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Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live

Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live Lowest new price: $25.20
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Author: Rob Dunn

A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements

Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes, from the Egyptian meal moths in our cupboards and camel crickets in our basements to the lactobacillus lounging on our kitchen counters. You are not alone. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution. These changes are reshaping the organisms that live with us--prompting some to become more dangerous, while undermining those species that benefit our bodies or help us keep more threatening organisms at bay. No one who reads this engrossing, revelatory book will look at their homes in the same way again.

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The Horse Encyclopedia

The Horse Encyclopedia Lowest new price: $36.00
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Author: Elwyn Hartley Edwards
Brand: DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley

The Horse Encyclopedia is a comprehensive photographic guide to more than 150 horse and pony breeds and types from around the world.

Browse through the catalog of gorgeous photographs and learn about the characteristics and origins of each breed, from Friesians to Thoroughbreds, and some of the most famous horses that left a mark on equine history. A fascinating introduction takes you through the evolution of the horse, horse disciplines like polo and show jumping, the animal's place in history, art, culture, and much more. With expert advice on horse health and care, including feeding, grooming, and conditioning, The Horse Encyclopedia can even guide you through the experience of becoming a first-time owner.

The Horse Encyclopedia is a visually stunning celebration of all things equine and a must-have for every horse lover.

Features:

  • DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley

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Audubon Songbirds and Other Backyard Birds Picture-A-Day Calendar 2019

Audubon Songbirds and Other Backyard Birds Picture-A-Day Calendar 2019 Lowest new price: $10.99
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Author: National Audubon Society
Brand: BJdesign

Admire hundreds of spritely, elegant songbirds, photographed in their native habitats. For America’s birders, this 1.2 million copy‒seller provides a thrilling new sighting every day. Spot familiar birds through the seasons: a Pileated Woodpecker in flight on an autumn evening; a White-breasted Nuthatch munching snowy crabapples in January. And arresting bursts of color—from the shocking blue of the Indigo Bunting to the dramatic crimson of a Scarlet Tanager. With knowledgeable text from the Audubon Society, the birdwatching experts: Did you know that most birds have bright plumage in spring and summer, but assume a duller plumage for nonbreeding seasons?
 

Features:

  • Wall Calendar
  • 12-month Standard Calendar
  • X-Large Rectangle Grid
  • Stapled Binding
  • 12'' X 14 ''

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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides)

National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides) Lowest new price: $12.00
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Author: Jonathan Alderfer
Brand: Louise Zemaitis

Essential for the millions of Americans who watch and feed birds in their backyards—whether experienced birders or new birding enthusiasts—from the experts at National Geographic and co-author of the popular and perennial best seller Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
 
No matter where you live—in the country, city, a high-rise or house—this handy guide will quench your curiosity about the feathered creatures in your midst. It features 150 of the most common and interesting birds likely to be observed at backyard feeders, nesting nearby or just migrating through. An indispensable visual index of all 150 species appears on the inside front and back laminated covers, making identification a snap.
 
Beginning with Backyard Basics, an easy-to-follow, richly illustrated presentation on observing and identifying birds—with tips on attracting and feeding your favorite birds, birdhouses, and bird-friendly landscapes to entice nesting—the book is full of National Geographic’s iconic field guide images and maps.
 
Core species on everyone’s list—such as robins, woodpeckers, bluebirds and chickadees—are featured in two-page spreads including practical tips with additional imagery. Sidebars captivate with interesting and little known facts.

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  • National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America

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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Lowest new price: $16.87
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Author: Christopher Skaife

The first behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument

The ravens at the Tower of London are of mighty importance: rumor has it that if a raven from the Tower should ever leave, the city will fall.

The title of Ravenmaster, therefore, is a serious title indeed, and after decades of serving the Queen, Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife took on the added responsibility of caring for the infamous ravens. In The Ravenmaster, he lets us in on his life as he feeds his birds raw meat and biscuits soaked in blood, buys their food at Smithfield Market, and ensures that these unusual, misunderstood, and utterly brilliant corvids are healthy, happy, and ready to captivate the four million tourists who flock to the Tower every year.

A rewarding, intimate, and inspiring partnership has developed between the ravens and their charismatic and charming human, the Ravenmaster, who shares the folklore, history, and superstitions surrounding the ravens and the Tower. Shining a light on the behavior of the birds, their pecking order and social structure, and the tricks they play on us, Skaife shows who the Tower’s true guardians really are―and the result is a compelling and irreverent narrative that will surprise and enchant.

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The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses

The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses Lowest new price: $21.97
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Author: Richard Jones
Brand: Jones, Richard/ Sweeney-lynch, Sharon

The Beekeeper’s Bible is as much an ultimate guide to the practical essentials of beekeeping as it is a beautiful almanac to be read from cover to cover. Part history book, part handbook, and part cookbook, this illustrated tome covers every facet of the ancient hobby of beekeeping, from how to manage hives safely to harvesting one's own honey, and ideas for how to use honey and beeswax. Detailed instructions for making candles, furniture polish, beauty products, and nearly 100 honey-themed recipes are included. Fully illustrated with how-to photography and unique etchings, any backyard enthusiast or gardener can confidently dive into beekeeping with this book in hand (or daydream about harvesting their own honey while relaxing in the comfort of an armchair).

