New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

March 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

H is for Hawk

March 24, 2015
Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
©2014
300 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2014.
Patience -- Lost -- Small worlds -- Mr White -- Holding tight -- The box of stars -- Invisibility -- The Rembrandt interior -- The rite of passage -- Darkness -- Leaving home -- Outlaws -- Alice, falling -- The line -- For whom the bell -- Rain -- Heat -- Flying free -- Extinction -- Hiding -- Fear -- Apple day -- Memorial -- Drugs -- Magical places -- The flight of time -- The new world -- Winter histories -- Enter spring -- The moving earth.
When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.

The book of beetles : a life-size guide to six hundred of nature's gems

March 17, 2015
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2014]
656 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Introduction -- What is a beetle? -- Beetle classification -- Evolution & diversity -- Communication, reproduction & development -- Defense -- Feeding behavior -- Beetle conservation -- Beetles & society -- The beetles. Archostemata ; Myxophaga ; Adephaga ; Polyphaga -- Appendices. Glossary ; Classification of the Coleoptera ; Resources ; Notes on contributors ; Index of species and families ; Acknowledgments.
The Book of Beetles celebrates the beauty and diversity of this marvelous group of insects. Six hundred significant beetle species are covered, from the delicate featherwing beetles to the six-inch-long titan beetles. Each entry includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, a listing of related species, and a description of the specimen's importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, behavior, and scientific significance. Intermixed with the facts are surprising asides, such as Priacma serrata's undeniable attraction to laundry bleach, Manticora latipennis's role in Persian legends as "one who devours men," or the ability of Nomius pygmaeus - the co-called Stinking Beetle - to force the evacuation of an entire village.--INSIDE FLAP.

The triumph of seeds : how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, & pips, conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history

March 16, 2015
Hanson, Thor, author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
xxv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Seed for a day -- The staff of life -- Sometimes you feel like a nut -- What the spike moss knows -- Mendel's spores -- Methuselah -- Take it to the bank -- By tooth, beak, and gnaw -- The riches of taste -- The cheeriest beans -- Death by umbrella -- Irresistible flesh -- By wind and wave.

Dragonflies: magnificent creatures of water, air, and land

March 16, 2015
Dokkum, Pieter van, 1972-
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015.
175 pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
Beginnings -- An excellent design -- Dew-clad dragons -- Masters of flight -- Portraits -- Hunters -- The next generation -- Endings, new beginnings.

The next species : the future of evolution in the aftermath of man

March 10, 2015
Tennesen, Michael.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
x, 322 pages ; 24 cm
Delving into the history of the planet and based on reports and interviews with top scientists, a prominent science writer, traveling to rain forests, canyons, craters and caves all over the world to explore the potential winners and losers of the next era of evolution, describes what life on earth could look like after the next mass extinction. Includes timeline.

The last unicorn : a search for one of Earth's rarest creatures

March 2, 2015
DeBuys, William, 1949- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"In 1992, in a remote mountain range, a team of scientists discovered the remains of an unusual animal with beautiful long horns. It turned out to be a living species new to western science -- a saola, the first large land mammal discovered in 50 years. Rare then and rarer now, no westerner had glimpsed a live saola before Pulitzer Prize finalist and nature writer William deBuys and conservation biologist William Robichaud set off to search for it in the wilds of central Laos. The team endured a punishing trek, up and down whitewater rivers and through mountainous terrain ribboned with the snare lines of armed poachers. In the tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Colin Thubron, and Peter Matthiessen, THE LAST UNICORN is deBuys's look deep into one of the world's most remote places. As in the pursuit of the unicorn, the journey ultimately becomes a quest for the essence of wildness in nature, and an encounter with beauty"-- Provided by publisher.

