Category Archives: Nature

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides)

This is the 1st totally illustrated consultant to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of jap North America--from the rivers of Manitoba to the Florida cypress swamps--and the better half quantity to Dennis Paulson's acclaimed box consultant to the dragonflies and damselflies of the West. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East beneficial properties countless numbers of colour photographs that depict the entire species present in the area, specified line drawings to assist in-hand id, and a colour distribution map for each species--and the book's compact dimension and effortless layout make it the single consultant you wish within the box. Species bills describe key id beneficial properties, distribution, flight season, related species, habitat, and common background. Paulson's authoritative advent deals a primer on dragonfly biology and id, and in addition comprises tips to research and picture those stunningly appealing insects.

  • Illustrates all 336 japanese species
  • Features hundreds and hundreds of full-color images
  • Includes exact species debts, line drawings to assist id, and a colour distribution map for each species
  • Offers priceless counsel for the dragonfly enthusiast

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Collecting Rocks, Gems and Minerals: Identification, Values and Lapidary Uses

By Patti Polk

Unlike the dense and hugely technical educational tomes which are text-heavy, poorly geared up and intimidating, this colourful and easy-to-use reference consultant devoted to gathering rocks, gemstones and minerals is perfect for readers who are looking to extend their knowing with out getting misplaced in a labyrinth of technological know-how. superbly illustrated with seven hundred colour pictures supplying really good element and well prepared to take the trouble out id, you'll benefit from the simplicity of the advisor and the keenness and information of writer Patti Polk, one of many most sensible agate creditors on the planet and a self-proclaimed "rockhound." additionally, you will take pleasure in components that our rivals do not trouble with. First it contains values, and moment, it covers an creation to lapidary, that's the slicing and sprucing of rocks and gems for jewellery or display.

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Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood

By Terry Masear

“I can't think what a gripping learn this is.” —Robin younger, host of NPR’s Here and Now

“A publication that may switch perpetually how you examine those little birds.”—Los Angeles Times
ahead of he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna’s hummingbird with head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, might spiral enormous quantities of ft within the air, dive 60 miles in keeping with hour in a courtship show, hover, and fly backward. whilst he arrived in rehab caked in highway dirt, he used to be so badly injured that he may well slightly perch. yet Terry Masear, one of many busiest hummingbird rehabilitators within the kingdom, was resolute to avoid wasting this broken chicken. through the 5 months that Terry labored with Gabriel, she took in a hundred and sixty orphaned and injured hummingbirds, from a miniature hatchling rescued by way of a bulldog to Pepper, a feminine Anna’s grounded on a movie set. of their time jointly, Pepper and Gabriel shaped a distinct bond and jointly, with Terry’s support, realized to fly back. Woven round Gabriel’s and Pepper’s tales are these of alternative colourful birds during this own narrative jam-packed with the technological know-how and magic surrounding those attention-grabbing creatures.
“This is a captivating and energetic summertime learn, anything for the patio or balcony, glass of iced tea to hand, a hummingbird or zipping round the azaleas.”—Dallas Morning News
“I used to be riveted, charmed, extremely joyful, devastated, profoundly moved, and brought to a paranormal position few humans ever get to glimpse.”—Stacey O’Brien, writer of Wesley the Owl

TERRY MASEAR has been rescuing hummingbirds for the reason that 2005. over the last ten years, she and a community of rehabbers in Southern California have rescued 5,000 hummingbirds, nearly all of which were published again into the wild. Terry acquired her Ph.D. from UCLA, the place she teaches English as a moment Language. She has taken day off from instructing to target getting to know and writing approximately hummingbirds.

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Recycling Construction & Demolition Waste: A LEED-Based Toolkit (GreenSource) (McGraw-Hill's Greensource)

By Greg Winkler

A entire Reference on building Waste Recycling

This GreenSource consultant bargains entire info on how you can recycle up to ninety five percentage of recent development and demolition waste, reuse present fabrics, and conform to U.S. eco-friendly construction Council (USGBC) LEED waste administration instructions.

Recycling development & Demolition Waste offers the ideas and instruments you want to increase and enforce a winning jobsite waste administration plan. This sensible source additionally covers different courses that advertise sustainable development, equivalent to the overseas Code Council's ICC-ES application, the nationwide organization of Homebuilders (NAHB) eco-friendly construction application, the golf green development Initiative eco-friendly Globes software, BREEAM, and extra.


