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A Field Guide to Western Birds' Nests
by Hal H. Harrison

The nests and eggs of all the common birds found west of the Mississippi are covered in detail - 520 species in all. More than 400 photographs show the nests and eggs in their typical habitats. Descriptive text includes color, shape, and number of eggs for each species, plus information on nesting materials, construction, and dimensions.

Pub. Date: September 2001 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Format: Paperback, 320pp
061816437

Price: $20.00
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A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Jamaica
by Ann Haynes-Sutton, Robert Sutton, Audrey Downer, Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet

Jamaica is home to more than 300 bird species, including about 25 endemics, making the island one of today's most desirable birding destinations. A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Jamaica covers every species, including vagrants, and is specially designed for easy, at-a-glance reference in the field. This unique illustrated guide features 650 stunning color photographs as well as detailed species accounts that describe key identification features, voice, habitat, confusion species, status, and distribution. There is also a distribution map for resident and migrant birds. On the bookshelf or in the coat pocket, this is a one-of-a-kind photographic guide to the birds of Jamaica. Covers every bird species in Jamaica. Features 650 color photographs. Describes key identification features, voice, habitat, and more. Provides a distribution map for resident and migrant birds Designed for easy, at-a-glance reference.

Publisher: Princeton University Press Pub. Date: October 21, 2009 ISBN-13: 9780691143910 304pp
069114391

Price: $29.95
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A Planner's Guide For Oak Woodlands
Author: Gregory A. Giusti

First published in 1992, A Planner’s Guide for Oak Woodlands was the first such manual of its kind. Designed for professional planners, consultants, and landscape architects, this new edition provides science-based information that can guide decision-making.

Chapters cover a range of planning and conservation topics including -

• Biology of Oak Resources
• Wildlife Habitat
• Watershed Management
• Regional Planning
• Mapping Resources and Modeling Risk for Improved Land Use Planning
• Ordinances

The 116-page second edition also features a sturdier binding and more photographs.

The encroachment into oak woodlands addressed at the time of the first edition has not stopped, and in some cases it has continued at an alarming rate. As more development occurs in the oak woodlands this guide can provide a framework for preserving this icon of the California landscape.

Publication Number: 3491 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-75-4 Copyright Date: 2005 Length: 116 pp.

187990675
Price: $15.00
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Animals Make Us Human
by Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson

How can we give animals the best life-- for them? What does an animal need to be happy?

In her groundbreaking, best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her experience as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life-- on their terms, not ours.

Knowing what causes animals physical pain is usually easy, but pinpointing emotional distress is much harder. Drawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals and then explains how to fulfill the specific needs of dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, zoo animals, and even wildlife. Whether it’s how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.

Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience. This is essential reading for anyone who’s ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

Pub. Date: January 12, 2010 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Format: Paperback, 352pp
054724823

Price: $15.95
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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
by Mary Roach

The best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex.

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. Pub. Date: April 2009 ISBN-13: 9780393334791 336pp Edition Description: Reprint

039333479
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Cadillac Desert:The American West and Its Disappearing Water
by Marc Reisner

The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West.

Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--and Eden that may be only a mirage.

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Pub. Date: June 2003 ISBN-13: 9780140178241 608pp Edition Description: REV Edition Number: 1

014017824
Price: $19.00
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California Rivers and Streams
by Jeffrey F. Mount, Janice C. Fong (Illustrator)

California Rivers and Streams provides a clear and informative overview of the physical and biological processes that shape California's rivers and watersheds. Jeffrey Mount introduces relevant basic principles of hydrology and geomorphology and applies them to an understanding of the differences in character of the state's many rivers. He then builds on this foundation by evaluating the impact on waterways of different land use practices--logging, mining, agriculture, flood control, urbanization, and water supply development. Water may be one of California's most valuable resources, but it is far from being one we control. In spite of channels, levees, lines and dams, the state's rivers still frequently flood, with devastating results. Almost all the rivers in California are dammed or diverted; with the booming population, there will be pressure for more intervention. Mount argues that Californians know little about how their rivers work and, more importantly, how and why land-use practices impact rivers. The forceful reconfiguration and redistribution of the rivers has already brought the state to a critical crossroads. California Rivers and Streams forces us to reevaluate our use of the state's rivers and offers a foundation for participating in the heated debates about their future.

