• Children's & YA
      November 2015

      AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad

      by Tammy Cortez

      AbbeyLoo is a curious little girl with a BIG imagination. This imagination takes AbbeyLoo to some very exciting and often unexpected places. AbbeyLoo loves exploring her backyard. There is always something new to see. Her favorite find is the many toads that roam her backyard. AbbeyLoo loves to carefully catch the toads and pet them and talk to them. Normally they don’t talk back, but today is totally different. Follow along with AbbeyLoo on her latest adventure as she meets Gus, the talking toad.

    • Zoology & animal sciences
      June 2017

      Rice insect pests and their management

      by Prof. E. A. Heinrichs, Dr Francis E. Nwilene, Professor Michael J. Stout, Dr Buyung A. R. Hadi and Dr Thais Freitas

      The rice plant is an ideal host for many insect species. All of the plant parts are vulnerable to insect-feeding from the time of sowing till harvest. There are over 800 insect species damaging rice in one way or another, although the majority of them do very little damage. In tropical Asia only about 20 species are of major importance. In Africa, 15 species of insects are considered major rice pests and in the Americas about 20 species are considered major pests.To develop effective pest management strategies, it is essential to properly identify and understand the biology and ecology of insect pests and the arthropods that help regulate their populations. This book effectively utilizes the unique knowledge and expertise of leading rice entomologists from Africa, Asia and the Americas to provide the first global coverage of rice insect pests. The discussion of each pest includes geographical distribution, plant hosts other than rice, description and biology, plant damage and ecology.

    • Science & Mathematics
      July 2018

      Practical Feline Behaviour

      Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare

      by Trudi Atkinson

      Practical Feline Behaviour contains all the relevant information that a veterinary nurse or technician needs to understand and handle the behaviour and welfare of house cats, and to offer safe and practical advice to clients. There have been ground-breaking advances in our understanding of feline behaviour in recent years and, to protect the welfare of cats, it is increasingly important that anyone involved with their care, especially those in a professional capacity, keep up to date with these developments. This approachable and down-to-earth text describes the internal and external influences on feline behaviour; on communication, learning, social behaviour, the relationship between behaviour and disease, and the cat - human relationship. It also provides practical advice on how the welfare of cats in our care may be protected and how behaviour problems should be addressed and how to avoid them. In this book Trudi Atkinson draws on her extensive experience as a veterinary nurse and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist to provide a rapid reference and an intensely practical feline behaviour resource for owners, breeders, veterinary professionals, shelter and cattery workers and anyone involved in the care of our feline companions. - Practical, down to earth guide detailing all aspects of feline behaviour - Rapid reference for instant access to information - Written by a well-known animal behaviourist who has extensive experience in treating feline behaviour problems and in advising clients to protect the welfare of their cats - Includes a foreword by John Bradshaw, School of Veterinary Science at University of Bristol, UK

    • Biography: science, technology & engineering
      March 2015

      Thank you, Madagascar

      Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly

      by Alison Jolly

      Madagascar is one of the world’s natural jewels, with over ninety per cent of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Few people knew it better than the pioneering primatologist and conservationist, Alison Jolly. Thank You, Madagascar is her eyewitness account of the extraordinary biodiversity of the island, and the environment of its people. At the book’s heart is a conflict between three different views of nature. Is the extraordinary forest treasure-house of Madagascar a heritage for the entire world? Is it a legacy of the forest dwellers’ ancestors, bequeathed to serve the needs of their living descendants? Or is it an economic resource to be pillaged for short-term gain and to be preserved only to deliver benefits for those with political power? Exploring and questioning these different views, this is a beautifully written diary and a tribute to Madagascar.

    • Agriculture & farming

      The Right Colour

      by Andy Frazier

      This touching tale tells of a calf born in a pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd, an unusual calf that although is black in colour, is the wrong kind of black. Her times of hardship and degradation evolve her into a somewhat exceptional character. Now an old lady nearing the end of her life she tells her own extraordinary and comical tale of her exciting journey towards fulfilling her destiny.

