Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness

A vintage paintings of nature and humanity, through well known author Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), writer of the nationwide e-book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the hot novel In Paradise
Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed 20,000 miles of the South American wasteland, from the Amazon rain forests to Machu Picchu, excessive within the Andes, right down to Tierra del Fuego and again. He the paths of previous explorers, encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the facts of historical ruins, and chanced on fossils within the depths of the Peruvian jungle. packed with observations and outlines of the folk and the fading flora and fauna of this mammoth global to the south, The Cloud Forest is his incisive, wry record of his excursion into many of the final and such a lot unique wild terrains within the world.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts stronger by way of introductions and notes through distinct students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations via award-winning translators.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West (Princeton Field Guides)

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West is the 1st totally illustrated box consultant to all 348 species of dragonflies and damselflies in western North the USA. Dragonflies and damselflies are huge, stunningly attractive bugs, as conveniently observable as birds and butterflies. This detailed consultant makes opting for them easy--its compact measurement and straight forward layout make it the one advisor you would like within the box. each species is generously illustrated with full-color images and a distribution map, and structural gains are illustrated the place they reduction in-hand identity. particular species bills comprise details on measurement, distribution, flight season, comparable species, habitat, and ordinary heritage. Dennis Paulson's advent offers a vital primer at the biology, normal heritage, and conservation of those vital and interesting bugs, besides priceless the best way to realize and picture them.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West is the sector advisor naturalists, conservationists, and dragonfly fans were ready for.

  • Covers all 348 western species intimately
  • Features a wealth of colour pictures
  • Provides a colour distribution map for each species
  • Includes useful identity assistance
  • Serves as a vital creation to dragonflies and their average history

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Terns (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 123)

By David Cabot, Ian Nisbet

This New Naturalist quantity offers a much-anticipated evaluation of those attention-grabbing birds – the 1st e-book at the typical historical past of British and Irish terns when you consider that 1934.

Terns are small seabirds which are normally noticeable alongside coastlines and estuaries in the summertime months – their sleek flight and command of the air are between their most fascinating features.

Most of the 5 species of terns breeding in Britain and eire at the present time are lower than in depth administration, regarding safeguard from predators, human interference, egg-collecting, leisure actions, land-use alterations, and a number of matters pertaining to weather swap, together with emerging sea degrees and flooding of low-lying colonies. If those protecting measures have been deserted then the numbers of terns might necessarily decline, with the potential for numerous species finishing up at the endangered record. masking the background of terns in Britain and eire, David Cabot and Ian Nisbet discover those assorted concerns in addition to providing a accomplished traditional historical past of those attractive seabirds.

Drawing on a wealth of recent info and examine, the authors specialise in migrations, meals and feeding ecology in addition to breeding biology and behavior. possibly most significantly, they spotlight fresh conservation matters and clients, and what this suggests for the way forward for terns.

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Old World Warblers to Sparrows (The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding, Volume 3)

By John Farrand

Scanned PDF - 300ppi

Vol 1 -
Vol 2 -

Covering all 835 species of birds recorded at the continent, together with 116 accidentals, this is often the 1st box advisor to North American birds particularly designed to fulfill the pursuits and desires of the intense birder. Its 3 volumes comprise, in all, 1245 full-color images, 193 work, 422 drawings, and 650 variety maps, whereas sixty one of the nation's best box ornithologists and specialists give a contribution their unique wisdom to the 370,000 phrases of textual content. Entries are prepared taxonomically based on the hot American Ornithologists' Union classification.

This quantity contains:

Old global Warblers and Thrushes, Mimic-Thrushes, Accentors, Wagtails and Pipits, Waxwings, Silky-Flycatchers, Shrikes, Starlings, Vireos, wooden Warblers, Bananaquits, Tanagers, Cardinals and Thier Allies, New global Blackbirds and Orioles, Finches, previous global Sparrows

Volume 1 contains:

Loons, Grebes, Albatrosses, Shearwaters and Petrels, Storm-Petrels, Tropicbirds, Boobies and Gannets, Pelicans, Cormorants, Anhingas, Frigatebirds, Herons, Ibises and Spoonbills, Storks, Flamingos, Swans, ducks, and geese, New international Vultures, Hawks and Eagles, Falcons, Chachalacas, Pheasants, Grouse, and Quails, Rails, Limpkins, Cranes, Thick-knees, Plovers, Oystercatchers, Stilts and Avocets, Jacanas. Sandpipers

Volume 2 contains:

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers, Auks, Pigeons and Doves, Parrots, Cuckoos, Barn-Owls, ordinary Owls, Nightjars, Swifts, Hummingbirds, Trogons, Hoopoes, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Tyrant-Flycatchers, Larks, Swallows, Jays and Crows, Titmice, Verdins, Bushtits, Nuthatches, Creepers, Bulbuls, Wrens, Dippers

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Sibley's Birding Basics

By David Allen Sibley

“I wrote and illustrated this booklet to assist each inquisitive birder, from beginner to professional. even if you could establish six birds or 600, you’ll be a greater birder in case you have a grounding within the genuine nuts and bolts of what birds appear like, and your talents can be even sharper should you understand precisely what to seem for and the way to list what you see.” —David Allen Sibley

The Sibley consultant to Birds
and The Sibley consultant to chicken lifestyles and Behavior are either universally acclaimed because the new common resource of species details. And now David Sibley, America’s leading birder and best-known poultry artist, takes a brand new path; in Sibley’s Birding Basics he's involved no longer loads with species as with the overall features that impact the looks of all birds and therefore supply us the clues to their identity.
To create this advisor, David Sibley inspiration via the entire talents that allow him to spot a fowl within the few instants it really is seen to him. Now he stocks that info, integrating a proof of the id strategy with many painted and drawn pictures of information (such as a feather) or options.

