Giraffe (Reaktion Books - Animal)

By Edgar Williams

Their awesome lengthy necks, distinct camouflage, swish hobbies, and pleasant nature have made giraffes some of the most attention-grabbing and cherished animals at the planet.  yet whereas giraffes as soon as roamed the nice Plains of Africa in large herds, their numbers have significantly lowered, and they're now fullyyt depending on humanity for his or her survival. In Giraffe, Edgar Williams explores not just the biology of the tallest animals on the earth, but in addition their impression on human history—including in historical Egypt, the place giraffes have been saved as unique pets; the center a long time, whilst giraffes have been thought of legendary beasts as inconceivable and mysterious because the dragon; and the Victorian period, within which giraffe searching used to be thought of an exciting sport.

            Giraffe is the 1st ebook to supply a entire, twenty-first-century view of the giraffe in paintings, literature, movie, and pop culture, in addition to its traditional background from prehistory to fashionable occasions. With new insights into the giraffe’s genetics and evolution, this ebook will entice these attracted to the giraffe’s specific biology and to an individual who admires the majestic giraffe.

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BBC Wildlife (May 2016)

Evaluate: BBC flora and fauna journal is a party of the flora and fauna, that includes all of the newest discoveries, information and perspectives on natural world, conservation and environmental matters. With powerful broadcasting hyperlinks, authoritative journalism and award-winning images, BBC flora and fauna journal is vital interpreting for an individual with a keenness for natural world who desires to comprehend, adventure and luxuriate in nature more.

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Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia (California Natural History Guides, Volume 100)

By Sarah G. Allen, Joe Mortenson, Sophie Webb

From grey whales giving beginning within the lagoons of Baja California to sea otters nestled in kelp beds off California to killer whales residing round Vancouver Island—this surprising stretch of the Pacific Coast boasts probably the most considerable populations of sea mammals in the world. this useful interpretive box advisor describes the forty five whales, dolphins, seals, and otters which are resident in, migrate via, or forage from Baja in Mexico to British Columbia in Canada. The guide’s wealthy species money owed supply information on identity, average heritage, distribution, and conservation. in addition they inform the place and the way those attention-grabbing animals can top be considered. Introductory chapters provide basic info at the ecology, evolution, and taxonomy of marine mammals; at the Pacific Coast’s targeted atmosphere; and at the courting among marine mammals and people from local cultures to this present day. that includes many colour illustrations, photos, drawings, and maps, this updated advisor illuminates a desirable crew of animals and divulges a lot approximately their mysterious lives within the ocean.

Illustrated through Sophie Webb

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Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

By Nathanael Johnson

It begun with Nathanael Johnson’s choice to coach his daughter the identify of each tree they handed on their stroll to day care in San Francisco. This venture become a quest to find the secrets and techniques of the neighborhood’s wildlife, and yielded greater than names and minutiae: Johnson built a courting along with his nonhuman neighbors.

Johnson argues that studying to work out the realm afresh, like a toddler, shifts the way in which we predict approximately nature: rather than whatever far-off and summary, nature turns into real―all right away comical, demanding, and lovely. This shift can upload large price to our lives, and it could simply be step one in saving the world.

No topic the place we live―city, state, oceanside, ormountains―there are wonders that we stroll earlier on a daily basis. Unseen City widens the pinhole of our standpoint through permitting us to view the realm from the high-altitude eyes of a turkey vulture and the rather low-altitude eyes of a snail. The narrative permits us to listen in on the comically frenetic lifetime of a squirrel and peer deep into the previous with a ginkgo biloba tree. each one of those organisms has anything designated to inform us approximately our neighborhoods and, bankruptcy by means of bankruptcy, Unseen City takes us on a trip that's half nature lesson and half love letter to the world’s city jungles. With the perfect viewpoint, a stroll to the subway might be each piece as entrancing as a stroll via a countrywide park.

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What's That Bird?

By Joseph DiCostanzo

If you're not sure the best way to inform the variation among a rapid and a swallow or have hassle distinguishing a mallard from a shoveler, then this can be the publication for you. Designed for rookies to birdwatching, but additionally convenient for a more matured birder, What's That chook? is an necessary pocket consultant that exhibits you greater than a hundred and fifty universal North American birds and the way to inform them apart.

Birds are grouped in response to habitat and visual appeal, each one picture highlighted with their key features, exhibiting you precisely how you can inform every one chook aside. Birds that glance comparable or which are as a rule or simply stressed are put along one another for speedy comparability and rapid identity. Introductory spreads demonstrate the place to appear for birds inside every one habitat, with a view to aid elevate your probabilities of profitable birdwatching.

An introductory reference part covers every thing you must understand prior to starting up, from easy fowl anatomy to key tips about id. the majority of the booklet is made from habitat-based sections, which catalog teams of birds you will definitely see in every one and indicate tips to distinguish and determine them.