    • Adventure
      July 2011

      Someone to Look Up To

      The Story of a Special Dog

      by Jean Gill

      'Nobody writes dog stories better.' Karen Charlton, author of 'The Heiress of Linn Hagh' A dog's life in the south of France. From puppyhood, Sirius the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has been trying to understand his humans and train them with kindness... How this led to their divorce he has no idea. More misunderstandings take Sirius to Death Row in an animal shelter, as a so-called dangerous dog learning survival tricks from the other inmates. During the twilight barking, he is shocked to hear his brother's voice but the bitter-sweet reunion is short-lived. Doggedly, Sirius keeps the faith. One day, his human will come. View the book trailer youtube.com/watch?v=JFPrJbqM4LU

    • Science & Mathematics
      July 2015

      Improving Animal Welfare

      A Practical Approach

      by Anne Marie de Passillé, Temple Grandin, Temple Grandin, Lily Nowell Edwards, Camie R Heleski, Jeff Hill, David C J Main, Amy K McLean, David J Mellor, Bernard Rollin, Jeffrey Rushen, Jan K Shearer, Kevin J Stafford, Janice C Swanson, Helen R (Becky) Whay, Tina Widowski, Jennifer Woods

      By taking an entirely practical approach, this textbook aims to help those working with animals to apply methods for improving welfare, bridging the gap between scientific research and practical application. This book provides a guide to practical evaluation and auditing of welfare problems for farmed animals, emphasizing the importance of measuring conditions that compromise welfare such as lameness, or the use of electric goads. This second edition is fully updated with new literature, new, up to date coverage of pain management, and the addition of a new chapter on animal welfare in organic farming systems. ; Taking a practical approach, this textbook helps those working with animals to apply methods for improving welfare, bridging the gap between scientific research and practical application. It provides a guide to practical evaluation and auditing of welfare for farm animals, emphasizing the importance of measuring conditions that compromise welfare. ; 1: An Introduction to Implementing an Effective Animal Welfare Program2: The Importance of Measurement to Improve the Welfare of Livestock, Poultry, and Fish3: Why is Agricultural Animal Welfare Important? The Social and Ethical Context4: Implementing Effective Standards and Scoring Systems for Assessing Animal Welfare on Farms and Slaughter Plants5: How to Improve Livestock Handling and Reduce Stress6: Painful Husbandry Procedures in Livestock and Poultry7: The Importance of Good Stockmanship and Its Benefits to Animals8: Animal Well-being and Behavioural Needs on the Farm9: Improving Livestock, Poultry, and Fish Welfare in Slaughter Plants with Auditing Programs10: Recommended On-farm Euthanasia Practices11: Welfare During Transport of Livestock and Poultry12: Why Are Behavioral Needs Important?13: Animal Well-being on Organic Farms14: The Effect of Economic Factors on the Welfare of Livestock and Poultry15: Improving Animal Care and Welfare: Practical Approaches for Achieving Change16: Successful Technology Transfer of Behavioral and Animal Welfare Research to the Farm and Slaughter Plant17: Practical Methods for Improving the Welfare of Horses, Donkeys, Mules, and Other Working Draft Animals in Developing Areas

