2006 University Press Books

 

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500-599 Pure Science

500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics

550-599 Earth and Life Sciences, Plants, Animals        
   

500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics

508.744

Gessner, David

The Prophet of Dry Hill: Lessons from a Life of Nature

192 pp., 8" x 6 1/2", $19.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2005

Beacon Press

David Gessner had always known of John Hay, but it wasn't until he returned to his childhood home on Cape Cod that Gessner befriended the nature writing legend. At first, he thought he might write Hay's biography. But that idea gradually changed as the two talked and walked through the fifty acres surrounding Hay's house on Dry Hill. The Prophet of Dry Hill is the compelling story of two men and the year they spent together. But more than a book about friendship, it's a lyrical primer on the importance of living a life connected to the wild.

LC 2005007924, ISBN 0-80708-568-5

AASL: G/MS-HS, P

PLA: O


508.744

Sargent, William

The House on Ipswich Marsh: Exploring the Natural History of New England

176 pp., 6" x 9", 80 halftones, 1 map, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2005

University Press of New England

In 2003, Bill Sargent bought a big pink house in Ipswich, Massachusetts that sits on the Great Marsh, a fascinating patch of wetland shared by Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Sargent received a grant to study some of the rare and endangered ground-nesting birds that inhabit the public land adjacent to his property. Organized by the seasons of the year, The House on Ipswich Marsh is about these birds and features Sargent's trademark interplay of information about the natural world, ecology, and politics.

LC 2004022118, ISBN 1-58465-465-1

AASL: G/HS

PLA: S, RG, RS


523.1

Chaisson, Eric

Epic of Evolution: Seven Ages of the Cosmos

504 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $34.50 cloth, CIP included

December 2005

Columbia University Press

How did everything around us-the air, the land, the sea, and the stars-originate? What is the source of order, form, and structure characterizing all material things? These are just some of the grand scientific questions that author Eric J. Chaisson explores in his illuminating history of the universe. Explaining new discoveries and a range of cutting-edge ideas and theories, Chaisson provides a creative and coherent synthesis of current scientific thinking on the universe's beginnings. He takes us on a tour of the seven ages of the cosmos, from the formless era of radiation through the origins of human culture.

LC 2005045452, ISBN 0-231-13560-2

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: O, G


523.21

Villard, Ray and Lynette Cook

Infinite Worlds: An Illustrated Voyage to Planets beyond Our Sun

272 pp., 10" x 9", 78 color paintings, 38 color photos, index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2005

University of California Press

"...This book will spur the imagination and transform technical data into something conceivable for the general reader, while also providing vocabulary and background concepts to start more detailed studies."--Choice. "What a combination! Villard's long experience at the Space Telescope Science Institute has prepared him well to write such a book, and Cook's legendary artwork is, in a word, magnificent."--David H. Levy, Science Editor, Parade Magazine. "A fascinating presentation of the formation of planets, theories of which are in flux in the face of fantastical extrasolar worlds discovered in the past decade...An appealing eye-grabber for the astronomy collection."--Booklist

LC 20044016540, ISBN 0-520-23710-2

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: G


530.122

Ford, Kenneth William

The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone

270 pp., 6 1/8" x 8 1/2", 33 halftones, 52 line illus., 6 tables, index, $24.95 cloth, $16.95 paper, CIP included

October 2005

Harvard University Press

As Kenneth W. Ford shows us in The Quantum World, the laws governing the very small and the very swift defy common sense and stretch our minds to the limit. Drawing on a deep familiarity with the discoveries of the twentieth century, Ford gives an appealing account of quantum physics that will help the serious reader make sense of a science that, for all its successes, remains mysterious. In response to the enthusiastic reception from physics teachers, Ford has also included a new section of 'Quantum Questions' at the back of the book. A separate answer manual to these questions is available to educators.

LC 2003068565, ISBN 0-674-01342-5 (c.), ISBN 0-674-01832-X (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G

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550-599 Earth and Life Sciences, Plants, Animals


551.2

Atwater, Brian, et al.

The Orphan Tsunami of 1700

144 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 325 illus. (280 in color), $24.95 paper, CIP included

November 2005

University of Washington Press

When tectonic plates suddenly shifted in Northwestern North America in 1700, a train of ocean waves-a tsunami-sped across the Pacific Ocean. When the waves came ashore in Japan, they flooded fields and washed away houses. Samurai, merchants, and villagers recorded the mysterious event, but they observed no storm and felt no parent earthquake. Using Japanese historical documents and geological evidence from the Pacific Northwest coast, Geologist Brian F. Atwater and a team of fellow scientists describe a massive earthquake and tsunami similar to the December 2004 events in the Indian Ocean.