Publisher: University of California Press Pub. Date: November 1995 376pp Edition Description: New Edition Edition Number: 1

052020250
Price: $36.95
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Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego
by Jeffrey M. Lemm

With its varied topography of coast, mountains, and desert, the San Diego region, considered one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, boasts a rich variety of amphibians and reptiles--from the arboreal salamander to the green sea turtle to the secretive San Diego banded gecko and the red diamond rattlesnake. More than a field guide, this up-to-date, authoritative, conservation-oriented book is the first comprehensive resource on the herpetofauna of the region, which is unfortunately also known for its high number of endangered species. Jeffrey M. Lemm gives information on identification, habitats, biology, and the conservation status of all 88 amphibian and reptile species found in the San Diego region. Many of these animals can also be found in a wide area of Southern California and Northern Baja California, making this valuable guide useful for a wide geographic area and a must-have for outdoor enthusiasts, nature-lovers, and professionals alike.

Pub. Date: December 2006 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 344pp
052024574

Price: $24.95
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Field Guide to Butterflies San Francisco Bay and Sacramento
Arthur M. Shapiro, Timothy D. Manolis

The California Tortoiseshell, West Coast Lady, Red Admiral, and Golden Oak Hairstreak are just a few of the many butterfly species found in the floristically rich San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions. This guide, written for both beginning and experienced butterfly watchers by one of the nation's best-known professional lepidopterists, provides thorough, up-to-date information on all of the butterfly species found in this diverse and accessible region. Written in lively prose, it discusses the natural history and conservation status for these butterflies and at the same time provides an integrated view of butterfly biology based on studies conducted in northern California and around the world. Compact enough for use in the field, the guide also includes tips on butterfly watching, photography, gardening, and more.

* Discusses and identifies more than 130 species * Species accounts include information on identifying butterflies through behavior, markings, and host plants * Beautiful full-color plates illustrate top and bottom views of wings for easier identification * Includes a species checklist and a glossary

Publisher: University of California Press 345pp Series: California Natural History Guides Series

052024957
Price: $23.95
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Field Guide to Warblers of North America
by Kimball Garrett, Jon Dunn

The first comprehensive field guide to North American warblers describes all 60 species in detail, from field marks and vocalizations to mating habits and preferred habitats. The 32 color paintings use the unique Peterson Identification System to indicate what distinguishes one bird from another. 141 color photographs show various plumages for each species, and 60 large color maps show species' ranges.

Pub. Date: September 1997 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Format: Paperback, 672pp
039578321

Price: $20.00
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FRIEND COMPASSIONATE CARN
FRIEND COMPASSIONATE CARN
160094007
Price: $9.98
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Introduction to Birds of the Southern California Coast
by Joan Easton Lentz

This easy-to-use, concise, informative guide is a must for anyone who wants to leave behind Southern California's noisy freeways and crowded beaches in search of the wild places where birds can be found. An excellent introduction, an indispensable regional guide, and a perfect companion for excursions from San Luis Obispo County to the Mexican border, it is designed to familiarize birdwatchers, hikers, naturalists, residents, and travelers with the appearance and behavior of 120 of the most common coastal birds.

Features 120 superb color plates and lifelike habitat drawings that depict birds in their natural surroundings
Sixteen maps show numerous birding sites accompanied by detailed directions
Species accounts include information on the abundance and seasonal status of each bird and give intriguing natural history details
Introductory sections describe the coastal habitats of Southern California, provide tips for beginning birdwatchers, and discuss the basics of bird behavior

Pub. Date: November 2005 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 329pp
052024321

Price: $19.95
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Introduction to California Plant Life
by Robert Ornduff

California's unique plants range in size from the stately Coast Redwoods to the minute belly plants of the southern deserts and in age from the four-thousand year-old Bristlecone Pines to ephemeral annuals whose life span can be counted in weeks. Available at last in a thoroughly updated and revised edition, this popular book is the only concise overview of the state's remarkable flora, its plant communities, and the environmental factors that shape them.

