Butterfly People: An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World

With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

From considered one of our so much extremely popular historians, here's an unique and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America’s infatuation with butterflies, and the tale of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries in their existence.
 
A made of William Leach’s lifelong love of butterflies, this attractive and skillfully illustrated background exhibits how american citizens from all walks of lifestyles passionately pursued butterflies, and the way via their discoveries and observations they remodeled the nature of average historical past. Leach specializes in the correspondence and medical writings of part a dozen pioneering lepidopterists who traveled around the state and through the global, amassing and learning unknown and unique species. In a publication as lively because the matters themselves and foregrounding a amassing tradition now near to vanishing, Leach unearths how the wonderful thing about butterflies led americans right into a deeper realizing of the flora and fauna. He indicates, too, that the country’s enthusiasm for butterflies happened on the very second that one other type of beauty—the technological and business items being displayed at world’s festivals and advertisement shows—was rising, and that american citizens’ charm to this new good looks might finally, and at nice fee, take priority over nature quite often and butterflies particularly.

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Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures

By Bill Schutt

For hundreds of years, blood feeders have inhabited our nightmares and horror tales, in addition to the shadowy geographical regions of clinical wisdom. In darkish ceremonial dinner, zoologist invoice Schutt takes readers on an interesting voyage into the realm of a few of nature's strangest creatures--the sanguivores. utilizing a pointy eye and mordant wit, Schutt makes a remarkably persuasive case that vampire bats, leeches, ticks, mattress insects, and different vampires are as deserving of our interest as hotter and fuzzier species are--and that a lot of them are even ­worthy of conservation.

Schutt takes us from rural Trinidad to the jungles of Brazil to profit approximately the most reviled, misunderstood, and marvelously advanced animals on our planet: vampire bats. only in the near past has truth all started to disentangle itself from fiction pertaining to those outstanding animals, and Schutt delves into the myths and misconceptions surrounding them.

Examining the substance that sustains nature's vampires, Schutt unearths simply how little we really knew approximately blood till good into the 20th century. We revisit George Washington on his deathbed to benefit how principles approximately blood and the supposedly healing worth of bloodletting, first devised through the traditional Egyptians and Greeks, survived into particularly sleek occasions. Schutt additionally tracks the historical past of medicinal leech use. as soon as hired by means of the millions to empty perceived excesses of blood, this present day the marketplace for those old creatures is booming as soon as again--but for extraordinarily diversified reasons.

Among the opposite blood feeders we meet in those pages are mattress insects, or "ninja insects," that are creating a creepy resurgence in posh inns and well-kept houses close to you. moreover, darkish dinner party information our harmful and infrequently lethal encounters with ticks, chiggers, and mites (the ­latter implicated in Colony cave in Disorder--currently devastating honey bees worldwide). Then there are the actually weird--vampire finches. And when you concept piranha have been frightening, a few humans think that the candiru (or willy fish) is the simplest cause to prevent swimming within the Amazon.

Enlightening, alarming, and beautiful to our get pleasure from the weird, darkish ceremonial dinner friends right into a a part of the wildlife to which we're, via our blood, inextricably associated.

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Why Do Birds of Paradise Dance (Collins Shorts, Book 7)

By David Attenborough, Errol Fuller

Collins Shorts – perception right away.

Join David Attenborough on his trip in the course of the cultural heritage of the birds of paradise, the most beautiful and lavish, vibrant and exciting households of birds. during this brief, the world's best-loved naturalist explains why those charismatic birds dance so fantastically.

Collins Shorts are a clean examine the book brief, with the emphasis on bright layout, lively content material and specialist authors who grants obtainable perception. They fulfill your thirst for wisdom with no the necessity for time dedication. This publication will paintings on all e-readers yet provides its complete punch on units that help color and animation. Please word the level is among 20 to forty pages, reckoning on your settings.

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Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?: A Quirky Look at Birds in History and Culture

By David Turner

An attractive consultant that illustrates the importance of birds all through history
 
Did the Cettia's Warbler motivate the outlet notes of the final circulation of Beethoven's moment Symphony? Who between a bunch of competitors wrote the simplest poem in regards to the nightingale? And is there a James Bond movie named after a duck? discover the solutions to those ornithological conundrums and others during this attractive publication that delves into literature, technological know-how, faith, superb artwork, and pop culture to bare how a poultry should be excess of the sum of its feathered, winged, and webbed elements. Worshipped as gods and damned as brokers of the satan in equivalent degree, birds have additionally fostered medical breakthroughs or even helped galvanize a struggle. This exciting consultant is filled with interesting insights into the common-or-garden bird's unusually huge position in background and culture.

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When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century

By Fred Pearce

During this groundbreaking booklet, veteran technology correspondent Fred Pearce travels to greater than thirty nations to ascertain the present kingdom of an important water resources. Deftly weaving jointly the complex clinical, monetary, and historical dimensions of the realm water predicament, he presents our so much entire portrait but of this becoming risk and its ramifications for us all.

Named as one of many most sensible 50 Sustainability Books via college of Cambridges Programme for Sustainability management and Greenleaf Publishing.

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Living Wreaths: 20 Beautiful Projects for Gift and Decor

By Natalie Bernhisel-Robinson

From the best herb wreath to extra extravagant succulent designs, the powerful outlines and shapes of those residing wreaths have nice visible effect. Bernhisel-Robinson makes use of step by step directions, an encouraging voice, and beautiful pictures illustrating her concepts to coach tips on how to make not only a wreath yet a contemporary backyard in miniature that alterations to develop into much more attractive because the vegetation mature.