LC 2005050401, ISBN 0-295-98535-6

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: S


557

Pope, Ralph

Lichens above Treeline: A Hiker's Guide to Alpine Zone Lichens of the Northeastern U.S.

80 pp., 5" x 8", 103 color photos, 11 line drawings, 1 map, $19.95 paper

April 2005

University Press of New England

This is the first guide to identifying the lichen species that grow in the White Mountains, Green Mountains, Adirondacks, and mountains of Maine. Based on extensive fieldwork and research, the book explains the fascinating biology of lichens, which thrive where other plants can't survive. It also provides full-color magnified photographs; a color bar for identification; scientific and common names; descriptive notes and information on growth forms, substrate, and reproduction; and comparisons to similar species, as well as references. The book concludes with a useful glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

LC 2005920241, ISBN 1-58465-402-3

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: O


560.17

Martin, Paul S.

Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America

269 pp., 6" x 9", 17 b&w photos, 12 line illus., 7 tables, bibliog., index, references, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2005

University of California Press

"An energetic and highly entertaining look at one of the most controversial issues in his field...[He] uses his own extensive research-as well as amusing insights from his personal life and career-to make his case."--Publishers Weekly. "Balancing scientific data with scintillating tales of archaeological adventures, Martin presents a sometimes cautionary tale in which he urges the celebration of these extinct marvels as a way of not only appreciating the vast biotic wealth of our planet but also as a means of inspiring today's conservation efforts."--Booklist

LC 2005005745, ISBN 0-520-23141-4

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


576.8

Kirschner, Marc W. and John C. Gerhart

The Plausibility of Life

336 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 40 b&w illus., index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2005

Yale University Press

Two eminent biologists tackle and provide exhilarating new answers to what they argue is the central, unresolved question of evolution. "By using analogies and sequentially developing key points, [the authors] skillfully lay out their arguments so that, while drawing on current research, their work is remarkably comprehensible to general readers."--Library Journal

LC 2005040113, ISBN 0-300-10865-6

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


578.6

Leland, John

Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports into America

235 pp., 6" x 9", 21 illus., index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2005

University of South Carolina Press

Aliens in the Backyard recounts the origins and impacts of nonindigenous species on our environment and pays overdue tribute to the resolve of nature to survive in the face of challenge and change. Mixing natural history with engaging anecdotes, John Leland cuts through patriotic and problematic myths coloring our grasp of the natural world. "Prepare to be surprised and intrigued as Leland investigates the evolution of America's landscape through the eyes of the alien species that have so readily invaded it."--E/The Environmental Magazine

LC 2005000544, ISBN 1-57003-582-2

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


578.768

Lawlor, Laurie

This Tender Place: The Story of a Wetland Year

190 pp., 6" x 9", 20 b&w photos, 2 drawings, bibliog., index, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

The University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books

After the deaths of her father and father-in-law, Laurie Lawlor discovers an unlikely place for healing and transformation in a wetland in southeastern Wisconsin-a landscape of abundant and sometimes inaccessible beauty that has often been ignored, misunderstood, and threatened by human destruction. This Tender Place is a celebration of nature, the elements, and humanity. An engaging and deeply intimate ten year record, This Tender Place is at its heart a story of refuge and renewal refracted through the lens of life within one of the most productive, yet most endangered, ecosystems in the world.

LC 2005005447, ISBN 0-299-21460-5

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


580.737

Grove, Carol

Henry Shaw's Victorian Landscapes: The Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park

250 pp., 7" x 10", 150 illus., $39.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2005

University of Massachusetts Press (in association with the Library of American Landscape History)

Shaw's Garden (now the Missouri Botanical Garden) opened in 1859 to legions of wildly enthusiastic visitors eager to see one of the first botanical institutions in the country. Over the next thirty years, Shaw expanded the plantings, drawing on the newly discovered species made available to him by the era's great plant hunters. Beautifully illustrated with contemporary and historical photographs, this volume offers an insightful cultural history of Shaw's landscapes, among the most important examples of the gardenesque in America.

