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Tales from Concrete Jungles: Urban birding around the world

by David Lindo

When you think about going birdwatching, you imagine visiting magnificent open countryside, rolling hills, lush woodland or waterlogged marshes. You don't think of towns and cities. In fact, the urban environment...


Living in the Sound of the Wind: A Personal Quest for W.H. Hudson, Naturalist and Writer from the River Plate

by Jason Wilson

W. H. Hudson was brought up on the pampas, where he learnt from gauchos about frontier life. After moving to London in 1874, Hudson lived in extreme poverty. Like his friend Joseph Conrad, Hudson was an exile,...


Networking for Nerds: Find, Access and Land Hidden Game-Changing Career Opportunities Everywhere

by Alaina G. Levine & Brian Schmidt

Networking for Nerds provides a step-by-step guide to understanding how to access hidden professional opportunities through networking. With an emphasis on practical advice on how and why to network, you will...


The Origin of Species

by Charles Darwin

On the Origin of Species, published on 24 November 1859, is a work of scientific literature by Charles Darwin which is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology. Its full title was On the Origin...


Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World

by Richard C. Francis

Without our domesticated plants and animals, human civilization as we know it would not exist. We would still be living at subsistence level as hunter-gatherers if not for domestication. It is no accident that...


Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

by Mark Essig

Unlike other barnyard animals, which pull plows, give eggs or milk, or grow wool, a pig produces only one thing: meat. Incredibly efficient at converting almost any organic matter into nourishing, delectable...


A Buzz in the Meadow

by Dave Goulson

A CONSERVATIONIST'S DEEPLY PERSONAL AND FASCINATING REFLECTION ON OWNING AND REVITALIZING A FARM IN RURAL FRANCE

A Sting in the Tale, Dave Goulson's account of a lifetime studying bees, was a powerful call to...


The House of Owls

by Tony Angell

For a quarter of a century, Tony Angell and his family shared the remarkable experience of closely observing pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside the window of their forest home....


Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock

by Stephen W. Kress & Derrick Z. Jackson

Project Puffin is the inspiringstory of how a beloved seabird was restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast. As a young ornithology instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Dr. Stephen...


The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey

by Deborah Cramer

Thousands of ravenous tiny shorebirds race along the water's edge of Delaware Bay, feasting on pin-sized horseshoe-crab eggs. Fueled by millions of eggs, the migrating red knots fly on. When they arrive at last...


Deer and People

by Naomi Sykes, Karis Baker & Ruth Carden

Deer have been central to human cultures throughout time and space: whether as staples to hunter-gatherers, icons of Empire, or the focus of sport. Their social and economic importance has seen some species...


Physiology

by Ernest S. Chang & Martin Thiel

The Crustacea is one of the dominant invertebrate groups, displaying staggering diversity in form and function, and spanning the full spectrum of Earth's environments. Crustaceans are increasingly used as model...


A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada: Identification, Natural History, and Distribution of the Cicindelinae

by David L. Pearson, C. Barry Knisley, Daniel P. Duran & Charles J. Kazilek

More than 2600 species of tiger beetles are found all over the world. In North America there are 116 species of tiger beetle, divided into 153 geographically distinct races. Detailed studies of their natural...


Komodo Dragons: Biology and Conservation

by James B. Murphy, Claudio Ciofi & Colomba De La Panouse

More than twenty years have passed since Walter Auffenberg's monumental The Behavioral Ecology of the Komodo Monitor. In the intervening years the populations of Komodo dragons—native only to a handful of...


Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom

by Simon Barnes

This fascinating scientific foray into the animal kingdom examines how the world’s creatures—weird, wonderful, and everything in between—are inextricably linked.

Life on planet earth is not weirder than...


The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest

by David Quammen

In this "frightening and fascinating masterpiece" (Walter Isaacson), David Quammen explores the true origins of HIV/AIDS. The real story of AIDS—how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one...


Progress in Medicinal Chemistry

by G. Lawton & David R. Witty

Progress in Medicinal Chemistry provides a review of eclectic developments in medicinal chemistry. This volume includes chapters covering recent advances in cancer therapeutics,  fluorine in medicinal chemistry,...


Snakes in Question, Second Edition: The Smithsonian Answer Book

by George R. Zug, Carl H. Ernst & Richard D. Bartlett

This new edition of Snakes in Question has been completely updated to take into account the most recent research available, offering useful scientific information about snakes while dispelling many widely-circulated...


Bats in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book

by Don E. Wilson & Merlin D. Tuttle

Long the subject of myth and superstition, bats have been among the most misunderstood of mammals due to their nocturnal habits, capacity for flight, and strange appearance. Seeking to dispel the myths associated...


On the Edge of the Wild: Passions and Pleasures of a Naturalist

by Stephen Bodio & Paula Young Lee

“This book is a collage in essays about the kind of life I found worth living so far,” writes author Stephen J. Bodio. On the Edge of the Wild is a stunning collection that shares Bodio’s love for the country,...