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Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-birds
Mind of the Raven
Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-birds
Paperback      ISBN: 0061136050
Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines, and in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis, we become their intimates too. Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey—from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the high Arctic—offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature. Each new discovery and insight into raven behavior is thrilling to read, at once lyrical and scientific.
The Body Language of Horses: Revealing the Nature of Equine Needs, Wishes, and Emotions and How Horses Communicate Them--For Owners, Breeders, Trainers
The Body Language of Horses
Revealing the Nature of Equine Needs, Wishes, and Emotions and How Horses Communicate Them--For Owners, Breeders, Trainers
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0688036201
An examination of the ways in which all breeds of horses communicate their needs, wishes, and moods surveys various equine postures and gestures and what they reveal about equine intellience and behavior
Vestal Fire: An Environmental History, Told Through Fire, of Europe and Europe's Encounter With the World
Vestal Fire
An Environmental History, Told Through Fire, of Europe and Europe's Encounter With the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0295975962
Part of a suite of books that narrates the story of the impact of humanity's attempt to control fire, this volume focuses on the seat of Western civilization. In this unique perspective on European history, Pyne (history, Arizona State U.) sweeps through over 3,000 thousand years chronicling how flames have been harnessed for agriculture and industry; have served as errant shaping forces of landscape, war, and migration; and as the focus of sacred ritual and thinking about our relationship to natural forces. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
The Ends of the World
Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
Paperback      ISBN: 0062364812
As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century have analogs in these five extinctions. Using the visible clues these devastations have left behind in the fossil record, The Ends of the World takes us inside “scenes of the crime,” from South Africa to the New York Palisades, to tell the story of each extinction. Brannen examines the fossil record—which is rife with creatures like dragonflies the size of sea gulls and guillotine-mouthed fish—and introduces us to the researchers on the front lines who, using the forensic tools of modern science, are piecing together what really happened at the crime scenes of the Earth’s biggest whodunits. Part road trip, part history, and part cautionary tale, The Ends of the World takes us on a tour of the ways that our planet has clawed itself back from the grave, and casts our future in a completely new light.
The Extreme Life of the Sea
The Extreme Life of the Sea
Paperback      ISBN: 0691169810
An exploration of the ocean's diverse life forms describes a dynamic cast of sea creatures that live in extreme environments and exhibit feats of size and speed, and examines how easily human actions can disrupt a complex ocean ecology.
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
Wesley the Owl
The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
Paperback      ISBN: 1416551778
Presents the best-selling tale of a newly hatched barn owl whose youth and injury prevented his release into the wild, describing the long-lasting friendship through which the owl and author developed a unique communication ability, in an account that also offers insight into owl folklore, abilities, and brain structure. Reprint.
Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens
Humans, Nature, and Birds
Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens
Paperback      ISBN: 0300158629
This book invites readers to enter a two-floor virtual “gallery” where 60-plus images of birds reflecting the accomplishments of human pictorial history are on display. These are works in a genre the authors term Science Art—that is, art that says something about the natural world and how it works. Darryl Wheye and Donald Kennedy show how these works of art can advance our understanding of the ways nature has been perceived over time, its current vulnerability, and our responsibility to preserve its wealth. Each room in the gallery is dedicated to a single topic. The rooms on the first floor show birds as icons, birds as resources, birds as teaching tools, and more. On the second floor, the images and their captions clarify what Science Art is and how the intertwining of art and science can change the way we look at each. The authors also provide a timeline linking scientific innovations with the production of images of birds, and they offer a checklist of steps to promote the creation and accessibility of Science Art. Readers who tour this unique and fascinating gallery will never look at art depicting nature in the same way again. Published with assistance from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.
The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems
The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar
Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems
Hardcover      ISBN: 014312868x
Profiles animals that have adapted to solve some of nature's more perplexing problems of everyday life, from the pangolin's keratinized armor and the anglerfish's mating habits to the axolotl's regenerative limbs.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2000
Paperback      ISBN: 0618082956
The first in a new annual anthology of the finest science writing to be published in 1999 features such works as Richard Preston's "The Demon in the Freezer," John McPhee's "Farewell to the Nineteenth Century," "Brilliant Light" by Oliver Sacks, and other essays by Wendell Berry, Anne Fadiman, David Guterson, Peter Matthiessen, and other notable authors. Simultaneous. 30,000 first printing.
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates
The Bonobo and the Atheist
In Search of Humanism Among the Primates
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393073777
Drawing on his landmark research, esteemed primatologist Frans de Waal traces the biological roots of human morality.