Category: Nature

  • Download E-books Last Chance to See: In the Footsteps of Douglas Adams PDF

    By Mark Carwardine

    EPUB eISBN: 9780007525843
    Original book: 2009
    Electronic booklet: 2014
    Authored & photographed through: Mark Carwadine
    Foreward by means of: Stephen Fry

    sign up for zoologist Mark Carwardine and Britain's best-loved wit and raconteur, Stephen Fry, as they keep on with of their nice buddy Douglas Adams' footsteps, looking for a few of the rarest and so much threatened animals on the earth. 20 years in the past, zoologist Mark Carwardine teamed up with the overdue Douglas Adams (author of The Hitch Hiker's consultant to the Galaxy) and jointly they launched into a groundbreaking excursion, traveling the globe looking for many of the world's such a lot endangered animals. Now Mark has teamed up with considered one of Douglas's closest pals – comedian genius Stephen Fry – to work out how all these animals were faring within the years due to the fact that. In final likelihood to determine, and the accompanying significant BBC tv sequence, we persist with the not going duo on six separate trips which take them from the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the ice-covered mountain tops of recent Zealand and from the sting of a struggle sector in important Africa to a sub-tropical paradise within the North Pacific. alongside the way in which, they look for the various most eldritch, so much awesome and such a lot creatures in the world: a wide, black, sleepy animal simply incorrect for an surprisingly listless mudbank, a parrot with a tune like an unreleased choice of red Floyd studio outtakes, a rhino with sq. lips, a dragon with lethal saliva, an animal approximately the size of a Boeing 737 and the creature probably to emerge from the shipment doorways of a spaceship.A specified perception into the disappearing global round us, this is often their hilarious, wonderful, informative and thought-provoking story.

    About the Author
    Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, author, photographer, advisor and broadcaster with a distinct curiosity in marine natural world. He has written greater than forty books, together with a number of bestsellers, and offers a wide selection of typical historical past programmes on BBC Radio four. A prepared diver for a few years, he leads shark and whale-watching vacation trips to many elements of the area and is an ardent supporter of numerous flora and fauna conservation enterprises. comedian genius and Renaissance guy, Stephen Fry is author, actor, comic, broadcaster, director and librettist. He was once voted one of the all time best 50 comedians by means of fellow comedians and ranked sixth within the BBC's best residing Icon awards.
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  • Download E-books Urban Astronomy PDF

    By Denis Berthier

    Denis Berthier has spent thirty years gazing the evening sky from inside of a urban and his useful advisor will allow beginner astronomers to monitor and photo stars, planets and different celestial items from their very own city. it truly is turning into increasingly more tough to discover an looking at web site with transparent, darkish skies clear of gentle and commercial toxins. even if, by way of selecting the best goals to watch, with persistence and straightforward apparatus, beginner astronomers can nonetheless locate looking at from cities and towns to be a profitable pastime. Denis Berthier is the French journalist who has been captivated with astronomy for the final thirty years. He has been Laureate of the French organization for Astronomy and has released a number of papers on astronomical images and tool development.
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  • Download E-books The Leafcutter Ants: Civilization by Instinct PDF

    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants comes this dynamic and visually superb portrait of Earth's final superorganism.

    The Leafcutter Ants is the main unique and authoritative description of any ant species ever produced. With a textual content appropriate for either a lay and a systematic viewers, the booklet offers an unforgettable travel of Earth's so much advanced animal societies. each one colony of leafcutters comprises as many as 5 million staff, all of the daughters of a unmarried queen which can dwell over a decade. a huge nest can stretch thirty toes throughout, upward push 5 toes or extra above the floor, and encompass thousands of chambers that extend twenty-five ft less than the floor floor. certainly, the leafcutters have parlayed their instinctive civilization right into a digital domination of woodland, grassland, and cropland―from Louisiana to Patagonia. encouraged by way of a piece of the authors' acclaimed The Superorganism, this brilliantly illustrated paintings presents the final word clarification of what a social order with a half-billion years of animal evolution has accomplished. Four-color all through, fifty six images
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  • Download E-books Best Friends Forever!: And More True Stories of Animal Friendships PDF

    By Amy Shields

    This can be the 1st in a line of 4 books in the nationwide Geographic children Chapters sequence that discover unforeseen animal bonds. during this e-book you'll meet 4 not going pairings, together with Billy and Lilly. Billy the boxer followed Lilly the goat whilst she used to be deserted by means of her mom. Billy and Lilly are not often aside because Billy has taken at the function of Lilly's protector, caretaker, and relentless better half. This and the opposite tales during this publication will enchant readers and empower them to eat the extra text-heavy "grown up" form of the booklet, whereas nonetheless protecting the tale simply digestable for a hestitant reader.
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  • Download E-books Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World PDF

    By Kathleen Jamie

    Winner of the 2014 Orion ebook Award for Nonfiction

    Winner of the toilet Burroughs organization 2014 Medal for exceptional typical historical past Book

    With her poet’s eye and naturalist’s affinity for wild areas, Kathleen Jamie reviews from the sector during this mesmerizing selection of fourteen essays whose energy derives from the obdurate realization she can pay to every little thing round her. Jamie roams her local Scottish “byways and hills” and sails north to come across whalebones and icebergs. Interweaving own heritage along with her scrutiny of panorama, Jamie dissects no matter what her gaze falls upon―from vistas of cells underneath a sanatorium microscope, to orcas rounding a headland, to the aurora borealis lighting fixtures up the frozen sea. Written with precision, subtlety, and wry humor, Sightlines urges us to “Keep having a look. maintain taking a look, even if there’s not anything a lot to see.”

