New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

September 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Planet of the bugs : evolution and the rise of insects

September 24, 2014
Shaw, Scott R. (Scott Richard), author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
xiv, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Time travel with insects -- The buggy planet -- Rise of the arthropods : the Cambrian period, 541-485 million years ago, and the Ordovician period, 485-444 million years ago -- Silurian landfall : the Silurian period, 444-419 million years ago -- Six feet under the moss : the Devonian period, 419-359 million years ago -- Dancing on air : the Carboniferous period, 359-299 million years ago -- Paleozoic holocaust : the Permian period, 299-252 million years ago -- Triassic spring : the Triassic period, 252-201 million years ago -- Picnicking in Jurassic park : the Jurassic period, 201-145 million years ago -- Cretaceous bloom and doom : the Cretaceous period, 145-66 million years ago -- Cenozoic reflections : the Cenozoic era, 66 million years ago to the present day -- The buggy universe hypothesis.

Lost animals : extinction and the photographic record

September 23, 2014
Fuller, Errol, author.
©2013
256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Originally published: London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Atitlán giant grebe -- Alaotra grebe -- Pink-headed duck -- Heath hen -- Wake Island rail -- Laysan rail -- Eskimo curlew -- Passenger pigeon -- Carolina parakeet -- Paradise parrot -- Laughing owl -- Ivory-billed woodpecker -- Imperial woodpecker -- New Zealand bush wren -- Aldabra brush warbler -- Bachman's warbler -- Kauaʻi ʻOʻo -- ʻOʻu -- Mamo -- Poʻouli -- Guam flycatcher -- Thylacine -- Greater short-tailed bat -- Caribbean monk seal -- Yangtze River dolphin -- Quagga -- Schomburgk's deer -- Bubal hartebeest.
A photograph of an extinct animal evokes a greater feeling of loss than any painting ever could. Often black and white or tinted sepia, these remarkable images have been taken mainly in zoos or wildlife parks, and in some cases depict the last known individual of the species. Lost Animals is a unique photographic record of extinction, presented by a world authority on vanished animals. Richly illustrated throughout, this handsome book features photographs dating from around 1870 to as recently as 2004, the year that witnessed the demise of the Hawaiian Po'ouli. From a mother Thylacine and her pups to birds such as the Heath Hen and the Carolina Parakeet, Errol Fuller tells the story of each animal, explains why it became extinct, and discusses the circumstances surrounding the photography. Covering 28 extinct species, this book includes familiar examples like the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, and one of the last Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, photographed as it peers quizzically at the hat of one of the biologists who has just ringed it. But the book includes rare images as well, many never before published. Collected together here for the first time, these photographs provide a tangible link to animals that have now vanished forever, in a book that brings the past to life while delivering a warning for the future.

Wallace, Darwin, and the origin of species

September 22, 2014
Costa, James T., 1963- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
xvii, 331 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Alfred Russel Wallace : a short biography / by Andrew Berry -- Granted the law : Alfred Russel Wallace's evolutionary travels -- The consilient Mr. Wallace : transmutation and related themes of Wallace's Species notebook -- Wallace and Darwin : parallels, intersections, and departures on the evolutionary road -- Two indefatigable naturalists : Wallace and Darwin's watershed papers -- A striking coincidence : The Wallace and Darwin papers of 1858 compared -- True with a vengeance : from delicate arrangement to conspiracy : a guide -- Coda: The force of admiration.
Charles Darwin is often credited with discovering natural selection, but the idea was not his alone. The naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, working independently, saw the same process at work and elaborated much the same theory. Their important scientific contributions made both men famous in their lifetimes, but Wallace slipped into obscurity after his death, while Darwin's renown grew. Dispelling the misperceptions that continue to paint Wallace as a secondary figure, James Costa reveals the two naturalists as true equals in advancing one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. Analyzing Wallace's "Species Notebook," Costa shows how Wallace's methods and thought processes paralleled Darwin's, yet inspired insights uniquely his own. Kept during his Southeast Asian expeditions of the 1850s, the notebook is a window into Wallace's early evolutionary ideas. Most important, it demonstrates conclusively that natural selection was not some idea Wallace stumbled upon, but the culmination of a decade-long quest to solve the mystery of the origin of species.--From publisher description.

