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The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration

Bernd Heinrich · Mariner Books
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...
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A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm

Dave Goulson · Picador USA
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

A CONSERVATIONIST'S DEEPLY PERSONAL AND FASCINATING REFLECTION ON OWNING AND REVITALIZING A FARM IN RURAL FRANCEA Sting in the Tale, Dave Goulson's account of a lifetime studying bees, was a powerful call to arms for nature lovers everywhere. Brilliantly reviewed, it was shortlisted...
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Bears Behaving Badly

John McDonald · Down East Books
Pages: 96
Format: Print book

Bears (particularly black bears) by nature are elusive and difficult to see in the wild; yet they are immensely popular, perhaps because they are surprisingly human-looking, though their dense fur and seemingly clumsy gait often lead them to be compared with shaggy, bumbling clowns. Well,...
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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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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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Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel

Virginia Morell · Broadway Books; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

   Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or an elephant?  Do they experience thoughts that are similar to ours, or have feelings of grief and love? These are tough questions, but scientists are answering them. They know...
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Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells

Helen Scales · Bloomsbury Sigma
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

Seashells, stretching from the deep past into the present day, are touchstones leading into fascinating realms of the natural world and cutting-edge science. Members of the phylum Mollusca are among the most ancient animals on the planet. Their shells provide homes for other animals, and across...
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The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature

Gerrit Vyn · Mountaineers Books, 2015.
Pages: 201
Format: Print book

Foreword by Barbara KingsolverOver 250 images by acclaimed wildlife photographer Gerrit VynEssays by Jared Diamond, John W. Fitzpatrick, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, and Scott Weidensaul
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What Stands in a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley

Kim Cross · Atria Books
Format: Hardcover

Immersive reporting and dramatic storytelling set you right in the middle of the horrific superstorm of April 2011, a weather event that killed 348 people.April 27, 2011, marked the climax of a superstorm that saw a record 358 tornadoes rip through twenty-one states in three days, seven...
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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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Rain : a natural and cultural history

Cynthia Barnett · Crown Publishers
Pages: 355
Format: Print book

"Cynthia Barnett's "Rain" begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science--the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains--with the human story of our ambition...
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The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

Brian Fagan · Bloomsbury Press
Pages: 308
Format: Print book

Animals, and our ever-changing relationship with them, have left an indelible mark on human history. From the dawn of our existence, animals and humans have been constantly redefining their relationship with one another, and entire civilizations have risen and fallen upon this curious bond...
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Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish

John Hargrove · Palgrave Macmillan
Pages: 264
Format: Print book

*Now a New York Times Best Seller*Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld's U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened,...
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Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse

Caitlin O'Connell · University Of Chicago Press
Format: Hardcover

Meet Greg. Hes a stocky guy with an outsized swagger. Hes been the intimidating yet sociable don of his posse of friends—including Abe, Keith, Mike, Kevin, Torn Trunk, and Willie. But one arid summer the tide begins to shift and the third-ranking Kevin starts to get ambitious, seeking...
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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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