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Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide
Mammals of Minnesota Field Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1591930332

Identifying Minnnesota's mammals is now easy and enjoyable

With Stan Tekiela's famous field guide, mammal identification is simpler, more informative and productive. This book includes all 75 species of Minnesota's mammals, from mice to moose. Detailed photographs and fact-filled information, including a compare feature, range maps, track patterns and scat photos, help to ensure that you positively identify the mammals that you see. Plus, with Stan's naturalist insights and gee-whiz facts, you'll become an expert on Minnesota's mammals in no time

Animal Voices, Animal Guides: Discover Your Deeper Self Through Communication with Animals
Animal Voices, Animal Guides
Discover Your Deeper Self Through Communication with Animals
Paperback      ISBN: 1591430984

How to connect with animal guides to expand individual and planetary awareness

- Reveals techniques for exploring dreams, shamanic journeys, healing, and shapeshifting with animals

- Presents words of wisdom from cats, dogs, horses, llamas, rabbits, ravens, bears, and even insects

As companions, helpers, and spiritual guides, animals have always held a special relationship with humans. As we access our natural ability to communicate with animals, we cannot help but open ourselves more profoundly to life, other human beings, and our own deep nature--the essence of who we really are. Animal Voices, Animal Guides presents a wide variety of ways in which we can tune in to the "universal language" of all life and reconnect with the animal kingdom in more conscious, meaningful ways.

Through myths, shamanic journeys, and dreams we meet our power animals, spirit animals, and wise animal guides. The exercises, meditations, stories, and experiments included are designed to help us tune in to the subtle whispers of nature and expand our awareness. We learn what sled dogs have to teach us about teamwork, how llamas see themselves as healers of the world, and how it would feel to inhabit the skin of a shark. Filled with advice from animal communication professionals and actual conversations with animals, Animal Voices, Animal Guides is an invitation to explore our inner ways of knowing. When we learn how to use all our senses to listen to animals, we will find out how to listen to our authentic self as well.
Kinship With the Wolf: The Amazing Story of the Woman Who Lives With Wolves
Kinship With the Wolf
The Amazing Story of the Woman Who Lives With Wolves
Paperback      ISBN: 1594771308

A lavishly illustrated, heartfelt examination of the wolf as a spiritual and ecological role model

- Dispels the myths of the wolf as a "blood-thirsty predator"

- Shows the spiritual importance of connecting to the creatures of the natural world

- Tells the story of the author's 8 years of living with wolves at the L neburger Heide Wildlife Preserve in Germany

In the past, animals had worth to people only if they were edible, could carry heavy loads obediently, or had some other practical use. Recently, however, we have started to realize what we have lost through the extinction of so many wild creatures. Every step we take away from nature we pay for with a loss of understanding and wisdom. What we persecute and exterminate in the outer world we also eradicate in our souls. The highly stigmatized wolf, brought nearly to extinction by humans, is one part of our natural world whose value and wisdom we are just beginning to understand.

In Kinship with the Wolf, Tanja Askani reveals a new facet of relating to wolves and to the world as a whole. Unlike other wolf researchers who strive to dominate these "vicious predators" and who measure their success by how much the wolf pack obeys them, Askani bases her wolf relationships on broad respect and knowledge as well as extraordinary empathy and love. She reveals a new picture of the wolf as a highly intelligent, social, sensitive creature that brings inestimable value to healthy natural systems. Her respect for the pack's autonomous rules and her sensitivity to the wolves' changing feelings and moods clearly distinguishes her from others who work with wolves. Her ability to communicate with and relate to wolves is a model of how we can respond to the intelligent complexity of life with care, respect, and wisdom and how we can maintain an intensive connection to the natural world without exercising human dominance.
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
When Elephants Weep
The Emotional Lives of Animals
Paperback      ISBN: 0385314280

This national bestseller exploring the complex emotional lives of animals was hailed as "a masterpiece" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and as "marvelous" by Jane Goodall.

The popularity of When Elephants Weep has swept the nation, as author Jeffrey Masson appeared on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, and was profiled in People for his ground-breaking and fascinating study. Not since Darwin's The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals has a book so thoroughly and effectively explored the full range of emotions that exist throughout the animal kingdom.

From dancing squirrels to bashful gorillas to spiteful killer whales, Masson and coauthor Susan McCarthy bring forth fascinating anecdotes and illuminating insights that offer powerful proof of the existence of animal emotion. Chapters on love, joy, anger, fear, shame, compassion, and loneliness are framed by a provocative re-evaluation of how we treat animals, from hunting and eating them to scientific experimentation. Forming a complete and compelling picture of the inner lives of animals, When Elephants Weep assures that we will never look at animals in the same way again.
Death in the Grizzly Maze: The Timothy Treadwell Story
Death in the Grizzly Maze
The Timothy Treadwell Story
Paperback      ISBN: 0762736771

On the afternoon of October 5, 2003, in Alaska's Katmai National Park, one or more brown bears killed and ate Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard. The next day, park rangers killed the two bears that they assumed were responsible. This frightening and chilling story immediately captured worldwide media attention. Some bear experts felt that Treadwell's death was a matter of time, considering the unorthodox and highly questionable tactics he used in his life among the bears. Yet Timothy's surge in popularity, and his inglorious death, give rise to a plethora of questions. More than just a story about Treadwell, Death in the Grizzly Maze delves into the issues raised by the new breed of reckless wildlife celebrities and answers these questions: Was it a foregone conclusion that Timothy Treadwell had to die? Since Treadwell's actions were so obviously improper why didn't the National Park Service intervene? Did the bears have to die? How the actions of a few are affecting national park policy and promoting improper behavior when encountering wildlife are important issues for the future of wildlife conservation.

