New Arrivals · Life Sciences, Natural History & Animals

June 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bug lab for kids : family-friendly activities for exploring the amazing world of beetles, butterflies, spiders, and other arthropods

June 15, 2018
Guyton, John W., author.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Unit 1. Begin your bug adventure -- Unit 2. Make & use a collecting kit -- Unit 3. Advanced collecting techniques -- Unit 4. Preserving insects -- Unit 5. The most common insect orders -- Unit 6. Other arthropod adventures -- Unit 7. Bug art & science projects -- Unit 8. Butterflies & butterfly migration -- Unit 9. Bees & other pollinators.
Prepare to cozy up with spiders, centipedes, butterflies, and bees, to name just a few! In Bug Lab for Kids, Mississippi State University associate professor, extension entomologist (bug expert), and educator John W. Guyton shares his knowledge and excitement about all things beautiful, creepy, and crawly.

The equations of life : how physics shapes evolution

June 15, 2018
Cockell, Charles, author.
x, 337 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Life's silent commander -- Organizing the multitudes -- The physics of the ladybug -- All creatures great and small -- Bundles of life -- The edge of life -- The code of life -- Of sandwiches and sulfur -- Water, the liquid of life -- The atoms of life -- Universal biology? -- The laws of life: evolution and physics unified.
"In a provocative and captivating journey into the forces and laws that shape the zoo of living things on Earth, Cockell suggests that the unity of physics and biology gives us a new way to unravel the mysteries of life on our own planet and maybe even elswhere." --Jacket.

Orca : how we came to know and love the ocean's greatest predator

June 1, 2018
Colby, Jason M. (Jason Michael), 1974- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
viii, 394 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"The most terrible jaws afloat" -- The old Northwest -- Griffin's quest -- Murray Newman and Moby Doll -- Namu's journey -- A boy and his whale -- Fishing for orcas -- Skana and the hippie -- the whales of Pender Harbour -- Supply and demand -- The white whale -- The Penn Cove roundup -- Whaling in the new Northwest -- Big government and big business -- The legend of Mike Bigg -- "All Hell broke loose" -- New frontiers -- Haida's song -- The legacy of capture -- Epilogue.

American Eden : David Hosack, botany, and medicine in the garden of the early republic

May 30, 2018
Johnson, Victoria, 1969- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2018]
x, 461 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

She has her mother's laugh : the powers, perversions, and potential of heredity

May 25, 2018
Zimmer, Carl, 1966- author.
New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
xii, 657 pages ; 25 cm
The light trifle of his substance -- Traveling across the face of time -- This race should end with them -- Attagirl -- An evening's revelry -- The sleeping branches -- Individual Z -- Mongrels -- Nine foot high complete -- Ed and Fred -- Ex ovo omnia -- Witch's broom -- Chimeras -- You, my friend, are a wonderland -- Flowering monsters -- The teachable ape -- Yet greatly did he dare -- Orphaned at conception -- The planet's heirs.
Presents a history of the human understanding of heredity and how it has shaped society, chronicling the transitions brought about by genetic research and making predictions about how evolving understandings are likely to impact the future.

Walking is a way of knowing : in a Kadar forest

May 15, 2018
Ramesh, Madhuri.
[Besant Nagar, Madras, India] : Tara Books, 2018.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The Kadars are a small indigenous community in south India. Even though they no longer live deep in the forest, they still walk its paths every day. For them, walking is a way of knowing, not just a way of getting from place to place. This is the story of a Kadar elder who takes a young urban visitor through the tangled woods that make up his ancient home. The book captures an urban nature lover's experience of learning from a forest-dweller -- and is beautifully illustrated to bring alive the dark richness of an lndian tropical forest.

The curious life of krill : a conservation story from the bottom of the world

May 10, 2018
Nicol, Stephen, author.
xvi, 194 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Oceans of krill -- Going with the floes -- Labors of love -- Bringing krill to life -- Antarctic fast food -- Eating krill -- Conventional approaches -- Krill futures.
"Scientists say they are one of most abundant animals on the planet. But when pressed, few people can accurately describe krill or explain their ecological importance. Antarctic krill have used their extraordinary adaptive skills to survive and thrive for millions of years in a dark, icy world far from human interference. But with climate change melting ice caps at the top and bottom of the world, and increased human activity and pollution, their evolutionary flexibility to withstand these new pressures may not be enough. Eminent krill scientist Stephen Nicol wants us to know more about this enigmatic creature of the sea. He argues that it's critical to understand krill's complex biology in order to protect them as the krill fishing industry expands. Ocean enthusiasts will come away with a newfound appreciation for the complex ecology of a species we have much to learn from, and many reasons to protect."--Provided by publisher.

