New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

February 5, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Invasive species

February 4, 2016
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2016]
90 pages ; 24 cm.
Invasive species do not always harm the environment / Cord Riechelmann -- Eradicating invasive species may be ecologically harmful / Katrina Voss -- Eating invasive species can help / Nancy Matsumoto -- Eating invasives will not reduce their impact / Matt Miller -- Invasive species threaten global biodiversity / Roser Toll -- Pushed by climate change, fish invasion of the arctic bodes well for fishermen / Brittany Patterson -- Bio-control is environmentally dangerous death of a million trees / Faine Greenwood -- Wild horse population in the United States is invasive and disruptive / National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition -- Mustangs return of the native or invasive species? / Kerry Kelly -- Sterile invasive plants can help protect the environment / Colin Poitras -- Sterile invasive plants won't protect the environment / Ellen Sousa.

Owls of North America and the Caribbean

February 3, 2016
Weidensaul, Scott, author.
ix, 333 pages : color illustrations, maps (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.

Better birding : tips, tools, and concepts for the field

February 3, 2016
Armistead, George L., author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016]
318 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm

Birding for the curious : the easiest way for anyone to explore the incredible world of birds

February 3, 2016
Swick, Nate, author.
176 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A beginner course in birding for every nature and animal lover out there. With it, you'll learn what birding is all about, what birders do, and how you can become one. You'll also learn how to find more birds, identity the birds you see, [and] attract more birds to your yard and feeders"

Birds of South America : passerines

February 3, 2016
Perlo, Ber van, author.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2015.
464 pages : color illustrations ; cm.
"This comprehensive field guide to the birds of South America covers all 1,952 passerine species to be found south of Panama, including offshore islands such as Trinidad, the Galapagos, and the Falklands, and the islands of the Scotia Arc leading to the Antarctic mainland. It features 197 stunning color plates and detailed species accounts that describe key identification features, habitat, songs, and calls. All plumages for each species are illustrated, including males, females, and juveniles. This easy-to-use guide is the essential travel companion for experienced birdwatchers and novice birders alike." -- Provided by publisher.

Water babies : the hidden lives of baby wetland birds

February 3, 2016
Burt, William, 1948- author, photographer.
Woodstock, VT : The Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
205 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 24 cm
Includes index.

The field guide to peppers

February 2, 2016
DeWitt, Dave, author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2015.
307 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Preface -- A brief guide to growing -- Capsicum annuum : Ancho ; Asian ; Bell ; Cayenne ; Cherry ; Cuban ; De arbol ; European ; Jalapeno ; Mirasol ; New Mexican ; Ornamental ; Paprika ; Pasilla ; Peperoncini ; Pimiento ; Piquin ; Serrano ; Squash ; Wax -- Capsicum baccatum -- Capsicum Chinese -- Capsicum frutescens -- Capsicum pubescens.
In this fiery guide, Dave DeWitt and Janie Lamson help you identify hundreds of the most popular chile pepper varieties. The 400 profiles include all the major types of peppers and are packed with information on culinary use, interesting facts, and chile nomenclature.--COVER.

North American hummingbirds : an identification guide

January 29, 2016
West, George C.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2015.
xx, 233 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
Designed to help birders and banders identify, age, and sex all seventeen species of hummingbirds found in North America, this is the only identification guide devoted entirely to hummingbirds that includes up-close, easy-to-use illustrations.

The cabaret of plants : forty thousand years of plant life and the human imagination

January 22, 2016
Mabey, Richard, 1941- author.
374 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2015 under the title 'The cabaret of plants: botany and the imagination'"--Title-page verso.
The vegetable plot -- How to see a plant. Symbols from the ice : plants as food and forms ; Bird's-eyes : primulas -- Wooden manikins : the cults of trees. The cult of celebrity : the Fortingall yew ; The Rorschach tree : baobab ; The big trees : sequoias ; Methuselahs : bristlecones and date palms ; Provenance and extinction : wood's cycad ; From workhorse to green man : the oak -- Myths of cultivation. The Celtic bush : hazel ; The vegetable lamb : cotton ; Staff of life : maize ; The panacea : ginseng ; The vegetable mudfish : samphire -- The shock of the real : scientists and Romantics. Life versus entropy : Newton's apple ; Imitations of photosynthesis : mint and cucumber ; The challenge of carnivorous plans : the tipitiwitchet ; Wordsworth's daffodils ; On being pollinated : Keats's forget-me-not -- New lands, new visions. Jewels of the desert : Francis Masson's starfish and birds of paradise ; Growing together : the East Indian Company's fusion art ; Chiaroscuro : the Impressionists' olive trees ; Local distinctiveness : cornfield tulips and horizontal flax -- The Victorian plant theatre. 'Vegetable jewellery' : the fern craze ; 'The Queen of Lilies' : Victoria amazonica ; A Sarawakan stinkbomb : the Titan Arum ; Harlequins and mimics : the orchid troupe -- The real language of plants. The butterfly effect : the moonflower ; The canopy cooperative : air plants and bromeliads : Plant intelligence : mimosa -- The Tree of After Life.
"The Cabaret of Plants is a masterful, globe-trotting exploration of the relationship between humans and the kingdom of plants by the renowned naturalist Richard Mabey"--

