Download In the Company of Crows and Ravens by John M. Marzluff PDF

By John M. Marzluff

“Crows and folks percentage comparable features and social suggestions. To a stunning quantity, to understand the crow is to grasp ourselves.”—from the PrefaceFrom the cave partitions at Lascaux to the final portray by way of Van Gogh, from the works of Shakespeare to these of Mark Twain, there's transparent proof that crows and ravens impression human tradition. but this effect isn't unidirectional, say the authors  of this attention-grabbing booklet: humans profoundly effect crow tradition, ecology, and evolution as well.John Marzluff and Tony Angell research the customarily wonderful ways in which crows and people have interaction. The authors contend that these interactions replicate a strategy of “cultural coevolution.” they give a tough new view of the human-crow dynamic—a view which may swap our considering not just approximately crows but in addition approximately ourselves.Featuring greater than a hundred unique drawings, the booklet takes a detailed examine the affects humans have had at the lives of crows all through heritage and on the major methods crows have altered human lives. within the Company of Crows and Ravens illuminates the entwined histories of crows and folks and concludes with an fascinating dialogue of the crow-human dating and the way our attitudes towards crows may perhaps have an effect on our cultural trajectory.

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Download RSPB Spotlight: Otters by Nicola Chester PDF

By Nicola Chester

Otters by way of Nicola Chester is an available and energetic account of an exciting and much-loved animal that, strangely, remains to be endangered and barely visible regardless of a contemporary resurgence that has visible it extend from the distant nation-state into our cities.

Nicola's captivating, trained textual content brings this elusive and interesting mammal into sharper concentration revealing what an otter is, and the way they dwell, 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 various demanding situations otters have confronted, exposing what introduced them to the edge of extinction, and explores the demanding situations we are facing in searching for and watch otters within the wild.

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

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Download The Way of Natural History PDF

During this eclectic anthology, greater than 20 scientists, nature writers, poets, and Zen practitioners, attest to how taking note of nature could be a therapeutic antidote to the tense and harrying speed of our lives. all through this provocative and uplifting e-book, writers describe their a variety of stories in nature and painting how cautious, and aware, recognition to the bigger global round us brings lucrative and awesome discoveries. they provide us the literary, own, and religious tales that time a fashion towards calm and quiet for which many folks this present day starvation. individuals to The means of ordinary History spotlight their person methods of being attentive to nature and speak about how their stories have enlivened and greater their worlds. The anthology is a wealthy array of writings that offer versions for interacting with the wildlife, and jointly, create a choice for the significance of common historical past as a self-discipline.

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Download Ice! by Tristan Jones PDF

By Tristan Jones

Whilst Tristan Jones, who turned one of many best-known small boat sailors and writers of our instances, used to be discharged from the military, and instructed he was once bodily undeserving for extra seagoing, he acquired carry of a small craft, Creswell, which he switched over to a cruising ketch, and began crusing.

Then, made up our minds to sail farther north than somebody else, Jones set out from Iceland, followed in basic terms via Nelson, the one-eyed, three-legged puppy he had inherited.

Jones spent winters packed with non-stop suspense and chance during this bleak polar sector. He was once trapped by way of violent snowstorms, attacked via a starving polar undergo, and marooned on an ice pack within the Arctic Ocean, the entire whereas grappling with loneliness and melancholy, plus dwindling provides.

Finally, while the ice shifted, crushing Creswell like a matchbox, Jones needed to care for attainable demise!

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Download On the Edge: The State and Fate of the World's Tropical by Thomas E. Lovejoy, Claude Martin PDF

By Thomas E. Lovejoy, Claude Martin

In 1972, the boundaries to progress brought the concept international assets are restricted. quickly after, humans grew to become conscious of the threats to the world's rainforests, the most important terrestrial repositories of biodiversity and crucial regulators of worldwide air and water cycles. considering the fact that that point, new examine and technological advances have significantly elevated our wisdom of ways rainforests are struggling with altering styles of source use. expanding quandary approximately weather swap has made it extra very important than ever to appreciate the nation of the world's tropical forests.
This publication offers an updated photograph of the healthiness of the world's tropical forests. Claude Martin, an eminent scientist and conservationist, integrates info from distant imaging, ecology, and economics to give an explanation for deforestation and woodland well-being in the course of the global. He explains how urbanization, an more and more international economic system, and a world call for for biofuels positioned new strain on rainforest land. He examines the regulations and industry forces that experience effectively preserved forests in a few parts and discusses the industrial merits of safe parts. utilizing proof from ice center files and previous woodland conceal styles, he predicts the main most probably results of weather change.
Claude Martin brings his wealth of expertise as an ecologist, director of the WWF, and advistor to varied conservation companies to undergo at the newest learn from world wide. Contributions from 8 prime specialists supply extra insight.

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Download Storks, Ibises, and Spoonbills of the World (Poyser Natural by James A. Hancock, James A. Kushlan, M. Philip Kahl PDF

By James A. Hancock, James A. Kushlan, M. Philip Kahl

A number of the world's biggest and so much stunning birds are to be came upon between this team of wading birds. Tragically, additionally they comprise a few of the world's such a lot endangered species, as adjustments in land use erode their wetland habitats. a few, just like the White stork, have lived along people for centuries and are popular from various clinical stories. Others, just like the Storm's Stork and the Ibises of West Africa, South-East Asia and South the United States dwell so secluded a existence within the distant corners of the globe that they are going to most likely be extinct earlier than even the main simple info in their biology are known.
In this definitive monograph, 3 authors and artists have mixed their abilities to trap what's identified of those birds, and to photograph them in attractive work and pictures. The textual content opens with common chapters on taxonomy and feeding, and breeding habit, following which, every one species is handled intimately. among them, the authors have own event of lots of the species in 5 continents, and pay specific cognizance to documenting the present prestige of the threatened and infrequent species.

Key Features
* the main entire compilation on hand in this staff of birds
* comprises attractive colour plates
* positive aspects exceptional pix from well known ornithological artists Alan Harris and David Quinn

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Download Birdwatchingwatching: One Year, Two Men, Three Rules, Ten by Alex Horne PDF

By Alex Horne

Alex Horne isn't really a birdwatcher. yet his dad is, so with the possibility of fatherhood looming on his personal horizon, Alex determined there has been no higher time to really get to grasp either his father and his father's favorite pastime. So he challenged his dad to a huge yr: from 1 January to 31 December they might every one attempt to spot as many birds as attainable; the person who spied the main species often is the victor. alongside the best way Alex might discover what makes his dad tick, choose up a bit fatherly knowledge and even perhaps 'get into' birdwatching himself.

Join Alex as he trips from Barnes to Bahrain during this captivating story of obsession, manliness, fathers and sons, and the hugely fun twists and turns of a year-long chook race.

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Download Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals by Julie Scardina, Jeff Flocken PDF

By Julie Scardina, Jeff Flocken

With one-third of identified species being threatened with extinction, flora and fauna conservationists are probably the most very important heroes on this planet, and Wildlife Heroes profiles the paintings of forty of the best conservationists and the animals and factors they're dedicated to saving, reminiscent of Belinda Low (zebras), Iain Douglas-Hamilton (elephants), Karen Eckert (sea turtles), S.T. Wong (sun bear), Steve Galster (wildlife trade), and Wangari Maathai (habitat loss). bankruptcy introductions are by means of writer Kuki Gallmann, actor Ted Danson, actress Stefanie Powers, Congressman Jay Inslee, and television character Jack Hanna.

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