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Giraffe Reflections

Dale Peterson · University of California Press
Format: Hardcover

The most comprehensive book on giraffes to appear in the last fifty years this volume presents a magnificent portrait of a group of animals who in spite of their legendary elegance and astonishing gentleness may not entirely survive this centuryDale Petersons text provides a natural and cultural...
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Plankton: Wonders of the Drifting World

Christian Sardet · University Of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover

Ask anyone to picture a bird or a fish and a series of clear images will immediately come to mind. Ask the same person to picture plankton and most would have a hard time conjuring anything beyond a vague squiggle or a greyish fleck. This book will change that forever. Viewing these creatures...
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Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock

Stephen W. Kress · Yale University Press
Format: Hardcover

Project Puffin is the inspiring story of how a beloved seabird was restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast. As a young ornithology instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Dr. Stephen W. Kress learned that puffins had nested on nearby islands until extirpated...
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Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World

Brooke Borel · University of Chicago Press
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

Bed bugs. Few words strike such fear in the minds of travelers. In cities around the world, lurking beneath the plush blankets of otherwise pristine-looking hotel beds are tiny bloodthirsty beasts just waiting for weary wanderers to surrender to a vulnerable slumber. Though bed bugs today...
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Nature's Great Migrations: Great Journeys From Around the World

Marianne Taylor · New Holland Publishers
Pages: 176
Format: Print book

This beautifully illustrated book on the world's most impressive and spectacular movements of animals, includes various species of mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. Twenty-five species are covered and these include iconic migrations, ranging from millions of wildebeest moving...
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Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood

Teresa E Masear · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 306
Format: Print book

A heartwarming account of the trials and triumphs a hummingbird rehabber encounters while caring for her tiny, fragile patients Before he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna's hummingbird with a head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, could spiral 130 feet in the air,...
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The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination

Richard Mabey · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 374
Format: Print book

"Highly entertaining ... Without being sentimental about it, Mr. Mabey gets us to look at life from the plants' point of view. His science is sound, he's witty, and his language is engaging." -- Constance Casey, New York TimesThe Cabaret of Plants is a masterful, globe-trotting...
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The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration

Bernd Heinrich · Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 352
Format: Print book

"A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals . . . A special treat for readers of natural history." - Kirkus Reviews Every year, many species make the journey from one place to another, following the same paths and ending up in the same...
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Carnivore Minds: Who These Fearsome Animals Really Are

G. A. Bradshaw · Yale University Press
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

Myth and media typically cast animals we consider predators or carnivores as unthinking killers - dangerous, unpredictable, and devoid of emotion. But is this portrait valid? By exploring their inner lives, this pioneering book refutes the many misperceptions that hide the true nature of these...
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Cesar Millan's Lessons From the Pack: Ten Inspiring Ways Dogs Enrich Our Lives

Cesar Millan · National Geographic
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

In this inspiring book, best-selling author and "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan uses decades of experience to reveal the many ways that dogs and people can enrich each other's lives, sharing eight essential life lessons imparted by a group of very special dogs he's trained over the years....
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Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Alan Weisman · Little, Brown and Company; Lrg edition
Format: Hardcover

A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us.In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures....
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Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds

Rachelle Bergstein · Harper
Pages: 375
Format: Print book

From the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society's obsession with the world's most brilliant gemstone and the real-world characters who make them shine."A diamond is forever." Who among us doesn't recognize...
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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

Dan Egan · W W Norton
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

A landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes.The Great Lakes -- Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior -- hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens...
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