LC 200511749, ISBN 1-55849-508-8

AASL: RS/HS

PLA: RS


581.7'3

Miller, James H. and Karl V. Miller

Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses Revised Edition

464 pp., 6" x 9", 650 color photos, 56 b&w illus., map, glossary, index, $34.95 paper, CIP included

May 2005

University of Georgia Press

This guide to common and unique plants found in forests of the Southeast thoroughly covers 330 species of forbs (herbaceous plants), grasses, vines, and shrubs, with a special emphasis on the plants' role in wildlife sustenance. Contains descriptions of native and nonnative (exotic or invasive) plants, including 330 species of forbs, in 180 genera: grasses, sedges, and rushes; woody vines and semiwoody plants; shrubs; palms and yucca; cane; cactus; ferns; and ground lichen. Also included are: 650 color photos and physiographic maps, 56 illustrations of flower parts, types, and inflorescences, leaf arrangements, divisions, shapes, and margins, and grass plant parts.

LC 2004063744, ISBN 0-8203-2748-4

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: G


581.979

Vizgirdas, Ray S. and Edna Rey-Vizgirdas

Wild Plants of the Sierra Nevada

384 pp., 7" x 10", 82 line drawings, 2 maps, index, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2005

University of Nevada Press

The Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada is the longest continuous mountain range in the United States. Covering about 20 percent of California's land base and part of western Nevada, it offers an exceptional variety of topographic relief and environmental conditions that allow for a high diversity of plant species, many of them endemic to the range. Wild Plants of the Sierra Nevada inventories the flora of the entire range, including comprehensive descriptions of the plants; their traditional uses as food, medicine, or for making tools and other utensils; and their habitat; plus "quick keys" to help identify similar species.

LC 2005004867, ISBN 0-87417-535-6

AASL: S/P

PLA: RS


582.16

Weeks, Sally S., Harmon Weeks, and George R. Parker

Native Trees of the Midwest: Identification, Wildlife Values and Landscaping Use

328 pp., 7" x 10", 600+ photos, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

Purdue University Press

This book gives detailed descriptions and unique insights into identifying all the trees native to Indiana and most of those in the surrounding states. Descriptive text gives invaluable hints on how to identify species in any season and is supported with color photographs of all-important characteristics. The book encapsulates the authors' combined experience of more than 50 years in teaching students how to identify woody plants. Not only does it enable the user to identify plants and learn of their ecological and distributional attributes, but it also presents an evaluation of each species relative to its potential ornamental value for those interested in landscaping with native trees.

LC 2005002889, ISBN 1-55753-299-0

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: RG


590

Jennison, George

Animals for Show and Pleasure in Ancient Rome

232 pp., 5 3/4" x 8 1/4", 8 b&w illus., bibliog., references, index, $16.50 paper

April 2005

University of Pennsylvania Press

Pitting bulls against bears, lions against Christians and criminals, elephants against rhinoceroses or parading large numbers of giraffe or zebras, the games devised by the Romans ranged from astonishing to brutally cruel. It is now difficult to comprehend the pleasure that huge crowds took from the death or struggle of animals and people, but the history of the role of animals in ancient Rome is both fascinating and important in view of modern sports spectacles and the enjoyment we take in animals in our daily lives.

LC 2005042175, ISBN 0-8122-1919-8

AASL: S/P

PLA: not reviewed


590.9

Dinerstein, Eric

Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

288 pp., 6" x 9", index, $25.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

Island Press/Shearwater Books

An exhilarating journey to some of the world's most stunning locales, led by one of conservation's key scientists.

LC 2005013822, ISBN 1-55963-578-9

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


591.562

Bekoff, Marc Foreword by Jane Goodall

Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature

303 pp., 6" x 9", 3 tables, $79.50 cloth, $26.95 paper, CIP included

December 2005

Temple University Press

"Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues is a book for scientists and non-scientists alike. The writing is clear so that even complex subjects can be readily understood by the general public. Marc has the courage of his convictions and is an excellent spokesman for animals. He has learned so much from watching animals and empathizing with them, and by publishing this collection of essays, he hopes to share this knowledge with as many people as possible. I will share Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues with colleagues and friends around the world."--Jane Goodall

LC 2005041833, ISBN 1-59213-347-9 (c.), ISBN 1-59213-348-7 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: S


591.7'09

Naskrecki, Piotr

The Smaller Majority: The Hidden World of the Animals that Dominate the Tropics

278 pp., 9 1/2" x 9 1/2", 450 color illus., $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

This large-format volume of color photographs takes readers on a magnificent visual journey into the remote world of small tropical organisms critical to biodiversity. A unique introduction to the marvelous variety of the overlooked life under our feet, Naskrecki's book returns us to a child's sense of wonder with a fully informed, deeply felt understanding of the importance of the world's smaller, teeming life. In an appendix, Naskrecki offers photographic tips and advice for the amateur photographer or rainforest tourist.