    • Science & Mathematics
      May 2015

      Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare

      by Donald M Broom, Andrew F Fraser

      Humans have a natural interest in animals; through a long history of domestication, they have become tools, a food source and even friends. Behaviour is a significant indicator of animal health and well-being, and understanding this behaviour is therefore the key to good management. Covering all aspects of animal behaviour and how this relates to welfare for companion animals, farm animals and farmed fish, this book reviews development, socialisation, locomotion, reproduction and more. It takes a comprehensive approach to the subject, including a section of chapters addressing common abnormal behaviours and reviewing some animals, such as rabbits, from both a pet and farm perspective. Now in its fifth edition, Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare includes new chapters detailing the welfare of sheep, goats and exotic pets, and welfare in relation to genetic selection and modification. Animal behaviour and welfare sciences are now core topics for agriculture and veterinary students, with courses and research opportunities in this field growing world-wide. Fully updated and with new photographs, this indispensable textbook provides a student-friendly guide to the major themes of animal behaviour and welfare. ; Now in its fifth edition, this book includes new chapters detailing the welfare of sheep, goats and exotic pets, and welfare in relation to genetic selection and modification. It covers animal behaviour and welfare for companion animals, farm animals and farmed fish, reviewing development, socialisation, locomotion, reproduction and more. ; 1: Introduction to Ideas and Measurement1: Introduction and Concepts2: Describing, Recording and Measuring Behaviour2: Fundamental Topics3: Learning, Cognition and Behaviour Development4: Motivation5: Evolution and Optimality6: Welfare Assessment3: Organization of Behaviour7: Behaviour Towards Predators and Social Attackers, Anti-predator Strategies8: Feeding9: Body Care10: Locomotion and Space Occupied11: Exploration12: Spacing Behaviour13: Rest and Sleep4: Reproductive and Social Behaviour14: General Social Behaviour15: Human-Domestic Animal Interactions16: Seasonal and Reproductive Behaviour17: Sexual Behaviour5: Early and Parturient Behaviour18: Fetal and Parturient Behaviour19: Maternal and Neonatal Behaviour20: Juvenile and Play Behaviour6: Welfare Topics21: Handling, Transport and Humane Control of Domestic Animals22: Stunning and Slaughter23: Welfare and Behaviour in Relation to Disease24: Abnormal Behaviour 1: Stereotypies25: Abnormal Behaviour 2: Self-directed and Environment-directed26: Abnormal Behaviour 3: Addressed to Another Individual27: Abnormal Behaviour 4: Failure of Function28: Abnormal Behaviour 5: Anomalous Reactivity7: Welfare of Various Animals29: The Welfare of Cattle30: The Welfare of Sheep and Goats31: The Welfare of Pigs32: The Welfare of Poultry33: The Welfare of Farmed and Pet Fish34: The Welfare of Animals Kept for Fur Production35: The Welfare of Horses, other Equids and other Draught Animals36: The Welfare of Farmed and Pet Rabbits37: The Welfare of Dogs38: The Welfare of Cats39: The Welfare of Other Pet Animals

    • Science & Mathematics
      November 2017

      Henry Dresser and Victorian ornithology

      Birds, books and business

      by Henry A. McGhie

      This book explores the life of Henry Dresser (1838-1915), one of the most productive British ornithologists of the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is largely based on previously unpublished archival material. Dresser travelled widely and spent time in Texas during the American Civil War. He built enormous collections of skins and eggs of birds from Europe, North America and Asia, which formed the basis of over 100 publications, including some of the finest bird books of the late nineteenth century. Dresser was a leading figure in scientific society and in the early bird conservation movement; his correspondence and diaries reveal the inner workings, motivations, personal relationships and rivalries that existed among the leading ornithologists.

    • Science & Mathematics
      November 2017

      Henry Dresser and Victorian ornithology

      Birds, books and business

      by Henry A. McGhie

      This book explores the life of Henry Dresser (1838-1915), one of the most productive British ornithologists of the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is largely based on previously unpublished archival material. Dresser travelled widely and spent time in Texas during the American Civil War. He built enormous collections of skins and eggs of birds from Europe, North America and Asia, which formed the basis of over 100 publications, including some of the finest bird books of the late nineteenth century. Dresser was a leading figure in scientific society and in the early bird conservation movement; his correspondence and diaries reveal the inner workings, motivations, personal relationships and rivalries that existed among the leading ornithologists.

