100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species

By Jeff Corwin

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

It's no mystery that our planet is in difficulty. Environmental threats equivalent to weather switch, toxins, habitat loss, and land degradation threaten the survival of millions of plant and animal species. In a hundred Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin offers 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 larger within the mountains of China, Corwin takes you on an international journey 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 way of the conservationists at the entrance strains of safety. The race to avoid wasting the planet's so much endangered natural world is less than approach. each heartbeat matters.

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Wildlife of the World (Dk Smithsonian)

Wildlife of the World takes you on a trip via the most scenic and wealthy animal habitats — from the Amazon rain forests to the Himalayas, the Sahara to the South Pole — assembly crucial animals in each one surroundings alongside the way.

In Wildlife of the World actually incredible portrait-style images brings you "face-to-face" with person animals in up-close and engrossing profiles on how the animals engage with their environments, mate, live on, or even play.

From the shaggy musk ox foraging within the Canadian excessive arctic to the angered Scottish wildcat prowling the Highlands to the rock-climbing gelada monkey of Ethiopia, every one animal featured in Wildlife of the World performs a key position in its setting. an extra eighty-page illustrated reference part at the animal nation explains the animal teams and profiles extra species.

Produced in organization with the Smithsonian Institution.

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The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

By Thor Hanson

We are living in a global of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our outfits, they're particularly actually the stuff and employees of existence, helping diets, economies, and civilizations around the world. simply because the look for nutmeg and the standard peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did espresso beans support gas the Enlightenment, and cottonseed aid spark the commercial Revolution. And from the autumn of Rome to the Arab Spring, the destiny of countries maintains to hinge at the seeds of a center japanese grass often called wheat.
In nature and in tradition, seeds are fundamental—objects of attractiveness, evolutionary ask yourself, and straightforward fascination. what percentage occasions has a toddler dropped the winged pip of a maple, marveling because it spirals its approach right down to the floor, or relished the best way a gust of wind(or a stout breath) can ship a dandelion's feathery flotilla skyward? but regardless of their value, seeds are frequently noticeable as a average, their striking average and human histories ignored. because of Thor Hanson and this lovely new booklet, they are often missed no more.
What makes The Triumph of Seeds extraordinary is not only that it's informative, humane, hilarious, or even relocating, simply as what makes seeds notable isn't really easily their primary significance to existence. In either instances, it's their sheer power and the pride that we will soak up their existence—the chance to event, as Hanson places it, “the easy pleasure of seeing whatever appealing, doing what it truly is intended to do." Spanning the globe from the Raccoon Shack—Hanson's yard writing hideout-cum-laboratory—to the espresso retailers of Seattle, from gardens and flower patches to the spice routes of Kerala, it is a e-book of information, event, and sweetness, spun through an award-winning author with either the allure of a hearth story-teller and the hard-won services of a box biologist. A precious inheritor to the grand culture of Aldo Leopold and Bernd Heinrich, The Triumph of Seeds takes us on a desirable clinical event in the course of the wild and lovely international of seeds. it really is crucial analyzing for someone who likes to see a plant develop.

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Cabinet of Curiosities: Collecting and Understanding the Wonders of the Natural World

By Gordon Grice

Exactly the e-book for each younger explorer who loves discovering stuff in nature and bringing it domestic. Cabinet of Curiosities is a lavishly illustrated creation to the wonders of traditional historical past and the thrill of being an beginner scientist and collector.

Nature author Gordon Grice, who all started his first cupboard of curiosities at age six while he came across a skunk’s cranium, explains how scientists classify all residing issues in the course of the Linnaeus approach; the right way to inform genuine gold from fool’s gold; the right way to look after butterflies, crab shells, feathers, a robin’s egg, spider specimens, and honeycombs; how you can determine seashells; the variation among antlers and horns; the way to learn animal tracks. after which, what to do together with your specimens, together with find out how to construct a cupboard of curiosities out of universal family items, like a table organizer or a field for fishing tackle.
  

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Earth Ponds: The Country Pond Maker's Guide to Building, Maintenance, and Restoration (Third Edition)

By Tim Matson

The bible of pond-making in a completely redesigned 30th-anniversary edition.

there's not anything like a pond. What else can concurrently elevate your aesthetic excitement, supply leisure possibilities, support the surroundings, and elevate the worth of your private home? Earth Ponds is the normal source for development and preserving those vital and gorgeous panorama gains. For thirty years now Earth Ponds, with a few 100,000 copies in print, has guided a complete new release of pond makers on every thing from web site making plans to soil sampling to drainage and flora and fauna administration. It’s an entire evaluate of the rustic pond. Illustrations advisor the pond builder via each step of the method; chapters conscientiously describe the problems and judgements in a perfectly own method. It’s the condensed knowledge of a guy who has spent an entire life development, restoring, and preserving ponds.

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British Birds of Prey (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 60)

Leslie Brown's account of our 15 resident, 7 vagrant and a couple of migrant species of eagles, falcons, hawks and vultures in Britain provides an excellent mass of medical information regarding our birds of prey in a fashion as appealing to the overall reader as to the devoted ornithologist.

The diurnal raptors are one of the such a lot arresting and dramatic of British chicken species, from the really good and massive golden eagle of the Highlands to the extra frequent yet both fantastic peregrine falcon and the widespread and adaptable kestrel of motorways and concrete ledges.