* 188 color photographs illustrate plants and typical plant communities around the state
* New chapters give expanded discussions of the evolution of the California landscape, recent changes in California's flora, and more
* Introduces basic concepts of plant taxonomy and plant ecology through clear examples and covers topics such as soil, climate, and geography

Pub. Date: July 2003 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 357pp
052023704

Price: $23.95
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Introduction to California Soils and Plants
by Arthur R. Kruckeberg

Carnivorous pitcher plants, pygmy conifers, and the Tiburon jewel flower, restricted to a small patch of serpentine soil on Tiburon Peninsula in Marin County, are just a few of California's many amazing endemic plants--species that are unique to particular locales. California boasts an abundance of endemic plants precisely because it also boasts the richest geologic diversity of any place in North America, perhaps in the world. In lively prose, Arthur Kruckeberg gives a geologic travelogue of California's unusual soils and land forms and their associated plants--including serpentines, carbonate rocks, salt marshes, salt flats, and vernal pools--demonstrating along the way how geology shapes plant life. Adding a fascinating chapter to the story of California's remarkable biodiversity, this accessible book also draws our attention to the pressing need for conservation of the state's many rare and fascinating plants and habitats.

148 outstanding, accurate photographs, more than 100 incolor, illustrate California's diverse flora
Covers a wide range of locations including the Channel Islands, the Central Valley, wetlands, bristlecone pine forests, and bogs and fens
Provides selected trip itineraries for viewing the state's geobotanical wonders
Includes information on human influences on the California landscape from the early Spanish explores through the gold rush and to the present

Pub. Date: September 2006 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 296pp
052023372

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Introduction to Horned Lizards of North America
Wade C. Sherbrooke

* Features detailed species accounts; gives information on horned lizard biology, ecology, and evolution; and describes the role of these fascinating reptiles in mythology, culture, and art
* Covers the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and includes all species of horned lizards

Pub. Date: May 2003 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 191pp

052022827
Price: $26.95
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Introduction to Trees of the San Francisco Bay Region
by Glenn Keator

The mild Mediterranean climate of the San Francisco Bay Region nurtures an enormous variety of trees: majestic oaks and coast redwoods, lovely flowering dogwood and western redbud, graceful bigleaf maple, and many others. This guidebook, with its easy-to-use keys, informative species accounts, and copious illustrations, is the perfect guide to California's native and naturalized trees for those who want a handy, authoritative manual to carry into the field.

o Species descriptions give fascinating and little-known facts about each tree and suggest locales to visit for viewing them
o 250 color photographs illustrate traits essential for identification and show surrounding habitats for many species
o Provides detailed tips on learning to use keys and other identification aids
o Covers all nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Region and includes trees found in adjacent Monterey and Mendocino counties

Pub. Date: March 2003 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 264pp
052023007

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Kaufman Field Guide to Mammals of North America
by Nora Bowers, Kenn Kaufman, Rick Bowers

Now with a new lower price and a new ISBN, the Kaufman Field Guide to Mammals invites nature lovers to discover North America's wild animals

This comprehensive guide treats every species of wild mammal found north of the Mexican border, from squirrels and chipmunks to grizzly bears and jaguars as well as those in offshore waters. More than 1,200 photographs have been digitally edited to show correct sizes, comparative colors, and the field marks necessary for identification in the wild.

With each title in the distinguished Kaufman Field Guide series, Kenn Kaufman engages and educates naturalists of all ages and skill levels about the wonders of nature. In Mammals of North America, the format has been designed for easy field use, with illustrations, maps, and text arranged side by side. Detailed range maps show where each species is common or rare. The authoritative text discusses the identification of these animals and the essential facts about their habitats and behavior. Hundreds of illustrations show tracks, dens, and other signs that we may notice even when the animals themselves are out of sight.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub. Date: July 2007 ISBN-13: 9780618951888 352pp Series: Kaufman Field Guides Edition Description: Twelfth Edition Edition Number: 12

