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Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography

by Douglas Carlson

Beginning with his 1934 Field Guide to the Birds, Roger Tory Peterson introduced literally millions of people to the pleasures of observing birds in the wild. His field guide, which has gone through five editions...


Water in Texas: An Introduction

by Andrew Sansom

No natural resource issue has greater significance for the future of Texas than water. The state's demand for water for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational uses continues to grow exponentially,...


In the Palace of Nezahualcoyotl: Painting Manuscripts, Writing the Pre-Hispanic Past in Early Colonial Period Tetzcoco, Mexico

by Eduardo de J. Douglas

Around 1542, descendants of the Aztec rulers of Mexico created accounts of the pre-Hispanic history of the city of Tetzcoco, Mexico, one of the imperial capitals of the Aztec Empire. Painted in iconic script...


Saving Migrant Birds: Developing Strategies for the Future

by John Faaborg

In the 1980s, numerous scientific surveys documented both declining bird populations, especially among Neotropical songbirds that winter in the tropics, and the loss of tropical rain forest habitat. Drawing...


The Amazing Armadillo: Geography of a Folk Critter

by Larry L. Smith & Robin W. Doughty

Perhaps no creature has so fired the imagination of a populace as the armadillo-that most ungainly, awkward, and timid little animal. Its detractors call it a varmint and wish it good speed from the Lone Star...


The Mammals of Texas: Revised Edition

by David J. Schmidly

The Mammals of Texas has been the standard reference since the first edition was authored by William B. Davis in 1947. Revised several times over the succeeding decades, it remains the most authoritative source...


Private Property and the Endangered Species Act: Saving Habitats, Protecting Homes

by Jason F. Shogren & William D. Ruckelshaus

Our whole nation benefits from the preservation of natural habitats and their diversity of animal and plant species-yet small groups of private landowners often bear most of the costs of setting land aside for...


Living with Oil: Promises, Peaks, and Declines on Mexico's Gulf Coast

by Lisa Breglia

For decades, Mexico has been one of the world's top non-OPEC oil exporters, but since the 2004 peak and subsequent decline of the massive offshore oilfield-Cantarell-the prospects for the country have worsened....


Spare Time in Texas: Recreation and History in the Lone Star State

by David G. McComb

What do Texans' pastimes and recreations say about their characters? Looking at Texas history from a new angle, David McComb starts from the premise that how people spend their leisure time may well reveal more...


The Ecology of the Barí: Rainforest Horticulturalists of Latin America

by Stephen Beckerman & Roberto Lizarralde

Inhabiting the rainforest of the southwest Maracaibo Basin, split by the border between Colombia and Venezuela, the Barí have survived centuries of incursions. Anthropologist Roberto Lizarralde began studying...


Texas Furniture, Volume Two: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880

by David B. Warren, Lonn Taylor & Don Carleton

The art of furniture making flourished in Texas during the mid-nineteenth century. To document this rich heritage of locally made furniture, Miss Ima Hogg, the well-known philanthropist and collector of American...


The Great Texas Stamp Collection: How Some Stubborn Texas Confederate Postmasters, a Handful of Determined Texas Stamp Collectors, and a Few of the Wo

by Charles W. Deaton

Among the many difficulties the newly formed Confederate States of America endured in the summer of 1861 was the failure of its post office department to provide sufficient numbers of that item most crucial...


Tricholomas of North America: A Mushroom Field Guide

by Alan E. Bessette, Arleen R. Bessette & William C. Roody

More than 100 mushrooms in the genus Tricholoma have been reported in North America. Most are relatively large, showy mushrooms that grow on the ground near many species of temperate forest trees, both hardwoods...


Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth-Century Chile

by Brenda Elsey

Fútbol, or soccer as it is called in the United States, is the most popular sport in the world. Millions of people schedule their lives and build identities around it. The World Cup tournament, played every...


Playas of the Great Plains

by Loren M. Smith

Shallow wetlands that occur primarily in semi-arid to arid environments, playas are keystone ecosystems in the western Great Plains of North America. Providing irreplaceable habitat for native plants and animals,...


A Thousand Deer: Four Generations of Hunting and the Hill Country

by Rick Bass

In November, countless families across Texas head out for the annual deer hunt, a ritual that spans generations, ethnicities, socioeconomics, and gender as perhaps no other cultural experience in the state....


Kuna Art and Shamanism: An Ethnographic Approach

by Paolo Fortis

Known for their beautiful textile art, the Kuna of Panama have been scrutinized by anthropologists for decades. Perhaps surprisingly, this scrutiny has overlooked the magnificent Kuna craft of nuchukana-wooden...


Texas Amphibians: A Field Guide

by Bob L. Tipton, Terry L. Hibbitts & Troy D. Hibbitts

With a wide variety of habitats ranging from southeastern swamps to western deserts, Texas is home to numerous species of frogs, toads, and salamanders. Each area of Texas has a particular set of species that...


Art, Nature, and Religion in the Central Andes: Themes and Variations from Prehistory to the Present

by Mary Strong

From prehistory to the present, the Indigenous peoples of the Andes have used a visual symbol system-that is, art-to express their sense of the sacred and its immanence in the natural world. Many visual motifs...


Enforcement at the EPA: High Stakes and Hard Choices, Revised Edition

by Joel A. Mintz

The only published work that treats the historical evolution of EPA enforcement, this book provides a candid inside glimpse of a crucial aspect of the work of an important federal agency. Based on 190 personal...