Pollinators of native plants : attract, observe and identify pollinators and beneficial insects with native plants

May 4, 2018
Holm, Heather, 1972- author.
xiii, 305 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
"Bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, beetles"--Cover.
Pollination -- Pollinators -- Pollinator conservation -- Prairie -- Woodland edge -- Wetland edge.
"This comprehensive book profiles over 65 perennial native plant species of the Midwest, Great Lakes region, Northeast and southern Canada plus the pollinators, beneficial insects and flower visitors the plants attract.--Back cover.

Darwin's fossils : the collection that shaped the theory of evolution

April 26, 2018
Lister, Adrian, author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2018]
232 pages ; 23 cm
Preface -- The making of a naturalist -- Giant mammals -- A petrified forest -- Marine life -- Coral islands -- The making of a theory.
Reveals how Darwin's study of fossils shaped his scientific thinking and led to his development of the theory of evolution. -- Provided by publisher.

Peterson field guide to moths of southeastern North America

April 16, 2018
Leckie, Seabrooke, author.
ix, 652 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 19 cm.
"There are over 11,000 species of moths currently recognized in North America"--Introduction.
"Sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the National Wildlife Federation."
Introduction -- How to use this book -- How to see moths -- How to identify moths -- Moth taxonomy -- Moths and conservation -- Species accounts.
A field guide to the most common moths found in southeastern North America.

The birds at my table : why we feed wild birds and why it matters

April 12, 2018
Jones, Darryl N., author.
xxi, 327 pages ; 23 cm
Why bird feeding matters -- Crumbs to corporations: the extraordinary history and growth of bird feeding -- The big change: winter or always? -- The feeder effect: what all that food can do -- What happens when we feed? Insights from supplementary feeding studies -- Tainted table? Can feeding make birds sick? -- Feeding for a purpose: supplementary feeding as conservation -- Reasons why we feed wild birds -- Bird feeding matters even more now: the promise and risks of a global phenomenon.
"Discusses the history and scale of feeding wild birds. Outlines debates about the practice, highlighting key research findings and pointing out the issues that require further examination. Written in nontechnical language, thus making it accessible to the general public, birders, and academics"-- Provided by publisher.

Complete guide to Florida wildflowers : over 600 wildflowers of the Sunshine State including national parks, forests, preserves, and more than 160 state parks

April 12, 2018
Hammer, Roger L, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : FalconGuides, [2018]
380 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction -- How to use this guide -- Habitats -- Outdoor ethics -- Blue and purple flowers -- Pink flowers -- Red and orange flowers -- Yellow flowers -- Brown and green flowers -- White flowers -- Glossary.
This guide features stunning color photographs of more than 600 common wildflowers of Florida. Detailed descriptions and full-color photos aid the reader in identifying plants in the field. -- Provided by publisher.

Brave new Arctic : the untold story of the melting North

April 11, 2018
Serreze, Mark C., author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]
xii, 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm.
Beginnings -- It's not what it used to be -- The Arctic stirs -- Unaami -- Epiphany -- Rude awakenings -- Looking ahead.
In the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation and unexpected changes in weather patterns throughout the world. The Arctic's perennially frozen ground, known as permafrost, was warming, and treeless tundra was being overtaken by shrubs. What was going on? Brave New Arctic is Mark Serreze's riveting firsthand account of how scientists from around the globe came together to find answers.