061895188
Price: $19.95
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LONE PINE WILDFLOWERS OF
LONE PINE WILDFLOWERS OF
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Mammals of California
by E. W. Jameson Jr., Hans Peeters

From river otters and minks to bobcats, pikas, and flying squirrels, California boasts a diverse and intriguing mammalian fauna. But many of these animals can be secretive, shy, and nocturnal, and observing them in the wild can be difficult. During the last two decades, the first edition of this popular guide introduced thousands to California's mammals by describing techniques for recognizing their presence and, when possible, watching them in their natural habitats. The only book to present all the state's mammals together in one accessible field guide. Mammals of California is now completely revised and updated throughout, making it an ideal companion in the field or classroom.

Pub. Date: April 2004 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Textbook Paperback, 440pp
052023582

Price: $21.95
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MCPHEE ASSEMBLING CALIFOR
MCPHEE ASSEMBLING CALIFOR
037452393
Price: $17.00
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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North Amer. Mushroom
by Gary A. Lincoff, Gary H. Lincoff, Carol Nehring

With more than 700 mushrooms detailed with color photographs and descriptive text, this is the most comprehensive photographic field guide to the mushrooms of North America. The 762 full-color identification photographs show the mushrooms as they appear in natural habitats. Organized visually, the book groups all mushrooms by color and shape to make identification simple and accurate in the field, while the text account for each species includes a detailed physical description, information on edibility, season, habitat, range, look-alikes, alternative names, and facts on edible and poisonous species, uses, and folklore. A supplementary section on cooking and eating wild mushrooms, and illustrations identifying the parts of a mushroom, round out this essential guide.

Pub. Date: December 1981 Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Format: Hardcover, 926pp
039451992

Price: $20.95
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National Geographic FG to the Birds of Western North America
by Jon L. Dunn, Jonathan Alderfer (Editor)

New enthusiasts are flocking in record numbers to the fascinating pastime of birding. National Geographic has been meeting their need for clear and accurate information for 25 years with our million-selling Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Now, to better serve the expanding market, we’ve customized our field-guide format to offer unique coverage for birders east or west of the Rocky Mountains. These new volumes deliver in-depth information on every bird officially recorded in the specified area, with illustrated accounts of the different plumages and life stages, along with hundreds of color-coded range maps.

Unique features set these guides apart from the competition and promise to win a new generation of readers: A full-color visual index, printed on the inside covers, makes the content accessible visually —a real boon to beginning and intermediate birders. Annotated artwork highlights birds’ key physical features, making identification easier. Thumb-tabs help readers find information fast. Durable covers stand up to outdoor use, with integrated quick-reference flaps that double as place-markers.Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America offers 750 regular species, 600 new range maps, 100 casual and accidental birds, and 55 rarities.

Publisher: National Geographic Society Pub. Date: October 2008 ISBN-13: 9781426203312 448pp

142620331
Price: $19.95
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Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula
by Jules Evens

Jules Evens weaves history, science, and personal anecdote into an absorbing chronicle of one of the most biologically diverse places in North America. His account of this enchanted "island in time," separated by tectonics from the rest of the continent, provides a comprehensive overview of the Point Reyes Peninsula, exploring its dynamic character and its haunting appeal. Evens thoroughly investigates the climate, geology, and flora and fauna of Point Reyes, giving special attention to its most characteristic species and their ecological relationships. He delves into the past as well, evoking images of salmon-swollen creeks, herds of elk, and canyons echoing with the cries of cougars to enliven our imagination and set the stage as he traces the changes that have occurred at Point Reyes since the first Spanish explorers visited its shores in the late 1500s. Extensively illustrated with color photographs, original illustrations, and maps, the book also includes species lists for the reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, common invertebrates, fish, and plants found on the peninsula today, making it an essential companion for anyone who plans to visit one of California's most unique natural areas.