Birding Basics starts through reviewing how you can start as a birder: the apparatus useful, the place and whilst to move birding, and maybe most crucial, the basic issues to appear for whilst birds look within the box. utilizing many illustrations, David Sibley studies the entire easy thoughts of poultry id after which describes the differences (of form, dimension, and colour) which could swap the looks of a poultry through the years or in numerous settings. And he matters a caution approximately “illusions and different pitfalls”—and recommendation on keeping off them.

The moment a part of the booklet, additionally plentifully illustrated, offers with one other set of clues, the main elements of avian existence that fluctuate from species to species: feathers (color, association, form, molt), habit and habitat, and sounds.

This scientifically exact, fantastically illustrated quantity distills the essence of David Sibley’s personal event and talents, supplying a great creation to “naming” the birds. With Sibley as your consultant, should you how you can interpret what the feathers, the anatomical constitution, the sounds of a chicken inform you—when you recognize the clues that express you why there’s no such factor as “just a duck”—birding might be extra enjoyable, and extra significant. a necessary addition to the Sibley shelf!

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Telling Our Way to the Sea: A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez

By Aaron Hirsh

WINNER OF THE nationwide outdoors ebook AWARD FOR typical historical past LITERATURE
A SEATTLE TIMES most sensible ebook OF THE YEAR

When biologists Aaron Hirsh and Veronica Volny lead twelve students to a distant fishing village at the Sea of Cortez, they stumble upon a bay of fantastic attractiveness and richness. yet because the staff starts off its investigations―conducting ecological and evolutionary reviews of the world and its traditional population; hearing the tales of neighborhood villagers; and interpreting the journals of conquistadors and explorers―they become aware of that the ocean is yet a ghost of what it as soon as was.

And but there's redemption of their tricky awareness: as they locate their areas in a profoundly altered atmosphere, additionally they realize their roles within the course forward, and eventually come to work out themselves in a brand new gentle. by way of turns epic and intimate, Telling Our solution to the Sea is a profound meditation on our altering relationships with nature―and with one another.

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Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate

By Roland C. Anderson, Jennifer A. Mather, James B. Wood

The visually arresting and sometimes misunderstood octopus has lengthy captured well known mind's eye. With an alien visual appeal and an uncanny mind, this remarkable sea creature has encouraged worry in well-known lore and legends - from the enormous octopus assault in 20,000 Leagues less than the Sea to Ursula the ocean witch in The Little Mermaid. but its precise nature is extra wondrous nonetheless. After a long time of study, the authors show a delicate, curious, and playful animal with extraordinary intelligence, a capability to safeguard itself with camouflage and jet propulsion, an complex worried method, and complicated problem-solving skills.

In this superbly photographed ebook, 3 best marine biologists deliver readers head to head with those amazingly advanced animals that experience involved scientists for many years. From the molluscan ancestry of today’s octopus to its creative anatomy, awesome mating and predatory behaviors, and other-worldly family members, the authors take readers during the remarkable lifestyles cycle, uncovering the main points of distinct octopus personalities. With own narratives, underwater examine, lovely closeup images, and considerate counsel for preserving octopuses in captivity, Octopus is the 1st finished traditional historical past of this clever denizen of the ocean.

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Julie, or the New Heloise: Letters of Two Lovers Who Live in a Small Town at the Foot of the Alps (Collected Writings of Rousseau)

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A sublime translation of 1 of the preferred novels of its time.

Rousseau's nice epistolary novel, Julie, or the hot Heloise, has been almost unavailable in English seeing that 1810. In it, Rousseau reconceptualized the connection of the person to the collective and articulated a brand new ethical paradigm. the tale follows the fates and smoldering passions of Julie d'Etange and St. Preux, a one-time lover who re-enters Julie's lifestyles on the invitation of her unsuspecting husband, M. de Wolmar.

The complicated tones of this paintings made it a advertisement good fortune and a continental sensation whilst it first seemed in 1761, and its embodiment of Rousseau's procedure of concept, within which emotions and mind are intertwined, redefined the functionality and kind of fiction for many years. because the characters negotiate a fancy maze of ardour and advantage, their purity of soul and sincere morality show, as Rousseau writes in his preface, "the subtleties of middle of which this paintings is full."

A finished advent and cautious annotations make this novel obtainable to modern readers, either as an embodiment of Rousseau's philosophy and as a portrayal of the stress and gear inherent in family lifestyles.

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