Darwin comes to town : how the urban jungle drives evolution

April 9, 2018
Schilthuizen, Menno, author.
viii, 293 pages : illustrations 25 cm
City life: Nature's ultimate ecosystem engineer ; The ant(hropo)-hill ; Downtown ecology ; Urban naturalists ; City slickers ; If I can make it there -- II. Cityscapes: These are the facts ; Urban myths ; So it really is ; Town mouse, country mouse ; Poisoning pigeons in the park ; Bright lights, big city ; But is it really evolution? -- III. City encounters: Close urban encounters ; Self-domestication ; Songs of the city ; Sex and the city ; Turdus urbanicus -- IV. Darwin city:Evolution in a telecoupled world ; Design it with Darwin ; Outskirt.
"A growing number of urban ecologists are studying how our manmade environments are accelerating and changing the evolution of the animals and plants around us. Darwin Comes to Town, explains just how stunningly flexible and swift-moving natural selection can be. With human populations growing, we're having an increasing impact on global ecosystems, and nowhere do these impacts overlap as much as they do in cities. The urban environment is about as extreme as it gets, and the wild animals and plants that live side-by-side with us need to adapt to a whole suite of challenging conditions: they must manage in the city's hotter climate (the "urban heat island"); they need to be able to live either in the semidesert of the tall, rocky, and cavernous structures we call buildings or in the pocket-like oases of city parks (which pose their own dangers, including smog and free-ranging dogs and cats); traffic causes continuous noise, a mist of fine dust particles, and barriers to movement for any animal that cannot fly or burrow; food sources are mainly human-derived. And yet, the wildlife sharing these spaces with us is not just surviving, but evolving ways of thriving. "--Dust jacket.

Tree song

April 6, 2018
Stone, Tiffany, 1967- author.
Toronto, Canada ; Berkeley : Annick Press, [2018]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"This joyful book follows the life cycle of a tree as it grows from seedling to mature tree, and finally gives way to a new sapling. At every stage of the tree's life, children are shown playing under its branches."-- Provided by publisher.

The wisdom of wolves : lessons from the Sawtooth pack

April 4, 2018
Dutcher, Jim, 1943- author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2018]
219 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Foreword / by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. -- Introduction -- Earning trust -- Family first -- Lead with kindness -- One for all -- Never stop playing -- Teach the young, respect the old -- Stay curious -- Find compassion -- Cherish one another -- The wolf in the mirror.
"Lessons Jim and Jamie Dutcher learned from six years of living in the Idaho wilderness with gray wolves"-- Provided by publisher.

Who we are and how we got here : ancient DNA and the new science of the human past

March 29, 2018
Reich, David (Of Harvard Medical School), author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
xxv, 335 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Part I: The deep history of our species -- How the genome explains who we are -- Encounters the Neanderthals -- Ancient DNA opens the floodgates -- Part II: How we got to where we are today -- Humanity's ghosts -- The making of modern Europe -- The collision that formed India -- In search of Native American ancestors -- The genomic origins of East Asians -- Rejoining Africa to the human story -- Part III: The disruptive genome -- The genomics of inequality -- The genomics of race and identity -- The future of ancient DNA.
"A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies. Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear--in part from David Reich's own contributions to the field--that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word. Now, in The New Science of the Human Past, Reich describes with unprecedented clarity just how the human genome provides not only all the information that a fertilized human egg needs to develop but also contains within it the history of our species. He delineates how the Genomic Revolution and ancient DNA are transforming our understanding of our own lineage as modern humans; how genomics deconstructs the idea that there are no biologically meaningful differences among human populations (though without adherence to pernicious racist hierarchies); and how DNA studies reveal the deep history of human inequality--among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals within a population"-- Provided by publisher.

The food explorer : the true adventures of the globe-trotting botanist who transformed what America eats

February 28, 2018
Stone, Daniel (Daniel Evan), 1985- author.
xvi, 397 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) map ; 24 cm
Chance encounters -- One thousand dollars -- East of Suez -- Guest and protégé -- The listless Pacific -- One cause, one country -- Crossing countries -- Alligator pears -- Grapes of a Venetian monk -- Citrus maxima -- Lemons, leaves, and the dawn of new light -- On the banks of the Tigris -- Bell's grand plan -- A brain awhirl -- Cherry trees with no cherries -- The urge to walk -- Outlaws, brigands, and murderers -- Fly the coop -- Sad and mad and so utterly unnecessary -- Wij zijn Amerikanen -- Epilogue.
"In the nineteenth century American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. Agriculture yielded stable, basic crops like soybeans, corn, and barley, and few growers considered variety or flavor. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable hunger to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Boarding a steamship, Fairchild embarked with little money and even less confidence, but he abounded with curiosity. Soon he fell in with an eccentric San Francisco millionaire named Barbour Lathrop, who took a shine to the awkward young man and financed his wanderlust. Across oceans and over rails, up mountainsides and through the surf of tropical beaches, they visited five continents and more than fifty countries, encountering cultures unimaginable to his neighbors back home. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food: From Egypt he sent back a variety of cotton that revolutionized an industry, and from Japan he introduced the cherry blossom tree, forever brightening America's capital. Along the way he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. But his culinary ambition came during a formative era, the golden age of science, travel, and a world growing more connected; and through him, America's food system was transformed into the most diverse ever."--Dust jacket.