Guide to wild foods and useful plants

March 2, 2015
Nyerges, Christopher, author.
©2014
ix, 337 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Agave -- Alyssum -- Amaranth -- Black sage -- Brodiaea -- Burdock -- California Bay -- California coffee berry and cascara sagrada -- Camphor tree -- Carob -- Castor bean -- Cattail -- Chia -- Chickweed -- Chicory -- Cleavers -- Currants and gooseberries -- Dandelion -- Dock -- Elder -- Epazote -- Eucalyptus -- Fennel -- Filaree -- Glasswort -- Grass -- Horehound -- Horsetail -- Jimsonweed -- Lamb's quarter -- Mallow -- Manzanita -- Milkweed -- Miner's lettuce -- Mugwort -- Mustard -- Nasturtium -- Nettle -- Oak tree -- Passionflower -- Pinon pine -- Plantain -- Poison hemlock -- Poison oak -- Prickly lettuce -- Prickly pear -- Purslane -- Rose -- Rosemary -- Russian thistle -- Sea rocket -- Seaweeds -- Shepherd's purse -- Sow thistle -- Thistle -- Toothwort -- Toyon -- Tree tobacco -- Watercress -- Water hyacinth -- Western black nightshade -- White sage -- Wild asparagus -- Wild buckwheat -- Wild cucumber -- Wild onions -- Willow -- Wood sorrel -- Yarrow -- Yerba santa -- Yucca.
An array of abundant wild foods is available to hikers, campers, foragers, or anyone interested in living closer to the earth. Written by a leading expert on wild foods and a well-known teacher of survival skills, Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants is more than a listing of plant types--it teaches how to recognize edible plants and where to find them, their medicinal and nutritional properties, and their growing cycles. This new edition features more than 70 plants found all around the United States along with more than 100 full color photos plus handy leaf, fruit, and seed keys to help readers identify the plants. It also includes fascinating folklore about plants, personal anecdotes about trips and meals, and simple and tasty recipes.

Peterson field guide to medicinal plants and herbs of eastern and central North America

March 2, 2015
Foster, Steven, 1957-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2014.
xviii, 456 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.
"Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and the National Wildlife Federation."
How to use this book -- White or whitish flowers -- Yellow flowers -- Orange flowers -- Pink to red flowers -- Violet to blue flowers -- Green flowers -- Shrubs -- Trees -- Woody vines -- Ferns -- Grasses and grasslike plants.
A reference to the medicinal plants and herbs of Eastern and Central North American includes specific remedies for asthma, headaches, colds, stomachaches, depression, and many other common ailments.

The biology book : from the origin of life to epigenetics, 250 milestones in the history of biology

February 26, 2015
Gerald, Michael C.
©2015
526 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

Trees up close : the beauty of bark, leaves, flowers, and seeds

February 26, 2015
Hugo, Nancy R., author.
Portland : Timber Press, 2014.
200 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Leaves -- Flowers and cones -- Fruit and seeds -- Buds and leaf scars -- Bark and twigs.

Ten million aliens : a journey through the entire animal kingdom

February 12, 2015
Barnes, Simon, author.
New York : Marble Arch Press, 2015.
480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Short Books, c2014.
Includes index.

Amazing plant powers : how plants fly, fight, hide, hunt, & change the world

February 2, 2015
Leedy, Loreen, author, illustrator.
New York : Holiday House, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm

The glory of the tree : an illustrated history

January 26, 2015
Kingsbury, Noël, author.
Richmond Hill, Ontario : Firefly Books Ltd., 2014.
288 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Antiquity -- Ecology -- Sacred -- Utility -- Food -- Ornament.
Kingsbury describes ninety species of tree that collectively span the millennia of evolution and cross the globe. Organized into six categories, the trees are presented in short chapters that touch on botany, history, culture and more.

National birds of the world

January 23, 2015
Toft, Ron, author.
©2014
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.

The bee : a natural history

January 22, 2015
Wilson-Rich, Noah, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2014.
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
Evolution & development. The evolution of bees ; Honey hunting and beekeeping ; The different bee groups ; The evolution and development of the honey bee ; Wild bees worldwide -- Anatomy & biology. What makes bees different? ; Anatomy of a honey bee ; Flight and internal anatomy ; Bee senses ; Genetics ; Genomics and informatics ; Hormones-- the endocrine system ; Immunology ; Pests and diseases ; Reproduction ; The bee's life cycle ; Pollination -- Society & behavior. Sociality ; Pathways to eusociality ; Reproductive division of labor ; Swarming ; Communication ; Dance communication ; Olfaction ; Navigation ; Foraging behavior ; Crafting ; Nesting ; Circadian rhythms ; Thermoregulation ; Changing behavior over time : temporal polyethism ; Defense and aggression ; Parenting ; Courtship ; Sexual reproduction ; Mating systems -- Bees & humans. Ancient and modern knowledge ; Scientific research today ; An economic force ; Spirituality ; Islam, Judaism and Christianity ; Patron saints of beekeeping ; Political symbolism ; What if bees were to disappear? -- Beekeeping. The basics ; Keeping other bees ; Ancient hive designs ; Langstroth hives ; Observation hives ; Data tracking ; Urban beekeeping ; Harvesting ; "Natural" beekeeping ; Swarming ; Integrated management ; Arthropod pests ; Bacterial, fungal and viral infections -- A directory of bees. Solitary bees ; Bumble bees ; Stingless bees ; Honey bees -- The challenges faced by bees. An introduction to bee losses ; Weather and climate ; Habitat loss ; Changes in agriculture ; Modern farming ; Agrochemicals ; Pests and diseases ; Other threats to bees ; Fear of bees ; Pollinators, the environment and conservation ; Research initiatives to help bees ; How we can help the bees.