The double elephant folio : the story of Audubon's Birds of America

January 21, 2016
Fries, Waldemar H., 1889-
Amherst, Mass. : Zenaida Pub., c2006.
xxiv, 523 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Original book jacket, with green cloth binding.
Includes a new appendix, "N: Update 2004," by Susanne M. Low.

The society of genes

January 12, 2016
Yanai, Itai, 1975- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
x, 282 pages : illustraitons ; 22 cm
Evolving cancer in eight easy steps -- How your enemies define you -- What's the point of having sex? -- The Clinton paradox -- Promiscuous genes in a complex society -- The chuman show -- It's in the way that you use it -- Theft, imitation, and the roots of innovation -- A secret life in the shadows -- Life's unwinnable war against freeloaders.

Butterflies : a complete guide to their biology and behavior

January 7, 2016
Vane-Wright, Richard Irwin, author.
128 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
"Butterflies immediately catch our attention with their beautiful wing patterns and colors. They exemplify metamorphosis with the creeping caterpillar transforming into a soaring butterfly. They have also come to be creatures of science, revealing much to biologists about evolution and the ecological processes and historical accidents that have generated the diversity of life on Earth. In Butterflies, Dick Vane-Wright provides a complete introduction to the biology, natural history, and classification of this major group. Using examples from around the world and eye-catching photographs, he explores what it means to be a butterfly, from how the yellow birdwing finds a mate to why the African gaudy commodores produce adults of different colors."-- back cover.

A brief history of creation : science and the search for the origin of life

December 21, 2015
Mesler, Bill, author.
xvii, 312 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Work available in 2015.
1. By the action of your sun. Ancients ask where life comes from ; Anaximander explains the natural world ; Aristotle writes of "spontaneous generation" -- 2. Provando e riprovando. Francesco Redi and the scientific method ; Van Helmont's recipe for mice ; "All life comes from an egg" -- 3. The eye of a gnat. The Enlightenment transforms science ; Hooke pens Micrographia ; Antonie van Leeuwenhoek discovers the microscopic world -- 4. The laboratory of the atheists. Voltaire subscribes to intelligent design ; Atheists seize upon the origin of life ; Buffon observes "reproduction" -- 5. A vital force. Andrew Crosse's "extraordinary experiment" ; Vitalism and "imponderable fluids" ; Vestiges of the natural history of creation captivates Britain -- 6. Breathed by the creator into a few forms or one. The Beagle sets sail for the Galápagos ; The Origin of species wins converts ; Charles Darwin imagines a "warm little pond" -- 7. Pleasant, though they be deceitful dreams. Pasteur dispels the notion of a "useless God" ; Thomas Huxley grooms a new generation ; The germ theory of disease versus spontaneous generation -- 8. No vestige of a beginning. The earth grows ever older ; J.B.S. Haldane imagines a "half-living" thing ; Alexander Oparin reimagines an ancient planet -- 9. A laboratory earth. Stanley Miller creates the precursors for life ; Scientists flock to exobiology ; NASA enters the origin-of-life game -- 10. The nucleic acid monopoly. Apollo 11 looks for clues on the moon ; Sidney Fox and his proteinoid microspheres ; Crick and Watson discover "the secret of life" -- 11. Life everywhere. An enigmatic Martian rock ; Panspermia recisited ; Life in meteorites? -- 12. One primordial form. The last universal common ancestor ; The Woesian revolution ; Scientists look to undersea vents -- 13. A cell is born. The birth of the RNA world ; Genetic engineering opens doors ; A new gensis? -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Recipes for life.
An essential history of Western scientific studies into the origins of life examines historical discoveries in the contexts of philosophical debates, political change, and evolving understandings about the complexities of biology.

