Natural History

Natural History


  • A Garden Makes a House a Home

    By Elvin McDonald

    Our Price: $45.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781580933308
    • Publisher: The Monacelli Press
    • Published: September 2012
    A Garden Makes a House a Home features twenty-five residential gardens from every region across the United States, presented by veteran shelter magazine garden editor Elvin McDonald in a lavishly illustrated format. Lush, well-tended gardens—whether they adorn humble cottages or sprawling estates—add beauty and personality to any property and truly make a house into a home. In this volume, gardens from simple to grand respond to the needs of their sites and reveal the unique personalities of the owners that care for them: on a tight urban lot in Houston, a thoughtful selection of water-loving plants and an innovative fountain that mediates rainfall from the city’s frequent deluges block out noise from the surrounding streets; elaborate terraces on a steep hillside in Portland, Oregon, create a variety of outdoor living spaces nestled directly among a rich tapestry of perennials, tall grasses, and Japanese maples; and on forty verdant New Hampshire acres, a series of garden “rooms” and meandering paths create an Edwardian-inspired escape. The diverse array of gardens inspire with glorious, full-color images of plants thriving in all climates—berries, lettuces, and herbs burst from the rich soils of Berkeley, California, in an edible garden the whole neighborhood is invited to enjoy; succulents of all sizes and shapes add color and texture to a lakeside home in Dallas and an arid Tucson yard equally well; dozens of bonsai and plants native to Asia create an authentic Eastern atmosphere in Indianola, Iowa; the rambling cottage-style plantings of England are reinterpreted in a river valley in Knoxville, Tennessee; and closely clipped boxwood in Greenwich, Connecticut, forms a parterre that rivals the beauty of its elaborate French predecessors across the ocean. Elvin McDonald draws on his forty-five years of professional experience and distinguished career to present a collection of exquisite landscapes, created both by avid amateurs and well-known designers including Suzy Bales, Rosalind Creasy, Douglas Hoerr, Raymond Jungles, Karen Strohbeen and Bill Luchsinger, and Phillip Watson, that will inspire all who recognize the allure greenery can add to a home.
  • A Gardener's Compendium Volume 2 Gardening in Time and Place

    By Teresa Watkins

    Our Price: $44.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781545612491
    • Publisher: Xulon Press
  • A Million Wings

    By Susan Schadt

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780615681672
    • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
    • Published: October 2012
    Chronicles the culture of duck hunting in the Mississippi River Valley through photographs, following sportsmen along the Mississippi Flyway migratory route as they work to protect waterfowl habitats and preserve the allure of their sport.
  • A Year in Flowers

    By Shane Connolly

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781908337153
    • Publisher: Clearview
    • Published: November 2012
  • Amphibians & Reptiles of Indiana

    By Sherman A. Minton

    Our Price: $45.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781883362102
    • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
    • Published: August 1998
    This extensively revised second edition is one of the best state treatments for herps, by one of the foremost authorities. The shaded range maps make it a useful reference for eastern North America.
  • Animal Minds: Beyond Cognition to Consciousness

    By Donald R. Griffin

    Our Price: $41.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780226308654
    • Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PRESS
    • Published: May 2001
    A pioneer in animal cognition makes the case for investigating the consciousness of non-humans, using examples from his work with dolphins, chimpanzees, and birds to back his arguement, in a revised and expanded edition of the classic study.
  • Annual Report of the New Jersey State Museum

    By Whitmer Stone

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789110080539
    • Publisher: MacCrellish & Quigley
    • Published: 1911
    Thick 8vo. INSCRIBED by author. Color folding map attached to front paste-down. Hinges starting with binding slightly shaken. T.p. and preceding leaves detached. Cloth at head of spine partially detached but no loss of material. Moderate soiling to boards. VG.
  • Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans, and the Study of History

    Our Price: $45.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780813929477
    • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
    • Published: September 2010
    Although the animal may be, as Nietzsche argued, ahistorical, living completely in the present, it nonetheless plays a crucial role in human history. The fascination with animals that leads not only to a desire to observe & even live alongside them, but to capture or kill them, is found in all civilizations. The essays collected in this book show how animals have been brought into human culture, literally helping to build our societies (as domesticated animals have done) or contributing, often in problematic ways, to our concept of the wild.
  • Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai‘i

    By Daniel Lewis

    Our Price: $45.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300229646
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: April 2018
  • Bird Trapping and Bird Banding

    By Hans Bub

    Our Price: $50.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780801425257
    • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
    • Published: November 1995
  • Birders of Africa: History of a Network

    By Nancy J. Jacobs

    Our Price: $42.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300209617
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: April 2016
    In this unique and unprecedented study of birding in Africa, historian Nancy Jacobs reconstructs the collaborations between well-known ornithologists and the largely forgotten guides, hunters, and taxidermists who assisted them. Drawing on ethnography, scientific publications, private archives, and interviews, Jacobs asks: How did white ornithologists both depend on and operate distinctively from African birders? What investment did African birders have in collaborating with ornithologists? By distilling the interactions between European science and African vernacular knowledge, this stunningly illustrated work offers a fascinating examination of the colonial and postcolonial politics of expertise about nature.
  • Birds of the Raincoast: Habits and Habitat

    By Harvey Thommasen

    Our Price: $44.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781550173000
    • Publisher: Harbour Press
    • Published: October 2004
    The superb color photographs of birds in British Columbia's south and central coasts make this book enticing not just to birdwatchers, but to anyone interested in the natural world. Designed to help the reader understand and appreciate the many species of coastal birds in this region and their specialized habitats, the book will be useful as well in identifying birds, learning where and when each species can be found, and what activities each might be engaged in over the course of a year. The book is divided into sections by habitat, and includes a bird checklist. While the photographs alone are enough to make this book worthwhile, it also features clear conversational text and interesting sidebars. Distributed in the US by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • Bring 'em Back Alive

    By Frank Buck

    Our Price: $48.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781443728676
    • Publisher: Buck Press
    • Published: November 2008
  • Canaries - A Complete and Practical Guide to the Breeding, Exhibiting and General Management of These Popular Birds

    By C. a. House

    Our Price: $48.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781443735278
    • Publisher: Read Country Book
    • Published: November 2008
  • Carpenter Ants of the United States and Canada

    By Laurel D. Hansen

    Our Price: $43.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780801442629
    • Publisher: CORNELL UNIV PRESS
    • Published: April 2005
    Some species of the genus Camponotus are not true carpenter ants, say Hansen (biology, Spokane Falls Community College, Washington) and Klotz (entomology, U. of California-Riverside), because they nest in preformed cavities or in soil rather than excavating nests in wood. They focus on those that are structural or nuisance pests in the US and Canada. They cover the ecology, morphology, taxonomy and distribution, life history, foraging, and economic importance and management. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (