Category Archives: Nature

Download E-books Nature's Design: exploring the mysteries of the natural world PDF

What is so particular approximately grass? Why do cows have 4 stomachs? whilst will lions provide their final roar? How do animals plan menus - and co-ordinate hunts? Why do bees dance? what percentage elephants are too many?
This compelling booklet explores and reveals solutions to a few of Nature's such a lot exciting mysteries. Drawing at the African panorama, the writer seems on the biology and body structure of animals and crops, and their variations in a global of unpredictable swap. Wide-ranging chapters hide, between different subject matters, mass extinctions, the world's grasslands, predators and prey, FIV in lions, chemical verbal exchange and that the majority contentious of matters - animal cognizance. Playful line drawings illustrate the textual content, to make a bumper learn for somebody with an curiosity within the workings of the flora and fauna.

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Download E-books Myths and Truths About Coyotes: What You Need to Know About America's Most Misunderstood Predator PDF

By Carol Cartaino

Coyotes carry a unusual curiosity as either an everlasting image of the wild and a strong predator we're consistently fearful to prevent. This ebook examines the unfold of coyotes around the kingdom over the last century, and the hurricane of shock and controversy that has undefined. person chapters hide the strangely advanced query of ways to spot a coyote, the genuine and imagined risks they pose, their character and way of life, and nondeadly methods of discouraging them.

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Download E-books Concise Tree Guide PDF

By Bloomsbury Publishing

This fantastically illustrated pocket box consultant is jam-packed with details at the bushes of england and the close to Continent. It covers greater than one hundred sixty species, all of that are illustrated with extraordinary full-colour works of art that convey information of mature bushes, leaves, development styles and different fascinating gains. A concise written account overlaying dimension, description, habitat, distribution and behavior appears to be like at the related web page because the illustrations for every species. The easy-to-follow layouts and awesome works of art assist in actual identity, making this e-book a useful reference resource.

It is compact adequate to slot in the pocket, but filled with crucial info for the typical heritage enthusiast.

Renowned usual historical past artists together with Cy Baker, David Daly, Colin Emberson and Lyn Wells painted the illustrations.

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Download E-books A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction PDF

By Joel Greenberg

When Europeans arrived in North the United States, 25 to forty percentage of the continent's birds have been passenger pigeons, touring in flocks so huge as to dam out the sunlight for hours or perhaps days. The downbeats in their wings might kick back the air underneath and create a thundering roar that might drown out all different sound. John James Audubon, inspired by means of their velocity and agility, acknowledged a lone passenger pigeon streaking in the course of the woodland "passes like a thought." How prophetic―for even if one billion pigeons crossed the skies eighty miles from Toronto in may well of 1860, little greater than fifty years later passenger pigeons have been extinct. The final of the species, Martha, died in captivity on the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914.

As naturalist Joel Greenberg relates in gripping aspect, the pigeons' propensity to nest, roost, and fly jointly in huge numbers made them susceptible to unremitting marketplace and leisure looking. The unfold of railroads and telegraph traces created nationwide call for that allowed the birds to be pursued relentlessly. Passenger pigeons encouraged awe within the likes of Audubon, Henry David Thoreau, James Fenimore Cooper, and others, yet no critical attempt used to be made to guard the species until eventually it used to be too overdue. Greenberg's fantastically written tale of the passenger pigeon paints a brilliant photograph of the passenger pigeon's position in literature, artwork, and the hearts and minds of these who witnessed this epic poultry, whereas offering a cautionary story of what occurs while species and common assets aren't harvested sustainably.

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Download E-books Basic Illustrated Poisonous and Psychoactive Plants (Basic Illustrated Series) PDF

By Jim Meuninck

A richly photographed and information-packed device for the amateur or convenient reference for the veteran, Basic Illustrated toxic and Harmful Plants distills years of information into a reasonable visible advisor. even if making plans a visit or thumbing for evidence within the box, with this up to date consultant you will discover tips to determine and steer clear of toxic, destructive, and psychoactive vegetation within the contiguous United States.

BASIC ILLUSTRATED toxic and Psychoactive vegetation identifies wild and cultivated vegetation that are:

•    poisonous and dangerous
•    Psychoactive
•    Allergenic
•    Inflammatory

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Download E-books Last Chance to See PDF

By Douglas Adams, Mark Carwardine

"Very humorous and moving...The glimpses of infrequent fauna appear to have enlarged [Adams'] considering, enlivened his international; and so may perhaps the animals do for us all, if we have been to assist them live."
THE WASHINGTON put up e-book WORLD
Join bestselling writer Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine as they take off around the globe looking for unique, endangered creatures. Hilarious and poignant--as in basic terms Douglas Adams can be--LAST likelihood to work out is an interesting and arresting odyssey throughout the Earth's tremendous flora and fauna galaxy.