Invasive species

February 26, 2018
Amstutz, Lisa J., author.
112 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 25 cm.
Humanity's impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. Invasive Species shines a light on the global problem of invasive species. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind how species become invasive and the damages they cause ecosystems around the world, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation.

The seabird's cry : the lives and loves of the planet's great ocean voyagers

February 21, 2018
Nicolson, Adam, 1957- author.
New York : A John Macrae Book, Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Originally published in The U.K. in 2017 by HarperCollins.
Fulmar -- Puffin -- Kittiwake -- Gull -- Guillemot -- Cormorant and shag -- Shearwater -- Gannet -- Great auk and its cousin razorbill -- Albatross -- The seabird's cry.

Our native bees : America's endangered pollinators and the fight to save them

February 15, 2018
Embry, Paige, author.
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
What a bee is: an introduction -- A bee for all seasons: Apis mellifera, the European honey bee -- Did greenhouse tomatoes kill the last Franklin's bumble bee? -- Osmia lignaria, the great and glorious BOB -- Bees, blueberries, budworms, and pesticides -- Cinderella ceratina and bees down on the farm -- Life, death, and thievery in the dark -- Bees in the grass: rethinking normal -- Citizen science and the great sunflower project -- The power of bees.

Growing a revolution : bringing our soil back to life

February 14, 2018
Montgomery, David R., 1961-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
316 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Fertile ruins -- Myths of modern agriculture -- Roots of the underground economy -- The oldest problem -- Ditching the plow -- Green manure -- Developing solutions -- The organic dilemma -- Carbon cowboys -- Invisible herds -- Farming carbon -- Closing the loop -- The fifth revolution.
Since the dawn of agriculture, great civilizations have sunk into poverty after destroying their once fertile land. Today, few people realize how close we are to experiencing the same fate if we don't take action. In Growing a Revolution, geologist David R. Montgomery leads us on a journey through history and around the world to see how innovative farmers are ditching the plow, mulching cover crops, and adopting complex rotations to restore the soil. In their stories he finds the foundation for the next agricultural revolution: a soil health revolution.

Mushrooms of the Southeast

February 2, 2018
Elliott, Todd F., author.
Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2018.
407 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm

Hidden in nature : the art of animal camouflage

January 29, 2018
Levin, Anna, author.
Milan, Italy : White Star Publishers, [2017]
207 pages : color illustrations ; 39 cm
"Nature Picture Library"--Cover.
Hiding among the leaves -- The frozen white kingdom -- Living patterns in the sand -- Secrets of the grasslands -- Masters of marine camouflage.
"A stunning look at the many ways animals camouflage themselves in order to survive, featuring images from the Nature Picture Library. Through their extraordinary ability to camouflage themselves, animals become invisible to both predators and prey. These incredible images, from the prestigious Nature Picture Library, capture wild creatures zhidingy in a variety of environments. See how polar animals’ white fur blends with the snow; how insects resemble the leaves in the forest; and how an octopus changes the color of its skin to match the ocean floor"--Publisher's website.

Inside animal hearts and minds : bears that count, goats that surf, and other true stories of animal intelligence and emotion

January 29, 2018
Recio, Belinda, 1961- author.
xv, 159 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Pt. 1. Heart -- The joke's on us : Laughter, humor, and mischief -- A generous nature : Reciprocity and cooperation -- Fair and square : Playing by the rules -- Stand by me : Friendship -- For the fun of it : Play and imagination -- Random acts of kindness : Empathy and altruism -- A sense of the sacred : Death and spirituality -- Pt. 2. Mind -- To know thyself : Awareness and identity -- If we could talk to the animals : Language -- Count them in : Numerical cognition -- Technology across the kingdom : Tool use -- Finding their way : Spatial intelligence -- For art's sake : Creativity and aesthetics -- Re-imagining IQ : Thinking outside the human brain.
In engaging text, photographs, and infographics, Inside Animal Hearts and Minds showcases fascinating and heart-warming examples of animal emotion and cognition that will foster wonder and empathy. Learn about an orangutan who does "macramé," monkeys that understand the concept of money, and rats that choose friendship over food. Even language, math, and logic are no longer exclusive to humans. Prairie dogs have their own complex vocabularies to describe human intruders, parrots name their chicks, sea lions appear capable of deductive thinking akin to a ten-year-old child's, and bears, lemurs, parrots, and other animals demonstrate numerical cognition.


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