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Birds of Arizona: A Falcon Field Guide (Falcon Field Guide Series)

Each Falcon box advisor to birds introduces the one hundred eighty commonest and sought-after species in a kingdom. with ease sized to slot in your pocket and that includes full-color, special illustrations, those informative courses make it effortless to spot birds in a yard, favourite parks, and flora and fauna components. every one fowl is followed by means of an in depth directory of its well-liked attributes and a colour representation exhibiting its vital good points. Birds are geared up in taxonomic order, holding households of birds jointly for simple identity. this is often the basic resource for the sector, either informative and gorgeous to peruse.

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Southern England (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 108)

Illustrated with superbly particular pictures all through, New Naturalist Southern England comprehensively explores the formation of those remarkable landscapes which are so universally admired.

Most humans proportion an enthusiasm for gorgeous and breathtaking surroundings, explored variously during the actual problem of mountain climbing to the head of the tallest mountains or the enjoyment of viewing the paintings of a painter; yet whereas effortless to appreciate from a distance, such landscapes tend to be tricky to provide an explanation for in phrases. Harnessing contemporary advancements in computing device expertise, the newest New Naturalist quantity makes use of the main updated and exact maps, diagrams and images to examine the varied landscapes of Southern England.

Peter pal highlights the various well-known and lots more and plenty enjoyed traditional landscapes of the southern half England, starting from the Chalk Downs to the bays of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, and gives specific motives for the big variety of ordinary occasions and strategies that experience triggered such an exhilarating variety of surroundings.

Setting aside the topography that has resulted from normal instead of man-made occurrences, buddy specializes in each one area separately, from East Anglia to London and the Thames Valley, and explains the heritage and improvement in their land buildings via distinct descriptions and vibrant diagrams.

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Brecon Beacons (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 126)

By Jonathan Mullard

The 1st entire booklet to be released concerning the flora and fauna of the Brecon Beacons is a much-anticipated addition to the hot Naturalist sequence, and divulges the ordinary wonders of this doubtless wild and inhospitable mountain panorama. The Brecon Beacons variety throughout upland Wales and create a different panorama of in depth cave structures, limestone crags and wealthy meadows. This sort helps millions of species, a few of that are came across nowhere else in the world. The average heritage of the Brecon Beacons is like so much elements of the British Isles – inextricably associated with the actions of guy throughout many thousand years. Jonathan Mullard explores the evolving panorama and observes its results on its local species and habitats. He offers a close exam of the geology of the area and the combination of the archaeological and old panorama with the normal panorama and its fauna. protecting the massive variety of its mountains and moorlands, rivers and waterfalls, caves, woodlands, wetlands and farmland, he offers an summary of man's effect at the ordinary atmosphere over the centuries and the continuing conservation of the world. A panorama wealthy in legends, the Brecon Beacons play host to a couple of myths concerning, between others, King Arthur. Mullard explores those wealthy stories along different cultural landmarks of historic curiosity, comparable to the church buildings and chapels of the world. The fruits of years of analysis, New Naturalist Brecon Beacons is an inspiring exploration of this diversified and engaging zone.

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RSPB Spotlight: Robins

By Marianne Taylor

Their melodious voices, vibrant purple breasts and cheeky attitudes have continually endeared Robins to the general public, yet how a lot can we quite learn about those widely used backyard viewers. The attribute picture of a Robin on a spade deal with is really a end result in their prepared territorial instincts—males are frequently to be visible looking a beneficial lookout publish. regardless of their lovely visual appeal, Robins are aggressively territorial and since they carry their territories all yr around, Robins are one of many simply united kingdom birds which could nonetheless be heard making a song in our gardens on Christmas Day, which has probably contributed to their longstanding organization with the Christmas season.

In this pleasant new ebook Marianne Taylor offers a revealing account in their existence cycle, behaviour and breeding, what they devour, how they carry their territories, and he or she appears to be like into the numerous cultural representations of those much-loved little birds.

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
ONE OF THE NEW YORK instances publication REVIEW'S 10 most sensible BOOKS OF THE YEAR
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A nationwide publication CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

A significant e-book concerning the way forward for the area, mixing highbrow and ordinary historical past and box reporting right into a robust account of the mass extinction unfolding ahead of our eyes

Over the final half-billion years, there were 5 mass extinctions, whilst the range of existence on the earth unexpectedly and dramatically shriveled. Scientists around the globe are at present tracking the 6th extinction, envisioned to be the main devastating extinction occasion because the asteroid impression that burnt up the dinosaurs. This time round, the cataclysm is us. In prose that's immediately frank, wonderful, and deeply trained, New Yorker author Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and the way people have altered existence in the world in a fashion no species has earlier than. Interweaving learn in part a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the interesting species that experience already been misplaced, and the background of extinction as an idea, Kolbert offers a relocating and entire account of the disappearances taking place sooner than our very eyes. She exhibits that the 6th extinction is perhaps mankind's longest enduring legacy, compelling us to reconsider the elemental query of what it capability to be human.

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