Birds of the Texas Hill Country (Corrie Herring Hooks Series)

Situated within the heart of a country popular for its plentiful and sundry birdlife, the Texas Hill kingdom offers habitat for 420 resident and migratory species, together with the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. Mark Lockwood, a biologist with Texas Parks and natural world, has monitored those and different chook populations in the course of the Hill kingdom for a few years. during this booklet, he bargains a whole, updated advisor to the prestige and distribution of each poultry species reliably stated at the Edwards Plateau.

The species bills specialize in 4 key features of every poultry: relative abundance, distribution in the area, habitat, and timing of incidence. moreover, Lockwood discusses species which have been stated, yet now not documented, within the Hill nation, in addition to those who should be anticipated to ensue. For birders and ornithologists much less acquainted with the zone, Lockwood additionally supplies a basic creation to the ecology of the Edwards Plateau and to the vegetation and birdlife present in eighteen parks and birding areas.

Show description

Mushrooms of the Midwest

By Michael Kuo, Andrew S. Methven

Fusing basic curiosity in mushrooming with severe scholarship, Mushrooms of the Midwest describes and illustrates over of the region's mushroom species. From the chilly conifer toilets of northern Michigan to the steamy oak forests of Missouri, the publication bargains a large cross-section of the fungi, suitable for eating and never, that may be stumbled on turning out to be within the Midwest’s varied ecosystems.

With 1000s of colour illustrations, Mushrooms of the Midwest is perfect for beginner and professional mushroomers alike. Michael Kuo and Andrew Methven offer id keys and thorough descriptions. The authors talk about the DNA revolution in mycology and its effects for type and identity, in addition to the necessity for well-documented modern collections of mushrooms.

in contrast to such a lot box guides, Mushrooms of the Midwest contains an intensive advent to using a microscope in mushroom id. furthermore, Kuo and Methven supply thoughts for medical mushroom accumulating, with precise specialize in ecological facts and guidance for holding specimens. Lists of novice mycological institutions and herbaria of the Midwest also are incorporated. vital for all mushroom enthusiasts!

Show description

Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons

This instruction manual, which includes six volumes, covers over 9000 taxa of succulents (excluding cacti), that have the facility to shop water of their stems, leaves, or underground organs. as well as the volumes on Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons, separate volumes are dedicated to these households with predominantly succulent contributors, which exhibit a particularly nice variety, specifically Aizoaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Crassulaceae. Following an alphabetical directory of households, genera and species, particular descriptions are given, together with the taxonomy with synonyms, info at the distribution and ecology, references, and keys to genera, species or subspecies. Over 2000 tremendous color pictures whole this stock of succulent vegetation.

Show description

Flames in Our Forest: Disaster Or Renewal?

By Stephen F. Arno

Shaped through hearth for hundreds of thousands of years, the forests of the western usa are as tailored to periodic fires as they're to the region's soils and weather. Our frequent perform of ignoring the very important function of fireside is expensive in either ecological and monetary phrases, with effects together with the decline of vital fire-dependent tree and undergrowth species, expanding density and stagnation of forests, epidemics of bugs and ailments, and the excessive power for critical wildfires.

Flames in Our Forest explains these difficulties and provides workable strategies to them. It explores the underlying historic and ecological purposes for the issues linked to our makes an attempt to exclude hearth and examines how the various advantages of typical hearth should be restored Chapters consider:

  • the heritage of yankee perceptions and makes use of of fireplace within the forest
  • how wooded area fires burn
  • effects of fireplace at the soil, water, and air
  • methods for uncovering the historical past and results of prior fires
  • prescribed fireplace and gas remedies for various zones within the landscape

Flames in Our Forest provides a brand new photo of the function of fireside in protecting forests, describes the choices on hand for restoring the old results of fires, and considers the consequences of no longer doing so. it's going to support readers have fun with the significance of fireside in forests and offers a nontechnical assessment of the medical wisdom and instruments on hand for maintaining western forests through mimicking and restoring the consequences of typical fireplace regimes.

Show description

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers

By Amy Stewart

Award-winning writer Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes examine the flower and the way it has sought—for greater or worse—to in achieving perfection. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists operating to invent, manufacture, and promote plants which are larger, brighter, and sturdier than whatever nature supplies. There's a scientist purpose on constructing the 1st genetically converted blue rose; an eccentric horitcultural legend who created the most well-liked lily; a breeder of gerberas of each colour possible; and an Ecuadorean farmer starting to be beautiful roses, the floral identical of a Tiffany diamond. And, at each flip she discovers the startling intersection of nature and expertise, of sentiment and trade.

Show description

After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California

By Peter S. Alagona

Thoroughly researched and finely crafted, After the Grizzly lines the background of endangered species and habitat in California, from the time of the Gold Rush to the current. Peter S. Alagona exhibits how scientists and conservationists got here to view the fates of endangered species as inextricable from ecological stipulations and human actions within the areas the place these species lived.

