Peterson Reference Guide to Molt in North American Birds by Steve N.G. Howell

By Steve N.G. Howell

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To such a lot observers, molt turns out an overpowering topic. yet birders use many features of molt greater than they notice to differentiate juvenile birds from adults, to pick someone hummingbird from between dozens vacationing a feeder, and masses extra. For these whose curiosity is going past easily picking out birds, questions corresponding to What triggers molt to begin? how briskly do feathers develop? and the way lengthy do they final? supply a desirable window into the lives of birds. positioned it appears that evidently, molt relates ultimately to every little thing a chicken does, together with the place it lives, what it eats, and the way some distance it migrates. the following, for the 1st time, molt is gifted for the nonscientist. Molt is especially orderly and equipped on in basic terms 4 underlying recommendations: easy uncomplicated, advanced uncomplicated, easy trade, and intricate trade. This booklet in actual fact lays out those techniques, relates them to features of existence historical past, resembling habitat and migration, and makes this crucial topic available. 0.80 inches tall x 7.30 inches lengthy x 10.20 inches broad

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The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude by Howard Axelrod

By Howard Axelrod

Into the Wild meets Portrait of the Artist as a tender Man-a lyrical memoir of a lifestyles replaced instantly and of the perilous fantastic thing about trying to find id in solitude
 
On a transparent could afternoon on the finish of his junior 12 months at Harvard, Howard Axelrod performed a pick-up video game of basketball. In a skirmish for a free ball, a boy's finger hooked in the back of Axelrod's eyeball and left him completely blinded in his correct eye. per week later, he back to an identical dorm room, yet to another global. a global the place not anything appeared reliable, the place the space among how humans observed him and the way he observed had widened right into a gulf. determined for a feeling of orientation he may belief, he retreated to a jerry-rigged apartment within the Vermont woods, the place he lived and not using a computing device or tv, and mostly with out human touch, for 2 years. He had to locate, clear of society's pressures and rush, a feeling of that means that couldn't be replaced in an instant.

From the exchange Paperback edition.

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Secrets of the Savanna: Twenty-three Years in the African by Mark James Owens, Cordelia Dykes Owens

By Mark James Owens, Cordelia Dykes Owens

During this riveting real-life event, Mark and Delia Owens inform the dramatic tale in their final years in Africa, combating to save lots of elephants, villagers, and -- in any case -- themselves. The award-winning zoologists and pioneering conservationists describe their paintings within the distant and ruggedly appealing Luangwa Valley, in northeastern Zambia. There they studied the mysteries of the elephant population’s restoration after poaching, learning awesome similarities among people and elephants. a tender elephant named reward supplied the clue to assist them crack the animals’ mystery of survival. A stirring portrait of lifestyles in Africa, secrets and techniques of the Savanna is a striking checklist of the Owenses' precise passions.

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Cats of Africa by Luke Hunter

By Luke Hunter

There is nowhere in the world like Africa for staring at wild cats. every week spent within the wonderful nationwide parks and video game reserves produces nearly assured sightings of the 3 such a lot fabulous and sought-after species - lions, cheetahs and leopards. but, along the massive 3, Africa is domestic to another seven species of cat a ways much less conspicuous than their higher cousins. of those, the caracal, serval and African wildcat are marginally higher recognized, whereas few humans have visible the rest 4 - the black-footed cat, African golden cat, jungle cat and sand cat. not often saw and little understood, such a lot have by no means been the focal point of committed medical study. This e-book covers all 10 species. unavoidably, the prejudice is in the direction of the massive, well-studied cats however it contains all that's identified concerning the smaller species, together with observations and knowledge from their Asian variety or from captivity to fill in a few gaps. Chapters take care of evolution and anatomy, predation, social platforms, replica and survival, festival and clash, and conservation, and comprise the most up-tp-date learn findings from round the continent. Supported by means of a wealth of dramatic and lovely pictures, it is a accomplished evaluate of the cat relations in Africa - from the recognized and well known African parks with their celebrated, safari-friendly felids, to the few last locations at the continent uninhabited by means of humans, the place a wild cat could spend its whole lifestyles with no feeling the consequences of the human presence. regrettably, such untrammelled freedom is uncommon. The demanding situations dealing with cats in Africa are profound. just one, the ever present household cat, doesn't require committed conservation job to make sure its survival for the subsequent century. greater than at any time in historical past, the destiny of Africa's wild cats is in our hands.

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Dolphin by Alan Rauch

By Alan Rauch

From Flipper to SeaWorld, dolphins have lengthy captured our hearts. we like those pleasant, clever mammals, and so they appear to go back our feelings—they get pleasure from interacting with swimmers and feature been recognized to encircle humans below assault by way of sharks. regardless of our familiarity with dolphins, notwithstanding, we stay ill-informed approximately how they advanced, how they functionality, and the way they've got interacted with people for millennia. Dolphin dives into the dolphin's zoology, in addition to its social and cultural heritage, to supply a complete view of those pleasant creatures.