A sting in the tale : my adventures with bumblebees

September 22, 2014
Goulson, Dave, author.
New York, N.Y. : Picador, 2014.
xxiv, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
The short-haired bumblebee -- The bumblebee year -- The hot-blooded bumblebee -- A brief history of bees -- Finding the way home -- Comfrey and smelly feet -- Tasmanian devils -- Quinn and Toby the bumblebee sniffer dogs -- Bee wars -- Cuckoo bumblebees -- Bee enemies -- The birds and the bees -- Does size matter? -- Ketchup and Turkish immigrants -- Chez les bourdons -- A charity just for bumblebees -- Return of the queen --Common and Latin names of British bumblebees.
One of the U.K.'s most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the author has always been obsessed with wildlife, from his childhood menagerie of exotic pets and dabbling in experimental taxidermy to his groundbreaking research into the mysterious ways of the bumblebee and his mission to protect our rarest bees. Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the short-haired bumblebee now only exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few queen bees shipped over in the nineteenth century. Dave Goulson's passionate drive to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of a book that includes exclusive research into these curious creatures, history's relationship with the bumblebee and advice on how to protect it for all time. Here the author combines tales of a child's growing passion for nature with a deep insight into the crucial importance of the bumblebee. He details the minutiae of life in their nests, sharing fascinating research into the effects intensive farming has had on our bee populations and on the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.

The lagoon : how Aristotle invented science

September 17, 2014
Leroi, Armand Marie.
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
501 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
At Erato -- The island -- The known world -- The anatomies -- Natures -- The dolphin's snore -- The instruments -- The bird winds -- The soul of the cuttlefish -- Foam -- The valley of sheep -- Recipe for an oyster -- Figs, honey, fish -- The stone forest -- Kosmos -- The strait of Pyrrha.

Dodging extinction : power, food, money, and the future of life on Earth

September 16, 2014
Barnosky, Anthony D., author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2014]
xii, 240 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

Ten thousand birds : ornithology since Darwin

September 10, 2014
Birkhead, T. R., author.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xvii, 524 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm

Field guide to birds of New Jersey

September 10, 2014
Wright, Rick (Bird tour leader), author.
New York, NY : Scott & Nix, Inc., [2014]
xxxiv, 334 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 19 cm
Includes indexes.
From High Point State Park to Cape May Point, New Jersey is home to an amazing diversity of birds. More than 375 species nest in the dozens of state parks, forests, and natural areas created by local, state, and national authorities, from the centimeters-long ruby-throated hummingbird to large raptors such as the bald eagle. This guide to the Garden State's birds features 255 bird species in their natural habitats, presented in stunning color photographs complemented by detailed information on habitats, vocalizations, and when and where to see them. The birds are organized by species for quick reference, and the book includes a complete state bird list and a directory of birding destinations. This is an excellent resource for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts who want to learn more about New Jersey's natural history and the diversity of its birds.

Penguins : the ultimate guide

September 10, 2014
De Roy, Tui, author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014]
240 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm.
Penguins are, perhaps, the most loved of birds. We've been fascinated by them for just about as long as we've known they existed. When penguins are on land, their actions appear to us so humorous and expressive that we can be excused for thinking we understand them perfectly, identifying with what looks like moods and foibles similar to our own.

National Geographic illustrated guide to wildlife : from your back door to the great outdoors : mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians, aquatic life, insects & spiders.

August 29, 2014
Washington, D.C : National Geographic Society, [2014]
446 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
Mammals / Catherine Herbert Howell -- Birds / Laura Erickson & Jonathan Alderfer -- Reptiles & amphibians / Catherine Herbert Howell -- Aquatic life / Noel Grove -- Insects & spiders / Arthur V. Evans.

An indomitable beast : the remarkable journey of the jaguar

August 25, 2014
Rabinowitz, Alan, 1953- author.
Washington : Island Press, [2014]
xvii, 241 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm

The wild food cookbook

August 13, 2014
Phillips, Roger, 1932- author.
Woodstock, Vermont : The Countryman Press, [2014]
viii, 184 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

Bears in the backyard : big animals, sprawling suburbs, and the new urban jungle

August 13, 2014
Ricciuti, Edward R., author.
©2014
248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The big cat is back : return of the cougar -- Cougar attacks and how to survive them -- Reap what you sow : how the environmental movement and urban sprawl triggered the animal invasion -- Coyote on the cul-de-sac : coyotes in cities and new wolves in the woods -- That's not Big Bird at your feeder : an abundance of bruins- -- Deadliest of all? : dangerous deer and marauding moose -- Gators on the golf course : will success spoil the American alligator? -- Alien invasion : will global warming trigger a plague of serpents? -- Prowling poisoners : the venomous snakes next door -- Peaceful coexistence : searching for a balance.
As human population centers sprawl out into once open lands, and as conservation efforts help devastated wildlife populations recover, humans are having more frequent interactions with large and often dangerous wild animals. This book examines the reasons for and often violent consequences of these encounters; it might have you rethinking your decision to buy a home in that convenient new subdivision.

Preparing the ghost : an essay concerning the giant squid and its first photographer

July 25, 2014
Frank, Matthew Gavin.
©2014
297 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
The largest animal without a backbone -- The mere fabrication of a distorted mind -- All of these suckers -- We're coming to a head wind.

Wild ocean : sharks, whales, rays, and other endangered sea creatures

July 22, 2014
Golden, CO : Fulcrum Publishing, [2014].
150 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Tortuga, the island that swims / story and art by Jay Hosler -- The Galapagos / story and illustrations by Matt Dembicki, colors by Jason E. Axtell -- The rime of the modern mariner / story and art by Andy K. -- The shape of the future / story by Michael Cowgill, art by Tom Williams -- Hawaiian blues / story and art by Dove McHargue, lettering by David Allan Duncan -- Seeking shelter from the storm / story and art by Tammy Stellanova -- Butanding / story and art by Pierce Hargan -- Poseidon's steed / story and art by Steve Loya, lettering by Matt Dembicki -- Raw power / story and art by JF Frankel -- Atolls of the maldives / story by Kevin Panetta, art by Paulina Ganucheau -- The lady of the sea / story and art by Pat N. Lewis -- The legend of T. Gigas! / story and art by Brooke A. Allen, lettering by Kevin Panetta.
"The world's oceans represent the last wild frontier on Earth. While our understanding of life in the ocean is relatively basic, our actions are putting hundreds of species in danger. In this graphic anthology, Matt Dembicki, editor and an artist of the award- winning Trickster and District Comics, explores the adventures of twelve iconic endangered sea animals: hawksbill turtle, Bluefin tuna, hammerhead shark, giant clam, manatee, blue whale, coral, albatross, whale shark, monk seal, manta ray, and seahorse. Produced in cooperation with the non-profit PangeaSeed, these gripping stories instill a passion to conserve our magnificent sea creatures. 8x8, 156 pages, color throughout, trade paper. PangeaSeed's mission is to contribute to the protection of sharks and the preservation of our oceans by taking responsible action, increasing public awareness, and providing education that encourages environmental activism and sustainable consumption choices"-- Provided by publisher.

Parrot genius! : and more true stories of amazing animal talents

July 21, 2014
Donohue, Moira Rose, author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2014]
111 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Includes index.
Presents the stories of three amazing animals, including Einstein the genius parrot, Otis the skydiving dog, and Mudslinger a performing pig.

Tigers forever : saving the world's most endangered big cat

July 9, 2014
Winter, Steve, photographer.
©2013
223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 27 x 32 cm
Myanmar : in the valley of death -- Kaziranga : dodging bullets -- Sumatra : with Sumatran tigers -- Thailand : tiger science -- India : Bengal tigers.
"Tigers are in trouble, and National Geographic photographer Steve Winter is on a one-man mission to address the plight of this magnificent cat while there's still time. Together with Panthera, the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to saving big cats, and its Tigers Initiative, Winter reveals a decade worth of ... images and stories of tigers in their world"--Amazon.com.

Man and beast : photographs from Mexico and India

July 3, 2014
Mark, Mary Ellen, 1940-
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2014.
167 pages : illustrations, 116 plates ; 32 cm.

Animal madness : how anxious dogs, compulsive parrots, and elephants in recovery help us understand ourselves

June 24, 2014
Braitman, Laurel, author.
©2014
373 pages ; 24 cm
The tail tip of the iceberg -- Proxies and mirrors -- Diagnosing the elephant -- If Juliet were a parrot -- Animal pharm -- Family therapy -- When the devil fish forgive.
"For the first time, a historian of science draws evidence from across the world to show how humans and other animals are astonishingly similar when it comes to their feelings and the ways in which they lose their minds. Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home--by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she'd never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness. Thankfully, all of us can heal. As Laurel spent three years traveling the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, she discovered numerous stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, dogs that cease licking their tails raw, polar bears that stop swimming in compulsive circles, and great apes that benefit from the help of human psychiatrists. How do these animals recover? The same way we do: with love, with medicine, and above all, with the knowledge that someone understands why we suffer and what can make us feel better. After all of the digging in the archives of museums and zoos, the years synthesizing scientific literature, and the hours observing dog parks, wildlife encounters, and amusement parks, Laurel found that understanding the emotional distress of animals can help us better understand ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Animal wisdom : learning from the spiritual lives of animals