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  • Download E-books The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior PDF

    By David Allen Sibley

    “Once in an excellent whereas, a typical historical past e-book adjustments the way in which humans examine the realm. In 1838, John ames Audubon’s Birds of America used to be one...In 1934, Roger Tory Peterson produced Field consultant to the Birds...Now comes The Sibley consultant to Birds.”

    Thus did The big apple Times, in 1999, greet David Allen Sibley’s enormous booklet, which has quick been validated national because the peerless, general chook id advisor.

    The Sibley consultant to chook lifestyles and Behavior is the hot landmark booklet from David Allen Sibley. Designed to augment the birding adventure and to complement the preferred examine of North American birds, the publication combines greater than 795 of his full-color illustrations with authoritative textual content through forty eight professional birders and biologists. during this new consultant Sibley takes us past identity, to teach us how birds dwell and what they do.

    Introductory essays define the foundations of avian evolution, existence cycle, physiology, flight dynamics, and extra. The eighty family-by-family chapters describe the fantastic variety of habit dictated via birds’ biology and setting. one of the matters lined and illustrated are:

    --molts and plumages
    --habitats
    --food and foraging
    --vocalizations and displays
    --courtship and breeding
    --rearing of young
    --migration and movements
    --scientific groupings
    --introduced species
    --accidental species
    --anatomy
    --flight styles
    --nests and eggs
    --conservation
    --global distribution

    Accessibly written, beautifully designed and arranged, and brilliantly illustrated, The Sibley consultant to chicken existence and Behavior is an critical resource of knowledge at the avian existence round us.
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  • Download E-books Animal Life: Secrets of the Animal World Revealed PDF

    By Charlotte Uhlenbroek

    Destined to be the last word authority on animal groups, Animal Life explores and explains each element of animal habit, together with courtship and mating rituals, kinfolk relationships and safety mechanisms, looking options and feeding habits.

    If you think observing all of the nature courses on tv qualifies you as knowledgeable at the topic, re-evaluate! Do you actually understand what makes animals tick? listed here are the solutions, portrayed in attractive, awe-inspiring motion sequences and defined in interesting, in-depth prose.

    Thematically prepared via habit trait, Animal lifestyles explores and explains each element of animal habit, together with courtship rituals and intercourse lives, family members relationships and protection mechanisms, looking options and feeding conduct. part panels discover a few of the box study on animal habit and clarify vital conservation matters.

    The introductory chapters at the Animal nation and on animal anatomy aid clarify how assorted animals have advanced and tailored to their environments, diversifications which may be suitable to specific behaviors. Destined to be the last word authority on animal habit, this ebook additionally seems at key behavioral innovations comparable to how animals discover ways to behave and the function of intuition within the studying process.

    Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Ph.D. spent 4 years within the forests of Gombe, Tanzania, finishing her doctorate in chimpanzee communique less than the auspices of world-famous Jane Goodall. Uhlenbroek is an comprehensive broadcaster, showing in lots of prestigious documentaries produced by way of the BBC natural world Unit.
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  • Download E-books The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream PDF

    By Katharine Norbury

    Katharine Norbury used to be deserted as a child in a Liverpool convent. Raised through a loving adoptive family members, she grew right into a wanderer, drawn by way of the panorama of the British countryside.

    One summer season, following the miscarriage of a much-longed-for baby, Katharine units out--accompanied by means of her nine-year-old daughter, Evie--with the assumption of following a river from the ocean to its resource. The luminously saw panorama grounds the walkers, supplying either a relentless and a context to their expeditions. yet what starts as a diversion from grief evolves right into a trip to the resource of lifestyles itself: a existence threatening affliction forces Katharine to hunt a genetic clinical background, and this new and unforeseen course grants her to the door of the girl who deserted her all these years ago.

    Combining travelogue, memoir, beautiful nature writing, and fragments of poems with stories from Celtic mythology, The Fish Ladder has an extraordinary emotional resonance. it's a portrait of motherhood, of a literary marriage, a hymn to the adoptive relatives, yet maybe so much of all it truly is an exploration of the extreme majesty of the wildlife. Imbued with a willing and pleased intelligence, this unique and life-affirming publication is determined to develop into a vintage of its genre.

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