Download E-books The Hopes of Snakes: And Other Tales from the Urban Landscape PDF

By Lisa Couturier

A debut essay assortment through the best new nature writers

“It’s been your time due to the fact i ended being shocked by means of nature in ny urban, that's, in the end, easily a reputation we’ve given this landscape—a label meaningless to the birds, the turtles, the river.”

As a baby in suburban Maryland, Lisa Couturier spent all her time outside, twiddling with snakes and toads and exploring each inch of what nature provided. Her mom and dad have been confident that she could head out West as an grownup, looking for wild lands and animals. in its place, Couturier moved to manhattan urban, and it used to be there that she started to see nature and all of the creatures in it with new eyes.

In The Hopes of Snakes, Couturier brings jointly the simplest of her essays on city and suburban nature in the course of the Northeast, from Washington, D.C., to Boston. She writes of the issues in nature that we quite often love, just like the strength and wonder of the Potomac River or the majesty of a peregrine falcon hovering above a skyscraper, yet she additionally celebrates the animals we both forget about or ponder pests, reminiscent of ducks, snakes, and crows. Nature is frequently invisible to humans amidst the concrete and glass of dense city existence. yet Couturier’s sharp eye and deep humanity have discovered what's so extraordinary in urban nature and illuminated it for readers like not anyone earlier than her.

The Hopes of Snakes is an eloquent and robust debut by means of the best writers exploring nature within the humanized panorama today.

"Lisa Couturier's essays shine together with her candor, her conception, and her affection for the creatures of our international, particularly with their tricky encounters on our never-ending roads and in our inhospitable cities and towns. no matter if the topic is a snake or a falcon or a crow named Edgar, those essays will either enlighten and provides a lot examining pleasure." —Mary Oliver

"Lisa Courturier has crafted a set of essays that's, readily, attractive. The Hopes of Snakes takes readers into the lives and hearts of urban creatures---those animals who persist inspite of us, and who name us again to our wild souls time and again from the dustiest of ledges, the dirtiest of cracks, the murkiest of urban waterways. With appreciate and deep sensitivity, Courturier has crafted out of her existence tales a guidebook again to these relational roots that maintain us in the course of the so much paved-over facets of human existence. I enjoyed this book---loved learning each one pigeon, each one turtle, every one falcon besides a colourful human forged of characters clever sufficient to regard those creatures as kinfolk. This publication is a keeper, a teacher." —Susan Chernak McElroy, writer of Animals as lecturers and Healers

"The Hopes of Snakes is a booklet jam-packed with rapture, secret and shock. i admire this ebook. Snakes DO have hopes, Lisa Couturier tells us, and that is simply the 1st of her revelatory observations, lots of with the intention to take your breath away as without doubt because the glimpse of an owl within the urban, or the voice of coyote within the yard. enable this lyrical, outstanding publication trap you into the city thickets and vales of foxes, vultures, coyotes, serpents and geese--and motivate you to recapture the wild center that retains us actually alive." —Sy Montgomery, writer of look for the Golden Moon undergo

“In this fabulous new ebook, Lisa Couturier deals readers a resonant and uplifting meditation upon the usual panorama. the writer and her writer are to be congratulated for generating a booklet that belongs in any library, public or inner most, that aspires to be whole near to nature writing. In her mastery of the essay as an expressive shape, and within the energy and sincerity of her considering, Lisa Couturier has tested herself because the literary equivalent of such modern luminaries as Linda Hogan, Diane Ackerman and Barbara Kingsolver.” —John A. Murray, editor of the yank Nature Writing series

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Download E-books Avian Urban Ecology PDF

By Diego Gil, Henrik Brumm

As typical habitat remains to be misplaced and the area progressively turns into extra urbanized, biologists are more and more learning the influence this has on flora and fauna. Birds are quite reliable version platforms on the grounds that their lifestyles historical past, behaviour, and body structure are in particular encouraged through without delay measurable environmental elements resembling mild and sound toxins. it really is hence quite effortless to match city participants and populations with their rural opposite numbers. This available textual content makes a speciality of the behavioural and physiological mechanisms which facilitate edition and at the evolutionary approach that ensues. It discusses subject matters equivalent to acoustics, reproductive cues, affliction, and synthetic feeding, and encompasses a sequence of case stories illustrating innovative examine on those parts.

Avian city Ecology is appropriate for pro avian biologists and ornithologists in addition to graduate scholars of avian ecology, evolution, and conservation. it is going to even be of relevance and use to a extra basic viewers of city ecologists and conservation biologists.