LC 2005046060, ISBN 0-674-01915-6

AASL: O/MS-HS, P

PLA: G


591.75'6

Couturier, Lisa

The Hopes of Snakes: and Other Tales from the Urban Landscape

176 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $23.00 cloth, $14.00 paper, CIP included

January 2005

Beacon Press

In The Hopes of Snakes, Lisa Couturier brings together the best of her essays on urban and suburban nature throughout the Northeast, from Washington, DC, to Boston. Her sharp eye and deep humanity have found what is remarkable in city nature and illuminated it for readers like no one before her. "Couturier's essays shine with her candor, her perception, and her affection for the creatures of our world. Whether the subject is a snake or a falcon or a crow named Edgar, these essays will both enlighten and give much reading pleasure."--Mary Oliver

LC 2004015081, ISBN 0-8070-8564-2 (c.), ISBN 0-8070-8565-0 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


595.7

Cech, Rick, with Guy Tudor

Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer's Guide

336 pp., 8" x 11", 950 color plates, 275 maps, $49.50 cloth, CIP included

March 2005

Princeton University Press

"Butterflies of the East Coast is an exciting book, combining a very user-friendly guide for naturalists with enough information on each species to be useful to ecologists and other scientists...[It] elevates butterflies to the rank of birds as accessible, indeed compelling subjects of natural history."--Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University. "One of the book's outstanding attributes is the care with which it ties butterflies to the plants their caterpillars eat, even providing pictures of the host plants. Every naturalist in the eastern United States will want a copy of this."--Paul R. Ehrlich, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University

LC 2004054130, ISBN 0-691-09055-6

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: RG


595.714

Eisner, Thomas

Secret Weapons: Defenses of Insects, Spiders, Scorpions, and Other Many-Legged Creatures

384 pp., 6" x 9", 350 color illus., 150 chemical formulas, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2005

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

Part handbook, part field guide, part photo album, Secret Weapons chronicles the diverse and often astonishing defensive strategies that have allowed insects, spiders, scorpions, and other many-legged creatures not just to survive, but to thrive. In sixty-nine chapters, each brilliantly illustrated with photographs culled from Thomas Eisner's legendary collection, we meet a largely North American cast of arthropods-as well as a few of their kin from Australia, Europe, and Asia-and observe at firsthand the nature and extent of the defenses that lie at the root of their evolutionary success. A follow-up to Eisner's award-winning For Love of Insects.

LC 2005041042, ISBN 0-674-01882-6

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: O


595.721

Eisner, Thomas

For Love of Insects

464 pp., 8" x 9 1/4", 431 color illus., 108 halftones, 48 line illus., $35.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

October 2005

Harvard University Press/Belknap Press

Imagine beetles ejecting defensive sprays as hot as boiling water; female moths holding their mates for ransom; caterpillars disguising themselves as flowers by fastening petals to their bodies; termites emitting a viscous glue to rally fellow soldiers-and you will have entered an insect world once beyond imagining, a world observed and described down to its tiniest astonishing detail by Thomas Eisner. The story of a lifetime of such minute explorations, For Love of Insects celebrates the small creatures that have emerged triumphant on the planet, the beneficiaries of extraordinary evolutionary inventiveness and unparalleled reproductive capacity.

LC 2003044399, ISBN 0-674-01181-3 (c.), ISBN 0-674-01827-3 (p.)

AASL: O, HS, P

PLA: O


595.78

Wagner, David L.

Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History

512 pp., 5" x 8", 1,200+ color photos, 24 line illus., $60.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

August 2005

Princeton University Press

"This book adds to our understanding of caterpillars by providing a means to identify common caterpillars via excellent photos of early stages that are associated with photos of adults, and through snippets of natural history text for each species."--Philip J. DeVries, author of Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History. "This book is an important contribution to the existing knowledge on the lepidoptera of North America, one that should spawn the gathering of new information. It fills a glaring gap in the popular literature on the continent's fauna."--Steven M. Roble, Staff Zoologist, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

LC 2004062834, ISBN 0-691-12143-5 (c.), ISBN 0-691-12144-3 (p.)

