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  • A Critique of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism

    By Andrew F. Smith

    Our Price: $69.99
    • ISBN-13: 9781137554888
    • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
    Is vegetarianism morally defensible? Can one even be a vegetarian? This book asserts that the answers to both these questions is a resounding 'no.' Drawing on the latest research in plant science, systems ecology, environmental philosophy, and cultural anthropology, Andrew F. Smith--himself a long-time vegetarian--shatters the distinction between vegetarianism and omnivorism. He explains how the world would be better off if we could re-orient the way we think about plants, animals, and the moral reasoning that we use to bolster our belief in such a binary. Smith illustrates how the divisions we have constructed between plants and animals, and between omnivorism and vegetarianism, is emblematic of a way of thinking about ourselves and our eating practices that perpetuates an ecocidal worldview. A Critique of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism insists we must adopt new ways of looking at things if our species is to survive and thrive. Smith suggests we begin by re-envisioning our relationship with our food. It turns out we are not what we eat, but who we eat. And this makes a world of difference.
  • A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of Northwest South America : (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) : With Supplementary Notes)

    Our Price: $72.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226289441
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS
    • Published: June 1996
    To understand almost any part of the tropical rain forest's fabulously complex web of life, one must first learn to identify a bewildering array of plants. Alwyn Gentry's landmark book, completed just before his tragic death in 1993, is the only field guide to the nearly 250 families of woody plants in the most species-rich region of South America.As a consummate field researcher, Gentry designed this guide to be not just comprehensive, but also easy to use in rigorous field conditions. Unlike many field guides, which rely for their identifications on flowers and fruits that are only present during certain seasons, Gentry's book focuses on characters such as bark, leaves, and odor that are present year-round. His guide is filled with clear illustrations, step-by-step keys to identification, and a wealth of previously unpublished data.All biologists, wildlife managers, conservationists, and government officials concerned with the tropical rain forests will need and use this field guide.Alwyn Gentry was one of the world's foremost experts on the biology of tropical plants. He was senior curator at the Missouri Botanical Garden, and was a member of Conservation International's interdisciplinary Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) team, which inventories the biodiversity of the most threatened tropical areas. From 1967 to 1993 he collected more than 80,000 plant specimens, many of them new to science.
  • A Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts

    By D.C.F. Rentz

    Our Price: $75.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789838120746
    • Publisher: Natural History Publications (Borneo)
    • Published: February 2003
  • Acoustic Communication in Birds: Sounds Production, Perception and Design Features of Sounds

    By Donald E. Kroodsma

    Our Price: $72.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780124268012
    • Publisher: Academic Press
    • Published: March 1983
  • Adaptive Strategies and Population Ecology of Northern Grouse

    By Arthur T. Bergerud

    Our Price: $60.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780816614714
    • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
    • Published: May 1988
    Adaptive Strategies and Population of Northern Grouse was first published in 1988. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.The first volume contains eleven studies of eight grouse species; the second contains primarily the work of Bergerud, which utilizes the evidence in the first volume to advance theories of behavior and offer new demographic insights.This second volume contains primarily the work of Bergerud, which utilizes the evidence in the first volume to advance theories of behavior and offer new demographic insights.
  • Adaptive Strategies and Population Ecology of Northern Grouse

    By Arthur T. Bergerud

    Our Price: $60.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780816614707
    • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
    • Published: May 1988
    Adaptive Strategies and Population Ecology of Northern Grouse was first published in 1988. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.This book is at once a major reference to the species of grouse that inhabit North America and the Holarctic and a synthesis of all the available data on their ecology, sociobiology, population dynamics, and management. The book undertakes to answer two long-standing questions in population ecology: what actually regulates the numbers within a population, and what are the breeding and survival strategies evolved in this northern environment? For Volume I, editors Arthur T. Bergerud and Michael W. Gratson have drawn together their own work and that of colleagues in North America, Iceland, and Norway—in all, eleven research studies, averaging six years' duration, on eight species of grouse. These studies deal with the blue and ruffed grouse of the forest habitat; the sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chicken, and sage grouse of the prairie or steppe; and the white-tailed, rick, and willow ptarmigan found in alpine and arctic tundras. The authors describe the rich repertoire of behavior patterns developed by the hen and the cock to achieve their two primary objectives—first, to stay alive, and then to breed. Volume II, primarily the work of Bergerud, synthesizes the evidence in Volume I and in the grouse research literature from a theoretical perspective. Several potentially controversial sociobiological hypotheses are advanced to account for flocking behavior, migration, dispersal, roosting and feeding behavior, mate choice and mating systems. The demographic analysis provides new insights into cycles of abundance, the limitation of numbers, and the demographic factors that determine densities. The contributors, besides Bergerud and Gratson: R.C. Davies, A. Gardarson, J.E. Hartzler, R.A. Huempfner, D.A. Jenni, D.H. Mossop, S. Myrberget, R.E. Page, R.K. Schmidt, W.D. Svedarsky, and J.R. Tester.
  • African Raptors

    By Bill Clark

    Our Price: $75.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780713665383
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

    By Christopher Brickell

    Our Price: $65.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780756668570
    • Publisher: DK
    • Published: September 2011
    Revised and updated, this guide provides gardeners with information and photos of 8,000 different plants, from shrubs and trees to perennials, annuals, biennials and bulbs and cacti, cataloged and organized by color, growing season and size.
  • Amphibians and Reptiles of Pennsylvania and the Northeast

    By Arthur C. Hulse

    Our Price: $65.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780801437687
    • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
    • Published: May 2001
  • Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region, Revised Ed.

    By James H. Harding

    Our Price: $60.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780472073382
    • Publisher: University of Michigan Regional
  • Amphibians of East Africa

    Our Price: $69.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780801443749
    • Publisher: CORNELL UNIV PRESS
    • Published: January 2006
    Channing (biodiversity and conservation biology, U. of the Western Cape, South Africa) and Howell (zoology and marine biology, U. of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) have written the first field guide and reference book on the amphibians of East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda), covering 194 frogs and toads and 9 caecilians. For each species, scientific names are explained and local names and other names in the literature are listed. Along with species descriptions, information is given on known habitat preferences and distribution, advertisement call, breeding biology, and known tadpoles, and key references. Prior to the species studies, there are chapters on the history of amphibian studies in East Africa, geography and environment, conservation, classification, and identification. Also included are 185 color photographs of various species. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • An Environmental History of Northeast Florida

    By James J. Miller

    Our Price: $59.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780813016009
    • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
    • Published: September 1998
  • An Introduction to Animal Behaviour

    By Aubrey Manning

    Our Price: $59.99
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780521165143
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Published: March 2012
    "Wolves excitedly greet each other as members of the pack come together; a bumble bee uses its long tongue to reach the nectar at the base of a foxglove flower; a mongoose swiftly and deftly bites its prey to death; young cheetahs rest quietly together, very close to sleep. Now in full colour, this revised and updated edition of Manning and Dawkins' classic text provides a beautifully written introduction to the fundamentals of animal behaviour. Tinbergen's four questions of causation, evolution, development and function form the fundamental framework of the text, illustrated with fascinating examples of complex behavioural mechanisms. The authors provide accounts of all levels of behaviour from the nerve cell to that of the population. The strengths of An Introduction to Animal Behaviour as a textbook include its clear explanations and concise, readable text and the enthusiasm of the authors for their subject"--
  • Animal Advocacy and Environmentalism: Understanding and Bridging the Divide

    By Amy J. Fitzgerald

    Our Price: $64.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780745679334
    • Publisher: Polity Press

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