New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

April 19, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Down from the mountain : the life and death of a grizzly bear

April 18, 2019
Andrews, Bryce, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The valley -- Newcomers -- Field and fence -- High summer -- The edge of the stand -- Seeing -- Reaping -- Fallow -- Visiting -- Hunters -- Millie's place -- The exhibit -- Near the woods.
"The story of a bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing wilds of the American West"-- Provided by publisher.

The sakura obsession : the incredible story of the plant hunter who saved Japan's cherry blossoms

April 16, 2019
Abe, Naoko, author.
©2019
xix, 380 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
"Translated by the author"--Dust jacket.
"Originally published in Japan in different form as 'Cherry Ingram : the English saviour of Japan's cherry blossoms' by Iwanami Shoten, Tokyo, in 2016. This translation simultaneously published as '"Cherry" Ingram: the Englishman who saved Japan's blossoms' in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Ltd., London"--Title page verso.
part 1. The birth of a dream: Family ties ; Mayfair-by-the-Sea ; Triumphs and tragedies ; Enforced seclusion ; Japan beckons ; The rising sun ; The birds and the bees ; Ingram's war ; Birth of a dream -- part 2. Creation and collection: Twin quests ; The Dejima doctors ; Hunting plants ; Creation and collection ; The Hokusai Collection -- part 3. Saving the sakura: Pilgrimage ; Twin pines ; Cherry Meccas ; Guardian of the cherries ; Wild-cherry hunting ; Saving the sakura ; Ingram's warning -- part 4. Taihaku's homecoming: The restoration quest ; Taihaku's homecoming ; Gambling with success ; A fairy-tale garden ; "Obscene" kanzan ; The cherry evangelist ; Darwin versus the Church ; The sounds of war -- part 5. Falling blossoms: Cherry blossom brothers ; Flowers of mass destruction ; Emperor worship ; The sakura ideology ; The Somei-yoshino invasion ; 100 million people, one spirit ; The cherry and the kamikaze ; Falling blossoms ; Tome's story -- part 6. Dark shadows: Children at war ; Black Christmas ; Protecting Benenden ; Ornamental cherries ; Dark shadows ; Cherries of a "traitor" ; Britain's cherry boom ; Ingram's "royal" cherries ; The Somei-yoshino renaissance -- part 7. Cherries of reconciliation: A garden of memories ; A peaceful death ; The Grange after Ingram ; Home and abroad ; The next generation of sakuramori -- Cherries of reconciliation -- Epilogue: Millennia trees ; The great wall of cherry blossoms -- Appendices: A: Key cherry varieties and wild cherry names ; B: Cherry blossom viewing locations.
"Collingwood 'Cherry' Ingram first fell in love with the sakura, or cherry tree, when he visited Japan on his honeymoon in 1907. So taken with the plant, he brought back hundreds of cuttings with him to England, where he created a garden of cherry varieties. In 1926, he learned that the Great White Cherry had become extinct in Japan. Six years later, he buried a living cutting from his own collection in a potato and repatriated it via the Trans-Siberian Express. In the years that followed, Ingram sent more than 100 varieties of cherry tree to new homes around the globe, from Auckland to Washington. As much a history of the cherry blossom in Japan as it is the story of one remarkable man, the narrative follows the flower from its adoption as a national symbol in 794, through its use as an emblem of imperialism in the 1930s, to the present-day worldwide obsession with forecasting the exact moment of the trees' flowering"-- Publisher's description.

An introduction to botany

April 16, 2019
Lindley, John, 1799-1865.
London : Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848.
volumes <1> : illustrations ; 22 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine. Marbled endpapers with gilt edges. John Sheepshanks ex-libris plate affixed on inside front cover. Volume 1 front cover loose.

An introduction to entomology, or, Elements of the natural history of insects ; with plates

April 16, 2019
Kirby, William, 1759-1850.
London : Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1818-
volumes <1> : illustrations, plates (some color) ; 22 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Color engravings of insects are signed J. Curtis.

Becoming a marine biologist

April 15, 2019
Morell, Virginia, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
193 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"Masters at work"--Cover.

The ecology book

April 15, 2019
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2019.
352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The story of evolution -- Ecological processes -- Ordering the natural world -- The variety of life -- Ecosystems -- Organisms in a changing environment -- The living earth -- The human factor -- Environmentalism and conservation.
Using a bold, graphic-led approach, The Ecology Book explores and explains over 85 of the key ideas, movements, and acts that have defined ecology and ecological thought. The book has a simple chronological structure, with early chapters ranging from the ideas of classical thinkers to attempts by Enlightenment thinkers to systematically order the natural world. Later chapters trace the evolution of modern thinking, from the ideas of Thomas Malthus, Henry Thoreau, and others, all the way through to the political and scientific developments of the modern era, including the birth of the environmental movement and the Paris Agreement. The ideal introduction to one of the most important subjects of our time.