June 24, 2014
Bender, Linda, 1950-
Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, 2014.
xvii, 177 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
The ecology of paradise -- How can we know what animals are thinking and feeling? -- You are loved -- You are already living in paradise -- You don't have to figure everything out -- Dying isn't bad -- How to connect telepathically with animals : a practical guide -- The animals speak for themselves -- Heeding the cries of the nonhuman world.

Eating wildly : foraging for life, love and the perfect meal

June 23, 2014
Chin, Ava.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2014.
245 p. ; 22 cm.
Fall. The search for a wild weed ; Flushing, Queens, 1970s -- Winter. into the urban wild, field garlic & hummus ; Mushroom of immortality, reishi tea -- Spring. A communion with the earth, wood sorrel micro-greens ; Gifts of spring ; A wild foods brunch, wild greens pie ; Foraging eyes, motherwort, drying techniques -- Summer. The mother borough, mulberry-balsamic jam ; A wild lawn, scrambled eggs "lambsquarterine" ; A recipe for forgiveness, blackberry-buckwheat pancakes ; A mysterious fungus, how to make a mushroom spore print -- Spring. The yellow morel, instructions for drying/storing wild morels ; The perfect meal, wild morel linguini ; The queen, wild honey & parmesan cracker drizzles ; When food was food -- Fall. A wild tart, urban forager wild oyster mushroom, fig, & goat cheese tart with carmelized onions.
Chin, who writes the "Wild Edibles" column for the New York Times, goes looking for love, blackberries, and wild garlic in this wildly uneven, yet warmly exhilarating memoir. Trekking through Central Park and other urban beaten paths and backyards, Chin leads us on a journey of discovery as she searches for the tender shoots poking through cement cracks and hardy wild plants resisting winter's bite.

Sea creatures

June 20, 2014
Jackson, Tom, 1972-
New York : Scholastic, c2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm.
"Based on The Magic School Bus series"--T.p. verso.
"A nonfiction companion to the original Magic School Bus series"--Cover.

Polar animals

June 18, 2014
Hayes, Susan.
New York : Scholastic, 2014.
80 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 26 cm.
Includes index.

