Month: January 2017

  • Download E-books African Silences PDF

    By Peter Matthiessen

    African Silences is a strong and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African panorama and its flora and fauna. during this seriously acclaimed paintings Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written approximately in earlier books, A Tree the place guy used to be Born -- nominated for the nationwide booklet Award -- and Sand Rivers.

    Through his eyes we see elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, and different endangered creatures of the wild. We percentage the drama of the trips themselves, together with a detrimental crossing of the continent in a mild aircraft. And alongside the way in which, we research of the human lives oppressed through bankrupt political regimes and economies, and threatened via the gradual ecological disaster to which they've got basically all started to rouse.
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  • Download E-books The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History PDF

    The North Atlantic coast of North America—commonly referred to as the Atlantic Coast—extends from Newfoundland and Labrador in the course of the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern usa south to Cape Hatteras. This North Atlantic sector belongs to the ocean. The maritime impact on weather, flowers, and fauna is dominant — even a long way inland. either on land and at sea, this area is the place north meets south, the place the nice northern boreal forests intermingle with the southern coniferous-hardwood forests, and the place the icy Labrador present and the tropical Gulf flow vie for supremacy and at last combine. The Atlantic Coast attracts upon the easiest and latest technological know-how at the ecology of the quarter in addition to the author’s lifetime event as a resident, biologist, and naturalist. The ebook explores the geological origins of the area, the 2 significant wooded area nation-states, and the most freshwater and marine ecosystems, and describes the wildlife that signify each one habitat. It ends with a glance at what has been misplaced and the way the rest usual history of the area could be conserved for the future.

    Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation

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  • Download E-books Moose (Animal) PDF

    By Kevin Jackson

    Its hooves have been supposedly a remedy for epilepsy, it's the mascot of the garments corporation Abercrombie and Fitch, and its meat is a delicacy. The moose is an interesting yet elusive animal of the north, and its little-known usual historical past is the focal point of Kevin Jackson’s enticing new booklet.
    Moose explains the animal's behaviour, evolution and nutrition, and describes its average environments world wide, together with within the united states, Canada and Scandinavia, the place the moose is the nationwide animal of Sweden and of Norway. Jackson considers why the moose is actually an elk and an elk is a wapiti, and he additionally discusses the talk in the back of the naming of the Irish Elk. The moose has been a quarry for people because the Stone Age, and the e-book doesn't stint at the animal’s function in human historical past, together with the 'alces' in Julius Caesar’s heritage of the Gallic Wars and figures comparable to Thomas Jefferson, poet Ted Hughes, and Theodore Roosevelt along with his Bull Moose celebration. The Rocky and Bullwinkle convey, a 150-foot statue being inbuilt Sweden, and vibrant moose lore all seem during this wide-ranging examine, making this an important learn for naturalists and moose fans alike.
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  • Download E-books Illustrated Handbook of Succulent Plants: Monocotyledons PDF

    This instruction manual, such as six volumes, covers over 9000 taxa of succulents (excluding cacti), that have the power to shop water of their stems, leaves, or underground organs. as well as the volumes on Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons, separate volumes are dedicated to these households with predominantly succulent contributors, which express an extremely nice variety, particularly Aizoaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Crassulaceae. Following an alphabetical directory of households, genera and species, special descriptions are given, together with the taxonomy with synonyms, info at the distribution and ecology, references, and keys to genera, species or subspecies. Over 2000 exceptional color photos whole this stock of succulent vegetation.
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  • Download E-books 100 Hikes / Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range PDF

    Welcome to Oregon's Coast -- 363 miles of cliff-edged capes, public shorelines, wild rivers, sand dunes, rainforest, and coastal mountains. a number of the most sensible sights are inside of effortless succeed in of street a hundred and one, yet others are obtainable purely through path. that will help you discover either the civilized and the wild elements of Oregon's dazzling shore, this ebook blends different types of publications -- an in depth shuttle advisor for traveling via automobile and a whole path consultant for making plans adventures taking walks. The up to date 4th variation of this renowned advisor starts off with a full-color 32-page assessment of the Oregon Coast's highlights, together with lighthouses, parks, cities, and museums, with colour courses to wildflowers, birds, campgrounds, cabins, and mattress & breakfast lodges.
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  • Download E-books Birds and Men (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 17) PDF

    By E. M. Nicholson

    Revealing the influence of civilisation upon our poultry lifestyles, with specific connection with the species that experience come to count principally on sorts of habitat drastically converted or truly shaped by means of human motion. This version is unique to

    This, the 1st publication on birds within the New Naturalist major sequence, is surely probably the most vital contributions to the literature of British ornithology of modern years. Its topic is the influence of civilisation upon our chicken lifestyles, with specific connection with the species that experience come to depend mostly on sorts of habitat drastically converted or truly shaped by means of human motion. Mr. Nicholson is already popular to many for his popularisation of the medical research of birds as a method in their safety, and it's not magnificent, for this reason, that this quantity also needs to be anxious with the ways that birds and males can stay fortunately together.

