Category: Nature

  • Introduction to California Chaparral (California Natural History Guides)

    By Ronald D. Quinn

    The attribute glance of California Chaparral—a tender bluish-green blanket of crops lightly masking the hills—is identified to hundreds of thousands who've obvious it because the backdrop in video clips and tv productions. This complicated ecological neighborhood of vegetation and animals is not only a characteristic of the hills round Hollywood, yet is a necessary a part of the full California panorama. it's a hugely resilient neighborhood tailored to lifestyles with ordinary fires and droughts. Written for a large viewers, this concise, enticing, and fantastically illustrated e-book describes an historic and exquisitely balanced setting domestic to wondrous organisms: hearth Beetles that mate merely on burning branches, lizards that shoot blood from their eyes whilst threatened, Kangaroo Rats that by no means drink water, and seeds that germinate in simple terms after a fireplace, whether that implies ready within the soil for a a hundred years or extra. worthwhile either as a box advisor and an introductory review of the ecology of chaparral, it additionally offers a greater realizing of ways we would reside in concord, protection, and appreciation of this distinctive ecological community.

    * Identifies chaparral’s universal vegetation, animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects

    * beneficial properties seventy nine colour illustrations, fifty six black-and-white pictures, and three maps

    * Examines the function of people and hearth in chaparral, overlaying the situation and layout of houses, landscaping, and public policy
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  • Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow

    By Douglas Lorain

    In Oregon, backpackers can hike wild shores, get pleasure from colourful wasteland canyonlands, stroll amid wonderful granite peaks, chill out in wildflower meadows, and circle glacier-clad mountains. Award-winning guidebook writer and longtime Oregon resident Douglas Lorain info 30 dazzling backpacking journeys in Backpacking Oregon. Lasting from 3 days to 2 weeks, those conscientiously crafted itineraries provide geographic range, appealing surroundings, and average day-by-day mileage targets. This in-depth consultant offers the entire details backpackers might want to entry the Oregon backcountry, together with the Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge, excessive Cascades, Hells Canyon, and the Klamath, Siskiyou, Blue, and Wallowa mountains. an in depth path map and images accompany every one trip.
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  • Field Guide to the Common Bees of California: Including Bees of the Western United States (California Natural History Guides)

    By Gretchen LeBuhn

    This enticing and easy-to-use traditional heritage guidebook offers a radical evaluate of local and honey bee biology and provides instruments for deciding on the commonest bees of California and the Western usa. Full-color illustrations introduce readers to greater than 30 genera of local bees, noting each one one's wishes and conduct and putting them of their wider context. the writer highlights bees’ ties to our personal lives, the meals we devour, and the habitat we offer, and indicates how you can help bees in our personal backyards.

    as well as supporting readers comprehend and distinguish between significant teams of bees, this consultant unearths how bees are a vital a part of fit atmosphere and the way many crops, together with vital crop vegetation, rely on the pollination they supply. As turning out to be proof issues to declining bee populations, this booklet deals severe information regarding the bond among vegetation and pollinators, and among people and nature. completely researched and whole of recent insights into the traditional means of pollination, box consultant to the typical Bees of California; together with Bees of the Western United States is valuable for the window it opens onto the biodiversity, adaptive variety, and complexity of invertebrate communities.
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  • The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs: Discover Amazing Butterflies, Moths, Spiders, Dragonflies, and Other Insects!

    By Judy Burris, Wayne Richards

    With this ebook in hand, readers of any age will detect -- simply outdoors their very own doorways, irrespective of the place they live--a international they by no means knew existed. Hundreds of beautiful images combined with specialist details create an up-close-and-personal travel of the hidden lives of spiders, beetles, butterflies, moths, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, aphids, and lots of different yard citizens. you will not think your eyes! every one creature is in its typical environment, and plenty of are proven progressing via the entire numerous phases in their existence cycles. this can be a distinct examine a few of life's so much attention-grabbing mysteries -- awesome, eye-catching, and ideal for nature fans of all ages.

    "The mystery Lives of yard insects" has earned nationwide awards --
    (1) NOBA - nationwide outside publication Award
    (2) Teacher's selection Award for "Product of Excellence for the Family".
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  • Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico

    By Marty Essen

    Winner, 2016 nationwide Indie Excellence Award in Nature

    Endangered Edens is the long-awaited follow-up to Marty Essen’s six-time award-winning booklet, Cool Creatures, sizzling Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.

    no matter if touring with Marty and his spouse, Deb, within the Arctic nationwide natural world shelter, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, or going solo with Marty within the Everglades, readers will adventure nature’s Endangered Edens in a manner few others have—all whereas giggling and studying alongside the way.

    as well as Marty’s unique tales, Endangered Edens also positive factors greater than a hundred and eighty attractive colour pictures—merging the genres of flora and fauna images, event travelogues, and environmental schooling into one unforgettable book.
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  • Animal Life: Secrets of the Animal World Revealed

    By Charlotte Uhlenbroek

    Destined to be the last word authority on animal groups, Animal Life explores and explains each point of animal habit, together with courtship and mating rituals, relations relationships and security mechanisms, searching concepts and feeding habits.

    If you're thinking that gazing all of the nature courses on tv qualifies you as knowledgeable at the topic, reconsider! Do you actually comprehend what makes animals tick? listed below are the solutions, portrayed in wonderful, awe-inspiring motion sequences and defined in attention-grabbing, in-depth prose.

    Thematically prepared by way of habit trait, Animal lifestyles explores and explains each point of animal habit, together with courtship rituals and intercourse lives, relations relationships and security mechanisms, searching options and feeding conduct. facet panels discover a few of the box learn on animal habit and clarify vital conservation concerns.