Pub. Date: July 2008 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 384pp
052025467

Price: $28.95
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Nature: An Economic History
by Geerat J. Vermeij

From humans to hermit crabs to deep water plankton, all living things compete for locally limiting resources. This universal truth unites three bodies of thought--economics, evolution, and history--that have developed largely in mutual isolation. Here, Geerat Vermeij undertakes a groundbreaking and provocative exploration of the facts and theories of biology, economics, and geology to show how processes common to all economic systems--competition, cooperation, adaptation, and feedback--govern evolution as surely as they do the human economy, and how historical patterns in both human and nonhuman evolution follow from this principle.Using a wealth of examples of evolutionary innovations, Vermeij argues that evolution and economics are one. Powerful consumers and producers exercise disproportionate controls on the characteristics, activities, and distribution of all life forms. Competition-driven demand by consumers, when coupled with supply-side conditions permitting economic growth, leads to adaptation and escalation among organisms. Although disruptions in production halt or reverse these processes temporarily, they amplify escalation in the long run to produce trends in all economic systems toward greater power, higher production rates, and a wider reach for economic systems and their strongest members.Despite our unprecedented power to shape our surroundings, we humans are subject to all the economic principles and historical trends that emerged at life's origin more than 3 billion years ago. Engagingly written, brilliantly argued, and sweeping in scope, Nature: An Economic History shows that the human institutions most likely to preserve opportunity and adaptability are, afterall, built like successful living things.

Publisher: Princeton University Press Pub. Date: August 2006 ISBN-13: 9780691127934 464pp
069112793

Price: $31.95
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New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration
by Richard J. Hobbs

As scientific understanding about ecological processes has grown, the idea that ecosystem dynamics are complex, nonlinear, and often unpredictable has gained prominence. Of particular importance is the idea that rather than following an inevitable progression toward an ultimate endpoint, some ecosystems may occur in a number of states depending on past and present ecological conditions. The emerging idea of “restoration thresholds” also enables scientists to recognize when ecological systems are likely to recover on their own and when active restoration efforts are needed. Conceptual models based on alternative stable states and restoration thresholds can help inform restoration efforts. New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration brings together leading experts from around the world to explore how conceptual models of ecosystem dynamics can be applied to the recovery of degraded systems and how recent advances in our understanding of ecosystem and landscape dynamics can be translated into conceptual and practical frameworks for restoration. In the first part of the book, background chapters present and discuss the basic concepts and models and explore the implications of new scientific research on restoration practice. The second part considers the dynamics and restoration of different ecosystems, ranging from arid lands to grasslands, woodlands, and savannahs, to forests and wetlands, to production landscapes. A summary chapter by the editors discusses the implications of theory and practice of the ideas described in preceding chapters. New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration aims to widen the scope and increase the application of thresholdmodels by critiquing their application in a wide range of ecosystem types. It will also help scientists and restorationists correctly diagnose ecosystem damage, identify restoration thresholds, and develop corrective methodologies that can overcome such thresholds.

Pub. Date: Dece
159726185

Price: $50.00
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North American Trees: Western Edition
National Audubon Society

All 933 identification pictures are full-color photos of significant details of virtually all native trees and many cultivated species as you see them in their natural habitat.

Pub. Date: June 1980 Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Format: Hardcover, 640pp
039450761

Price: $19.95
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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America
by Roger Tory Peterson

In celebration of the centennial of Roger Tory Peterson’s birth comes a historic collaboration among renowned birding experts and artists to preserve and enhance the Peterson legacy. This new book combines the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds into one volume, filled with accessible, concise information and including almost three hours of video podcasts to make bird watching even easier.

• 40 new paintings
• Digital updates to Peterson’s original paintings, reflecting the latest knowledge of bird identification
• All new maps for the most up-to-date range information available
• Text rewritten to cover the U.S. and Canada in one guide
• Larger trim size accommodates range maps on every spread
• Contributors include: Michael DiGiorgio, Jeff Gordon, Paul Lehman, Michael O’Brien, Larry Rosche, and Bill Thompson III
• Includes URL to register for access to video podcasts

Pub. Date: August 2008 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Format: Paperback, 544pp
061896614

Price: $26.00
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Prescription For The Planet
by Tom Blees