    • Science & Mathematics
      November 2017

      Henry Dresser and Victorian ornithology

      Birds, books and business

      by Henry A. McGhie

      This book explores the life of Henry Dresser (1838-1915), one of the most productive British ornithologists of the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is largely based on previously unpublished archival material. Dresser travelled widely and spent time in Texas during the American Civil War. He built enormous collections of skins and eggs of birds from Europe, North America and Asia, which formed the basis of over 100 publications, including some of the finest bird books of the late nineteenth century. Dresser was a leading figure in scientific society and in the early bird conservation movement; his correspondence and diaries reveal the inner workings, motivations, personal relationships and rivalries that existed among the leading ornithologists.

    • Wildlife: general interest

      Of Bison and Man

      by Harlod Danz

      In this book, the author gives a clear, informative, and highly entertaining overview of this magnificent animal. Danz explores the bison's prehistory and natural history, it's complex relationship with Native Americans, the bison slaughter and recovery, the establishment of the bison as an industry, and the role bison play today, both as a food source and as a wild animal. This book will appeal to readers interested in our complex relationship with the bison as well as those wanting to know more about our natural history and resource management policies.

    • Literature & Literary Studies

      Rocky Mountain Mammals

      A Handbook of Mammals of Rocky Mountain National Park & Vicinity: 3rd Edition

      by David M Armstrong

      Revised, updated, and with more than 50 new colour photographs, ROCKY MOUNTAIN MAMMALS is a non-technical guide to the mammals of the Southern Rocky Mountains and their foothills, with special emphasis on Rocky Mountain National Park and vicinity. In seventy-two species accounts, David M. Armstrong describes each animal and its signs, habits, habitat, and natural history, noting times when seasonal events such as elk sparring occur. Introductory materials and appendices offer rich context and wildlife-watching support, including a checklist with page numbers for quick field reference, an identification key, a glossary, derivations of scientific names, and advice on how, when, and where to watch mammals. Armstrong introduces mammalian evolution, anatomy, and distribution and offers perspective on how the local fauna fits into its geographical setting and into past and potential future faunas of the region.

    • Wildlife: general interest

      Bats of the Rocky Mountains West

      Natural History, Ecology & Conservation

      by Rick A Adams

      Since antiquity, bats have been misunderstood and shrouded in mystery. Given misnomers such as fledermaus (flying mouse) and murciegalo (blind mouse), these nocturnal flying mammals were even classified as primates by the great Carl Linnaeus, based on his knowledge of the anatomy of large Old World fruit bats. In this beautifully illustrated volume, bat specialist Rick A. Adams delves into bats' true nature and the roles these fascinating ledurblaka (leather flutterers) play in the natural history and ecology of the Rocky Mountain West. BATS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST begins with a general discussion of bat biology and evolution as well as regional physiography and zoogeography. In addition, Adams describes -- based on the results of extensive research -- the behaviour and ecology of the 31 species of bats found in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Naturalists and biologists alike will benefit from the detailed species descriptions, colour photographs and illustrations, distribution maps, and echolocation sonograms.

    • Conservation of the environment

      Predatory Bureaucracy

      The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West

      by Michael Robinson

      Tracking wolves from the days of the conquistadors to the present, author Michael Robinson shows that their story merges with that of the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey. This federal agency was chartered to research insects and birds but -- because of various pressures -- morphed into a political powerhouse dedicated to killing wolves and other wildlife. Robinson follows wolves' successful adaptation to the arrival of explorers, mountain men, and bounty hunters, through their disastrous century-long entanglement with the federal government. He shares the parallel story of the Biological Survey's rise, detailing the personal, social, geographic, and political forces that allowed it to thrive despite opposition from hunters, animal lovers, scientists, environmentalists, and presidents. Federal predator control nearly eliminated wolves throughout the United States and Mexico and radically changed American lands and wildlife populations. The extermination of predators led to problems associated with prey overpopulation, but, as Robinson reveals, extermination and control programs still continue.