Panda love : the secret lives of pandas

April 12, 2019
Vitale, Ami, 1971- author, photographer.
©2018
157 pages : colour illustrations ; 22 cm
Photographs taken at Liziping Nature Reserve and The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP). (Introduction)
Panda Love is a collection of incredible images of these gentle giants. Ami Vitale's stunning photographs, taken on location in China, document the efforts to breed pandas and release them back into the wild. Ami was given unprecedented access to the pandas and her photos give an amazing insight into the bears' lives in both the sanctuaries and their natural habitat. Fluffy panda cubs tumble out of baskets and play hide-and-seek with their carers, while the adult pandas curiously explore the forest and climb trees.

Climate change : an encyclopedia of science, society, and solutions

April 11, 2019
Johansen, Bruce E. (Bruce Elliott), 1950- author.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
3 volumes ; 26 cm
Volume 1. Land and oceans -- Volume 2. Weather and global warming -- Volume 3. Human impact and primary documents.

Humanimal : how Homo sapiens became nature's most paradoxical creature : a new evolutionary history

April 9, 2019
Rutherford, Adam, author.
New York, NY : The Experiment, LLC, 2019.
240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd., a Hachette UK company, in 2018"--ECIP galley.
Adam Rutherford explores the profound paradox of the "human animal." Looking for answers across the animal kingdom, he finds that many things once considered exclusively human are not: In Australia, raptors have been observed starting fires to scatter prey; in Zambia, a chimp named Julie even started a "fashion" of wearing grass in one ear. We aren't the only species that communicates, makes tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. But we have developed a culture far more complex than any other we've observed. Why has that happened, and what does it say about us? Humanimal is a new evolutionary history-a synthesis of the latest research on genetics, sex, migration, and much more. It reveals what unequivocally makes us animals-and also why we are truly extraordinary. - adapted from book jacket.

Costa Rica.

April 4, 2019
Northhampton, Mass. : Interlink Books, ©2005-
volumes : illustrations (some color), maps ; 22 cm.
Vols. for <2007-2010> by Les Beletsky.

Wings in the light : wild butterflies in North America

April 3, 2019
Myers, David Lee, author, photographer.
©2019
xx, 258 pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 27 cm
Includes index.

A season on the wind : inside the world of spring migration

April 2, 2019
Kaufman, Kenn, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: pilgrims at the gates of sunrise -- The first migration -- Wilderness and waterfowl -- A broken season -- An ill wind -- Turning point -- Wild march -- Creatures of light -- Sifting the mysterious sky -- Threading the needle -- This slice of sky -- Second wind -- Waiting for warblers -- Boardwalk people -- The first big wave -- The biggest week -- The impossible peak -- The parade's gone by -- Pagans of the sky.
"A close look at one season in one key site that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migration, and the perils of human encroachment"-- Provided by publisher.

Blueprint : the evolutionary origins of a good society

March 20, 2019
Christakis, Nicholas A., author.
New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2019.
xxi, 520 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
An exploration of the biological roots of positive social behavior reveals how human genes have countered violence and self-interest with equally inherent, society-building tendencies toward friendship, cooperation, and learning.

Genesis : the deep origin of societies

March 15, 2019
Wilson, Edward O., author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
153 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Asserting that religious creeds and philosophical questions can be reduced to purely genetic and evolutionary components, and that the human body and mind have a physical base obedient to the laws of physics and chemistry, Genesis demonstrates that the only way for us to fully understand human behavior is to study the evolutionary histories of nonhuman species. Of these, Wilson demonstrates that at least seventeen―among them the African naked mole rat and the sponge- dwelling shrimp―have been found to have advanced societies based on altruism and cooperation."--Inside dust jacket.

Darwin's black box : the biochemical challenge to evolution

March 14, 2019
Behe, Michael J., 1952-
New York : Free Press, 2006.
xii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Lilliputian biology -- Nuts and bolts -- Row, row, row your boat -- Rube Goldberg in the blood -- From here to there -- A dangerous world -- Road kill -- Publish or perish -- Intelligent design -- Questions about design -- Science, philosophy, religion.
To the 19th century scientist, the cell was a complete mystery - a black box. Modern biochemists have unlocked the contents of the cell and discovered chemical machines of such beauty and complexity that, Behe argues, cannot have evolved by chance.

