• 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.

    • 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.

    • Wildlife: general interest

      Creatures of Change

      An Album of Ohio Animals

      by Carolyn Platt (author)

      Ohio was once covered by a thick forest and populated by a great variety of animals, but the first blows of settlers' axes heralded cataclysmic changes. By 1900 only about 15 percent of the state remained tree-covered. The effects of settlement upon native animal species varied widely, and the fortunes of many have risen and fallen more than once.Large predators such as wolves, panthers, and bears disappeared early, as did big herbivores such as bison and elk. Hunters and trappers drove many furbearers out of existence, though wildlife managers have successfully reintroduced beaver and river otters in this century. Other mammals and birds, including white-tailed deer and wild turkeys, have also reappeared.Human encroachment has had mixed effects among non-game animals: the barn owl population surged as farming provided meadows teeming with voles and other preferred food, then plummeted as families abandoned unproductive farms. Some reptiles have declined as a result of loss of habitat, and wetland draining and intensive farming have reduced amphibian populations. Coyotes and raccoons, hardy opportunists, have flourished in the human-dominated environment.In Creatures of Change, Carolyn V. Platt examines two hundred years of wildlife in Ohio. Over a hundred color photos by Gary Meszaros complement the text. Written in an accessible style, the book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Ohio's wildlife, but it will also be a valuable reference for specialists.

    • The natural world, country life & pets

      Great Salt Lake

      An Anthology

      by Gary Topping

      Probably Utah's most widely recognized topographical feature, the Great Salt Lake is possibly also the state's least appreciated and understood one. While visitors often feel compelled to take a closer look at it and even test its salinity by dipping a finger or a toe, many native Utahns and tourists never take the time to explore the lake more extensively or to learn about its many facets. Awaiting those who do so is the discovery of just how fascinating a place the lake is. As Gary Topping points out in his introduction, Great Salt Lake "sounds like someone's literary fantasy: a vast interior sea bordered by marshes and dotted with islands that support thousands of shore birds of a great variety of species, yet flanked on other sides by an immense salt waste that forbids human habitation... Great Salt Lake remains one of the world's most remarkable geological phenomena, a place of beauty, drama, and complexity to challenge the most ambitious curiosity and imagination." To encourage a deeper knowledge and understanding of this unique body of water, Topping has assembled some of the best historical and contemporary writing on Great Salt Lake. The authors include historical figures such as Osborne Russell, Jedediah Smith, John C. Frémont, Howard Stansbury, and, less known, Alfred Lambourne, a turn-of-the-century artist and western Thoreau who sought solitude and contemplation by building a house on remote Gunnison Island. Also included are selections from more recent writing about the lake, among them pieces by well-known historians Dale Morgan and Brigham Madsen and other essays that look at the varied ways, recreational and economic, that people have used or sought to use the lake. The subjects of the collected pieces range from fantastic stories people tell about this odd inland sea to attempts they have made to exploit it for commercial value; from exploration and emigration to recreation and resorts; from the lake's prehistory to its future, as development and population growth near its shores create conflicting demands and pressures.

    • 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.

    • Wildlife: general interest

      Wild Ohio

      The Best of Our Natural Heritage

      by Jim McCormac (author)

      A photographic documentation of the most outstanding natural habitats in Ohio“We hope this book never becomes an epitaph for what once was. Ohio is incredibly rich in biodiversity, possibly more so than any other midwestern state. . . . We encourage you to visit these places and view the greatest natural resources that Ohio has to offer.”—from the PrefaceWhile Ohio has lost much of its presettlement landscape, many nearly pristine habitats remain. These relics are populated by a fascinating array of flora and fauna. Wild Ohio singles out the best of Ohio’s natural lands and documents their importance in words and photographs. Because the state has lost over 90 percent of its wetlands and over 99 percent of its original prairie, Wild Ohio focuses especially on rare and declining animals and plants with the intention of inspiring a love of nature and an interest in conservation.The authors feature approximately forty sites, encompassing nearly every type of habitat found in the state and representing all regions of Ohio. Naturalist Jim McCormac’s descriptive text provides an overview of each site and tips for visitors. Gary Meszaros’s stunning photographs highlight the visual beauty of each area’s flora, fauna, and landscape. Every section includes a description of the physiographic province and a map of the sites.A celebration of what still remains and a reminder of what has been lost, Wild Ohio will be appreciated by anyone with an interest in Ohio’s natural history and landscape.