Focusing at the tales of 4 high-profile endangered species—the California condor, wilderness tortoise, Delta smelt, and San Joaquin equipment fox—Alagona deals an soaking up account of the way americans constructed a political method in a position to generating and maintaining debates during which imperiled species function proxies for broader conflicts concerning the politics of position. The problem for conservationists within the twenty-first century, this ebook claims, might be to redefine habitat conservation past safe wildlands to construct extra various and sustainable landscapes.

Show description

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

By Susan Freinkel

Plastic equipped the trendy global. the place might we be with no motorbike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? yet a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re commencing to discover it’s now not this sort of fit dating. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach destructive chemical compounds, clutter landscapes, and damage marine existence. As journalist Susan Freinkel issues out during this enticing and eye-opening e-book, we’re nearing a challenge element. We’ve produced as a lot plastic long ago decade as we did within the complete 20th century. We’re drowning within the stuff, and we have to begin making a few challenging choices. 

Freinkel offers us the instruments we want with a mix of full of life anecdotes and research. She combs via clinical stories and financial info, reporting from China and around the usa to evaluate the true effect of plastic on our lives. She tells her tale via 8 established plastic gadgets: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and bank card. Her end: we won't remain on our plastic-paved direction. And we don’t need to. Plastic issues the best way towards a brand new artistic partnership with the fabric we like to hate yet can’t appear to dwell without.

Show description

Corvus: A Life with Birds

By Esther Woolfson

Ever due to the fact that her daughter rescued a fledgling rook years in the past, Esther Woolfson has been occupied with corvids, the chicken team that incorporates crows, rooks, magpies, and ravens. at the present time, the rook, named fowl, is a member of the Woolfson family members, besides a speaking magpie named Spike, a toddler crow named Ziki, a starling, a parrot, and others. From their tricky bathing rituals to their springtime broodiness and tendency to cache foodstuff within the very unlikely locations, those corvids percentage a bond with people that one may possibly by no means have imagined sooner than analyzing this book.

Letting her adventure communicate for itself, Woolfson likens the fears and foibles of corvids to these of people, taking into consideration the technological know-how of poultry intelligence, evolution, music, and flight. She highlights their enormous personalities and capability for affection: chook hates pcs and machines, whereas she loves night neck scratches on Woolfson’s knee. it truly is via this intimate lens that Woolfson invitations us to reassess the type of creature able to being man’s most sensible friend.

Show description

The Book of Eggs: A Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World's Bird Species

By John Bates, Mark E. Hauber, Barbara Becker

That includes new images from Chicago’s well known box Museum, The ebook of Eggs explores six hundred examples at real dimension, along trend info, snatch pictures, breeding variety maps, and engravings of the entire birds.

A desk of field-guide info identifies order, kinfolk, breeding diversity, nesting habitat, nest features, and conservation prestige. This accompanies knowledgeable narrative revealing the newest learn and considering on social constitution; reproductive techniques; egg color, maculation, and measurement; and incubation behaviour.

Arranged taxonomically, in keeping with evolutionary relationships, the booklet brings to gentle exciting features of breeding biology. the result's a visible pride and a necessary reference for each fowl fanatic, traditional historian, and conservationist.

Show description

The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor

By Gerald H. Pollack

Hold on tight as Professor Pollack takes us on a lovely voyage throughout the innovative of water, displaying us a hidden universe teeming with actual activity.

Everybody is familiar with water is simply H20... right?

You will be shocked to determine that after traditional H2O touches such a lot surfaces, it transforms into EZ water, aka Fourth part water. This remodeled water is essentially various. in reality, it does not even proportion an identical formulation. EZ water is H3O2!


So what?

First off, EZ water isn't infrequent. you will find it all over. huge amounts exist in clouds, rain, waves, bushes, or even you. EZ water fills your cells.

Secondly, EZ water doesn't act like H2O. It has its personal set of features living someplace among usual water and ice. because it builds from typical water, it creates electric cost- a battery of varieties. This strength is used all through nature.


The book.

Pollack writes in a transparent, eloquent sort with anecdotes to spare. a variety of whimsical illustrations and straightforward diagrams aid get his issues throughout in a reader-friendly demeanour completely compatible for non-experts.

Topics diversity from:

• How EZ Water was once chanced on, and the way this dependent water seems in undeniable sight.
• clean factors for lots of long-held theories, similar to: osmosis, Brownian movement, capillary motion, and the way vegetation develop.
• big implications for overall healthiness, Biology, strength.

The Fourth section of Water: past reliable Liquid has garnered a number of awards together with the International Award of Excellence from the Society of Technical Communication.

Show description