Praise for The Beekeeper's Bible:

"Jones and Sweeney-Lynch explain the science and society of bees in clear, accessible language. And the recipes are admirably useful: honey scones, honey soap, honey hangover cures. 'Oh, stuff and fluff,' as Pooh might say. Dip a paw into this richly satisfying volume and you won't have to do stoutness exercises."
 -The New York Times 


“Lip-smackin’ throughout, The Beekeeper's Bible is, at its heart, a glorious invitation into the depths of the honeybee hive.” —Chicago Tribune

"An elegant, information-packed addition to the library of the most serious beekeeper." —Better Homes & Gardens Country Gardens

“An amazing compendium of information, lore, facts, tips, techniques, and benefits of having bees in your life—whether you choose to keep a hive yourself, enjoy the by-products, or just appreciate these wonderful creatures for all that they contribute to our human ecosystem.”


—About.com

Features:

  • Beautiful hardcover
  • 412 pages
  • Extensive Index
  • Bibliography

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American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon Lowest new price: $11.40
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Author: Steven Rinella
Brand: Spiegel & Grau

From the host of the Travel Channel’s “The Wild Within.”

A hunt for the American buffalo—an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination.
 
In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds—there’s only a 2 percent chance of drawing the permit, and fewer than 20 percent of those hunters are successful—Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside and then raft the meat back to civilization while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Throughout these adventures, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years’ worth of buffalo hunters in North America, as well as the buffalo’s place in the American experience. At the time of the Revolutionary War, North America was home to approximately 40 million buffalo, the largest herd of big mammals on the planet, but by the mid-1890s only a few hundred remained. Now that the buffalo is on the verge of a dramatic ecological recovery across the West, Americans are faced with the challenge of how, and if, we can dare to share our land with a beast that is the embodiment of the American wilderness.

American Buffalo is a narrative tale of Rinella’s hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo’s past, present, and future: to the Bering Land Bridge, where scientists search for buffalo bones amid artifacts of the New World’s earliest human inhabitants; to buffalo jumps where Native Americans once ran buffalo over cliffs by the thousands; to the Detroit Carbon works, a “bone charcoal” plant that made fortunes in the late 1800s by turning millions of tons of buffalo bones into bone meal, black dye, and fine china; and even to an abattoir turned fashion mecca in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, where a depressed buffalo named Black Diamond met his fate after serving as the model for the American nickel.

 Rinella’s erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with a quirky blend of facts and observations about history, biology, and the natural world. Both a captivating narrative and a book of environmental and historical significance, American Buffalo tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.

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Unlikely Friendships Wall Calendar 2019

Unlikely Friendships Wall Calendar 2019 Lowest new price: $4.98
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Author: Workman Publishing
Brand: Workman Publishing

Meet the adorable BFFs of the animal kingdom! Adapted from the New York Times bestselling series, gorgeous, full-color photographs capture candid moments of inter-species camaraderie, and are accompanied by the sweet, true stories behind them. There’s Gerald, a giraffe, and Zebedee, a zebra, who met in the zoo and have been happy playmates ever since. Minnie, an African pygmy hedgehog, and Maya the Dachshund, who love to snuggle and share food together in their owner’s home. And a pack of squirrel monkeys catch a ride on the back of their capybara friend—in fact, this clique is known to eat, groom, and play together frequently!
 

Features:

  • Wall Calendar
  • 12-month Standard Calendar
  • Large Square Grid
  • Stapled Binding
  • 12'' X 12 ''

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Seek & Find - Dinosaurs (Seek and Find)

Seek & Find - Dinosaurs (Seek and Find) Lowest new price: $9.56
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Author: Romain Amiot

Take a trip back through time and find the hidden dinosaurs on each page!

  • Roam the forest looking for an Allosaurus. Spot tiny feathered Microraptor in the sky. Dive deep to hunt for giant sea reptiles like Plesiosaurs.
  • Every page is packed with things to discover, making this Seek and Find book fun to revisit again and again.
  • Learn what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur; what Earth was like when dinosaurs were alive; and how scientists uncover dinosaur bones with real-life seek and find skills!
  • Colorful images bring facts and history to life.
  • Things to find are presented visually on each spread, so kids not yet reading can search, too!
  • Great for parents and young children to share together, and for older kids to try on their own.
  • Hardcover.
  • Full color throughout.
  • 26 pages.
  • 9-3/4 inches wide by 12 inches high.
  • Ages 3 to 9.

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Birds of the Photo Ark

Birds of the Photo Ark Lowest new price: $12.69
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Author: Noah Strycker

For avian enthusiasts, from armchair observers to dedicated life-listers, this brilliant book from acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore celebrates the beauty of all birds, great and small.

This elegantly packaged celebration of birds from around the world unites incredible animal portraits from Joel Sartore's distinguished National Geographic Photo Ark project with inspiring text by up-and-coming birder Noah Strycker. It includes hundreds of species, from tiny finches to charismatic eagles; brilliant toucans, intricate birds of paradise, and perennial favorites such as parrots, hummingbirds, and owls also make colorful appearances. Everyone who cares about birds--from the family with a bird feeder outside the kitchen window to the serious birder with a life list of thousands--will flock to this distinctive and uplifting book.

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