The birds of Costa Rica : a field guide

January 16, 2015
Garrigues, Richard, author.
Ithaca, New York : Comstock Publishing Associates, 2014.
xiii, 425 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Includes index.
"A Zona Tropical publication."
"Field guide for identifying birds in the field in Costa Rica. Includes descriptions, range maps, and illustrations of all 903 species definitely known from Costa Rica, including pelagics and species regular to Cocos Island. Includes alphabetical quick-find indexes of groups and families on the inside back cover"-- Provided by publisher.

Rainforest

January 13, 2015
Blackwell, Lewis, 1958-
New York : Abrams, 2014.
263 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm.
"There are no places on Earth more mysterious, complex, and unknown than tropical rainforests. Combining stunning photographs by the world's leading nature photographers--including new work by Tim Flach--with an inspiring text by award-winning author Lewis Blackwell, Rainforest opens our minds to the breathtaking beauty of these remarkable ecosystems, with their verdant plant life and diverse animal species. Swooping from aerial to macro perspectives, the book captures the world's most fascinating landscapes at all scales, from a vast sleeping forest cloaked in morning mist to the brilliant iridescent flicker of a butterfly's wing." -- Publisher's description.

Big red kangaroo

January 2, 2015
Saxby, Claire, author.
©2013
23 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Fact-filled story of red kangaroos in the wilds of Australia.

Sand swimmers : the secret life of Australia's desert wilderness

December 31, 2014
Oliver, Narelle, 1960- author.
©2013
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
In the center of Australia lies a strange desert wilderness called the Dead Heart. It is difficult to imagine that anything can exist in such a harsh place. But the Dead Heart has a secret: it holds amazing stories of adaptation and survival. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers such a Charles Sturt and learn what the indigenous people of Australia have long known: not all is quite as it seems.

The pocket guide to wild mushrooms : helpful tips for mushrooming in the field

December 29, 2014
Holmberg, Pelle.
New York : Skyhorse, c2013.
125 p. : col. ill. ; 13 x 17 cm.
What are mushrooms? -- When can you find mushrooms? -- Some advice about picking, cleaning, preparation -- What do mushrooms contain? -- An explanation of the species -- Terms and symbols -- Species. Edible mushrooms -- Poisonous mushrooms -- Mushroom poisoning? -- Have mushrooms become more poisonous?
Depicts fifty-two edible mushrooms as well as the mushrooms with which they are often confused, edible or toxic. Uses symbol system, distribution maps and 175 photographs to help with identification. The reader will also become familiar with a wide variety of wild mushrooms, including morels, black trumpets, chanterelles, sheep polypore, porcini, a variety of boletes, and many more.

Mushrooms demystified : a comprehensive guide to the fleshy fungi

December 29, 2014
Arora, David.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, ©1986.
959 pages, [80] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
Identifies over two thousand species, answers common questions about mushrooms, and gives advice on collecting, preserving, and cooking with mushrooms.

Polar animals

December 26, 2014
O'Brien, Cynthia, author.
New York : Scholastic, 2015.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm.
Let Ms. Frizzle introduce you to some of the most amazing animals on Earth. You'll learn all about Arctic and Antarctica habitats, and discover how the animals there have adapted to their icy homes.