Solving our planet's most pressing dilemmas requires more than simply setting goals. We need a roadmap to reach them. Technologies that work fine on a small scale cannot necessarily be ramped up to global size. Worldwide environmental and social problems require a bold vision for the future that includes feasible planet-wide solutions with all the details. Prescription for the Planet explains how a trio of little-known yet profoundly revolutionary technologies, coupled with their judicious use in an atmosphere of global cooperation, can be the springboard that carries humanity to an era beyond scarcity. And with competition for previously scarce resources no longer an issue, the main incentives for warfare will be eliminated. Explaining not only the means to solve our most pressing problems but how those solutions can painlessly lead to improving the standard of living of everyone on the planet, the lucid and provocatively written Prescription for the Planet has arrived not a moment too soon. There is something here for everyone, be they a policymaker, environmental activist, or any concerned citizen hoping for a better future.

Publisher: BookSurge, LLC Pub. Date: September 2008 ISBN-13: 9781419655821 422pp
141965582

Price: $14.98
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PRINCETON BIRDS OF AUSTRA
PRINCETON BIRDS OF AUSTRA
069114692
Price: $39.50
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Raptors of California
by Hans Peeters

Raptors--the charismatic group of birds that includes hawks, eagles, and falcons--evoke power, swiftness, and grace. Raptors, or birds of prey, gaze calmly about while at rest, exuding confidence and nobility, and, while soaring aloft, they are absolute icons of the California landscape. Featuring descriptions of every diurnal California raptor, this state-of-the-art, beautifully illustrated guide is the first to combine identification of these important birds with a comprehensive discussion of their natural history.

Raptors of California notes well-established field marks in addition to introducing several new pointers that help distinguish especially difficult species. More than a field guide, the book also includes information on raptor anatomy, foraging, reproduction, movement, where and how to observe raptors, human-raptor interactions, raptor conservation, endangered species, caring for injured hawks, falconry, and more. Of special interest is the inclusion of previously unpublished descriptions of raptor behavior and many fascinating anecdotes and vivid observations from the field that provide new insights into the lives of these captivating birds.

* Covers 27 species, with range maps for the 18 species regularly occurring in California
* 104 color figures include photographs and wash drawings illustrating habitats, anatomy, field marks, and behavior
* 12 full-page color plates show the various plumages of each species--including rarities--as well as their appearance in flight
* Highly readable and accessible, even when covering complicated topics such as flight and evolutionary adaptations

Pub. Date: February 2005 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 305pp
052024200

Price: $24.95
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Scale, Heterogeneity, and the Structure and Diversity...
Mark E. Ritchie

Understanding and predicting species diversity in ecological communities is one of the great challenges in community ecology. Popular recent theory contends that the traits of species are "neutral" or unimportant to coexistence, yet abundant experimental evidence suggests that multiple species are able to coexist on the same limiting resource precisely because they differ in key traits, such as body size, diet, and resource demand. This book presents a new theory of coexistence that incorporates two important aspects of biodiversity in nature--scale and spatial variation in the supply of limiting resources.

Introducing an innovative model that uses fractal geometry to describe the complex physical structure of nature, Mark Ritchie shows how species traits, particularly body size, lead to spatial patterns of resource use that allow species to coexist. He explains how this criterion for coexistence can be converted into a "rule" for how many species can be "packed" into an environment given the supply of resources and their spatial variability. He then demonstrates how this rule can be used to predict a range of patterns in ecological communities, such as body-size distributions, species-abundance distributions, and species-area relations. Ritchie illustrates how the predictions closely match data from many real communities, including those of mammalian herbivores, grasshoppers, dung beetles, and birds.

This book offers a compelling alternative to "neutral" theory in community ecology, one that helps us better understand patterns of biodiversity across the Earth.

Publisher: Princeton University Press Pub. Date: October 21, 2009 ISBN-13: 9780691090702 232pp Series: Monographs in Population Biology Series
069109070

Price: $35.00
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SCHOENHERR NATURAL HISTOR
SCHOENHERR NATURAL HISTOR
052006922
Price: $39.95
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Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2008-2009
by Donald Kennedy

How often in today's environmental debates have you read that "the science is in dispute"-even when there is overwhelming consensus among scientists? Too often, the voice of science is diminished or diluted for the sake of politics, and the public is misled. Now, the most authoritative voice in U.S. science, Science magazine, brings you current scientific knowledge on today's most pressing environmental challenges, from population growth to climate change to biodiversity loss.

Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2006-2007 is a unique contribution that brings together leading environmental scientists and researchers to give readers a comprehensive yet accessible overview of current issues. Included are explanatory essays from Science magazine editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy that tie together the issues and explore the relationships among them.

Pub. Date: January 2009 Publisher: Island Press Format: Paperback, 216pp
159726406

Price: $9.98
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Sierra Nevada Natural History
by Tracy I. Storer, Robert L. Usinger, David Lukas

The magnificent and much-loved Sierra Nevada, called the "Range of Light" by John Muir, dominates the California landscape. First published forty years ago, this handbook has become an enduring natural history classic, used by thousands to learn more about virtually every aspect of this spectacular mountain range -- from its superb flora and fauna to its rugged topography. Comprehensive yet concise and portable, the book describes hundreds of species: trees and shrubs, flowering plants and ferns, fungi and lichens, insects and fish, amphibians and reptiles, and birds and mammals. Now completely updated and revised, it will continue to be the essential guide to the Sierra Nevada for a new generation of hikers, campers, tourists, naturalists, students, and teachers.

Pub. Date: September 2004 Publisher: University of California Press Format: Paperback, 592pp
052024096

Price: $28.95
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The Atlas of Water, Second Edition
Maggie Black and Jannet King

Climate change and an exponential population explosion threaten the world's supply of fresh water, edging us closer to a global water crisis, with dire implications for agriculture, the economy, the environment, and human health. Completely revised and updated since its first edition, The Atlas of Water is a compelling visual guide to the state of this life-sustaining resource. Using vivid graphics, maps, and charts, it explores the complex human interaction with water over time and across the world. This vibrant atlas addresses all the pressing issues concerning water, from human impacts like dams and construction to water shortages and excessive demand, pollution, privatization, and water management. It also outlines critical tools for managing water, providing safe access to water, and preserving the future of the world's water supply.

128 pages, 7.4 x 9.7 inches, 8 color illustrations, 60 maps, 5 tables October 2009

052025934
Price: $21.95
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The Blind Watchmaker
by Richard Dawkins

Publishers Weekly

Oxford zoologist Dawkins (The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype trumpets his thesis in his subtitlealmost guarantee enough that his book will stir controversy. Simply put, he has responded head-on to the argument-by-design most notably made by the 18th century theologian William Paley that the universe, like a watch in its complexity, needed, in effect, a watchmaker to design it. Hewing to Darwin's fundamental (his opponents might say fundamentalist) message, Dawkins sums up: ``The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the evolution of organized complexity.'' Avoiding an arrogant tone despite his up-front convictions, he takes pains to explain carefully, from various sides, why even such esteemed scientists as Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould, with their ``punctuated equilibrium'' thesis, are actually gradualists like Darwin himself in their evolutionary views. Dawkins is difficult reading as he describes his computer models of evolutionary possibilities. But, as he draws on his zoological background, emphasizing recent genetic techniques, he can be as engrossing as he is cogent and convincing. His concept of ``taming chance'' by breaking down the ``very improbable into less improbable small components'' is daring neo-Darwinism. Line drawings. (November 24)

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. Pub. Date: December 2004 ISBN-13: 9780393315707 400pp Edition Description: Subsequent Edition Number: 1
039331570

Price: $16.95
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The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals
by Maryadele J. O'Neil

The Merck Index is a one-volume encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs and biologicals that contains more than 10,000 monographs. Each monograph in this authoritative reference source is a concise description of a single substance or a small group of closely related compounds.

