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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...


Walking Nature Home: A Life's Journey

by Susan J. Tweit

Without a map, navigate by the stars. Susan Tweit began learning this lesson as a young woman diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that was predicted to take her life in two to five years. Offered no clear direction...


Remarkable Plants of Texas: Uncommon Accounts of Our Common Natives

by Matt Warnock Turner

With some 6,000 species of plants, Texas has extraordinary botanical wealth and diversity. Learning to identify plants is the first step in understanding their vital role in nature, and many field guides have...


Environmental City: People, Place, Politics, and the Meaning of Modern Austin

by William Scott Jr. Swearingen

As Austin grew from a college and government town of the 1950s into the sprawling city of 2010, two ideas of Austin as a place came into conflict. Many who promoted the ideology of growth believed Austin would...


Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids

by Rena I. Steinzor

In this compelling study, Rena Steinzor highlights the ways in which the government, over the past twenty years, has failed to protect children from harm caused by toxic chemicals. She believes these failures-under-funding,...


The Impact of Global Warming on Texas: Second edition

by Jurgen Schmandt, Gerald R. North & Judith Clarkson

When The Impact of Global Warming on Texas was first published in 1995, it discussed climate change as a likely future phenomenon, predicted by scientific studies. This entirely rewritten second edition presents...


Nesting Birds of the Coastal Islands: A Naturalist's Year on Galveston Bay

by John C. Dyes

Every year, more than twenty species of terns, gulls, and colonial wading birds raise their young on rookery islands all along the Gulf Coast. Their breeding and nesting activities go on in the wake of passing...


Wildflowers and Other Plants of Texas Beaches and Islands

by Alfred Richardson

Many visitors to Texas beaches see only the sands between the surf and the first low dunes. Because few plants grow there, it's easy to get the impression that Texas beaches consist mostly of barren sand-while...