Wildflowers of the Savannah River Site

December 17, 2015
Ashveille, NC : Forest Service, Southern Research Station, 2015.
139 pages : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Shipping list no.: 2016-0039-P.
"August 2015."

Jane Goodall and the chimpanzees

December 15, 2015
Avery, Lara.
Mankato, Minnesota : Cantata Learning, ©2015.
24 pages : color illustrations, music ; 24 x 29 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
"Music CD and web access included"--Cover.
A song for children about Jane Goodall and her study of chimpanzees.

Too much of a good thing : how four key survival traits are now killing us

December 7, 2015
Goldman, Lee (Physician), author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
viii, 344 pages ; 25 cm
How our bodies became what they are -- Hunger, food, and the modern epidemics of obesity and diabetes -- Water, salt, and the modern epidemic of high blood pressure -- Danger, memory, fear, and the modern epidemics of anxiety and depression -- Bleeding, clotting, and the modern epidemics of heart disease and stroke -- Can our genes evolve fast enough to solve our problems? -- Changing our behavior -- Changing our biology.
"Dean of Columbia University's medical school explains why our bodies are out of sync with today's environment and how we can correct this to save our health,"

Wildlife of the world

December 2, 2015
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015.
480 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm
Includes index.
Profiles over four hundred animals from around the world, discussing their habitat, physical characteristics, and challenges they face.

The hidden half of nature : the microbial roots of life and health

November 30, 2015
Montgomery, David R., 1961- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
309 pages ; 24 cm
Dead dirt -- Thinking small -- Looking into life -- Better together -- War on the soil -- Underground allies -- Too close to home -- Inner nature -- Invisible enemies -- Feuding saviors -- Personal alchemists -- Tending the garden -- Courting ancient friends -- Cultivating health.
"Prepare to set aside what you think you know about yourself and microbes. Good health--for people and for plants--depends on Earth's smallest creatures. [This book] tells the story of our tangled relationship with microbes and their potential to revolutionize agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut"--Dust jacket flap.

Eye of newt and toe of frog, adder's fork and lizard's leg : the lore and mythology of amphibians and reptiles

November 30, 2015
Crump, Martha L., author.
viii, 320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Talk to the animals -- In the beginning : creation myths -- Snakes : "good" or "evil"? -- Songs and thunderbolts : frogs, snakes, and rain -- A second chance : frogs, snakes, and rebirth -- Of love, morals, and death : amphibians and reptiles in folktales -- The lighter side : trickster tales and "how" and "why" stories -- Tailless wonders, naked serpents, and fire lizards : perception of amphibians through folk beliefs -- Marshmallow-eaters, Methuselahs, spiny-backs, were-lizards, and protectors : perception of reptiles through folk beliefs -- Move aside, Viagra : reptile sexual power -- Pick your poison - blood, venom, skin, or bones : folk medicines -- Like a hell-broth, boil and bubble : witchcraft and magic -- "How 'bout them toad suckers" : other ways we use amphibians and reptiles -- Singing tuatara from their holes.

Life's greatest secret : the race to crack the genetic code

November 24, 2015
Cobb, Matthew, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2015.
xiv, 434 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Life's Greatest Secret is the story of the discovery and cracking of the genetic code. This great scientific breakthrough has had far-reaching consequences for how we understand ourselves and our place in the natural world. The code forms the most striking proof of Darwin's hypothesis that all organisms are related, holds tremendous promise for improving human well-being, and has transformed the way we think about life. Matthew Cobb interweaves science, biography and anecdote in a book that mixes remarkable insights, theoretical dead-ends and ingenious experiments with the pace of a thriller. He describes cooperation and competition among some of the twentieth-century's most outstanding and eccentric minds, moves between biology, physics and chemistry, and shows the part played by computing and cybernetics. The story spans the globe, from Cambridge MA to Cambridge UK, New York to Paris, London to Moscow. It is both thrilling science and a fascinating story about how science is done.

The living bird : 100 years of listening to nature

November 24, 2015
Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, [2015]
201 pages ; 25 x 29 cm

Welcome to the microbiome : getting to know the trillions of bacteria and other microbes in, on, and around you

November 23, 2015
DeSalle, Rob, author.
xiii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"This book has been inspired by an exhibition, "The secret world inside you: The microbiome", at the American Museum of Natural History, which will open in New York in early November 2015 and run until August 2016. It will then travel to other museums in the United States and abroad" -- Dust jacket.
What is life? -- What is a microbiome? -- What is on and around us? -- What is inside us? -- What are our defenses? -- What is "healthy"?