Leslie Brown's account of our 15 resident, 7 vagrant and a pair of migrant species of eagles, falcons, hawks and vultures in Britain provides a very good mass of medical information regarding those birds in a way as appealing to the final reader as to the devoted ornithologist. all of the resident species is mentioned intimately - its prestige, prior and current; its feeding and looking behaviour; its lifestyles historical past; its breeding behaviour; migration and the threats to its survival. Then the biology of the birds of prey, alterations of their habitat and standing, their nutrition conduct, breeding behaviour, their territories and populations are tested intensive in separate chapters.

An stated international authority on birds of prey - co-author with Dean Amadon of Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of the area, and writer of many different books in addition to - Leslie Brown is immensely enthusiastic; and the various tables, maps, figures and bibliography are all indicative of the thoroughness of his research.

Also illustrated with forty significant black and white photographs.

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RSPB Spotlight: Otters

By Nicola Chester

Otters via Nicola Chester is an obtainable and full of life account of an interesting and much-loved animal that, strangely, continues to be endangered and infrequently obvious regardless of a contemporary resurgence that has obvious it extend from the distant geographical region into our cities.

Nicola's fascinating, proficient textual content brings this elusive and intriguing mammal into sharper concentration revealing what an otter is, and the way they reside, feed, play and breed. Nicola displays on how otters exist in our imaginations culturally and the way that has replaced through the years. She additionally examines the numerous demanding situations otters have confronted, exposing what introduced them to the edge of extinction, and explores the demanding situations we are facing in looking for and watch otters within the wild.

Each highlight name is thoroughly designed to introduce readers to the lives and behavior of our favorite birds and mammals.

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The Hedgerows Heaped with May: The Telegraph Book of the Countryside

An exploration of every little thing the geographical region potential to us, from 100 years of the Telegraph's archive. The Telegraph is, as its former editor Max Hastings pointed out, greater than the other nationwide broadsheet the newspaper of the nation-state, which through the years has been written approximately in its pages via such exclusive writers as J.H.B. Peel, John Betjeman and W.F. Deedes, along eminent glossy naturalists like Richard Mabey or even not likely proponents of the agricultural lifelike Boris Johnson. This anthology isn't any bland social gathering of bucolic idyll, yet fairly an exploration of every little thing that the geographical region represents to the British. For a few it potential the reintroduction of long-lost natural world reminiscent of the pink kite, or old crafts like thatching. For others it capacity jouncing alongside a eco-friendly lane in a four-wheel-drive variety Rover. To the Prince of Wales, his new city of Poundbury is the nation-state whereas topics as various as crop circles, moment houses, Mad Cow sickness and polytunnels are all flashpoints within the glossy debate approximately what, and who, the nation-state is for. highly various, via turns humorous and provocative, this can be an important exploration of a relevant element of our nationwide id.

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Unsolved Mysteries of the Sea (Mysteries and Secrets)

Seas and oceans conceal many of the Earth’s floor, but we all know much less approximately what lies underneath them than we do approximately stars and planets hundreds of thousands of miles away. The seas are full of interesting mysteries: How have been they shaped? What gave upward thrust to tales of sirens, mermaids, and mermen? the place did the previous pirates and buccaneers cover their treasure? The solutions to those questions and extra are available in Unsolved Mysteries of the Sea.

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American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood

By Paul Greenberg

INVESTIGATIVE newshounds & EDITORS booklet Award, Finalist 2014

"A interesting dialogue of a multifaceted factor and a passionate name to motion" --Kirkus

In American Catch, award-winning writer Paul Greenberg takes a similar talents that gained him acclaim in 4 Fish to discover the tragic unraveling of the nation’s seafood supply—telling the superb tale of why american citizens stopped consuming from their very own waters.

In 2005, the us imported 5 billion kilos of seafood, approximately double what we imported 20 years prior. Bizarrely, in the course of that very same interval, our seafood exports quadrupled. American capture examines manhattan oysters, Gulf shrimp, and Alaskan salmon to bare the way it got here to be that ninety one percentage of the seafood americans consume is foreign.

within the Twenties, the common New Yorker ate 600 neighborhood oysters a 12 months. at the present time, the one suitable for eating oysters lie open air urban limits. Following the path of environmental desecration, Greenberg involves view the recent York urban oyster as a reminder of what's misplaced whilst neighborhood waters aren't valued as a meals source.

Farther south, a distinct disaster threatens one other seafood-rich surroundings. while Greenberg visits the Gulf of Mexico, he arrives looking ahead to to benefit of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s lingering results on shrimpers, yet in its place unearths that the extra rapid chance to enterprise comes from out of the country. Asian-farmed shrimp—cheap, considerable, and an ideal automobile for the frying and sauces american citizens love—have flooded the yank market.

ultimately, Greenberg visits Bristol Bay, Alaska, domestic to the largest wild sockeye salmon run left on the earth. A pristine, effective fishery, Bristol Bay is now at nice danger: The proposed Pebble Mine undertaking might under¬mine the very spawning grounds that make this nice run attainable. In his seek to find why this pre¬cious renewable source isn’t higher safe, Green¬berg encounters a stunning fact: the good majority of Alaskan salmon is shipped in a foreign country, a lot of it to Asia. Sockeye salmon is among the such a lot nutritionally dense animal proteins on the earth, but american citizens are delivery it abroad.

regardless of the demanding situations, desire abounds. In long island, Greenberg connects an oyster recovery venture with a imaginative and prescient for the way the bivalves may possibly keep town from emerging tides. within the Gulf, shrimpers band jointly to provide neighborhood trap direct to shoppers. And in Bristol Bay, fishermen, environmentalists, and native Alaskans assemble to roadblock Pebble Mine. With American Catch, Paul Greenberg proposes how to holiday the present damaging styles of intake and go back American seize again to American eaters.

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