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Download E-books BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Ophthalmology, 2nd Edition (BSAVA British Small Animal Veterinary Association) PDF

By Simon M. Peterson-Jones, Sheila M. Crispin

This new guide builds at the luck of the 1st variation of the BSAVA handbook of Small Animal Ophthalmology.This re-creation starts off with a transparent and concise consultant to the exam of the attention. utilizing the recommendations defined and the lists of differential diagnoses supplied in Appendix I, it's going to be attainable for ocular lesions to be pointed out and localized with precision. Chapters on imaging innovations (radiography, ultrasonography, CT and MRI) and laboratory investigations follow.New to this variation are chapters on anaesthesia and surgical procedure. simple ideas corresponding to tissue separation and suturing are defined and illustrated with in particular commissioned drawings.Ocular stipulations of canines and cats are coated in chapters on particular areas, progressing from the adnexa (orbit and periorbital areas, eyelids and lacrimal process) to the attention itself, and thence to the connections among the attention and the mind. each one bankruptcy begins with a brief part that considers the correct anatomy and body structure of that element of the attention. Following a attention of diagnostic checks, scientific good points are defined and illustrated by means of a wealth of top of the range full-colour pictures. clinical and surgical administration are then mentioned for every situation. stipulations of the puppy and cat are in general thought of individually, other than the place there are shut similarities.The final chapters of the guide in brief describe ocular stipulations of rabbits and unique species (primates, rodents, birds, reptiles and fish), with emphasis at the commoner issues and those who vary markedly from the stipulations already defined for the puppy and cat.The guide is a realistic consulting room advisor to small animal ophthalmology, yet there's adequate element to fulfill those that desire to research this attention-grabbing uniqueness in better depth.BSAVA, BVNA and FECAVA contributors can declare their member by means of ordering direct from: British Small Animal Veterinary organization Woodrow condo, 1 Telford means, Waterwells enterprise Park, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 4AB, Tel: 01452 726709, Fax: 01452 726701, electronic mail: publications@bsava.com www.bsava.com

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Download E-books Mammals (Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource, volumes 1 to 4) PDF

By MELISSA C. McDADE

Grzimek's scholar Animal existence source: Mammals bargains readers finished and easy-to-use info on Earth's mammals. Entries are prepared via taxonomy, the technological know-how in which residing issues are labeled into comparable teams. Order entries supply an summary of a gaggle of households, and family members entries offer an outline of a specific relations. each one access comprises sections on actual features; geographic diversity; habitat; vitamin; habit and copy; animals and folks; and conservation prestige. relations entries are via a number of species bills with a similar details in addition to a variety map and picture or representation for every species. Entries finish with a listing of books, periodicals, and sites that could be used for extra learn.

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Download E-books Birds of the Dominican Republic and Haiti (Princeton Field Guides) PDF

By Christopher Rimmer, James Wiley, Kent McFarland, Eladio Fernandez

Birds of the Dominican Republic and Haiti fills a wide void within the literature on birdwatching and the surroundings in those tropical nations. the 1st entire box consultant dedicated to Hispaniola's birds, it presents exact money owed for greater than three hundred species, together with thirty-one endemic species.

incorporated within the species descriptions are information on key box marks, comparable species, voice, habitats, geographic distribution on Hispaniola, prestige, nesting, diversity, and native names utilized in either the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The authors additionally touch upon ecology, habit, and taxonomic prestige. The e-book presents colour illustrations and diversity maps in keeping with the latest facts to be had. however the authors' purpose is to supply greater than only a technique of choosing birds. The consultant additionally underscores the significance of marketing the conservation of migratory and resident birds, and development aid for environmental measures.

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Download E-books Attitudes to Animals: Views in Animal Welfare PDF

Attitudes to Animals presents a origin that the reader can use to make moral offerings approximately animals. it's going to problem readers to query their present perspectives, attitudes, and views on animals and the character and improvement of the human-animal dating. Human views at the human-animal dating replicate what we've got realized, including spoken and unstated attitudes and assumptions, from our households, societies, media, schooling, and employment. This thought-provoking ebook delves into what it skill to be human, what it capacity to be animal, and the character of the connection among them. this is often complete with philosophical and moral discussions, clinical facts, and dynamic theoretical ways.

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Download E-books The North Carolina Birding Trail: Piedmont Trail Guide PDF

North Carolina harbors an immense range of habitats that offer nutrition and defend for greater than 440 chook species all year long, making the country a vacation spot for birders and nature fanatics. The North Carolina Birding path is a riding path linking birders and travelers with nice birding websites around the nation and the neighborhood groups during which they're found.

The moment of 3 local courses, the Piedmont path Guide provides 103 optimal birding locations within the North Carolina piedmont, such a lot inside of a simple force of the state's city facilities, among Charlotte at the west and Interstate ninety five at the east. The spiral-bound quantity positive factors maps, particular web site descriptions, and colour photos all through. every one web site description comprises instructions in addition to details on entry, focal species and habitats, and on-site customer facilities. certain "while you are within the sector" listings accompany each one of fourteen web site groupings, so viewers can trip to a cluster of birding locations and revel in different neighborhood highlights and sights alongside the way.

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