust and security -- My friend and mentor: Hamisi Matama -- Knowing Jane -- Leave-taking -- Part two: The medical path -- Entering the medical field -- Forest reflections: jungle influences in my practice -- Part three: Return to Gombe -- Gombe calling -- Reunion with Jane -- Gombe return -- Back to the forest -- Jane's Peak -- Finding my place -- Forest reflections: how wild chimpanzees helped make me a better father - A path less traveled: Bubongo village -- More forest reflections: broadening my perspective on family medicine -- Good-bye again -- Keeping up with Jane.
John Crocker spent eight months in the Gombe forest working with Jane Goodall. He would follow families of wild chimpanzees and learn the fundamental behavioural traits of these chimps as they raised their offspring. Upon returning home and becoming a doctor, Crocker found himself incorporating the lessons he learned into his work as a father and physician.

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