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated Pub. Date: November 2006 ISBN-13: 9780911910001 2564pp Series: Merck Index: Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs and Biologicals Ser. Edition Description: Revised Edition Edition Number: 14

091191000
Price: $125.00
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The Origin of Species (Modern Library Series)
by Charles Darwin, Edward J. Larson (Foreword by)

Perhaps the most readable and accessible of the great works of scientific imagination, The Origin of Species sold out on the day it was published in 1859. Theologians quickly labeled Charles Darwin the most dangerous man in England, and, as the Saturday Review noted, the uproar over the book quickly "passed beyond the bounds of the study and lecture-room into the drawing-room and the public street." Yet, after reading it, Darwin's friend and colleague T. H. Huxley had a different reaction: "How extremely stupid not to have thought of that." Based largely on Darwin's experience as a naturalist while on a five-year voyage aboard H.M.S. Beagle, The Origin of Species set forth a theory of evolution and natural selection that challenged contemporary beliefs about divine providence and the immutability of species. A landmark contribution to philosophical and scientific thought, this edition also includes an introductory historical sketch and a glossary Darwin later added to the original text.

Charles Darwin grew up considered, by his own account, "a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect." A quirk of fate kept him from the career his father had deemed appropriate—that of a country parson—when a botanist recommended Darwin for an appointment as a naturalist aboard H.M.S. Beagle from 1831 to 1836. Darwin is also the author of the five-volume work Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle (1839) and The Descent of Man (1871).

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Pub. Date: August 1998 ISBN-13: 9780375751462 720pp Series: Modern Library Paperbacks Edition Description: Reprint
037575146

Price: $12.00
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The State of the Nation's Ecosystems 2008
by H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment Staf

Revised and updated periodically, The State of the Nation’s Ecosystems is widely recognized as America’s most comprehensive report on the condition of our lands, waters, and living resources. This second edition provides nonpartisan, scientifically reliable information for policymakers, scientists, journalists, and anyone who is interested in the state of America’s environment.

Publisher: Island Press Pub. Date: September 2008 ISBN-13: 9781597264716 300pp

159726471
Price: $29.50
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Trees and Shrubs of California
by John David Stuart

California's varied landscape is characterized by a spectacular abundance of plant life, including a magnificent variety of trees and shrubs. This is the first book to combine the trees and shrubs of California in one accessible field guide. Trees and Shrubs of California identifies and describes native California tree species and most common shrub species. The text is complemented by more than 200 beautiful line drawings, 300 range maps, and 40 color photographs.

In their introduction, the authors discuss the dominant vegetation types, climates, principal landforms, and elevations of California's ecological regions. They explain the classification system and nomenclature used in the book, which includes both scientific and common plant names and is based on the 1993 edition of The Jepson Manual. The authors also provide a step-by-step explanation of how to use the dichotomous keys to identify plants and distinguish between trees and shrubs.

This user-friendly field guide minimizes technical terms and includes a checklist, making it an invaluable resource on California's profuse vegetation.

Perfect Paperback: 500 pages Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (May 14, 2001) Language: English ISBN-10: 0520221109 ISBN-13: 978-0520221109 Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
052022110

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Whales, Dolphins & Other Marine Mammals of the World
by Brett Jarrett (Illustrator), Hadoram Shirihai

This breathtakingly beautiful book brings readers nose-to-nose with all of the world's marine mammals-a comprehensive line-up of remarkable whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, walruses, otters, polar bears, dugongs, and manatees.

A highly practical field guide, it combines state-of-the-art illustrations with superb color photographs and detailed maps. The book highlights key field marks and clearly summarizes the types of behaviors that marine-mammal watchers may observe.

Where other guides settle for static or wooden images and descriptions, this one comes to life with the kind of detailed text and stunning photos that make for a go-to reference guide. Armed with this book, any observer anywhere in the world should be able to identify the marine mammals they encounter.

A go-to field guide to all of the world's marine mammals
Contains key field marks and summaries of behavior
Over 450 stunning color photos
124 color maps
Over 500 beautiful new illustrations
An exquisite blend of text, illustrations, and photos, harmonized for practical field usage
Suitable for both amateurs and seasoned professionals

Publisher: Princeton University Press Pub. Date: August 2006 ISBN-13: 9780691127576 384pp Series: Princeton Field Guides

069112757
Price: $14.98
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