Includes echeveria, hens and chicks, cactus, moss, strawberry, tomato, herb, lettuce, lavender, and extra!

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Do Birds Have Knees?: All Your Bird Questions Answered (RSPB)

This RSPB-endorsed publication solutions all these burning questions on birds that novices and specialists alike could ask themselves:

How do geese continue their toes from freezing in iciness? Why do not swallows remain in Africa? Are birds quite dinosaurs, or have been dinosaurs quite birds? And do birds have knees?

Taking a "questions and solutions" strategy, every one particular query ends up in a solution which expands the topic less than dialogue, in order that all features of chook existence and the pastime of birding are lined. The scientifically rigorous solutions jointly shape a magnificent and interesting physique of bird-related details. This hugely readable booklet will intrigue a person with an curiosity in birds.

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Shorebirds of Australia

By Andrew Geering

Shorebirds of Australia brings jointly the newest information regarding the evolution, ecology and behavior of shorebirds and the way they're allotted in Australia.

Complete with color pictures and up to date distribution maps, it presents descriptions and the right way to help with the id of all species of shorebird in Australia, which contain approximately 10 in step with cent of Australia’s overall avifauna. as well as information regarding their habitats, the main major threats to their lifestyles are pointed out, in addition to activities in position to aid preserve those birds.

The e-book is a invaluable reference for a large diversity of individuals, from birdwatchers and box naturalists to specialist ornithologists and land managers entrusted with the accountability of shielding Australia’s usual assets, specially its wetlands and coastal areas.

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Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places

By Bill Streever

From avalanches to glaciers, from seals to snowflakes, and from Shackleton's day trip to "The 12 months with out Summer," invoice Streever trips via background, fable, geography, and ecology in a year-long look for cold--real, icy, 40-below chilly. In July he unearths it whereas taking a dip in a 35-degree Arctic swimming gap; in September whereas excavating our planet's old and never so historic ice a long time; and in October whereas exploring hibernation behavior in animals, from people to wooden frogs to bears.

A scientist whose ardour for chilly runs crimson scorching, Streever is a wondrous advisor: he conjures woolly significant carcasses and the ice-age Clovis tribe from melting glaciers, and he conjures up blizzards so wild readers could freeze--limb by way of vicarious limb.

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Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future

By Lauren Redniss

From the nationwide ebook Award finalist Lauren Redniss, writer of Radioactive, comes a stunning fusion of storytelling, visible paintings, and reportage that grapples with climate in all its dimensions: its threat and its good looks, why it occurs and what it means.

WINNER OF THE PEN/E. O. WILSON LITERARY technological know-how WRITING AWARD • NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, KIRKUS REVIEWS, AND SHELF AWARENESS

climate is the very air we breathe—it shapes our day-by-day lives and alters the process heritage. In Thunder & Lightning, Lauren Redniss tells the tale of climate and humankind throughout the ages.

This wide-ranging paintings roams from the driest wilderness on the earth to a frigid island within the Arctic, from the Biblical flood to the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Redniss visits the headquarters of the nationwide climate provider, recounts top-secret rainmaking operations throughout the Vietnam warfare, and examines the industrial effect of failures like typhoon Katrina. Drawing on large learn and numerous interviews, she examines our personal day and age, from our so much own decisions—Do i want an umbrella today?—to the amazing demanding situations we are facing with worldwide weather change.

Redniss produced every one component of Thunder & Lightning: the textual content, the art, the covers, and each web page in among. She created some of the pictures utilizing the antiquated printmaking strategy copper plate photogravure etching. She even designed the book’s typeface.

the result's a e-book not like the other: a spellbinding mix of storytelling, artwork, and science.

Praise for Thunder & Lightning

“[An] aesthetically charged and deeply researched account . . . a wild rainstorm of a ebook, pelting the reader with principles and inspiration.”Nature

“A beautiful and illuminating illustrated examine of climate in all its tempestuous kind . . . Redniss’s blend of truth, folklore, and colourful etched copperplate prints enthralls.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“Eerily attractive . . . comprises lots of medical rationalization (including various nods towards international warming), but in addition far-flung own tales that remove darkness from the sweetness, ask yourself and chaos inherent within the elements.”The manhattan Times

“Magical . . . Redniss has . . . proven us how humans dwell with nature—fighting, coexisting, taming, predicting through leech barometer and radar and intuition.”The long island instances publication Review

“[A] twenty-first-century genius . . . Redniss is inventing a brand new literary style. . . . The reader keen to place herself absolutely in Redniss’s arms should be rewarded with a scrumptious feeling of being enveloped by way of a phenomenon that eclipses the chiming minutiae of day-by-day life.”Elle

“Lends a graphic-novel-like attract to a few of nature’s so much curious paradoxes.”Vogue

“Redniss is likely one of the such a lot inventive technological know-how writers of our time—her blend of gorgeous art, reporting, and poetic prose brings technology to existence in ways in which phrases by myself easily cannot.”—Rebecca Skloot

“Redniss combines her personal twin punch of expressive paintings and bold erudition to offer a wholly new tackle all that occurs above our heads. this is often an illuminated e-book that also is an illuminating one.”—Adam Gopnik

“A strange and lovely factor, the paintings of a first class brain that refuses to undergo any different types or precedent.”—Dave Eggers

“Beautiful and absolutely original.”—Elizabeth Kolbert

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