Drawing on his years of expertise operating with and learning dolphins, Alan Rauch explores their propensity to reside in pods and their skill to speak via quite a few clicks, whistles, and different vocalizations. He examines their lengthy courting with people, describing how they grew to become the logo of secure shuttle and charity, that the traditional Greeks featured them on cash, and that Hindu mythology linked them with Ganga, a river deity. because the upward push in approval for dolphinaria throughout the Sixties allowed the general public entry to dolphins, they turned imperative characters in movies like The Day of the Dolphin and Johnny Mnemonic and outsmarted people in The Hitchhiker's consultant to the Galaxy. full of pictures and considerate insights, Dolphin is a revealing examine one in all our favourite sea creatures.

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Koala: Origins of an Icon by Stephen Jackson

By Stephen Jackson

A close and interesting exam of the historical past and targeted ecology of Australia's best-loved animal.

cherished for its huge fluffy ears, spoon-shaped nostril and vibrant button eyes, the koala is universally acknowledged and respected as an Australian icon. however it hasn't continuously been so. After coexisting effectively with Aborigines for millions of years, the koala was once thought of sloth-like by means of the early Europeans and valued for little greater than its fur, and by means of the early 20th century thousands of koalas have been hunted, using the species to near-extinction.

but the koala is additionally some of the most well-adapted and resilient of Australia's marsupials, defined by way of a few as a triumph of evolution. How does it live on, and thrive even, on such indigestible fare as eucalyptus leaves, weighted down as they're with sufficient poisonous phenols to kill so much different animals?

during this attention-grabbing tale of the koala, revered biologist and writer Stephen Jackson examines not just the ecology, behaviour and historical past of this notable animal, but in addition ongoing threats corresponding to disorder and habitat loss, and the debatable debate approximately find out how to most sensible deal with the rest populations of Australia's favorite marsupial.

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Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of by Gaia Vince

By Gaia Vince

We know our planet is in main issue, and that it really is mostly our fault. yet all too frequently the complete photograph of switch is obstructed by way of dense information units and specific catastrophes. suffering from this obscurity in her function as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince made up our minds to shuttle the realm and spot for herself what existence is de facto like for individuals at the frontline of this new truth. What she stumbled on was once a bunch humans doing the main outstanding things.

During her trip she unearths a guy who's making synthetic glaciers in Nepal besides anyone who's portray mountains white to draw blizzard; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the guy who's making islands out of garbage within the Caribbean. those are usual those who are fixing serious crises in loopy, inventive, potent methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases in regards to the hard place our species is in, those great tales, mixed with the recent technology that underpins Gaia's services and learn, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and unusually hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene skill for our destiny.

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More Than Honey: The Survival of Bees and the Future of Our by Markus Imhoof, Claus-Peter Lieckfeld

By Markus Imhoof, Claus-Peter Lieckfeld

“If 70 percentage of all livestock or 30 percentage of all chickens have been to die every year, states of emergency will be declared all over. The demise of bees is at the very least that dramatic and with much more far-reaching consequences.” More Than Honey, the e-book in response to the award-winning documentary of a similar identify, takes us on a world travel of the area of bees, introducing us alongside find out how to “killer bees,” Frankenbees, beekeepers, and human pollinators. Markus Imhoof and Claus-Peter Lieckfeld study either the historical past and present prestige of our dating to and reliance on bees, and reveal the human behaviors which are contributing to the decline of the bee population—a decline which can finally give a contribution on to a global meals problem.

The authors intersperse information regarding the difficult social constitution of the bee international and the issues confronted via bees—ranging from the ever present Varroa destructor to overuse of insecticides and an ever-shrinking ordinary landscape—with conversations and interviews with beekeepers and bee specialists from internationally, balancing the perspectives of these who see bees as easily a helpful resource of source of revenue with the perspectives of these who see bees as undervalued, misunderstood creatures that desire our aid to outlive. the result is an interesting, obtainable evaluate of a species that's an important to our survival.

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Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for Optimization by Pablo J. Villacorta, David A. Pelta (auth.), David Alejandro

By Pablo J. Villacorta, David A. Pelta (auth.), David Alejandro Pelta, Natalio Krasnogor, Dan Dumitrescu, Camelia Chira, Rodica Lung (eds.)

Biological and different ordinary methods have continually been a resource of thought for computing device technological know-how and data expertise. Many rising challenge fixing thoughts combine complex evolution and cooperation recommendations, encompassing more than a few spatio-temporal scales for visionary conceptualization of evolutionary computation.

The earlier versions of NICSO have been held in Granada, Spain (2006), Acireale, Italy (2007), Tenerife, Spain (2008), and back in Granada in 2010. NICSO advanced to be essentially the most fascinating and profiled workshops in nature encouraged computing.

NICSO 2011 has provided an inspiring setting for debating the state-of-the-art principles and methods in nature encouraged cooperative ideas and a entire photograph on fresh purposes of those rules and techniques.

The subject matters coated via this quantity comprise Swarm Intelligence (such as Ant and Bee Colony Optimization), Genetic Algorithms, Multiagent structures, Coevolution and Cooperation suggestions, opposed types, Synergic development Blocks, advanced Networks, Social impression types, Evolutionary layout, Self geared up Criticality, Evolving platforms, mobile Automata, Hybrid Algorithms, and Membrane Computing (P-Systems).

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