Download E-books The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass PDF

By Edward O. Wilson, Robert Hass

World Literature Today Editor’s Pick

“Enchanting. . . . The Poetic Species is a superb learn in its entirety, brief but infinitely simulating.” —MARIA POPOVA, Brain Pickings

In this shimmering dialog (the outgrowth of an occasion co-sponsored by means of the yankee Museum of ordinary historical past and Poets House), Edward O. Wilson, popular scientist and proponent of “consilience” or the solidarity of data, unearths an ardent interlocutor in Robert Hass, whose credo as usa poet laureate used to be “imagination makes communities.” As they discover the numerous ways in which poetry and technology improve one another, they go back and forth from anthills to old Egypt and to the heights and depths of human strength. A testomony to how technological know-how and the humanities can subscribe to forces to teach and encourage, this ebook is additionally a passionate plea for conservation of all of the planet’s species.

Edward O. Wilson, a biologist, naturalist, and bestselling writer, has obtained greater than a hundred awards from world wide, together with the Pulitzer Prize. A professor emeritus at Harvard collage, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Robert Hass’ poetry is rooted within the landscapes of his local northern California. He has been offered the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award (twice), the Pulitzer Prize, and the nationwide ebook Award. he's a professor of English at collage of California-Berkeley.

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Download E-books 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth's Most Endangered Species PDF

By Jeff Corwin

Popular tv host Jeff Corwin takes readers on a gripping trip worldwide to fulfill the animals threatened through extinction

It's no mystery that our planet is in situation. Environmental threats reminiscent of weather swap, pollutants, habitat loss, and land degradation threaten the survival of millions of plant and animal species. In a hundred Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin presents an pressing portrait of the flora and fauna teetering at the brink.

From the forests slipping away underneath the stealthy paws of the Florida panther, to the enormous panda's plight to climb ever greater within the mountains of China, Corwin takes you on a world travel to witness firsthand the severe nation of our flora and fauna. alongside the best way, he stocks inspiring tales of battles being waged and received through the conservationists at the entrance traces of safeguard. The race to save lots of the planet's such a lot endangered natural world is below approach. each heartbeat matters.

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Download E-books Eel (Animal) PDF

By Richard Schweid

While pulled from the dust of creeks, ponds, rivers, or the ocean, the eel, with its slick, snake-like physique, emerges as a very mundane or even unappealing fish. yet don't allow the looks idiot you—the eel has been one of many world's favourite meals for the reason that historic Greece, and the eel's lifestyles cycle is among the such a lot amazing at the planet—during the center a long time, impoverished Londoners survived on eel and the eel later stored the Mayflower pilgrims from hunger on American shores.

In Eel, Richard Schweid chronicles the numerous features of those slippery creatures from their average heritage to their marketplace worth and modern intake to their visual appeal in artwork and literature and at last to their current threatened prestige. thus far, eels have steadfastly refused to breed in captivity, it sounds as if requiring the vastness of the open ocean to effectively mature—which has imperiled the species' long term survival. Schweid explains that freshwater eels are born in distant ocean depths and take a trip of millions of miles to clean water the place they spend such a lot in their lives earlier than making a comeback trip to the sea to mate and die.

Well-illustrated and containing many little-known proof approximately this incredible fish, Eel will attract basic readers of traditional heritage and others wishing to find whatever extra in regards to the universal unagi at the sushi menu.

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Download E-books The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World PDF

By Carl Safina

THE VIEW FROM LAZY element named winner of the 2012 Orion ebook Award!
THE VIEW FROM LAZY aspect; A average yr in an Unnatural World (Picador, January 2012) has been named winner of the 2012 Orion e-book Award. View the assertion here.

Hailed MacArthur Fellow Carl Safina takes us on a journey of the flora and fauna during a 12 months spent divided among his domestic at the shore of jap new york and on his travels to the 4 issues of the compass. As he witnesses a typical yr in an unnatural global he indicates how the issues of our environment are associated with questions of social justice and the politics of greed, and in asking tricky questions about our finite international, his solutions supply hope.

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Download E-books Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans PDF

Stan Coren’s groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich’s vintage Mind of the Raven during this marvelous, fantastically illustrated examine the uncanny intelligence and feelings of crows.

Playful, social, and passionate, crows have brains which are large for his or her physique measurement, which permits them to imagine, plan, and re-examine their activities. in addition they show an avian type of eloquence, mate for all times, and go along with relations and associates for years. And to those who take care of them and feed them, they generally provide oddly touching presents in go back.

The ongoing connection among people and crows—a cultural coevolution—has formed either species for hundreds of thousands of years. Scientist John Marzluff groups up with artist-naturalist Tony Angell to inform outstanding tales of those magnificent birds. With Marzluff’s outstanding unique learn at the intelligence and startling skills of corvids—crows, ravens, and jays—Angell’s lovely line drawings, and a full of life joint narrative, the authors supply an in-depth examine those complicated creatures and the qualities and behaviors we proportion, together with language, delinquency, frolic, ardour, wrath, threat taking, and wisdom. Crows assemble round their lifeless, warn of coming near near doom, realize humans, devote homicide of alternative crows, entice animals to their dying, swill espresso and drink beer, layout and use tools—including autos as nutcrackers—and windsurf and sled to play.