    • The natural world, country life & pets

      Creatures Of Habitat

      The Changing Nature of Wildlife and Wild Places in Utah and the Intermountain West

      by Mark Hengesbaugh

      Hengesbaugh takes the reader on an eye-opening journey through the Intermountain West's rare ecology, stopping along the way to reveal risks posed to our fragile environment by man and development.—Christopher Smart, SLC Weekly One of the most remarkable elements of this remarkable book is Hengesbaugh's ability to vividly link cause and effect, illustrating the connectedness of life. Like the loggerhead shrike and black footed ferret, we're all creatures of habitat. —Barry Scholl, Utah Outdoors From flying squirrels on high wooded plateaus to hanging gardens in redrock canyons, the Intermountain West is home to some of the world's rarest and most fascinating animals and plants. Creatures of Habitat details many unique but little-known talents of this region's strange and wonderful wild inhabitants and descibes their connections with native environments. For example, readers will learn about the pronghorn antelope's supercharged cardiovascular system, a brine shrimp-powered shorebird that each year flies nonstop from the Great Salt Lake to Central Argentina, and a rare mustard plant recently discovered on Mount Ogden. Emphasizing how increasing loss and degradation of habitat hinders native species' survival, Mark Gerard Hengesbaugh discusses what is happening to wildlife and wild places and what is being done about it. Well illustrated, this book has habitat maps, pen-and-ink illustrations, and fifty photos of wildlife and wild places selected by photo editor Dan Miller. Also included are guides to wildlife viewing and lists of Utah species, including those considered sensitive, threatened, or endangered.

    • Biography: general

      The American Cockerell

      A Naturalist's Life, 1866-1948

      by William A Weber

      In The American Cockerell: A Naturalist's Life, botanist William A. Weber pulls together pieces of the life of T D A 'Theo' Cockerell, a man who was an internationally known scientist, a prolific writer, and a highly regarded teacher at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The elder brother of the noted scholar Sir Sydney Cockerell, Theo laboured in relative obscurity in America while his brothers and their families were basking in the limelight of smart British society. His contribution to the understanding of wild bees is monumental-he catalogued over 900 species in Colorado alone, and he assiduously collected them wherever he travelled. By 1938 he had published the names and descriptions of 5,480 new species and subspecies. He was also an early supporter of women's rights, a Morrisian socialist, an avid reader, and author of almost 4,000 published scientific papers, book reviews, and discussions of social issues.

    • Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders

      Natural History of Bumblebees

      A Sourcebook for Investigations

      by Carol A Kearns , James D Thomson

      Can insects be charming? Even people who generally dislike 'bugs' make exceptions for bumblebees. Their bright colours and intriguing behaviours can engage the curiosity of anyone from schoolchildren to accomplished scientists. And because one can usually study their behaviours without the use of elaborate equipment, valuable information can still be discovered by the simple technique of observation. This book gives amateurs and professionals alike the basic knowledge to pursue the joys of observing and investigating these attractive and amenable subjects. Packed with information on bumblebee colonies, bee honeypots, bee development, foraging behaviour, as well as instructions for maintaining bumblebees in captivity, this lively and colourful book also includes an easy-to-use photographic field guide to aid in the identification of over fifty species of North American bumblebee. The book fills a gap in the literature and provides amateur enthusiasts, educators, and scholars the information to develop their own projects in bumblebee biology.

    • Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders

      An Illustrated Guide to the Mountain Streams Insects of Colorado

      by J. V. Ward (Author), Boris C. Kondratieff (Author), R. E. Zuellig (Author)

      Now available in a revised and updated edition this guide offers a comprehensive resource on the biology, ecology, and systematics of aquatic insects found in Rocky Mountain streams. This richly illustrated volume includes descriptions of mountain stream ecosystems and habitats, simplified identification keys, and an extensive bibliography. This second edition is ideal for the naturalist, trout stream anglers interested in entomology, specialists in stream ecology, and students of aquatic entomology and freshwater biology.

    • Nature, the natural world (Children's/YA)

      Ieir Bach Yr Haf

      by George E. Hyde

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