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: RS


597

Compagno, Leonard, Marc Dando, and Sarah Fowler

Sharks of the World

480 pp., 5" x 7", 128 color plates, 500 line illus., 500 maps, $55.00 cloth, $29.95 paper

May 2005

Princeton University Press

The first comprehensive field guide to all 440-plus shark species that inhabit the world's oceans. "You don't need to be a shark fan for Sharks of the World to be a useful addition to your library: this is one book I'd recommend to any diver or naturalist any day."--Virginia Cowell, Diver Magazine. "The reader learns about shark biology (body structure, teeth and jaws, senses, life history, etc.) and the interactions between sharks and people, both good and bad. This is a very nice, handy-sized guide for those interested in sharks and their conservation."--Robert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist

LC 2004111901, ISBN 0-691-12071-4 (c.), ISBN 0-691-12072-2 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


597

O'Shea, Mark

Venomous Snakes of the World

160 pp., 9 1/2" x 12 1/2", 150 color plates, 1 map, $29.95 cloth

October 2005

Princeton University Press

This comprehensive volume from Mark O'Shea combines expertly written, in-depth descriptions of the world's common and exotic venomous snakes with previously unpublished gripping accounts of his own adventures. The book discusses anatomy, diversity, and distribution; snake venom and anti-venom; ocean-dwelling snakes and venomous lizards; and snake conservation. Rather than by taxonomy, the snakes are grouped by geographic location: the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, Tropical Asia, Australasia, and the Oceans. Each section is illustrated with rare pictures, many of which were taken by O'Shea himself. This highly accessible book is a celebration of the diversity and beauty of venomous snakes worldwide.

LC 2005920576, ISBN 0-691-12436-1

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: G


597.5

Quinn, Thomas P.

The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout

320 pp., 8" x 10", 190 illus. (64 in color), 62 tables, $60.00 cloth, $35.00 paper, CIP included

February 2005

University of Washington Press

Fisheries expert Thomas Quinn distills from the vast scientific literature the essential information on the behavior and ecology of Pacific salmon, including steelhead and cutthroat trout. Richly illustrated with beautiful photographs and original drawings, the book introduces salmon and trout as a group, with a brief description of each species, and compares them to other fishes. Quinn emphasizes the importance of salmon to humans and to natural ecosystems and the need to integrate sound biology into conservation efforts. Written in a technically accurate but engaging style, it will appeal to a wide range of readers.

LC 2004013612, ISBN 0-295-98437-6

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


597.96

Gibbons, Whit and Mike Dorcas

Snakes of the Southeast

264 pp., 7 1/2" x 10", 335 photos, 1 table, 49 maps, $22.95 paper, CIP included

May 2005

University of Georgia Press

Fifty-two kinds of snakes can be found in the Southeast, almost half of all species native to North America. Filled with more than 300 color photographs and written by two of the region's most renowned herpetologists, this is the most comprehensive educational guide to the snakes of the Southeast. Features: distribution maps, clear descriptions of each species-including differences in the appearance of young and mature snakes, size charts, key identifiers (scales, body shape, patterns, and color), descriptions of habitat, behavior and activity, food and feeding, reproduction, predators and defense, and conservation.

LC 2004021098, ISBN 0-8203-2652-6

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: O


598.3

Forsberg, Michael

On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America

168 pp., 11" x 11", 150 color photos, $45.00 cloth

March 2005

University of Nebraska Press

Over the course of five years, Michael Forsberg documented the sandhill cranes in habitats ranging from the Alaskan tundra, to the arid High Plains, from Cuban nature preserves to suburban backyards. On Ancient Wings intertwines the lives of cranes, people, and their common places to tell an ancient story at a time when sandhill cranes and their wetland and grassland habitats face daunting prospects. "Shot from the Arctic tundra to suburban Florida, the intimate, at times stunning, photographs of these striking gray birds present a rich natural history of one of the world's oldest avian species."--Audubon

LC 20050903, ISBN 0-9754964-0-9

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


598.3

Paulson, Dennis

Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide

384 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 534 color photos, $65.00 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