The botanist's guide through the counties of Northumberland and Durham

March 13, 2019
Winch, Nathaniel John.
Newcastle upon Tyne ; Gateshead : S. Hodgson, 1805-1807.
2 volumes in 1 (vii, 123; vii, 112 pages) ; 22 cm
Nolan Room Collection.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has brown boards with gilt lettering and floral pattern on spine. Marbled endpapers and edges. John Sheepshanks ex-libris plate affixed on inside front cover.

Wildflowers and ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin

March 11, 2019
Dourson, Dan, author.
©2019
478 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"With important contributions by Harlard Lescinsky (Geology), Adam Rollins (Myxomycetes-Slime molds), Alan Cornette (Cultural History), Tara Littlefield (Plant life of Red River Watershed), Julian Campbell (Species list)."
Prehistoric history -- Cultural history -- Geology -- Ecoregions -- Habitats of the Red River Basin (How to use the book) -- Non-flowering organisms (Terrestrial green algae, Fungi or mushroom, Slime molds, Lichens, Bryophytes) -- Plant life of Red River Basin -- Ferns, Club mosses, Spike mosses & Quillworts -- Grasses, sedges & rushes -- Wildflowers (Families of the Red River Basin, Color key to the wildflowers, Basic vegetative parts of flowering plants, Species accounts) -- Vines, shrubs and trees -- Expected or uncertain plants of RRB.
The Red River Gorge's intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges, making it one of the world's top rock-climbing destinations. While books about hiking, climbing, and other recreational activities in the area are readily available, this is the first book specifically devoted to the biodiversity of the Gorge and its watershed. Designed to be accessible to the casual hiker and the seasoned naturalist, this book contains over 1,000 color images and numerous illustrations covering over 1,500 species currently known to exist in the watershed. Rare and endangered species are highlighted, as well as a few other important, but often ignored, non-flowering plant groups, including green algae, fungi, slime molds, lichens, and mosses. In addition, a small section on flowering woody vines, shrubs, and trees is included, making the book the most comprehensive natural guide to one of Kentucky's most well-known natural recreational areas.

The rise of yeast : how the sugar fungus shaped civilization

March 7, 2019
Money, Nicholas P., author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
xi, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: Yeasty basics -- Yeast of Eden: drink -- The dough also rises: food -- Frankenyeast: cells -- The little yeast on the prairie: biotechnology -- Yeasts of the wild: yeast diversity -- Yeasts of wrath: health and disease.
"The great Victorian biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, "I know of no familiar substance forming part of our every-day knowledge and experience, the examination of which, with a little care, tends to open up such very considerable issues as does yeast." Huxley was right. Beneath the very foundations of human civilization lies yeast--also known as the sugar fungus. Yeast is responsible for fermenting our alcohol and providing us with bread--the very staples of life. Moreover, it has proven instrumental in helping cell biologists and geneticists understand how living things work, manufacturing life-saving drugs, and producing biofuels that could help save the planet from global warming. In The Rise of Yeast, Nicholas P. Money--author of Mushroom and The Amoeba in the Room--argues that we cannot ascribe too much importance to yeast, and that its discovery and controlled use profoundly altered human history. Humans knew what yeast did long before they knew what it was. It was not until Louis Pasteur's experiments in the 1860s that scientists even acknowledged its classification as a fungus. A compelling blend of science, history, and sociology The Rise of Yeast explores the rich, strange, and utterly symbiotic relationship between people and yeast, a stunning and immensely readable account that takes us back to the roots of human history."--Publisher's description.

How to know the birds : the art & adventure of birding

March 6, 2019
Floyd, Ted, 1968- author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2019]
303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The experience of birding -- Spark bird! January/February -- After the spark March/May -- Now what? June/July -- Inflection point August/September -- What we know October/November -- What we don't know December.

Mama's last hug : animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves

March 5, 2019
Waal, F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.), 1948- author, photographer, illustrator.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
viii, 326 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Mama's last hug -- Window to the soul -- Body to body -- Emotions that make us human -- Will to power -- Emotional intelligence -- Sentirnce -- Conclusion.
New ideas and findings about animal emotions, based on De Waal's renowned studies of the social and emotional lives of chimpanzees, bonobos, and other primates. De Waal discusses facial expressions, animal sentience and consciousness. He distinguishes between emotions and feelings, all the while emphasizing the continuity between our species and other species. And he makes the radical proposal that emotions are like organs: we don't have a single organ that other animals don't have, and the same is true for our emotions --Provided by publisher.