With its abundance of humorous, awe-inspiring, and poignant tales, Gifts of the Crow portrays creatures who're not anything wanting extraordinary.

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Download E-books Brecon Beacons (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 126) PDF

By Jonathan Mullard

The 1st entire ebook to be released concerning the flora and fauna of the Brecon Beacons is a much-anticipated addition to the hot Naturalist sequence, and divulges the typical wonders of this doubtless wild and inhospitable mountain panorama. The Brecon Beacons diversity throughout upland Wales and create a different panorama of in depth cave structures, limestone crags and wealthy meadows. This style helps hundreds of thousands of species, a few of that are stumbled on nowhere else in the world. The usual heritage of the Brecon Beacons is like such a lot elements of the British Isles – inextricably associated with the actions of guy throughout many thousand years. Jonathan Mullard explores the evolving panorama and observes its results on its local species and habitats. He offers an in depth exam of the geology of the area and the mixing of the archaeological and old panorama with the usual panorama and its fauna. overlaying the large variety of its mountains and moorlands, rivers and waterfalls, caves, woodlands, wetlands and farmland, he offers an outline of man's impact at the common surroundings over the centuries and the continued conservation of the world. A panorama wealthy in legends, the Brecon Beacons play host to a couple of myths regarding, between others, King Arthur. Mullard explores those wealthy stories along different cultural landmarks of ancient curiosity, resembling the church buildings and chapels of the world. The fruits of years of study, New Naturalist Brecon Beacons is an inspiring exploration of this varied and engaging region.

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Download E-books Extinct Birds (Poyser Monographs) PDF

By Julian P. Hume

This is the 1st accomplished assessment of the masses of chicken species and subspecies that experience develop into extinct during the last 1,000 years of habitat degradation, over-hunting and rat advent. masking either universal icons of extinction in addition to extra vague birds, a few identified from only one specimen or from traveller's stories, the publication additionally appears to be like at 1000s of species from the subfossil checklist - birds that disappeared with no ever being recorded. Julian Hume and Michael Walters recreate those misplaced birds in beautiful element, bringing jointly an up to the moment evaluate of the literature for each species. From nice Auks, Carolina Parakeets and Dodos to the superb but thoroughly vanished fowl radiations of Hawaii and New Zealand, through rafts of extinctions within the Pacific and in other places, this ebook is either a luxurious reference and an grand testomony to humanity's influence on birds.

A direct alternative for Greenway's seminal 1958 identify Extinct and Vanishing Birds, this publication stands out as the ordinary reference at the topic for generations to come.

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Download E-books Shallow Seas (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 131) PDF

By Peter J. Hayward

Shallow Seas are the main biologically wealthy and effective components of the realm ocean. This most recent New Naturalist quantity presents a usual heritage of this atmosphere and its organic groups. The margins of the continents, particularly wide within the North Atlantic quarter, are drowned by means of shallow seas, making a sea flooring atmosphere that's a part of the broader and deepening benthic realm – the ecological sector on the lowest point of a physique of water akin to an ocean or a lake, together with the sediment floor and a few sub-surface layers. those 'shelf seas' are the main biologically wealthy and efficient components of the area ocean. In his most recent New Naturalist quantity, Peter Hayward addresses a few facets of the typical heritage of the benthic surroundings of the shelf seas of northwest Europe and its organic groups. clear of rocky coastlines the seafloor is very flat, frequently muddy, underneath turbid water with low or no visibility. Benthic faunas ordinarily stay in the sediment of the seafloor, or are moderately and patchily disbursed upon it, and if in any respect motile tend to withdraw into burrows or flow quick away on disturbance. but, dredges and grabs show a frequently impressive variety and density of animals, suggestive of advanced interacting groups. this isn't a textbook of marine benthic ecology, neither is it a complete evaluate of the benthic groups of the northwest ecu shelf seas. particularly, it describes the average historical past of a few benthic habitats and institutions attribute of our zone.

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Download E-books The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin PDF

By David George Gordon

With its trendy new package deal, up-to-date info at the overall healthiness and environmental merits of insect consuming, and breed-your-own directions, this new version of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook is the go-to source for a person attracted to changing into an entomological epicure.

For many americans, consuming a lowly insect is whatever you’d merely do on a dare. yet with naturalist and famous computer virus chef David George Gordon, bug-eating is enjoyable, interesting, and downright delicious!
Now you could galvanize, enlighten, and entertain your loved ones and associates with Gordon’s exclusive recipes. Spice issues up on the subsequent local potluck with an enormous bowl of Orthopteran Orzo—pasta salad with a cricket-y twist. overcome your worry of spiders with a Deep-Fried Tarantula. And for dessert, why now not test a White Chocolate and Wax computer virus Cookie? (They’re so tasty, the children can be begging for seconds!) 
Today, there are extra purposes than ever ahead of to discover entomophagy (that’s bug-eating, via the way). It’s an environmentally-friendly resource of protein: learn exhibits that trojan horse farming reduces greenhouse fuel emissions and is exponentially extra water-efficient than farming for pork, poultry, or pigs. Mail-order insects are available online—but if you’re extra of a DIY-type, The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook includes lots of assistance for sustainably harvesting or elevating your own.
Filled with anecdotes, insights, and useful how-tos, The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook is an ideal primer for someone drawn to changing into an entomological epicure.

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