  • Manage development and demolition waste at the jobsite
  • Set up an effective jobsite recycling heart
  • Recycle new building waste
  • Conduct an on-site audit to evaluate demolition waste
  • Reuse current fabrics, together with asphalt, brick, concrete, insulation, structural metal, wooden, glass, and extra
  • Develop a entire waste administration plan
  • Comply with LEED criteria to earn waste administration credit
  • Get information on different eco-friendly certification and code courses
  • Document waste administration compliance
  • Include acceptable standards in building records
  • Market your jobsite recycling program

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Introduction to Earth, Soil, and Land in California (California Natural History Guides)

By David Carle

Following his acclaimed courses to air, fireplace, and water, David Carle now bargains a desirable exploration of 1 extra fundamental part of the common world—the land underneath our toes. From earthworms and earthquakes to Earth Day, this concise, attractive consultant is a multifaceted primer at the literal beginning of California’s atmosphere. Carle tells how soil ecosystems functionality, discusses what lives within the soil, and examines quite a few soil kinds. He then turns to the connection among people and the land, and investigates many of the makes use of and abuses that land in California endures: huge scale agriculture, mining, and improvement, in addition to fires, floods, and erosion. The advisor additionally information the heritage of land use within the nation, making it a necessary source for figuring out our overall reliance on soil, the impressive substrate that's the foundation of life.

• Covers the complete nation, together with California’s wildlands, farmland, towns, and landfills

• Assesses California’s ecological footprint on planet Earth

• Discusses many various existence varieties present in soil, together with micro organism, fungi, bugs, and mammals

• beneficial properties ninety two colour pictures and 18 maps

A e-book within the Californians and Their surroundings subseries, devoted to realizing human impacts at the state's ecology and usual resources

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Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability

By Lyle Estill

A impressive solid of characters inhabit the pages of this booklet. Meet Tim Toben, who built a excessive upward push with the bottom strength intake of any development within the southeastern usa, used to be foreclosed upon, and misplaced hundreds of thousands within the technique. Gary Phillips held the road opposed to genuine property builders in Chatham County and was once run out of workplace for his efforts. Elaine Chiosso has been maintaining her watershed through combating on behalf of the Haw River for twenty-eight years.

Unflinchingly sincere and compulsively readable, Small tales, significant alterations provides an intimate examine the non-public event of being a pioneer within the sustainability flow, laying naked the emotional, religious, and fiscal effect of a lifestyles lived within the carrier of switch. Activist, farmer, writer, thinker or entrepreneur; every one author has a special own story to tell.

Small tales, vast alterations is a booklet written through usual humans doing outstanding issues; whose lives were remodeled through their willingness to devote themselves unreservedly to the construction of a higher international. Empowering, hopeful, and encouraging, this wealthy tapestry of voices from the leading edge of switch is a must-read for somebody dreaming of a brighter destiny and looking a counterbalance to a canon of labor that's laced with doom and gloom.

Lyle Estill is the president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels and the writer of Industrial Evolution, Small is Possible, and Biodiesel Power. He has gained a variety of awards for his dedication to sustainability, outreach, neighborhood improvement, and leadership.

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The Broads (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 89)

By Brian Moss

The Broads discusses the historical past of the Broads, the waters some time past and the waters now, the folk who come into touch with and impression those waterways, and what the long run holds for this small yet vital sector of the nation-state. This variation is unique to

This publication offers a complete account of the historical past of the Broads, a space of significant curiosity to normal historians and travelers alike.

Broadland is determined often in Norfolk and partially in Suffolk. The peat deposits in Broadland have been dug in lots of areas frequently in the course of the ninth to thirteenth centuries. The pits ultimately packed with water, giving us the Broads, a hundred ninety km of navigable water unimpeded by way of dams or locks.

Before the second one international conflict, Broadland was once the epitome of richness of water vegetation and their linked animals, and was once of foreign value as a various wetland. unfortunately, a lot of the richness has now long gone, and the importance of Broadland lies extra now in its importance in environmental recovery. the issues confronted via the Broads are being skilled world-wide, and devising ways that the Broads could be controlled to revive the former richness has produced a method of price through the world.

This e-book discusses the background of the Broads, the waters long ago and the waters now, the folk who come into touch with and impact those waterways, and what the long run holds for this small yet vital sector of the countryside.

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Japanese Maples: The Complete Guide to Selection and Cultivation, Fourth Edition

By J. D. Vertrees

Among the 1st titles released in 1978, with greater than 150,000 copies in print in 3 variations, Japanese Maples is a trees Press vintage. jap maples are not like the other tree. They boast a striking range of colour, shape, and texture. due to thousands of years of cautious breeding, they take the guts degree in any backyard they're came upon. within the final decade, the variety of jap maple cultivars on hand to gardeners has doubled and there's a urgent want for an updated reference. This new fourth version deals particular descriptions of over one hundred fifty new introductions, updates to plant nomenclature, and new insights into demonstrated favorites. Gardeners will savor the sensible suggestion that places winning cultivation inside of everyone's grab. exact identity is made basic with over six hundred easy-to-follow descriptions and 500 colour photographs.

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