Return of the wolf : conflict & coexistence

February 25, 2019
Wild, Paula, author.
Madeira Park, BC : Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd., [2018]
262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The wolf at the door -- The big bad wolf of the old world -- Good and evil in the new world -- The life of a wolf -- The eaters and the eaten -- Coywolves and wolf-dogs -- Wolf wars -- Wolf watchers -- A myth as big as a mountain -- A perfect storm -- Living with wolves -- Chasing the moon -- Appendix : wolf safety checklist.
"Wolves were once common throughout North America and Eurasia. But by the early twentieth century, bounties and organized hunts had drastically reduced their numbers. Today, the wolf is returning to its ancestral territories, and the "coywolf"--A smaller, bolder wolf-coyote hybrid--is becoming more common. In Return of the Wolf, author Paula Wild gathers first-hand accounts of encounters with wolves and consults with wildlife experts for suggestions on how minimize conflict, respond to aggressive wolves and coexist with the apex predator. Wild explores the latest theories on how wolves became dogs, the evolving strategies to prevent livestock predation, and why Eurasian wolves seem more aggressive toward humans than their North American cousins. She also addresses the many misconceptions about wolves: for example, that they howl when hungry, kill for pleasure and always live in packs. What is true is that a wolf possesses a howl as unique as a human fingerprint and can trot eight kilometers per hour for most of the day or night in search of prey while using earth's magnetic field to find its way. Some scientists consider wolves' complex social structures and family bonds closer to humans' than those of primates. In a skillful blend of natural history, Indigenous stories and interviews with scientists and conservationists, Wild examines our evolving relationship with wolves and how society's attitudes affect the populations, behavior and conservation of wolves today. As a highly social, intelligent animal, the wolf is proving adept at navigating the challenges of an ever-changing landscape. But their fate remains uncertain. Wolves are adapting to humans; can humans adapt to wolves?"-- Provided by publisher.

Darwin devolves : the new science about DNA that challenges evolution

February 22, 2019
Behe, Michael J., 1952- author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, [2019]
342 pages ; 24 cm
"In his controversial bestseller Darwin's Black Box, biochemist Michael Behe challenged Darwin's theory of evolution, arguing that science itself has proven that intelligent design is a better explanation for the origin of life. In Darwin Devolves, Behe advances his argument, presenting new research that offers a startling reconsideration of how Darwin's mechanism works, weakening the theory's validity even more. A system of natural selection acting on random mutation, evolution can help make something look and act differently. But evolution never creates something organically. Behe contends that Darwinism actually works by a process of devolution—damaging cells in DNA in order to create something new at the lowest biological levels. This is important, he makes clear, because it shows the Darwinian process cannot explain the creation of life itself. 'A process that so easily tears down sophisticated machinery is not one which will build complex, functional systems,' he writes. In addition to disputing the methodology of Darwinism and how it conflicts with the concept of creation, Behe reveals that what makes Intelligent Design unique—and right—is that it acknowledges causation. Evolution proposes that organisms living today are descended with modification from organisms that lived in the distant past. But Intelligent Design goes a step further asking, what caused such astounding changes to take place? What is the reason or mechanism for evolution? For Behe, this is what makes Intelligent Design so important."--Amazon.com

A field guide to eastern forests, North America

February 21, 2019
Kricher, John C.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
xviii, 488 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 19 cm.
Includes index.
"Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute."
How to use this book -- Forest field marks -- Eastern forest communities -- Disturbance and pioneer plants -- Adaptation -- Patterns of spring -- Nature in summer -- Autumn and winter.
Provides an introduction to patterns of forest ecology, looks at each of the major forest types of eastern North America, examines changes that occur as abandoned fields turn into forests, features background on the process of adaptation and natural selection, and describes forest changes in each of the four seasons.

Mrs Moreau's Warbler : how birds got their names

February 14, 2019
Moss, Stephen, 1960- author.
©2018
x, 357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"We use names so often, and with such little thought, that we often forget to pause and wonder about their origins. What do they mean? Where did they come from? And who originally created them? Since the dawn of mankind we have been driven by a primordial urge to name the birds and beasts of the earth and skies. It is through names that we make sense of the world around us, and through understanding these names, we can arrive at a greater awareness of our world. Many of our most familiar birds are named after people or places, sometimes after their sound or appearance, or perhaps after their quirky little habits. But sometimes a little more detective work is required to find the deeper meanings and stories behind the names. And a familiar face such as the blackbird, may not turn out to be named after its color after all.Through unexpected encounters with the bird kingdom, from the familiar sparrow to the many-colored rush-tyrant of Patagonia, Stephen Moss shows us that something as small as a name can carry a whole story - an arctic expedition, a pitched battle between rival ornithologists or the discovery of a new system of genetic hybridization. Mrs Moreau's Warbler is a journey through time, from when humans and birds first shared the world, up to the present day, as we find ourselves struggling to coexist sustainably with our feathered friends"--Publisher description.

Big cats

February 14, 2019
Mills, Andrea, author.
New York : DK Publishing, 2019.
64 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Includes index.

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