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Handbook of the Convention on Biological Diversity

by Secretariat To The Cbd

In 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio, the United Nations adopted the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to agree international measures aimed at preserving the vital ecosystems and biological resources...


The Young Activist's Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World

by Sharon J. Smith

If you want to make a significant and sustainable impact on the health of our planet, this powerful and practical guide can help. Author and activist Sharon J. Smith shares proven strategies and lessons learned...


Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You: A Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World

by Dan Riskin

It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin (cohost of Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet) explains, it’s also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying...


Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary

by Esther Woolfson

Field Notes From a Hidden City is set against the background of the austere, grey and beautiful northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen. In it, Esther Woolfson examines the elements—geographic, atmospheric and...


Dance of the Dragonfly

by Donna Torres

Gracefully dancing across the pond, moving high into the beyond, together they rise up in the air without a care... as they dance the dance of the dragonfly... Suitable for all ages, Donna invites you to come...


Plants for Houston and the Gulf Coast

by Howard Garrett

Whether you're a first-time homeowner, dedicated gardener, or landscape professional, if you're gardening on the Gulf Coast, you need Howard Garrett's Plants for Houston and the Gulf Coast. Garrett is one of...


Messages from the Wild: An Almanac of Suburban Natural and Unnatural History

by Frederick R. Gehlbach

Seeking a closer connection with nature than the manicured lawns of suburbia, naturalist Fred Gehlbach and his family built a house on the edge of a wooded ravine in Central Texas in the mid-1960s. On daily...


Exploring the Big Bend Country

by Peter Koch & June Cooper Price

Photographer-naturalist Peter Koch first visited the new Big Bend National Park in February, 1945, on assignment to take promotional pictures for the National Park Service. He planned to spend a couple of weeks-and...


Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

by Carrol L. Henderson, Steve Adams & Alexander F. Skutch

At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals-over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world, drawn by...


Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs: Bird Conservation Comes Out of Its Shell

by Carrol L. Henderson

Before modern binoculars and cameras made it possible to observe birds closely in the wild, many people collected eggs as a way of learning about birds. Serious collectors called their avocation "oology" and...


The Seasons of the Robin

by Don Grussing

In a small nest in a large oak tree, the drama begins. A young American Robin breaks open his shell and emerges into a world that will provide the warmth of sunny days and the life-threatening chill of cold,...


The Maya Tropical Forest: People, Parks, and Ancient Cities

by James D. Nations

The Maya Tropical Forest, which occupies the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, is the closest rainforest to the United States and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Western...


Wetland and Riparian Areas of the Intermountain West: Ecology and Management

by Mark C. McKinstry, Wayne A. Hubert & Stanley H. Anderson

Wetlands and riparian areas between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada are incredibly diverse and valuable habitats. More than 80 percent of the wildlife species in this intermountain region depend on...


Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico, Volume 2: Scorpaeniformes to Tetraodontiformes

by John D. McEachran & Janice D. Fechhelm

This book is the second of two volumes that cover the entire fish fauna of the Gulf of Mexico. It includes the orders Scorpaeniformes, Perciformes, Pleuronectiformes, and Tetraodontiformes. Keys and descriptions...


Texas Bobwhites: A Guide to Their Foods and Habitat Management

by Jon A. Larson, Timothy E. Fulbright & Leonard A. Brennan

Northern bobwhites are one of the most popular game birds in the United States. In Texas alone, nearly 100,000 hunters take to the field each fall and winter to pursue wild bobwhite quail. Texas is arguably...


Species at Risk: Using Economic Incentives to Shelter Endangered Species on Private Lands

by Jason F. Shogren

Protecting endangered species of animals and plants is a goal that almost everyone supports in principle-but in practice private landowners have often opposed the regulations of the Endangered Species Act, which,...


The Behavior of Texas Birds

by Kent Rylander

Whether it's the sudden, plunging dives of Brown Pelicans, the singing and aerial displays of Northern Mockingbirds, or the communal nesting of Purple Martins, innate and learned behaviors are some of the most...


Walking the Forest with Chico Mendes: Struggle for Justice in the Amazon

by Gomercindo Rodrigues, Linda Rabben & Biorn Maybury-Lewis

A close associate of Chico Mendes, Gomercindo Rodrigues witnessed the struggle between Brazil's rubber tappers and local ranchers-a struggle that led to the murder of Mendes. Rodrigues's memoir of his years...


Venomous Snakes of Texas: A Field Guide

by Andrew H. Price

Texas has about one hundred twenty native species and subspecies of snakes, fifteen of which are venomous. Since 1950, Texans have turned to the Poisonous Snakes of Texas pamphlet series published by the Texas...


Citizen's Primer for Conservation Activism: How to Fight Development in Your Community

by Judith Perlman

Is there anything you can do when development threatens your local forest, beach, prairie, or wetland? Yes, there is. Across America, citizen activists are fighting and winning battles against unwanted development...