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Do you know . . . * how much a rhino weighs? * what rhinos eat? * why rhinos charge? Read this book to find out!
How to Grow African Violets discusses the history, origin, proper care and varieties of African Violets, one of the most popular houseplants of the 20th century.
Plant and fire ecologist Wallace (U. of Oklahoma) provides a comprehensive scientific summary of the effects of the dramatic fires that tore across Wyoming and Montana in 1988. Even before the ashes had cooled, scientists from many disciplines began research, asking critical questions about the extent and intensity of the fires and initiating studies to determine the effects on geology, hydrology, plant and animal ecology, aquatic ecosystems, and landscape and ecosystem structure and function. The collection shows that the largest effects were found to have been felt at the smallest scales, and that the long-term devastation that had been predicted did not come to pass. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Thoroughly researched and finely crafted, After the Grizzly traces the history of endangered species and habitat in California, from the time of the Gold Rush to the present. Peter S. Alagona shows how scientists and conservationists came to view the fates of endangered species as inextricable from ecological conditions and human activities in the places where those species lived. Focusing on the stories of four high-profile endangered species--the California condor, desert tortoise, Delta smelt, and San Joaquin kit fox--Alagona offers an absorbing account of how Americans developed a political system capable of producing and sustaining debates in which imperiled species serve as proxies for broader conflicts about the politics of place. The challenge for conservationists in the twenty-first century, this book claims, will be to redefine habitat conservation beyond protected wildlands to build more diverse and sustainable landscapes.
Archaeology says present day humans have been on the planet for eighty thousand years. The first writing has been dated to 3,500 BC. This is what humanity may have been during from 20,000 to 5,000 BC, during the period of global warming which followed the last great ice age. The author uses archaeology to talk about humans at various times during this period of time and at various places on the planet. This book is about what life may have been like day to day over a fifteen thousand year period before we learned to write and live in cities.
In this bold book, Richard Manning narrates a fascinating revisionist history of agriculture, from the domestication of plants and animals ten thousand years ago to today's corporate megafarms. Instead of a bucolic Ur-myth, Manning portrays an enterprise that was from its inception expansionist, and that did not so much accompany colonialism as drive it. Drawing on the work of anthropologists, biologists, archaeologists, and historians, as well as on his own extensive research, he traces a commodification of grain that has reached its apex in contemporary agribusiness and that has helped to build some of the most familiar -- and dysfunctional -- features of our political and economic landscape.
In this comprehensive study of organic farming in California, Julie Guthman casts doubt on the current wisdom about organic food and agriculture, at least as it has evolved in the Golden State. Refuting popular portrayals of organic agriculture as a small-scale family farm endeavor in opposition to "industrial" agriculture, Guthman explains how organic farming has replicated what it set out to oppose.
roald dahl's new book is a wonderful collection of stories, most of which were written in the late 1940s, originally published in various magazines and collections in the forties and fifties, and are gathered here together for the first time. Set in one English village and sharing a cast of characters, these stories--each bearing the inimitable, antic, slightly wicked Dahl touch--have the vivid effect of a novel, giving us the larger picture of this small world in the years just after World War II. And leave it to Dahl to find the most unusual, the eeriest, the funniest, and the most shocking details lurking inside this (or any) pastoral. There's the ratcatcher who looks--and acts--alarmingly like his quarry...the grand backfiring of the greatest pheasant poaching (a "sporting type of stealing") ever almost pulled off...the strange disappearance--and gruesome reappearance--of Ole Jimmy, the elderly, sweet-tempered, tipsy playground attendant...the comings and goings at the illegal greyhound racetrack where the dogs are far tamer than the bookies...the surprisingorigin of the expression "bull's eye" (and a lesson in assuring the sex of your cow's next calf)... Seven stories that delight us with their mixture of the charming and the charmingly perverse, and that remind us--as only a Roald Dahl story can--that the mystery of life isn't always as sweet as it seems.
From the Book Jacket: It is Iditarod day. Fifty-six dog teams will race through 1,151 miles of rugged Alaskan terrain from Anchorage to Nome. Akiak knows these miles well. As lead dog, she has raced the incredible trail before, but never won. She is ten years old: if she is going to win, it must be now. When snow hurts her paw on the fourth day out, Mick, her musher, must leave her behind and continue the race without her. The rules say once a dog is dropped from the race, it may not rejoin the team. But Akiak doesn't know about rules. She is a lead dog, and her place is with the team. Nothing, not blizzards, not breaking ice, not the people out to catch her, will stop Akiak from catching up to her team. The question is, can the team still win? Robert J. Blake's majestic snow-scapes will lead you through this unforgettable tale of a dog with a hero's heart, a dog who will not give up. Akiak will leave you cheering.
A discription of and recipes for nearly 50 wild berries that grow in Alaska.
From the book: If Albert could live under water, he might be a fish. And if he could fly, he just might be a butterfly-one with a very round stomach, that is. But Albert can't do either and he doesn't know what he is, except that he is something with two feet and that very round stomach. As Mrs. Bluebird points out, he can't be a bird: "No wings, you see." And he can't even hop, so he's definitely not a frog. Poor little Albert. Not one of the friendly animals of the forest can decide just what Albert is. They can only tell him what he isn't. But then, just when Albert and his friends are so tired they can scarcely walk another step, they go around a curve and there in a beautiful green meadow is the happy answer to all their questions. Patricia Kinsey's and artist Zena Bernstein's deep love of nature shines through story and illustrations with a sensitive, sure touch that makes ALBERT THE ALBERT a uniquely beautiful book. Picture descriptions are included.