    • 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.

    • The Arts

      Hell Unlimited

      Where Shakespeare Met Goethe

      by Joanne Maria McNally

      In short, incisive scenes this novella explores the role of theatre, film, dreams and nightmares in and beyond life in a situation of sadistic imprisonment, and explores the way the inevitable and dramatic unfolding of their oppressors’ horrific plans impact upon the lives of three individuals (who are also artists) and their friendship. The novella has a contemporary feel due to the framing of it in the present and in the form of a talk to an audience. It opens with the main character, an elderly famous actor known only as Carl, reciting Shakespeare to the walls of a dilapidated barrack. His much younger friend, an acclaimed photographer and cameraman known only as Carl’s friend, and a new arrival to the camp, breaks the illusion of Carl’s apparent spell of madness with ‘his rescue’ of Carl by reciting some lines from Carl’s earlier portrayal of Goethe’s Mephistopheles on the stages in Prague, and by reminding him of their shared friendship and companionship before the terror was unleashed. Simultaneously, the backdrop of evil, and Faust’s pact with the devil is brought immediately into sharp focus, and is omnipresent in various forms throughout as the protagonists struggle with their sense of theatre and reality before and since life in the camp and their own use of illusion, illicit theatrical performances and dreams as a self-preservation strategy during their imprisonment. Lines from Shakespeare and Goethe’s ‘Faust’ are interspersed with the characters’ own reflections and interactions and lift the characters to a higher plain, and beyond the immediate brutal circumstances and oppression. The slow-moving opening gives way to an ever-increasing momentum as external circumstances plunge the two main protagonists into situations which force them to the edge of humanity. The work sounds very interesting indeed Patrick Spottiswode, Director, Globe Education The novella also exists as a play (updated by the author between 2011- 2013).

    • Photographs: collections

      The Shallow Seas of Wales

      by Paul Kay

    • Wildlife: general interest
      January 2012

      Panda

      Back from the Brink

      by Zhou Mengqi

      This spectacular volume brings together the expertise of leading conservationists with an extraordinary collection of photographs from both the world-renowned Wolong research centre and the wilderness of Sichuan’s magnificent Qionglai mountain range, the panda’s natural habitat. Discover the world of this most lovable bear.

    • Geography & the Environment

      Y Barcud

      The Red Kite

      by David Jones

    • Environmental science, engineering & technology

      Listening to Cougar

      by Marc Bekoff (Editor) , Cara Blessley Lowe (Editor)

      This spellbinding tribute to Puma concolor honours the big cat's presence on the land and in our psyches. In some essays, the puma appears front and centre: a lion leaps over Rick Bass's feet, hurtles off a cliff in front of J Frank Dobie, gazes at Julia Corbett when she opens her eyes after an outdoor meditation, emerges from the fog close enough for poet Gary Gildner to touch. Marc Bekoff opens his car door for a dog that turns out to be a lion. Other works evoke lions indirectly. Biologists describe aspects of cougar ecology, such as its rugged habitat and how males struggle to claim territory. Conservationists relate the political history of America's greatest cat. Short stories and essays consider lions' significance to people, reflecting on accidental encounters, dreams, Navajo beliefs, guided hunts, and how vital mountain lions are to people as symbols of power and wildness.

    • Wildlife: general interest

      Birds of the Lake Erie Region

      Cleveland's Torso Murders

      by Carolyn Platt (author)

      This latest collaboration of Carolyn V. Platt and Gary Meszaros is a beautifully photographed book that explores Lake Erie and its effects on the birds that make this region their home.Birds of the Lake Erie Region observes a year of weather changes and avian migrations—from the wintertime convergence of ducks and other waterbirds on the lake’s last ice-free areas to the excitement of the raptor and shorebird migrations in the fall.Expert or novice, birders and nature lovers will be moved by Platt’s celebration of these birds and their habitat and by Meszaros’s impressive photographs of the delicate beauty of these exquisite creatures.

