Download E-books Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California (California Natural History Guides) PDF

By Robert C. Stebbins

This uncomplicated consultant is the one entire source that identifies and describes all of the amphibians and reptiles—salamanders, frogs and toads, lizards, snakes, and tortoises and turtles—that dwell in California. The species are defined in richly specified money owed that come with diversity maps, sensible colour work by means of Robert C. Stebbins, transparent drawings of varied lifestyles phases together with eggs, notes on ordinary background, and conservation prestige. Easy-to-use keys for each order aid establish species, and informative chapters conceal extra basic themes together with evolution, habitat loss, and images. all through, anecdotes and observations exhibit new insights into the lives of California’s ample yet usually hidden amphibians and reptiles.

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Download E-books Ant (Animal) PDF

By Charlotte Sleigh

Ants are legion: at the present there are 11,006 species of ant recognized; they reside all around the international other than the polar icecaps; and the mixed weight of the ant inhabitants has been expected to make up part the mass of all bugs alive today.

When we stumble upon them outdoor, ants fascinate us; came across in our kitchen cabinets, they elicit horror and disgust. Charlotte Sleigh’s Ant elucidates the cultural purposes in the back of our diversified reactions to those outstanding bugs, and considers the range of responses that people have expressed at varied instances and somewhere else to their tricky, miniature societies. Ants have figured as delusion miniature armies, as types of excellent habit, as infiltrating communists and as creatures at the borderline among the geographical regions of the natural and the desktop: in 1977 British Telecom employed ant specialists to aid remedy issues of their big details network.

This is the 1st e-book to ascertain ants in those and plenty of different such guises, and in so doing opens up broader concerns in regards to the background of technological know-how and people’ family with the flora and fauna. it will likely be of curiosity to somebody who likes common heritage or cultural experiences, or who has ever rushed out and acquired a can of Raid™.

"[Charlotte Sleigh's] fashionable, attractive and informative research merits to win new contributors for the ant fan club."—Jonathan Bate, The Times

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Download E-books Herbarium PDF

By Klaus H. Carl

Mega sq. Herbarium is predicated at the paintings of Basilius Besler, the well-known plant professional who, for the 1st time in background, defined, painted and engraved over 1000 species of vegetation. His drawings are of significant medical in addition to creative worth, and provide brilliant insights into Europe's eclectic flowers. This Mega sq. variation may be the excellent present, providing a fascinating and strange topic in a small and useful layout.

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Download E-books Parmenides, Venerable and Awesome. Plato, Theaetetus 183e: Proceedings of the International Symposium PDF

In October of 2007, the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (Argentina) hosted a global Symposium at the philosophy of Parmenides to have fun the production of the University's new heart for the research of old Philosophy. The event-co-organized through the HYELE Institute for Comparative reviews (Switzerland) and Parmenides Publishing-brought jointly students from all over the world to offer their most modern paintings and perform dialogue. those lawsuits current the amassed papers that have been given-all absolutely translated into English-and edited by means of Nestor-Luis Cordero. throughout the years best as much as the overseas Symposium, no fewer than seven books on Parmenides have been released. This revival and resurgence of curiosity in Parmenides and the severe stories of conventional interpretations of his poem made this the correct time for a world convention devoted to the well known determine referred to as the genuine father of philosophy. The Symposium on Parmenides united the world's most suitable Parmenidean students, with many contributors having written one, if now not a number of books on Parmenides. The lawsuits quantity consequently represents the main state of the art and in-depth scholarship on Parmenides to be had this present day, and may be a very good and well timed enrichment to the sphere of Presocratic Philosophy.

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Download E-books Albatross (Animal) PDF

By Graham Barwell

 “At size did pass an Albatross, / during the fog it got here; / as though it have been a Christian soul, / We hailed it in God’s name.” The advent of the albatross in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the traditional Mariner” continues to be essentially the most famous references to this majestic seabird in Western tradition. In Albatross, Graham Barwell is going past Coleridge to ascertain the position the chook performs within the lives of a large choice of peoples and societies, from the early perspectives of north Atlantic mariners to trendy encounters by means of writers, artists, and filmmakers.

 
Exploring how the chook has been celebrated in proverbs, folks tales, artwork, and ceremonies, Barwell exhibits how humans wonder on the approach the albatross soars during the air, protecting awe-inspiring distances with little attempt because of its striking wingspan. He surveys the numerous ways humans have taken to wondering the albatross during the last 200 years—from those that committed their lives to those birds to those that hunted them for nutrition and sport—and discusses its position within the human mind's eye. Concluding with a mirrored image at the bird’s altering value within the glossy international, Barwell considers threats to its persevered lifestyles and its customers for the long run. With 100 illustrations from nature, movie, and pop culture, Albatross is an soaking up examine those attractive birds.

