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The Red-cockaded Woodpecker: Surviving in a Fire-Maintained Ecosystem

by Richard Conner, D. Craig Rudolph & Jeffrey R. Walters

Though small among its woodpecker relatives, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker poses a huge dilemma for its human neighbors. Uniquely adapted to live in the old-growth pine forests of the southeastern United States,...


Texas Snakes: A Field Guide

by James R. Dixon, John E. Werler & Regina Levoy

From the legendary, fear-inspiring western diamond-backed rattlesnake to the tiny, harmless plains blind snake, Texas has a greater diversity of snake species than any other state in the country. This fully...


The Green Republic: A Conservation History of Costa Rica

by Sterling Evans

With over 25 percent of its land set aside in national parks and other protected areas, Costa Rica is renowned worldwide as "the green republic." In this very readable history of conservation in Costa Rica,...


Birds of Tropical America: A Watcher's Introduction to Behavior, Breeding, and Diversity

by Steven Hilty & Mimi Hoppe Wolf

Birds of Tropical America was published by Chapters Publishing in 1994 and went out of print in 1997. UT Press is pleased to reissue it with a new epilogue and updated references.


Simple Things Won't Save the Earth

by J. Robert Hunter

We drive cars with "Save the Whales" bumper stickers, buy aerosol sprays that advertise "no chlorofluorocarbons," and wear T-shirts made from organically grown cotton. All of these "earth friendly" choices and...


The Earth Remains Forever: Generations at a Crossroads

by Rob Jackson & John Graves

Writing especially for people who've tuned out the environmental debate, Rob Jackson persuasively argues that we're at a crucial turning point in environmental history, where choices we make now will determine...


The Story of Big Bend National Park

by John Jameson

A breathtaking country of rugged mountain peaks, uninhabited desert, and spectacular river canyons, Big Bend is one of the United States' most remote national parks and among Texas' most popular tourist attractions....


Jungle of the Maya

by Jerry Barrack, Douglas Goodell & Jim Wright

The Selva Maya (Jungle of the Maya) is one of the world's most magical yet least appreciated places-an enormous tropical forest that encompasses much of Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. At...


Wild Orchids of Texas

by Joe Liggio, Ann Orto Liggio & David H. Riskind

From the East Texas swamps and forests to the Edwards Plateau canyons and the Trans-Pecos mountains, Texas hosts a surprising number of native orchids. Their exquisite beauty endears them to everyone from wildflower...


The Okapi: Mysterious Animal of Congo-Zaire

by Susan Lyndaker Lindsey, Mary Neel Green & Cynthia L. Bennett

Congo-Zaire contains Africa's largest remaining tracts of intact rain forest, making it one of the most important regions for biodiversity conservation. Its Ituri Forest is home to plants and animals native...


States of Nature: Science, Agriculture, and Environment in the Spanish Caribbean, 1760-1940

by Stuart George McCook

The process of nation-building in Latin America transformed the relations between the state, the economy, and nature. Between 1760 and 1940, the economies of most countries in the Spanish Caribbean came to depend...


Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes

by Judy Mielke

For gardeners who want to conserve water, the color, fragrance, shade, and lush vegetation of a traditional garden may seem like a mirage in the desert. But such gardens can flourish when native plants grow...


The Ruby-throated Hummingbird

by June Osborne

There is no mistaking a hummingbird. Even people who hardly know a robin from a sparrow recognize that flash of iridescent feathers and the distinctive hovering flight. So popular have "hummers" become that...


Trees & Shrubs of the Trans-Pecos and Adjacent Areas

by A. Michael Powell

First published by the Big Bend Natural History Association in 1988 as Trees & Shrubs of Trans-Pecos Texas, this book is the only keyed guide to the more than 400 species of woody plants native to the Trans-Pecos...


Endangered and Threatened Animals of Florida and Their Habitats

by Chris Scott

A biological crossroads where temperate gives way to tropical and east blends into west, Florida has over twenty-five primary habitat types, several of which are unique to the state. Within these richly varied...


Defending the Land of the Jaguar: A History of Conservation in Mexico

by Lane Simonian

Mexican conservationists have sometimes observed that it is difficult to find a country less interested in the conservation of its natural resources than is Mexico. Yet, despite a long history dedicated to the...


Chasing Neotropical Birds

by Bob Thornton & Vera Thornton

From Belize to Brazil, the forests of the American neotropics are home to an astonishing array of birds-over 3,700 different species, or nearly 40 percent of all the birds on earth. Because of this overwhelming...


Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas

by John Tveten & Gloria Tveten

All across the country, butterflies are becoming as popular as birds and wildflowers, especially among people seeking to enjoy the rich natural resources that Texas possesses. John and Gloria Tveten have been...


Wildflowers of Houston and Southeast Texas

by John Tveten & Gloria Tveten

You'll find them throughout the year in Houston-lyre-leaf sage, Drummond skullcap, silver-leaf nightshade, snow-on-the-prairie, lemon beebalm, scarlet pimpernel, plains wild indigo, spring ladies'-tresses, deer...


Plants and Animals in the Life of the Kuna

by Jorge Ventocilla, Heraclio Herrera & Valerio Núñez

"The earth is the mother of all things"; thus begins this original and accessible book on how the Kuna of Panama relate to the natural world. An integrative project involving Kuna traditional leaders and trained...