Natural History

Natural History


  • 'The Planetary Garden' and Other Writings

    By Gilles Clement

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780812247121
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Published: June 2015
  • 39.95: Louisiana's Undiscovered Wilderness

    By Julia Sims

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781589805293
    • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
    • Published: February 2008
    Manchac Swamp marks the book-length debut of a little-known but superbly talented nature photographer as she reveals an equally undiscovered exotic locale in south Louisiana. Veiled behind dense drapes of Spanish moss and walls of cypresses, and accessible only by water, Manchac Swamp is a wilderness jewel known mainly to those who for generations have dwelled in and around it, arduously earning their sustenance from its waters and wildlife. Drawn to the swamp's mystery and eventually captivated by its peace, photographer Julia Sims spent fifteen years determinedly, patiently penetrating its secrets. What she has hunted from boat and blind, and skillfully trapped on film, are the many moods, flora, and fauna of this hidden world. Now, in this stunning album of her photographs, a glimpse of that quintessential Louisiana place in its seasonal variations is offered to all.Sims's artistry is grounded in photographic technique as well as in her skill as a wildlife observer. Even in the uncontrolled setting of nature she creates images of masterly composition, and breathtaking uses of light and color are hallmarks of her work.In an evocative introduction to the book, John Kemp draws upon his interviews with several of the swamp's residents to describe how they make their living there, trapping and hunting every variety of animal--turtle, muskrat, nutria, lizard, snake, frog, alligator, rabbit, squirrel, duck, mink, otter, crawfish. But the locals, who have befriended Sims and lead her to choice spots for photographing, say that Manchac is not the same as it once was. Land subsidence and the influx of salt water are among several factors that are causing what some predict will be the swamp's inevitable death. As deteriorating environmental conditions reduce or eliminate wildlife, there is, in turn, a diminished harvest for trappers, hunters, and fishermen--and a diminished heritage for all of us.In some respects, Sims's Manchac Swamp is a heartbreakingly beautiful collection of photographs. It heralds a marvel of secluded wilderness even as it documents the area's accelerating decline. In her expert capture of the ephemeral, Sims has made timeless the people and place of Manchac Swamp.Julia Sims is one of the premier photographers of Louisiana's wildlife. Her work has appeared in virtually every nature magazine including National Geographic, National Wildlife, Nature Conservancy, Sierra, Birder's World, and Ducks Unlimited. She lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, about fifty miles north of New Orleans.John Randolph Kemp, a native New Orleanian, is the New Orleans correspondent for Art & Antiques and ARTnews magazines and a frequent contributor to American Artist magazine. In addition, he has written about art, history, and New Orleans for many other national and regional magazines and publications. His numerous books include Rolland Golden: The Journeys of a Southern Artist, Alan Flattmann's French Quarter Impressions, and Vanishing Paradise: Duck Hunting in the Louisiana Marsh, all published by Pelican. He covers the New Orleans art scene for WYES New Orleans public television. He is deputy director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
  • A Beekeeper's Guide to the Queen Bee - A Collection of Articles on Rearing, Housing and Re-Queening the Hive

    By Various

    Our Price: $36.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781446542712
    • Publisher: Willard Press
    • Published: March 2011
  • A Bird-Finding Guide to Mexico

    By Steve N. G. Howell

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780801485817
    • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates / Cornell University Press
    • Published: January 1999
  • A Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region

    By Lynne Carpenter

    Our Price: $32.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780875805825
    • Publisher: Northern Illinois Univ Pr
    • Published: January 2000
    Identifying more than 250 top sites for birding within a 65-mile radius from downtown Chicago, this useful guide provides maps, directions, and other information essential for discovering the birds of the area in their natural habitats. The most thorough guide of its kind, it covers nineteen counties of the greater Chicago area.A Birder's Guide to the Chicago Region includes detailed descriptions of local habitats and maps that show where to find birds in nearby Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan, as well as Illinois. While providing a wealth of practical information, the guide is enriched with insightful accounts of the natural history and ecology of particular areas.An essential guide for either beginning or experienced birders, this book will appeal to anyone who appreciates nature and wants to learn more about the natural history, ecology, and especially the birds of the Chicago area.
  • A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

    By Richard Sale

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781770851290
    • Publisher: Firefly Books
    • Published: August 2012
    Chiefly a field guide to Arctic birds and mammals.
  • A Dazzle of Dragonflies

    By Forrest Mitchell

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781585444595
    • Published: April 2005
    From fossils & folklore to life cycles & the latest in digital imaging techniques, this book takes you into the far-reaching & sometimes secret world of one of our most beneficial insects. Your guides are two of the most experienced & ardent fans of the 'mosquito-hawk,' & your journey will include encounters with poets & prehistoric giants; peeks into hidden, watery universes; side trips to garden ponds & scientific laboratories; & investigations into the mystery of dragonfly migration.
  • A Familiar History of Birds of the World

    By Edward Stanley

    Our Price: $31.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781406799057
    • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
    • Published: January 2006
  • A Field Guide to the Birds of Brazil

    By Ber van Perlo

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780195301557
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: October 2009
    Brazil's bird diversity is one of the richest in the world. And yet there has never been a comprehensive field guide to this splendid and elusive avifauna. Until now. The carefully vetted text and images are the first to cover the full range of bird life in this vast and varied country. The more than 1800 up-to-date accounts treat the Yellow-nosed Albatross to the Sombre Hummingbird, the Ash-throated Gnat-eater to the Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Nighthawks and Jacamars to Motmots, Puffbirds, and Peppershrikes. They are all here--every species and many subspecies found in each region of Brazil--with special attention given to the 218 Brazilian endemics. The book is laid out so that the illustrations sit across from the commentary and the distribution maps, so it is easy to use. Also, the author uses short-hand notation throughout, to make the book compact and easy to carry when in the field. For each bird, the scientific, English, and Portuguese name are given as well as detailed information on measurement; identifying features; habitat; voice, song, and call. Distribution maps show the range for each species, also indicating seasonality and occurrence, essential for finding and identifying specific birds. From the equatorial North to the tropics, the introductory paragraphs set the stage in describing Brazil's varied biogeography, climate, geomorphology, and natural vegetation. A list of protected areas of Brazil, information on relevant national and international organizations, a bibliography and further references, and an English-Portuguese dictionary of frequently used terms enhance the user-friendly qualities. Anyone wishing to fully explore the fabulously varied bird life of Brazil will find this light-weight, easy-to-use, attractive guide an invaluable field companion.
  • A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

    By Not Available

    Our Price: $33.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9789264179813
    • Publisher: Renouf Pub Co Ltd
    • Published: August 2012
  • A Garden Lover's Martha's Vineyard

    By C. L. Fornari

    Our Price: $34.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781933212593
    • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions
    • Published: June 2008
    In this sequel to her 2007 best-seller "A Garden Lover's Cape Cod," one of New England's foremost gardeners photographs and analyzes her favorite public and private gardens on Martha's Vineyard.
  • A General System of Horsemanship

    By William Cavendish

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781570761515
    • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
    • Published: April 2000
    Facsimile reproduction of the edition of 1743.