The vital question : energy, evolution, and the origins of complex life

November 18, 2015
Lane, Nick, 1967- author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: The problem. What is life? ; What is living? -- Part II: The origin of life. Energy at life's origin ; The emergence of cells -- Part III: Complexity. The origins of complex cells ; Sex and the origins of death -- Part IV: Predictions. The power and the glory -- Epilogue: From the deep.
A biochemist, building on the pillars of evolutionary theory and drawing on cutting-edge research into the link between energy and genes, argues that the evolution of multicellular life was the result of a single event.

Great soul of Siberia : passion, obsession, and one man's quest for the world's most elusive tiger

November 17, 2015
Park, Sooyong (Filmmaker), author.
xiii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map, colour portraits ; 24 cm
"Published under the support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea)"--Verso of title page.
|6880-02 Translation of: Siberia ŭi widaehan yŏnghon. 2011.
Part 1: Bloody Mary. Tigress in the basin of skeletons ; The traveling base camp ; The spirit of the Sikhote-Alin ; Fishing tiger -- Part 2: Amba, God of the Forest. A tiger leaves his mark ; Temu, the spirit of storm ; Deer hunting in the fog ; Survival-of-the-fittest cub ; Tiger family on the beach ; People who worship tigers -- Part 3: To Meet, and To Say Goodbye. Hotel construction ; Cold weather, green pines ; The challenge and response of the Ussuri Forest ; White Moon, White Snow, White Sky ; Between solitude and passion ; Merry Christmas, Bloody Mary ; By the skin of tiger teeth ; Tiger for sale ; White Snow and White Sky's dispute ; Season of melting snow -- Part 4: New Generation. Commotion in the forest ; Tigers and azaleas ; Chance encounter ; Night of beasts ; Chrysanthemums -- Part 5: Another Winter. Hansel and Gretel ; The future of Ussuri Forest ; The great king comes home ; Raising Hansel and Gretel ; Requiem for the fading ; The grief of the living ; The tiger lives on -- Epilogue: Diamond dust.