    The introductory chapters at the Animal nation and on animal anatomy aid clarify how assorted animals have advanced and tailored to their environments, variations which may be suitable to specific behaviors. Destined to be the final word authority on animal habit, this e-book additionally appears to be like at key behavioral techniques comparable to how animals learn how to behave and the function of intuition within the studying process.

    Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Ph.D. spent 4 years within the forests of Gombe, Tanzania, finishing her doctorate in chimpanzee communique less than the auspices of world-famous Jane Goodall. Uhlenbroek is an comprehensive broadcaster, showing in lots of prestigious documentaries produced by means of the BBC flora and fauna Unit.
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  • Coryphantha: Cacti of Mexico and Southern USA

    By Reto F. Dicht, Adrian D. Lüthy

    This precise reference paintings provides the 1st finished taxonomy of Coryphantha, with an entire key to the genus. It includes a new taxonomic type of all forty three species and eleven subspecies, with morphological and ecological descriptions. those cacti, which develop in Mexico and southern united states, are characterised by way of their commonplace grooved tubercles and big flora.

    The booklet is the results of a long time of viewing the literature and fieldwork via the writer staff and their ongoing dedication to map out the nomenclature of this genus. in this method, the authors even came upon a few new crops.

    More than three hundred top of the range color photographs displaying a number of the cacti and their habitats in addition to distribution playing cards and illustrations explaining the morphological info supplement the textual content. Written in an easy-to-follow variety and with a bankruptcy on cultivation stipulations, the paintings won't in simple terms be a useful reference guide for taxonomists and horticulturalists but in addition for hobbyists and plant creditors.
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  • Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America

    This lavishly illustrated box advisor positive aspects greater than 800 species of the most typical, attention-grabbing, appealing, and demanding owlet (noctuid) caterpillars present in jap North the USA. greater than 2,100 colour photos comprise a number of wonderful photographs, and the guide's introductory sections supply a wealth of knowledge on noctuid common heritage, morphology, larval diets, average enemies, and class; feedback for locating and rearing owlet caterpillars; and lots more and plenty extra. The 375 full-page species bills deal with comparable species, diversity, phenology, and larval foodplants. A feedback part addresses habit, lifestyles historical past, taxonomy, and numerous different normal curiosity issues. For complete species bills, grownup pictures are supplied, certainly one of a range museum specimen and the opposite of a dwell grownup: this can be the 1st advisor to comprehensively supply pictures of reside grownup moths in consultant resting postures. an intensive word list and foodplant index also are included.

    • More than 800 species of jap owlets

    • More than 2,100 colour photos illustrating many species for the 1st time

    • First North American insect advisor to provide thousands of pictures of stay moths of their typical resting postures

    • Extensive info on owlet biology, typical enemies, type, and discovering and rearing owlet caterpillars

    • Includes foodplant documents for every species and foodplant index

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  • Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability

    By Lyle Estill

    A outstanding forged of characters inhabit the pages of this booklet. Meet Tim Toben, who built a excessive upward thrust with the bottom power intake of any construction within the southeastern usa, used to be foreclosed upon, and misplaced thousands within the strategy. Gary Phillips held the road opposed to genuine property builders in Chatham County and was once run out of workplace for his efforts. Elaine Chiosso has been holding her watershed by means of struggling with on behalf of the Haw River for twenty-eight years.

    Unflinchingly sincere and compulsively readable, Small tales, gigantic adjustments provides an intimate examine the non-public adventure of being a pioneer within the sustainability circulate, laying naked the emotional, religious, and monetary effect of a existence lived within the provider of swap. Activist, farmer, writer, thinker or entrepreneur; each one author has a distinct own story to tell.

    Small tales, significant adjustments is a e-book written by way of traditional humans doing remarkable issues; whose lives were reworked through their willingness to devote themselves unreservedly to the construction of a higher global. Empowering, hopeful, and encouraging, this wealthy tapestry of voices from the leading edge of switch is a must-read for an individual dreaming of a brighter destiny and looking a counterbalance to a canon of labor that's laced with doom and gloom.

    Lyle Estill is the president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels and the writer of Industrial Evolution, Small is Possible, and Biodiesel Power. He has gained quite a few awards for his dedication to sustainability, outreach, neighborhood improvement, and leadership.

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  • Dartmoor (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 111)

    By Ian Mercer

    New Naturalist Dartmoor explores the advanced and engaging heritage of 1 of southern England's maximum nationwide Parks, a space of large curiosity to naturalists and travelers alike.

    Dartmoor is related to be the loneliest desert in England. This has been acknowledged extra usually of Dartmoor than the other a part of our nation. typically on this planet of fiction in addition to that of truth, Dartmoor has been well known as an unlimited and empty moorland sector, the valuables of nature instead of of guy. It has continually been the public's proposal of a lonely place.

    Not many generations in the past it was once appeared with a specific amount of awe and these days it truly is one among our most crucial centres of sport, an island in upland England of plentiful curiosity to the naturalist. In 1951 it turned a countrywide Park, one of many first of numerous locations which have been so certain in nice Britain, assisting to preserve and advertise either its attractiveness and cultural heritage.

    Spanning miles of open moorland, while additionally hiding small secluded river valleys, infrequent vegetation and endangered birds, Dartmoor is a spot of sort, and has developed within the public's brain from a forbidding position to that of romance and mystery.

    In the newest addition to the long-running New Naturalist sequence, Ian Mercer units out to discover each point of this significant region of southern Devon. Focusing not just on its large historical past and actual panorama, but additionally its cultural position inside of nice Britain, this can be either a finished and fascinating examine the wild and rugged panorama that has encouraged such a lot of poets, painters and musicians over numerous centuries.
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