Sharks : the animal answer guide

December 22, 2014
Helfman, Gene S.
©2014
xvii, 249 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 26 cm
6. Reproduction and development -- How do sharks reproduce -- Do sharks lay eggs or do they give birth to live young -- How long do female sharks hold young in their body -- How long does it take for a baby shark to hatch from an egg case -- Where do sharks lay their egg cases or give birth -- Do sharks give birth or lay their egg cases at the same times and places every year -- How many young does a mother shark produce -- How often do sharks reproduce -- What is a baby shark called -- Are all the baby sharks in a mother full siblings -- Do sharks care for their young -- How is the sex of a shark determined -- Can sharks reproduce asexually -- Is there such a thing as a hybrid shark -- Do male and female sharks live together -- At what size and age do sharks mature -- How long do sharks live -- How fast do sharks grow -- How can you tell the age of a shark -- 7. Foods and feeding -- What do sharks eat -- How do sharks find food -- How do sharks catch their prey -- When do sharks feed most -- How often must sharks feed -- Do sharks chew their food -- How do sharks eat hard-shelled animals -- Do sharks store their food -- Must a shark turn on its back to feed -- Do sharks cooperate with one another to feed -- 8. Sharks and humans -- Do sharks make good pets -- What is the best way to take care of a pet shark -- Are any medicines made from sharks -- Do sharks feel pain -- What should I do if I find an injured shark -- What should I do if I find a shark that looks diseases -- How can I see sharks in the wild -- How can I see sharks in captivity -- 9. Shark problems (from a human's viewpoint) -- Are some sharks pests -- Can there be too many sharks in an area -- Are sharks dangerous to people -- Why do sharks attack people -- How likely are shark attacks -- Can scientists estimate the size and species of a shark from bite marks -- How can sharks be repelled -- Do sharks have diseases and are they contagious -- Is it safe to eat sharks -- What should I do if I'm attacked or injured by a shark -- 10. Human problems (from a shark's viewpoint) -- Are any sharks endangered -- Will sharks be affected by global warming -- Are sharks affected by pollution -- How are sharks affected by litter -- How do people catch sharks -- Why do people hunt sharks -- How are shark fisheries managed -- What is bycatch and can it be reduced -- What is finning -- Is there such a thing as shark leather -- Is there such a thing as shark jewelry -- What other parts of sharks are used by humans -- Are boats dangerous for sharks -- What can an ordinary citizen do to help sharks -- 11. Sharks in stories, media, and literature -- What roles do sharks play in religion and mythology -- What roles do sharks play in Western religions -- Did early philosophers and naturalists mention sharks in their writings -- What roles do sharks play in various cultures -- What roles do sharks play in popular culture -- What roles have sharks played in are and literature -- 12. "Sharkology" -- Who studies sharks -- Can anyone study sharks -- Which species are best known -- Which species are least known -- How do scientists tell sharks apart -- How do scientists study the movements of large sharks -- Appendix A. Sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras of the world -- Appendix B. Organizations that promote the study and conservation of sharks -- Appendix C. Websites that provide useful and accurate information on sharks.
Answering every conceivable question about sharks, authors Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess describe the fascinating biology, behavior, diversity (there are more than 1,000 species worldwide), and cultural importance of sharks, their close relationship to skates and rays, and their critical role in healthy ecosystems. Helfman and Burgess take readers on a round-the-world tour of shark habitats, which include oceans as well as lakes and even rivers (as far up the Mississippi as St. Louis). They describe huge, ferocious predators like (Great) White and Tiger sharks and species such as Basking and Whale sharks that feed on microscopic prey yet can grow to lengths of more than 40 feet. The mysterious and powerful Greenland shark, the authors explain, reaches a weight of 2,200 pounds on a diet of seal flesh. Small (less than 2-foot long) Cookiecutter sharks attack other sharks and even take a chunk out of the occasional swimmer. Despite our natural fascination with sharks, we have become their worst enemy. Many shark species are in serious decline and a number are threatened with extinction as a result of overfishing and persecution. Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide presents a perfect mix of current science, history, anthropology, intriguing facts, and gripping photographs. Whether your fascination with sharks stems from fear or curiosity, your knowledge of these animals will improve immensely when you consult this book.

Tricholomas of North America : a mushroom field guide

December 17, 2014
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2013.
viii, 208 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
The genus Tricholoma -- Ecology of tricholomas -- Edibility of tricholomas -- Macroscopic features used for identifying tricholomas -- Microscopic features used for identifying tricholomas -- Notes on the descriptions of species -- A note about names -- Species not included in this book -- Keys to the described species -- Keys for eastern North America -- Keys for western North America -- Descriptions of species -- Recognized species -- Some additional tricholomas -- Excluded species.

The world of birds

December 16, 2014
Elphick, Jonathan, author.
©2014
608 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
"First published by the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London"--Title page verso.
Introduction -- Early birds -- Anatomy and physiology -- Flight -- Food and feeding -- Bird society and populations -- Breeding -- Where do birds live? -- Migration -- Birds and humans -- The bird families.
A definitive guide to every aspect of bird life. From the evolution of birds to each significant element of bird life, you'll discover an introduction to the 32 orders, and a detailed account and concise fact panel for every one of the 195 families.

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