City creatures : animal encounters in the Chicago wilderness

November 5, 2015
Van Horn, Gavin, author, editor of compilation.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
xii, 377 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Essays, poems, and artwork about the wildlife that inhabits the city of Chicago.
Introducing city creatures / Dave Aftandilian and Gavin Van Horn -- 1. Backyard Diversity. Up not out / Janice F. Meister ; Keeping chickens / Terra Brockman ; Holding backyard chicken / Colleen Plumb ; Consumes mi dolor ... mi muerte = You consume my pain ... my death / Alma Domínguez ; Looking up / Melinda Pruett-Jones ; Fieldguide / Mark Crisanti ; Falling apart / Tom Montgomery Fate ; Five squirrels froze / Susan Hahn ; The one that hums / Kendra Langdon Juskus ; Mysterium opossum / Lea F. Schweitz ; Raccoon / Amy Newman ; Fox / Cannon Dill and Brett Flanigan ; The fox / Amy Newman ; A eulogy for my friends / Steve Sullivan ; Prayer for the squirrel / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody ; Murder / Maskull Lasserre ; Asha : jewel of the Nile / Xavier Nuez ; The western scarab / Ed Roberson ; Visits from a messenger / Nora Moore Lloyd ; The oracle of wasps / Patricia Monaghan -- 2. Neighborhood Associations. Chicago wildlife / Johannes Plagemann ; Keegan's story / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody ; Zoo woods / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody ; Hubbard Street murals / Leslie Berish, Augustina Droze, Ricki Hill, Chris Jones, Neil Shapiro, and the Hubbard Street Mural Project volunteers ; A tale of two squirrels and one city / Joel S. Brown ; Noble Horse stables / Brooke Collins ; Rooftop beekeeping / Kyle Gati ; Pigeons / David Hernandez ; DH + BH / Camilo Cumpian ; Civitas Canis lupus familiaris / Michael S. Hogue ; Y ora pa onde chingaos / Alma Domínguez ; Aquí se hace tarde demasiado temprano / Alma Domínguez ; Wanting was an alley cat / Susan Hahn ; Ferrets / ROA ; Kiskinwahamâtowin = Learning together : outdoor classrooms and prairie restoration at the American Indian Center of Chicago / Eli Suzukovich III ; Owl / Brooks Blair Golden ; The red fox who toys with the dead / Brenda Cárdenas ; Remaking our covenants of life and death on the Dunes commons / J. Ronald Engel ; Nikki : (hiphop) dancing queen / Xavier Nuez ; Crickets / Jill Spealman ; The boarding stable / Joseph Kayne -- 3. Animals on Display. Dolphins at play / Gregory J. Auberry ; Train to the zoo / Joan Gibb Engel ; Puma / Carlos Ernesto Uribe Cardozo ; Bridging the divide : pondering humanity at the zoo / Andrea Friederici Ross ; Bushman, Field Museum / Colleen Plumb ; Nature on pause / Peggy MacNamara ; A museum of change in Illinois / James Ballowe ; Chicago mammals, Field Museum / Colleen Plumb ; A living taxidermy / Rebecca Beachy ; Happy birthday / Sonnet L. Schulz ; Six sketches at the Field Museum / Benn Colker ; Playing for life : learning to care about nature at the Hamill Family Play Zoo / David Becker ; Field Museum, drawer of bluebirds; Field Museum, drawer of cardinals; Field Museum, drawer of meadowlarks / Terry Evans -- 4. Connecting Threads. Flock / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee ; Migration : a bird's and birder's eye view / Joel Greenberg ; Birds spotted while hiking Wooded Isle, Hyde Park, Illinois / Diana Sudyka ; The song of Northerly Island / Wendy J. Paulson ; Wildlife comes to Lake Shore Drive, endangered species / Michelle Kogan ; A siege of herons : Nycticorax nycticorax / James Ballowe ; Orchids and their animals / Stephen Packard ; Massasauga rattlesnake / Blake Lenoir ; The last roundup : observations on a local population of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake / Stephan Swanson ; Snake 2 / Julie Meridian ; Butterfly collection / Julie Meridian ; Letting the city bug you : the artistic and ecological virtues of urban insect collecting / Andrew S. Yang ; Untitled / Arthur Melville Pearson ; Being unseen : the gift of Oppiella nova / Liam Heneghan ; Soil : alive with life / Sharon Bladholm ; The indomitable water bear / Alex Chitty ; Burnham Centennial Prairie, Lake Shore Drive / Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody ; Visitations / Elise Paschen -- Extinct animal series : Schomburgk's deer, golden toad, and pink-headed duck / Jiha Park -- 5. Water Worlds. Stroll / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee ; Washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan / Curt Meine ; The alewives / Todd Davis ; Alewives / Colleen Plumb ; The fanciful fairy tale of freezing frogs / Jill Riddell ; Pescado blanco en Río Chicago = White fish in Chicago River / René H. Arceo ; Heavy water Kim Laurel ; Canoeing through history : wild encounters on Bubbly Creek / Michael A. Bryson ; Riverwalk Gateway, the south branch of the river / Ellen Lanyon ; Riverwalk Gateway / Ellen Lanyon ; The fish in the cage / Todd Davis ; Pond reflection / Eleanor Spiess-Ferris ; Flood / Eleanor Spiess-Ferris ; Calumet : requiem or rebirth? / John Rogner ; Bubbly Creek / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee -- 6. Coming Home to the City. Untitled / Molly Schafer ; Great migrations : immigrants to the Indiana dunes, from grandparents to great blue herons to people of color and conviction / Gary Paul Nabhan ; Desenredando fronteras = Unraveling borders / Hector Duarte ; Eye and cardinal / Tony Tasset ; "Hardy, colorful, and sometimes annoyingly loud" : the Hyde Park parakeets / Dave Aftandilian ;- Flock of pigeons / Jyoti Srivastava ; Endangered species / Mary Cross ; Pigeon! / Andrew S. Yang and the Small Science Collective ; Sheka'kwa and the skunks of my re-rooting / Marynia Kolak ; Care bare / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee ; Nature calls / Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee ; Above all / Kendra Langdon Juskus ; Untitled (I promise to forget you) / Steve Seeley ; Coyotes : the ghost dogs of Chicago / Stanley D. Gehrt ; Wolf with birds / Nikki Jarecki ; Ghost species / Brenda Cárdenas ; Tickling the bellies of the buffalo / Gavin Van Horn ; Indiana dunes / Blake Lenoir.


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