The Flight of the Iguana: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature
The Flight of the Iguana
A Sidelong View of Science and Nature
Paperback      ISBN: 0684836262

From the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo comes a collection of essays in which various weird and wonderful aspects of nature are examined. From tales of vegetarian piranha fish and voiceless dogs to the scientific search for the genes that threaten to destroy the cheetah, Quammen captures the natural world with precision. A distinguished natural science essayist, Quammen's reporting is masterful and thought provoking and his curiosity and fascination with the world of living things is infectious.

Homeopathic First Aid for Animals: Tales and Techniques from a Country Practitioner
Homeopathic First Aid for Animals
Tales and Techniques from a Country Practitioner
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817372

An A-to-Z reference for using homeopathy to treat animals.
The gentle and effective qualities that have made homeopathy such a popular remedy for humans make it the perfect treatment method for animals as well. This reader-friendly guide is an A-to-Z reference for treating almost any emergency that may befall our beloved animal companions. Practical clinical instruction in homeopathy and first aid is included for each condition, from broken bones to diarrhea, from poisoning to fleas. Special sections discuss caring for orphaned young animals and understanding how homeopathic medicines work. It makes the perfect guide for those who want to give animals the non-threatening, natural care they need.
Homeopathy for Animals applies to many different animal species, including pets, horses, barnyard animals, even birds and reptiles.
Real-life anecdotes from the author's 20 years of veterinary experience treating household pets and farm and wild animals make Homeopathy for Animals as entertaining as it is useful.

The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit
The Joy of Keeping Chickens
The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit
Paperback      ISBN: 1602393133

Finally backyard farmers who want to keep a few hens for eggs have a bible that's attractive enough to leave out on the coffee table, and inexpensive enough to purchase on a whim. This comprehensive guide, written in charming prose from the perspective of an organic farmer, will appeal to readers who are interested in raising chickens, or simply want the best knowledge about how to cook them. With this in mind, farmer and animal expert Jennifer Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising the birds--general biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and so on--and she cuts through the smoke to identify what terms like "organic," "free-range," and so on really mean for poultry farmers and consumers.

No chicken book would be complete without information on how to show chickens for prizes, and this is no different, but The Joy of Keeping Chickens also stresses the importance of self-sustainability and organic living, and the satisfaction of keeping heirloom breeds. Readers will appreciate the comprehensive nature of this readable, informative guide, and Megyesi's enthusiasm about keeping chickens. Coupled with Geoff Hansen's gorgeous full-color photographs, this text makes for an instant classic in the category.
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Animals in Translation
Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Hardcover      ISBN: 0743247698

Temple Grandin's "Animals in Translation" speaks in the clear voice of a woman who emerged from the other side of autism, bringing with her an extraordinary message about how animals think and feel.

Temple's professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Standing at the intersection of autism and animals, she offers unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas about both.

Autistic people can often think the way animals think -- in fact, Grandin and co-author Catherine Johnson see autism as a kind of way station on the road from animals to humans -- putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate "animal talk." Temple is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. Not only are animals much smarter than anyone ever imagined, in some cases animals are out-and-out brilliant.

The sweep of "Animals in Translation" is immense, merging an animal scientist's thirty years of study with her keen perceptions as a person with autism -- Temple sees what others cannot.

Among its provocative ideas, the book:

  • argues that language is not a requirement for consciousness -- and that animals do have consciousness

  • applies the autism theory of "hyper-specificity" to animals, showing that animals and autistic people are so sensitive to detail that they "can't see the forest for the trees" -- a talent as well as a "deficit"

  • explores the "interpreter" in the normal human brain that filters out detail, leaving people blind to much of the reality that surrounds them -- a reality animals and autistic people see, sometimes all too clearly

  • explains how animals have "superhuman" skills: animals have animal genius

  • compares animals to autistic savants, declaring that animals may in fact be autistic savants, with special forms of genius that normal people do not possess and sometimes cannot even see

  • examines how humans and animals use their emotions to think, to decide, and even to predict the future

  • reveals the remarkable abilities of handicapped people and animals

  • maintains that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is to make it feel afraid

    Temple Grandin is like no other author on the subject of animals because of her training and because of her autism: understanding animals is in her blood and in her bones.

  • Giant Pandas
    Giant Pandas
    Paperback      ISBN: 1901268136

    Giant Pandas inspire affection and instant recognition with their distinctive white faces and black ears and eye patches. Meet China's national treasure, pictured in a natural, protected mountain habitat where we have the chance to follow on photographer Heather Angel's shoulder as she reveals pandas as we have never seen them: playing in the snow, a mother with baby, leading their lives, apparently oblivious of one another.