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Download E-books Amphibians and Reptiles PDF

Construction at the foundations demonstrated by way of the 2 past "New Naturalist" volumes in this topic, eminent herpetologists Trevor Beebee and Richard Griffiths have introduced jointly a wealth of latest and interesting details at the British amphibians and reptiles. An introductory bankruptcy appears on the topic of biogeography and the way components comparable to geological heritage, range and weather impact ecology, existence histories and behavior. The authors then pass directly to speak about old curiosity in amphibians and reptiles, from how they've got featured in witchcraft and legends to trendy views. a 3rd bankruptcy covers easy biology of amphibians and reptiles, earlier than all the major teams - newts, frogs and toads, lizards, snakes and chelonians - are tested in additional element. A entire account for every species covers behaviour, lifestyles historical past, replica and distribution, in addition to ecology and conservation prestige, parts during which major discoveries were made lately. there's additionally a bankruptcy with very important new info at the burgeoning variety of brought species in Britain, similar to bullfrogs, alpine newts and wall lizards.

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Download E-books The Book of Eggs: A Guide to the Eggs of Six Hundred of the World's Bird Species PDF

By John Bates, Mark E. Hauber, Barbara Becker

That includes new images from Chicago’s well known box Museum, The publication of Eggs explores six hundred examples at genuine dimension, along development info, snatch photographs, breeding variety maps, and engravings of all of the birds.

A desk of field-guide details identifies order, relatives, breeding diversity, nesting habitat, nest features, and conservation prestige. This accompanies a professional narrative revealing the newest learn and considering on social constitution; reproductive suggestions; egg color, maculation, and measurement; and incubation behaviour.

Arranged taxonomically, in response to evolutionary relationships, the booklet brings to mild fascinating elements of breeding biology. the result's a visible satisfaction and a necessary reference for each chook fanatic, average historian, and conservationist.

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Download E-books Encyclopedia of Agrophysics (Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series) PDF

This Encyclopedia of Agrophysics will offer up to date details at the actual homes and strategies affecting the standard of our environment and plant creation. will probably be a "first-up" quantity so that it will well supplement the lately released Encyclopedia of Soil technology, (November 2007) which used to be released within the similar series.

In a unmarried authoritative quantity a suite of approximately 250 informative articles and ca four hundred word list phrases overlaying all features of agrophysics should be awarded. The authors may be popular experts in quite a few facets in agrophysics from a large choice of countries.

Agrophysics is necessary either for study and functional use not just in agriculture, but in addition in components like environmental technological know-how, land reclamation, nutrients processing etc.

Agrophysics is a comparatively new interdisciplinary box heavily regarding Agrochemistry, Agrobiology, Agroclimatology and Agroecology. these days it's been totally accredited as an agricultural and environmental self-discipline. As such this Encyclopedia quantity can be an fundamental operating software for scientists and practitioners from diverse disciplines, like agriculture, soil technology, geosciences, environmental technological know-how, geography, and engineering.

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Download E-books Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States (California Natural History Guides) PDF

Oak apples, honeydew and ambrosia galls, witches’ brooms, and fasciations—all are varieties of plant galls, a mostly saw, but little-understood botanical phenomenon. frequently attractive and peculiar, galls are growths of assorted shapes, sizes, and hues produced by means of host crops according to invading organisms. This consultant, a trove of usual heritage lore, explores this hidden realm, taking a desirable examine the area of plant galls, the organisms that begin them, their host vegetation, and their elaborate behaviors. targeting local bushes and shrubs, but in addition discussing numerous galls that happen on herbaceous and decorative vegetation, it illuminates the complicated interrelationship among botany and entomology and magnifies our know-how of plant groups within the West.

* Identifies greater than three hundred species of galls—95 on oaks, 22 on participants of the rose relations, 60 desolate tract species, and 35 species which are new to science

* Describes plant galls from coastal dunes, the excessive Sierra, the good Basin, forests through the western states, and the Mojave and Sonoran deserts

* contains info on host choice, development and improvement, predator and parasite security, and animal and human makes use of of galls

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