New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

February 22, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Spineless : the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone

December 11, 2017
Berwald, Juli, author.
336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Planula. If you dare -- Polyp. What's your agenda? ; Jellyfish salad ; Missing polyp ; In jelly genes ; Robojelly ; Seeing what's not there ; Day-glo jellies ; Jellyfish sense ; The nerve of the jellyfish ; Life's limits -- Strobila. The bottom of the wave -- Ephyra. Stop waiting ; Sacred island ; Stalking the beast ; Jellyfish al dente ; Jellyfishing -- Medusa. Toxic cocktail ; Sting block ; In medusa's blood ; Party like a jellyfish ; Bloom.
A former ocean biologist describes how she rediscovered her passion for marine science while investigating the enigmatic jellyfish and what the species' unique physiologies can teach about engineering and environmental stability.

The incredible fold-out book of animals : open up a big world of discovery

December 4, 2017
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
13 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
On board pages
Cover title.
This interactive lift-the-flap book takes kids ages 3 and up for a walk on the wild side with both familiar and unusual wild animals.

The inner life of animals : love, grief, and compassion : surprising observations of a hidden world

December 4, 2017
Wohlleben, Peter, 1964- author.
x, 277 pages ; 20 cm
"David Suzuki Institute."
Foreword / by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson -- Selfless mother love -- Instinct--a second-rate emotion? -- Loving people -- Anybody home? -- Pig smarts -- Gratitude -- Lies and deception -- Stop, thief! -- Take courage! -- Black and white -- Cold hedgehogs, warm honey bees -- Crowd intelligence -- Hidden agendas -- Simple sums -- Just for fun -- Desire -- Till death do us part -- What's in a name? -- Grief -- Shame and regret -- Empathy -- Altruism -- Upbringing -- Getting rid of the kids -- Once wild, forever wild -- Snipe mess -- Something special in the air -- Comfort -- Weathering the storm -- Pain -- Fear -- High society -- Good and evil -- Hey, Mr. Sandman -- Animal oracles -- Animals age, too -- Alien worlds -- Artificial environments -- In the service of humanity -- Communication -- Where is the soul?
"Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves Peter Wohlleben's wealth of personal experience observing nature in forests and fields with the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up."--Dust jacket flap.

What it's like to be a dog : and other adventures in animal neuroscience

November 14, 2017
Berns, Gregory, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2017.
vii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
What it's like to be a dog -- The marshmallow test -- Why a brain? -- Seizing sea lions -- Rudiments -- Painting with sound -- Buridan's ass -- Talk to the animals -- A death in Tasmania -- Lonesome tiger -- Dog lab -- Epilogue: The brain ark.
"Do dogs experience emotions like people do? To find out, neuroscientist and bestselling author Gregory Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner--completely awake--so they could figure out what they think and feel. But dogs were just the beginning. In [this book], Berns takes us into the brains and minds of wild animals: sea lions who can learn to dance, and dolphins who can see with sound. In a radical experiment in neuroarchaeology, he reconstructs the brain of one of the most mysterious animals in recent history, the Tasmanian tiger, to explain why it disappeared. Berns's latest scientific breakthroughs show how similar animal brains are to those of humans and make clear that we can understand what it's like to be a dog or a dolphin. He proves definitively that animals have feelings very much like we do--a revelation which forces us to reconsider what animal rights ought to be. Written with insight, empathy, and humor, What It's Like to Be a Dog heralds a new world, one in which complex intelligence is all around us. It is the new manifesto for animal liberation of the twenty-first century."--Jacket.

American wolf : a true story of survival and obsession in the West

November 13, 2017
Blakeslee, Nate, 1970- author.
New York : Crown, 2017.
300 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm
Return of the wolf -- In the Valley of the Druids -- A star is born -- Killers -- The king of Currumpaw -- Rebels in the sage -- Iron man -- Return to the Lamar Valley -- Betrayal -- Rampage of the Mollies -- "The worst possible thing I could tell you" -- A good day in the park -- Enough is enough.
The story of the rise of a Yellowstone wolf, and what her life and death and death tell us about the struggle for the American West. --Provided by publisher.

Birding without borders : an obsession, a quest, and the biggest year in the world

November 3, 2017
Strycker, Noah K.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ix, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Map on lining papers.
Includes indexes.
End of the world -- The DSP -- Cerro Negro -- Over the years -- The Harpy -- Gunning it -- An angel of peace -- Flying free -- Home -- Missed connections -- Kalu -- The Karamoja Apalis -- A new world record -- Hit and miss -- Birds in paradise -- From end to end.
Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.


November 2, 2017
Williams, Edgar Mark, 1960- author.
196 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
A tale of two hippos -- Mud, mud, glorious mud -- Water horse -- The illustrious stranger -- The good, the bad, and the ugly -- The modern hippo -- Timeline.
"Hippos are well-loved, cumbersome, rotund mammals famous for lounging, semi-submerged in muddy pools. Gregarious herbivores, they emerge after dusk from the water into the cool night air to graze on grass and plants before returning to the water at sunrise. They have huge mouths adapted for grazing as well as large, sharp tusks and jaws powerful enough to bite through crocodiles, small boats and even humans. Hippos originated in Asia and share a common ancestor with whales. The common hippo, once found all over Africa, is now largely confined to South and East Africa, while its close relative, the mysterious pygmy hippo, dwells only in the forests of West Africa. Until the last Ice Age, they were common across Europe, including Britain. To the ancient Egyptians the hippo was a revered deity, while at the same time it was hunted for sport; later, the Romans imported them into their circus spectacles. From the first Egyptian god, Taweret, to Obaysch, the first living hippo exhibited in the London Zoo in the nineteenth century, hippos have inspired wonder and awe."--Back cover.

Curious about orangutans

November 2, 2017
Shaw, Gina, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Young Readers Licenses, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, map ; 21 cm
What's got long red hair, toes that work like thumbs, arms longer than its legs, swings from tree branch to tree branch, and can even use an iPad? The amazing orangutan!

Wild : endangered animals in living motion : a photicular® book

October 31, 2017
Kainen, Dan, photographer.
New York : Workman Publishing, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Panda -- Leopard -- Albatross -- Gorilla -- Rhinoceros -- Bee -- Elephant -- Pangolin.
"You can't believe your eyes. But you can believe the numbers. The Photicular series, with four books published in the last five years, now has 2 million copies in print--and with every new title published the backlist rises to the occasion. After last year's success with Jungle (over 215,000 copies in print in just a few months), here comes Wild -- the book, and the idea, for which the series could have been invented. Wild captures eight endangered animals in living motion. From the cover panda shown lazily munching on leaves, to an albatross swooping its magnificent wings, to a bumblebee taking a sip of water, Wild throws a spotlight on the mammals, birds, and insects that are threatened with extinction. We see gorillas at play, a rhinoceros and its baby trotting across the savanna, a pangolin skittering along the landscape. There's a romantic big cat--an Amur leopard--and the personable elephant bathing in a river. An opening essay explores the environmental and economic threats to animal populations and how conservationists are working to slow--and, when they can, reverse--the damage. Profiles of each animal accompany the images, which are warm, accessible, and friendly. The story is urgent. Together, it's a compelling book about what's at stake now, and in our future"-- Provided by publisher.

Spiders! : strange and wonderful

October 25, 2017
Pringle, Laurence, 1935- author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, [2017]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
An accessible and comprehensive introduction to spider species from all over the world.


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