Walden warming : climate change comes to Thoreau's woods

June 18, 2014
Primack, Richard B., 1950- author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
x, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Borneo to Boston. We find Thoreau's records ; "A self-appointed inspector" ; On thin ice ; Ice at Walden Pond -- A hard rain. Nor'easters in New England ; What would Thoreau have done? -- Thoreau, scientist. Thoreau as a scientific observer ; Deciphering Thoreau's journals ; Decoding the data ; Our fieldwork begins -- Phantom plants. Revolutionary viewpoint ; "Terror" on the tracks ; Pink lady's slipper orchid : a sign of warmer times ; Mercury rising ; Thoreau's mantle passes to Hosmer ; Heat Islands ; Plants respond to temperature ; Timing matters ; Thoreau's records and today's climate -- Wild apples and other missing flowers. From common to rare to vanished ; Finding the missing wildflowers ; Vanishing orchids and missing mints ; Species loss and climate change in Concord ; Why do flexible species succeed? ; How fast is Concord losing species? ; Ray Angelo gets mad ; Did we forget about deer? -- The strife in loosestrife. The net loss of species ; The McGrath farm ; Any new species? ; Minot Pratt's introductions ; Taking action -- The message of the birds. Springtime bird arrivals ; Finding bird arrival data ; Thoreau's birds ; Modern records ; How good are the data? ; What do the bird data show? ; Climate change and many other factors -- Birds in the mist (net). What the Manomet data showed ; How do changes in population size affect bird data? ; Birds and climate : what drives arrival times? ; A farm diary ; Earlier appearance of spring activity ; Putting it all together ; Feathered ghosts -- Bees and butterflies. The helpful honeybee ; The forgotten bees ; We shift to butterflies ; Sharon Stichter's butterfly data ; The great northward expansion ; The Massachusetts Butterfly Club ; Elfins and hairstreaks : a natural experiment -- From insects to fish to people. Warming water at Walden ; The value of fishing ; Margaret's approach to fishing ; Eating smaller fish and krill -- Clouds of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes and climate change research ; Mosquitoes and eastern equine encephalitis ; Catching mosquitoes ; Mosquitoes connect birds and people ; Spraying to control mosquitoes ; The importance of insects -- The frog chorus. Trouble for turtles ; Too dry or too wet : changing rainfall and amphibian life cycles ; Salamanders in eastern Massachusetts ; Salamanders in the Hammond Woods ; Salamanders at the golf course ; The future of amphibians in Concord's woods -- Running in the sun and rain. Athletic endeavor and climate change ; Does a warming climate affect the Boston Marathon? ; The other side of Heartbreak Hill -- A new Earth. An alternative future ; Is climate change really happening in Concord? ; The world is changing for the worse ; What do we need to do? ; Can Thoreau show us a better path? ; Living simply in Japan ; Thoreau's advice to modern Americans -- Citizen science. Getting started ; Joining with others ; My own journal -- Species mentioned.
In his meticulous notes on the natural history of Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau records the first open flowers of highbush blueberry on May 11, 1853. If he were to look for the first blueberry flowers in Concord today, mid-May would be too late. In the 160 years since Thoreau's writings, warming temperatures have pushed blueberry flowering three weeks earlier, and in 2012, following a winter and spring of record-breaking warmth, blueberries began flowering on April 1st., six weeks earlier than in Thoreau's time. The climate around Thoreau's beloved Walden Pond is changing, with visible ecological consequences. In this book teh author uses Thoreau and Walden, icons of the conservation movement, to track the effects of a warming climate on Concord's plants and animals. Under the attentive eyes of the author, the notes that Thoreau made years ago are transformed from charming observations into scientific data sets. The author finds that many wildflower species that Thoreau observed, including familiar groups such as irises, asters, and lilies,have declined in abundance or have disappeared from Concord. He also describes how warming temperatures have altered other aspects of Thoreau's Concord, from the dates when ice departs from Walden Pond in late winter, to the arrival of birds in the spring, to the populations of fish, salamanders, and butterflies that live in the woodlands, river meadows, and ponds. He demonstrates that climate change is already here, and it is affecting not just Walden Pond but many other places in Concord and the surrounding region. Although we need to continue pressuring our political leaders to take action, the author urges us each to heed the advice Thoreau offers in Walden: to "live simply and wisely." In the process, we can each minimize our own contributions to our warming climate.

The Sibley guide to birds

June 18, 2014
Sibley, David, 1961-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xxv, 598 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
"A Scott & Nix edition"--page [ii].
Introduction : Classification of birds ; Equipment for birding ; Learning to identify birds ; Psychological effects and mistakes ; Variation in appearance ; Geographic variation and subspecies ; Learning songs and calls ; Finding rare birds ; Ethics ; Extinct species -- Bird topography : Parts of a passerine ; Parts of a shorebird ; Parts of a duck ; Mold and plumage -- Key to the species accounts -- Key to the group accounts -- Key to the range maps -- Ducks, geese, and swans : Geese head and bill shapes ; Identification of swans ; Domestic geese ; Domestic ducks ; Exotic waterfowl ; Hybrid mallard identification ; Downy young ; Rare and exotic ducks ; Identification of scaups ; Hybrid Aythya ; Identification of eiders ; Diving motions ; Goldeneye hybrids -- Upland game birds -- Loons and grebes : Loon habits ; Identification of grebes -- Albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters : Molt in seabirds -- Storm-petrels -- Pelicans, boobies, and frigatebirds -- Cormorants : Identification of cormorants -- Tropicbirds -- Wading birds : Snowy egret vs. little egret ; Snowy egret vs. little blue heron ; Courtship colors ; Identification of dark ibises -- Hawks and vultures : Harrier flight shapes ; Accipiter identification ; Buteo identification -- Rails, coots, cranes, and limpkin : Identification of coots ; Crane behavior ; Habits of rails -- Shorebirds : Identification of yellowlegs ; Bill length in curlews ; Identification of small sandpipers ; Dowitcher identification ; Aerial displays of snipes and woodcocks ; Identifying pharalopes --
"A completely revised edition of Sibley's landmark guide, with more than 600 new paintings and 111 rare species added, new information on habitat and behavior, and more tips on finding species in the field"--Cover.

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