Where do alligators live? How big do they grow? Are they dangerous to people? What sounds do they make? Now noted artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky brings the fascinating world of alligators to life. You will feel as if you are standing on the edge of a swamp-staring right into an alligator's eyes.
What are seeds? Where do they come from? What do they need to grow into plants? In this book you will learn All About Seeds by collecting, planting, and cooking them.
There are all kinds of kisses...Cheep kisses. Moo kisses. Maaa kisses. Coo kisses...But the best kiss of all...Is Mommy's kiss goodnight. Sweet dreams, little one!Mommies and babies aren't the only ones who enjoy sharing kisses. All throughout the farm, animal families snuggle up with their little ones, offering them warmth and love. Following a mama bird on her journey back to the nest to give her own baby some special cuddles, Nancy Tafuri uses beautiful, inviting illustration to share how different creatures, from peeping ducks to mooing cows, show their love and affection in very similar ways. A heartfelt homage to all of the wonderful kinds of kissesveryone satisfied, comforted, and ready for bed." - Horn Book
The highly amusing, uplifting and entertaining follow-up to All My Patients Have Tales. In this second collection by our intrepid vet, Jeff Wells has his work cut out for him when he learns that llamas do not take kindly to having their toenails trimmed, dog owners in the medical field can be a real pain, Scottish Highland cattle stick together and just might run a vet out of their enclosure, and fixing an overly amorous burro often needs to be prioritized. Told with Wells's trademark humor and gentle touch, these and many other heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny and strange stories will give readers a whole new appreciation for those who care for our pets.
Muir explores into the vast and varied splendors of the natural world in Alaska.
Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book: Traveling and Camping Skills for a Winter Environmentby Allen O'Bannon Mike Clelland
Allen & Mike are back with totally updated information and first-hand advice for all aspects of backcountry skiing and winter camping. Learn how to choose the right equipment, avoid hazards such as avalanches and extreme cold, build snow shelters, and have fun while staying safe and minimizing the impact on the wilderness. These two National Outdoor Leadership School instructors offer lots of tried-and-true tricks and useful tips drawn from years of experience.
From the Book jacket: Loathed for their dining habits and adored for their skins, alligators and crocodiles were hunted almost to extinction. But thanks to some creative conservation efforts, their status has improved dramatically. Even so, they are still at risk: eight species remain on the endangered list, and some hover on the edge of extinction. In Alligator and Crocodile Rescue, you'll meet people from around the world who are helping to ensure a future for these living links to dinosaurs. Trish Snyder has been an editor at Today's Parent, Chatelaine and House and Home. An award-winning writer, her articles have appeared in Toronto Life, Canadian Business, MoneySense and Glow. Alligator and Crocodile Rescue is her first book.
Describes alligators and crocodiles, where they like to live, what they like to eat.
From the Book jacket: Alligators and crocodiles are among the oldest, largest, and most advanced reptiles on earth. Lurid accounts of encounters between humans and crocodilians have fascinated and horrified people over the centuries, and some truly monstrous creatures exist today. John and Deborah Behler have spent more than twenty years working with reptiles, and describe the history, habits, and prospects for survival of the remaining twenty-three species of alligator, caiman, crocodile, and gharial. Here too are breathtaking pictures of these awesome creatures by some of the world's leading wildlife photographers. Discover the world's animals with the WorldLife Library series. This highly acclaimed series brings you the latest research from leading naturalists, along with stunning color photographs of your favorite animals.
This is a fascinating book. Do you know which crocodilian is the smallest? Do you know what Spanish explorers called crocodiles?
Alone across the Arctic tells the gripping adventure story of Pam Flowers's solo trip across the North American arctic coast with her eight sled dogs. Inspired by Knud Rasmussen's pioneer 1923-24 expedition along the same route, Pam is the first woman to traverse the arctic coast alone. Pam's astounding year-long journey over 2,500 miles of frozen wilderness exposed her to heart-stopping perils, from intense blizzards and melting pack ice to a frightening polar bear encounter. With storytelling and journal extracts, she offers powerful insights into the challenges and rewards of such an epic achievement.
A school of fish raining from the sky . . . anglers catching eighty-three sailfish in one day-fish tales? No, Amazing but True Fishing Stories. In the tradition of Nash and Zullo's Amazing but True Golf Facts and The Sports Hall of Shame book series comes a compendium of true tales, angling antics, and fish facts. This is a book that once again demonstrates how truth can be stranger than fiction. Consider: the Frenchman who caught 590 fish in one hour with a single pole; the angler who used his rod and reel to hook and save a drowning woman; the man who lost his thumb in a boating accident-and found it seven months later, in the belly of a trout! These and many more terrific tales, crazy catches, and daring duels can be found in Amazing but True Fishing Stories.
A close-up look at some of the world's most amazing frogs and toads. Which frog is the size of a football? Which frog carries its babies in its mouth? How can you tell a frog from a toad? Find out in Eyewitness Juniors, a real-life look at amazing but true behavior in the animal world. Each book is chockful of fascinating facts, with photos so lifelike you can almost feel a leopard's fur or touch the scales on a lizard.