    Readers should be extremely joyful by way of his blend of the cultured technique with severe feedback, and especially via the word of optimism within the booklet -- the recommendation that no longer all of the works of guy are fated to wreck nature, and that a few of them are inclined to increase the standard and diversity of our birds. From the ornithological perspective, we've an attractive half-century ahead of us. this can be very possible that on the finish of it BIRDS AND males will nonetheless be extensively learn, and quarried for evidence and conclusions by means of the following iteration of naturalists.
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  • Download E-books The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution PDF

    Every fossil tells a narrative. Best-selling paleontology writer Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five well-known, superbly preserved fossils in a gripping clinical historical past of lifestyles on the earth. Recounting the adventures in the back of the invention of those gadgets and completely reading their importance in the better fossil list, Prothero creates a riveting historical past of lifestyles on our planet.

    The twenty-five fossils portrayed during this booklet seize animals of their evolutionary beauty as they transition from one type of organism to a different. We witness extinct vegetation and animals of microscopic and huge measurement and exciting range. We find out about brilliant land and sea creatures that experience no fit in nature this present day. alongside the way in which, we come across such interesting fossils because the earliest trilobite, Olenellus; the large shark Carcharocles; the "fishibian" Tiktaalik; the "Frogamander" and the "Turtle at the Half-Shell"; huge, immense marine reptiles and the largest dinosaurs recognized; the 1st chook, Archaeopteryx; the jogging whale Ambulocetus; the large hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium, the biggest land mammal that ever lived; and the Australopithecus nicknamed "Lucy," the oldest human skeleton. We meet the scientists and adventurers who pioneered paleontology and know about the bigger highbrow and social contexts during which their discoveries have been made. ultimately, we discover out the place to determine those wonderful fossils within the world's nice museums.

    Ideal for all who love prehistoric landscapes and pleasure within the background of technology, this booklet makes a precious addition to any bookshelf, stoking interest within the evolution of lifestyles on Earth.

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  • Download E-books 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species PDF

    By Jeff Corwin

    Popular tv host Jeff Corwin takes readers on a gripping trip world wide to satisfy the animals threatened by way of extinction

    It's no mystery that our planet is in concern. Environmental threats resembling weather swap, pollutants, habitat loss, and land degradation threaten the survival of millions of plant and animal species. In a hundred Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin presents an pressing portrait of the natural world teetering at the brink.

    From the forests slipping away underneath the stealthy paws of the Florida panther, to the large panda's plight to climb ever greater within the mountains of China, Corwin takes you on an international travel to witness firsthand the severe kingdom of our flora and fauna. alongside the way in which, he stocks inspiring tales of battles being waged and gained by means of the conservationists at the entrance strains of safety. The race to save lots of the planet's such a lot endangered flora and fauna is lower than manner. each heartbeat matters.

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  • Download E-books Grouse (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 107) PDF

    By Adam Watson

    With below twenty species around the world and simply 4 British and Irish species, the grouse is unusually recognized. Its habitats are assorted and comparatively distant – starting from deep forests, via open moorland, to Scotland’s maximum peaks.

    ‘Grouse: The common background of British and Irish Species’ covers 4 of the main emblematic species of our upland areas. jointly they've got the main attention-grabbing lifestyles histories of any fowl team, separately they've got their very own tales to inform: the ptarmigan is a resident of our maximum mountain parts, the black grouse is legendary for its notable mating monitors, the capercaillie is certainly one of our biggest birds and the purple grouse, when no-longer one of many few British endemics, is likely one of the such a lot seriously researched species. All 4 face related difficulties, together with habitat loss, predators, pests, illness and nutrition scarcity. this can be compounded by means of problems with controlled animal populations and controversy surrounding the economic worthy of grouse.

    This quantity within the New Naturalist sequence, written by means of of the world's prime grouse experts, bargains a desirable perception into the usual background and biology of those birds, together with features in their behaviour, the historic relevance in their names, the explanations in the back of inhabitants fluctuations and overseas conservation efforts.

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