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Download E-books The Shark and the Albatross: Adventures of a wildlife film-maker PDF

By John Aitchison

For two decades John Aitchison has been vacationing the area to movie flora and fauna for the BBC and different broadcasters, taking him to far-away areas on each continent. The Shark and the Albatross is the tale of those trips of discovery, of his encounters with animals and low enterprising contributors in distant and occasionally risky areas. His locations contain the a long way north and the some distance south, expeditions to movie for Frozen Planet and different typical heritage sequence, in Svalbard, Alaska, the distant Atlantic island of South Georgia, and the Antarctic. additionally they surround wild areas in India, China and the U.S.. In all he unearths and describes key moments within the lives of animals, between them polar bears and penguins, seals and whales, sharks and birds, and wolves and lynxes.

He finds what occurs behind the curtain and past the digital camera. He explains the practicalities and demanding situations of the filming approach, and the issues of survival in perilous locations. He files touching moments and dramatic incidents, a few finishing in good fortune, others desperately unhappy. there are occasions whilst a hunted animal triumphs opposed to the chances, and others whilst, even with practise for each consequence, catastrophe moves. And, because the writer indicates in different incidents that mix nail-biting pressure with hair-raising hilarity, catastrophe can strike for film-makers too.

This is typical background writing at its best possible, evocative, informative and gripping from first to final.

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Download E-books Old Growth in a New World: A Pacific Northwest Icon Reexamined PDF

Old-growth forests symbolize a lofty excellent up to an ecosystem—an icon of unspoiled nature, ecological balance, and pristine habitat. those iconic notions have actively altered the best way society pertains to old-growth forests, catalyzing significant adjustments in coverage and administration. yet how acceptable are these alterations and the way good do they truly serve in achieving conservation goals?

Old progress in a brand new World untangles the complexities of the previous progress idea and the parallel complexity of old-growth coverage and administration. It brings jointly greater than dozen contributors—ecologists, economists, sociologists, managers, historians, silviculturists, environmentalists, trees manufacturers, and philosophers—to supply a extensive suite of views on adjustments that experience happened within the valuing and administration of old-growth forests within the Pacific Northwest during the last thirty years. The book

• introduces the problems and background of old-growth values and conservation within the Pacific Northwest;
• explores outdated progress in the course of the principles of prime ecologists and social scientists;
• addresses the consequences for the longer term administration of old-growth forests and considers how evolving technology and social wisdom may be used to extend conservation effectiveness.

By confronting the complexity of the old-growth thought and linked coverage and administration demanding situations, Old progress in a brand new World encourages effective dialogue at the way forward for previous progress within the Pacific Northwest and provides concepts for more advantageous techniques to retaining woodland biodiversity.

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Download E-books The Hummingbirds of North America PDF

By Paul A. Johnsgard

Fast and iridescent, hummingbirds are stumbled on in basic terms within the New global, and surround an grand number of specializations. No different relatives of birds can lay declare to such a lot of superlatives, together with smallest measurement, such a lot quick wingbeat, and so much really expert plumages. whereas many species will be drawn to feeding stations and yard flower gardens, others are available merely within the wild.

Paul A. Johnsgard's Hummingbirds of North America is the single booklet dedicated to the id, distribution, and biology -- either person and comparative -- of all hummingbirds that breed in North the United States. First released in 1983, this acclaimed quantity now has been revised and increased to incorporate twenty-five Mexican species, comparable to the long-billed starthroat and the fork-tailed emeralds, thereby greater than doubling the species assurance of the unique version. complete species-by-species debts survey the evolutionary background, anatomical and physiological specializations, and comparative ecology, habit, and reproductive biology of this greatest kin of nonpasserine birds. person bills are complemented by way of 24 full-color paintings.

Including up-to-date diversity maps, identity keys, and a bibliography that has been broadened to incorporate literature at the little-known Mexican species, the ebook is either obtainable to novice birders and an authoritative quantity for ornithologists.

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Download E-books Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula, 3rd Edition: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day PDF

This guidebook to mountain climbing the easiest trails within the Olympic Peninsula good points seventy three unforgettable day hikes within the Olympic Peninsula, from Hoodsport to typhoon Ridge to the Pacific coast. All hikes during this e-book are available to citizens within the metropolitan Seattle zone, making it the suitable spouse for a person eager to spend their days within the mountains and their nights at domestic. every one path is rated, and levels from effortless to average to severe, giving beginner hikers or veterans with thousands of miles on their boots the alternatives they need. The relaunch of this renowned sequence now comprises full-color pictures of each hike as well as topographical maps, path descriptions, and extra.

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Download E-books Drawn from Paradise: The Natural History, Art and Discovery of the Birds of Paradise with Rare Archival Art PDF

By Errol Fuller

Initially perceived and idolized by way of the natives of latest Guinea and came across by way of Europeans within the 16th century, birds of paradise have lengthy enchanted observers with their remarkable attractiveness. In Drawn from Paradise, global well known BBC broadcaster David Attenborough and artist and writer Errol Fuller proportion their ardour for those breathtaking creatures, supplying chook fans and nature aficionados a charming choice of attention-grabbing evidence and stunningly attractive, very infrequent hand-painted photographs of a few of the main unique winged creatures within the world.

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