    • Photographs: collections
      January 2012

      Beneath Cold Seas

      by David Hall

      In Beneath Cold Seas, author and photographer David Hall takes us into the underwater world of the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska, home to the most diverse and spectacular marine life of any temperate or cold-water ecosystem on the planet. From the tiny, candy-stripe shrimp, giant Pacific octopus, ghost-like hooded nudibranchs, and migrating sockeye salmon to the world's largest sea lions, Hall's stunning photographs and lively text reveal many fascinating species interrelationships and rarely observed animal behaviors. An innovative approach to over/underwater photography places the marine life of the Pacific Northwest in familiar context with hauntingly beautiful images that will surprise even experienced divers and delight the rest of us. An introduction by Sarika Cullis-Suzuki focuses on the conservation issues facing this rich yet vulnerable ecosystem.

    • Wildlife: mammals

      Mammals of Colorado

      by David M. Armstrong, James P. Fitzgerald, Carron A. Meaney

      Thoroughly revised and updated, this is a comprehensive reference on the nine orders and 128 species of Colorado's recent native fauna, detailing each species' description, habitat, distribution, population ecology, diet and foraging, predators and parasites, behaviour, reproduction and development, and population status. An introductory chapter on Colorado's environments, a discussion of the development of the fauna over geologic time, and a brief history of human knowledge of Coloradan mammals provide ecological and evolutionary context. The most recent records of the state's diverse species, rich illustrations (including detailed maps, skull drawings, and photographs), and an extensive bibliography make this book a must-have reference. Amateur and professional naturalists, students, vertebrate biologists, and ecologists as well as those involved in conservation and wildlife management in Colorado will find value in this comprehensive volume. Co-published with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

    • Medicine

      The Psychedelic Traveller

      Short Stories

      by ANTHONY JAMES

      A collection of short stories from adventures and fantastic imaginings aroud the world. Each story is set in a different country, from Brazil to Siberia, from new Zealand to India. Each story is a cameo in itself, each one of a different mood, be it playful, or dark, of conflict or good humour. Stories will remind those who travel widely of the pitfalls and opportunities and remind all the readers that there is nothing more wonderful than this wonderful world and the ppeople in it.

    • Fiction
      February 2014

      The Boy and The Crow

      by Brendan Walsh

      The Boy and the Crow is the gripping, fast-paced story of 16-year-old big city gang member, Daniel Cagney. Convicted of a crime in juvenile court, he is sentenced to spend a year’s probation on the Vermont farm of his grandparents, whom he has not seen for many years. From the moment he arrives at the farm, Danny struggles to adjust to his new life on foreign turf. He continues to believe that it is only a matter of time before he escapes to the city, but a young crow, which he almost kills one day, “conspires” to change his mind. Under his grandparents’ watchful eyes, Danny begins to resist the pull of the ghetto that he has left behind. He meets a beautiful girl who accepts him for who he is, but her zealous father wants him out of his daughter’s life for good. To make matters worse, Danny soon becomes the target of local bullies and the county sheriff. Then, his fellow gang members come calling.

    • Health & Personal Development
      August 2013

      Tiger Wisdom Guidebook & Oracle Cards

      by Jane Corbett

      My book offers pure impartial guidance from the Tiger, a truly wonderful and awe inspiring majestical big cat, 48 beautiful Tiger Oracle cards, each featuring a different characteristic of the tiger and the world which it inhabits accompany the book, See the world from a different point of view, using the spirit of the tiger. who is strong, silent, and focused, by focusing on its energy users are able to relieve themselves of the daily stresses and worries of life and seek guidance from a non-judgemental source by conducting a reading either for themselves or someone else. Each of the cards and the meaning behind them is covered in depth within the book, as well as the correct methods to complete a card reading successfully. My book also includes a wealth of information about the tiger as well as raising awareness about this critically endangered species. Both are presented in a box set.

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