February 2005

Princeton University Press

This beautifully illustrated volume represents the first complete guide to North and Central American shorebirds. "A mouth-watering browse, but also a great reference resource... There have been several photographic guides to waders over the years, but this is not 'just another one'-and do not let the title restrict your thinking; this book is just as useful in Europe and Asia as it is in North America. It works as a field guide (almost pocketable, with a wipe-clean cover), but really it is an expert identification handbook...[It] should be on every birder's shelf."--Richard Millington, Birding World

LC 2004044645, ISBN 0-691-10274-0 (c.), ISBN 0-691-12107-9 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


598.9

Liguori, Jerry Foreword by David Allen Sibley

Hawks from Every Angle: How to Identify Raptors in Flight

144 pp., 7 1/2" x 9 1/2", 339 color photos, 32 b&w photos, $55.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

October 2005

Princeton University Press

Hawks from Every Angle takes hawk identification to new heights. It offers a fresh approach that literally looks at the birds from every angle, compares and contrasts deceptively similar species, and provides the pictures (and words) needed for identification in the field. It sets a new standard for raptor field guides. "There is nobody in North America whose identification skills and knowledge base...surpass Jerry Liguori. If you want to know where the high water mark in raptor identification falls today, it is in [this book]."--Pete Dunne, New Jersey Audubon Society, co-author of Hawks in Flight

LC 2004066026, ISBN 0-691-11824-8 (c.), ISBN 0-691-11825-6 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


599.64'3

Olson, Wes

Portraits of the Bison: An Illustrated Guide to Bison Society

120 pp., 10" x 10 7/8", 98 color photos, 42 drawings/illus., 2 maps, $39.95 paper, CIP included

August 2005

The University of Alberta Press

Portaits of the Bison is a close and intimate examination of the secret lives of bison. This monarch of the North American plains is revealed as having a complex and highly structured social hierarchy. Bison society is composed of individuals and families, of bands and clans that span many generations. Portraits describes, in easily understood detail, the individuals that make up this society. It identifies them through drawings, photographs, and text in a manner that is both readable and informative. The combination of fine art, beautiful photography, and 20 years of accumulated knowledge about bison ecology and life history makes this book unique.

LC 2006372843, ISBN 0-88864-432-9

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


599.773

Walker, Brett L. Foreward by William Cronon

The Lost Wolves of Japan

360 pp., 6" x 9", 30 illus., maps, notes, bibliog., index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2005

University of Washington Press

"Brett Walker observed first hand the reintroduction of wolves into the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the 1990s. So moved was he by his encounter with Yellowstone wolves in the wild...that he embarked on an exploration of wolf biology, folklore, and history in the Japanese archipelago that finally yielded this ambitious and boldly speculative book."--from the Foreword by William Cronon. "A stunningly original book about the Japanese veneration and then extermination of wolves."--The Houston Chronicle

LC 2004031040, ISBN 0-295-98492-9

AASL: S/P

PLA: S


599.784

Troyer, Will

Into Brown Bear Country

144 pp., 8" x 10", full-color pages, bibliog., index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

May 2005

University of Alaska Press

Will Troyer's enchanting and informative introduction to the natural history of Alaska's brown bears is told with breathtaking photography, the objectivity of a biologist, and the resonant voice of a seasoned outdoorsman. Troyer offers a holistic description of bear biology and behavior, an account of bear-human interactions, and practical advice for viewing and photographing bears. Entertaining and readable, Into Brown Bear Country will be enjoyed by all readers of nature literature and is an essential starting point for anyone visiting bear country.

LC 2004029040, ISBN 1-889963-72-0

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


599.88

Caldecott, Julian and Lera Miles Foreword by Kofi Annan

World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation

456 pp., 8 1/2" x 11", 150 color illus., 50 maps, index, $45.00 cloth

November 2005

University of California Press

Our closest relatives are on the edge of extinction. This sweeping atlas provides a comprehensive overview of what is currently known about all six species of great apes-chimpanzee, bonobo, Sumatran orangutan, Bornean orangutan, eastern gorilla, and western lowland gorilla-including the threats, conservation efforts, and additional protection needed for each species. "A well researched, up-to-date, clearly presented compendium of information and analysis relevant to conservation of the great apes. This amount and extent of material has never before been brought together."--Alexander H. Harcourt, University of California at Davis. Co-published with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

LC 2006272653, ISBN 0-520-24633-0

AASL: O/HS

PLA: O


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