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Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes

Heather Shumaker · Painted Turtle
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback

Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes is a suspenseful and intimate land conservation adventure story set in the Great Lakes heartland. The story spans more than forty years, following the fate of a magnificent sand dune on Lake Michigan and the people...
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Modern Dog Parenting: Raising Your Dog or Puppy to Be a Loving Member of Your Family

Sarah Hodgson · St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 308
Format: Print book

You and your dog are a lot alike. By several behavioral measures, your dog's mental abilities are equivalent to those of a two to three and a half-year-old toddler. Dogs can learn up to 250 words, count from one to five and understand basic arithmetic. Your dog can imitate and understand...
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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

Abigail Tucker · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed...
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Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

Anna Laurent · Univ Of Chicago Press
Pages: 224
Format: Print book

Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, wall charts were a familiar classroom component, displaying scientific images at a large scale, in full color. But it's only now that they've been superseded as a teaching tool that we have begun to realize something their ubiquity...
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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World

Peter Wohlleben · David Suzuki Institute
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other. In "The Hidden Life of Trees, " Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains...
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The Everglades: River of Grass

Marjory Stoneman Douglas · Pineapple Press
Format: Print book

Before 1947, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas named The Everglades a "river of grass," most people considered the area worthless. She brought the world's attention to the need to preserve The Everglades. In the new and updated Afterword, Michael Grunwald again tells us what has happened...
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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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Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland

Miriam Horn · W W Norton
Pages: 384
Format: Print book

The story of a huge, largely hidden, and entirely unexpected conservation movement in America.Many of the men and women doing today's most consequential environmental work -- restoring America's grasslands, wildlife, soil, rivers, wetlands, and oceans -- would not call themselves environmentalists;...
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The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

David George Haskell · Viking
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

The author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature's most magnificent networkers - trees "At once lyrical and informative, filled with beauty." - Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth ExtinctionDavid Haskell's award-winning The Forest Unseen won acclaim...
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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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Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution

Anurag A Agrawal · Princeton University Press
Pages: 296
Format: Print book

Monarch butterflies are one of nature's most recognizable creatures, known for their bright colors and epic annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico. Yet there is much more to the monarch than its distinctive presence and mythic journeying. In Monarchs and Milkweed,...
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The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond

Stephen O'Shea · W W Norton
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

A thrilling blend of contemporary travelogue and historical narrative about the Alps from "a graceful and passionate writer" (Washington Post) .For centuries the Alps have seen the march of armies, the flow of pilgrims and Crusaders, the feats of mountaineers, and the dreams...
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Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves

Brenda Peterson · Da Capo Press
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

In the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's Wildlife in America or Aldo Leopold, Brenda Peterson tells the 300-year history of wild wolves in America. It is also our own history, seen through our relationship with wolves. The earliest Americans revered them. Settlers zealously exterminated...
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Mozart's Starling

LYANDA LYNN HAUPT · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 277
Format: Hardcover

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet....
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American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Illinois

Michael L. P. Retter · Scott & Nix, Inc.
Pages: 424
Format: Paperback

The diverse habitats of Illinois - savannas, rivers, marshes, forests, and beaches - offer a home for hundreds of types of birds throughout the year. And as one of the important "flyover states," Illinois welcomes hundreds of species of migrating birds during the spring and fall....
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