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The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
The Earth Moved
On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
Hardcover      ISBN: 1565123379
Introduces the earthworm, looking at its impact on the ecosystem and its amazing abilities to plough soil, fight plant diseases, and absorb dangerous pollutants.
The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals
The Gap
The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals
Hardcover      ISBN: 0465030149
An award-winning psychologist argues that a capacity for fiction distinguishes humans from animals, explaining how the human mind has a unique ability to imagine, reflect and connect with other minds to consider real and imagined scenarios.
Mind of the Raven
Mind of the Raven
Paperback      ISBN: 0060930632
An awardwinning scientist focuses on one of nature's most fascinating creaturesthe ravendetailing its long relationship with humankind and speculating on how its mind operates. Reprint.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Sixth Extinction
An Unnatural History
Paperback      ISBN: 1250062187
Drawing on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers, an award-winning writer for The New Yorker discusses the five devastating mass extinctions on earth and predicts the coming of a sixth. 75,000 first printing.
Up North: Reflections Moments & Memories
Up North
Reflections Moments & Memories
Hardcover      ISBN: 0931674603
Up North – Reflections Moments & Memories Through the pages of this awe-inspiring book, readers are taken to a place of solitude, romance, laughter and sometimes craziness. The images are woven together with quotes that will inspire and uplift your soul reminding us of the gift of up north.
Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig
Lesser Beasts
A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig
Hardcover      ISBN: 0465052746
A globe-trotting history of the domestic pig shows how this humble and oft-maligned beast has helped humans to survive and thrive from the Neolithic Period to the present day.
A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa
A Face in the Rock
The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa
Hardcover      ISBN: 1559633662
Eight miles long and four miles wide, Grand Island lies off the south shore of Lake Superior. It was once home to a sizable community of Chippewa Indians who lived in harmony with the land and with each other. Their tragic demise began early in the nineteenth century when their fellow tribesmen from the mainland goaded them into waging war against rival Sioux. The war party was decimated; only one young brave, Powers of the Air, lived to tell the story that celebrated the heroism of his band and formed the basis of the legend that survives today. Distinguished historian Loren R. Graham has spent more than forty years researching and reconstructing the poignant tale of Powers of the Air and his people.A Face in the Rock is an artful melding of human history and natural history; it is a fascinating narrative of the intimate relation between place and people. Powers of the Air lived to witness the desecration of Grand Island by the fur and logging industries, the Christianization of the tribe, and the near total loss of the Chippewa language, history, and culture. Graham charts the plight of the Chippewa as white culture steadily encroaches, forcing the native people off the island and dispersing their community on the mainland. The story ends with happier events of the past two decades, including the protection of Grand Island within the National Forest system, and the resurgence of Chippewa culture.
Naturalist
Naturalist
Paperback      ISBN: 0446671991
Harvard University's Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and world-famous champion of Earth's biological diversity looks back over his lifelong enchantment with the natural world and outlines the main principles of evolutionary biology. Reissue. NYT.
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.
Waterfowl in Winter
Waterfowl in Winter
Paperback      ISBN: 0816615713
The emphasis in research on waterfowl has traditionally focused on breeding as opposed to migrant or wintering birds. Scientists have long been interested in courtship, nest sites, laying, and brood-rearing, and they have also been concerned about losses of eggs, young, nesting hens, and breeding habitats, especially as they have affected the goal of increasing populations. But lately there has been an upsurge of interest and research on the migratory and wintering phases, and this volume offers ample evidence of the knowledge gained. The authors - 105 waterfowl biologists - have contributed 47 chapters that range geographically from Alaska to northern South America, and from the Pacific Northwest to Nova Scotia and Florida. Their subjects include: --distributional changes due to human influence --population trends and concerns over less common species --pairing and other behavior that occurs in the wintering areas and is vital to the success of the species --feeding ecology and body condition during winter --new habitats created by such activities as aquaculture and park development --losses of habitat due to development and drainage for alternate uses --lead poisoning and pollutants that are detrimental to waterfowl --habitat management for maintenance of successful populations now and in the future Also presented are reports of workshop discussions outlining current issues and future research needs. Preparation of this volume was assisted by an editorial board comprising Bruce J. J. Batt, Robert H. Chabreck, Leigh H. Fredrickson, and Dennis G. Raveling.