Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in by Amy Stewart

By Amy Stewart

Award-winning writer Amy Stewart takes readers on an around-the-world, behind-the-scenes examine the flower and the way it has sought—for larger or worse—to in attaining perfection. She tracks down the hybridizers, geneticists, farmers, and florists operating to invent, manufacture, and promote plants which are larger, brighter, and sturdier than whatever nature grants. There's a scientist cause on constructing the 1st genetically converted blue rose; an eccentric horitcultural legend who created the most well-liked lily; a breeder of gerberas of each colour possible; and an Ecuadorean farmer turning out to be beautiful roses, the floral identical of a Tiffany diamond. And, at each flip she discovers the startling intersection of nature and know-how, of sentiment and trade.

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The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare

By Philip Hoare

A yearlong experience in the course of the world’s oceans with Philip Hoare, the award-winning writer of The Whale

In colourful prose and energetic line drawings, Hoare units out to rediscover the ocean and its islands, birds, and beasts. beginning at his domestic at the shorelines of Britain’s Southampton Water and relocating in ever widening circles—like the migration styles of whales—Hoare explores London, the Isle of Wight, the Azores, Sri Lanka, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

As Hoare brilliantly weaves jointly literary and common background, we stumble upon memorable humans in addition to the dolphins, whales, and different creatures above and less than the water (even one species previously believed to 
be extinct).

Echoing the wonderful culture of W. G. Sebald, yet in a voice all Hoare’s personal, The Sea Inside is bursting with an never-ending sequence of delights and revelations from the ever-changing sea.

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Dogs of Courage: The Heroism and Heart of Working Dogs by Lisa Rogak

By Lisa Rogak

A party of the fantastic canine who practice feats of bravery each day

Dogs don't simply make adorable pets. in addition they paintings at a huge variety of jobs, aiding people in numerous methods. From operating with search-and-rescue groups to discover lacking folks to assisting sufferers get over accidents, Lisa Rogak covers the numerous ways that canines are an important a part of our international. and she or he tells the fantastic tales of normal canine who've long gone above and past to assist their owners—and even every one other.

Dogs of braveness finds the heartwarming and awe-inspiring tales of those hard-working canine, from the learning they obtain to the methods we honor their sacrifices and present their years of carrier. declaring what each puppy lover understands, this booklet exhibits how deep a dog's loyalty and friendship can move.

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Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch

By Mark Elbroch

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• 2003 nationwide outdoors ebook Award Winner • precise music and path facts for one hundred thirty five species with actual-size song illustrations in a single part • Scat images and knowledge for dozens of animals
The such a lot thorough therapy of the topic ever released, this outstanding consultant brings jointly transparent music and path illustrations, variety maps, and full-color images exhibiting feeding symptoms, scat, tunnels, burrows, bedding components, is still, and extra, to offer a wealth of knowledge approximately thousands of mammal species dwelling in North the USA. how to define, determine, degree, and interpret the clues mammals go away behind--explained and illustrated like by no means ahead of. comprises essays that contextualize monitoring as a constructing technological know-how consistently garnering extra curiosity and participation; incorporated are also instructive anecdotes from the author's paintings as a tracker and flora and fauna specialist. a useful source for starting or specialist trackers and natural world fans in all North American destinations.

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Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from by Maurice Isserman, Stewart Weaver

By Maurice Isserman, Stewart Weaver

The 1st profitable ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 via Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa teammate Tenzing Norgay is a well-recognized saga, yet much less popular are the stories of many different adventurers who additionally got here to check their abilities and braveness opposed to the world’s maximum and most threatening mountains. during this vigorous and generously illustrated publication, historians Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver current the 1st accomplished historical past of Himalayan mountain climbing in fifty years. they give specific, unique debts of the main major climbs because the Eighteen Nineties, they usually compellingly evoke the social and cultural worlds that gave upward push to these expeditions.

The booklet recounts the adventures of such figures as Martin Conway, who led the 1st real Himalayan hiking day trip in 1892; Fanny Bullock Workman, the pioneer explorer of the Karakoram variety; George Mallory, the romantic martyr of Mount Everest popularity; Charlie Houston, who led American expeditions to K2 within the Nineteen Thirties and Fifties; Ang Tharkay, the mythical Sherpa, etc. all through, the authors talk about the results of political and social switch at the international of mountain climbing, and so they supply a penetrating research of a tradition that when emphasised teamwork and fellowship between climbers, yet now has been eclipsed via a scramble for person repute and glory.

Literary Awards
Boardman Tasker Prize Nominee for Mountain Literature (2008)

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The Whales' Journey: A Year in the Life of a Humpback Whale, by Stephen Martin

By Stephen Martin

From slaughter to sanctuary, this article describes the reports of the humpback whales as they commute among the chilly Antarctic and the nice and cozy tropical seas off northern Australia in what's one of many longest migrations within the animal global. it's also the tale of human impression on humpback whale populations, that have been decimated nearly to extinction throughout the first 60 years of the twentieth century. Humpback whales at the moment are secure by means of a material of rules, sanctuaries, treaties and finally through human obstacle for them and their setting. This illustrated e-book brings to lifestyles the tale of whaling in Australia in addition to the linked story of the lengthy, occasionally fruitful and infrequently vexed courting among scientists and whalers. integrated are own bills of the paintings and trial of whaling. The booklet is a message of wish and caution. because the struggle to guard the earth's environments and species keeps, the sparing of the humpback whale is an interesting story of luck and strength. As we continuously look for new assets to take advantage of, we want glance no additional than the humpback whale to determine how easy it truly is to just about spoil a complete species.

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The Rescue of Belle and Sundance: A Miracle on Mount Renshaw by Birgit Stutz, Lawrence Scanlan

By Birgit Stutz, Lawrence Scanlan

On December 15, 2008, snowmobilers came across a couple of stranded horses atop B.C.'s Mount Renshaw within the Canadian Rockies. Belle and Sundance have been a sorry sight— they have been emaciated, shivering and trapped in a small safeguard they'd made for themselves via tramping down the six-foot-deep snow. the subsequent morning, a celebration of 4 from the within reach city of McBride used to be despatched again up the mountain with a bale of hay, a handgun and a heartbreaking option to make: both feed Belle and Sundance, or shoot them.

The 4 agreed: there has been an indisputable glimmer within the eyes of Belle and Sundance, and the choice used to be made to feed them. yet saving the 2 horses will require much more than hay. Weighing their ideas, many folks in McBride determined they might dig, by means of hand, the three-foot-wide, six-foot-deep, kilometre-long tunnel that turned Belle and Sundance's path to freedom.

The Rescue of Belle and Sundance takes the reader into the guts of the fight to avoid wasting horses. during this account, which fast grew to become a local bestseller and a bookseller favorite, Stutz and Scanlan recreate the rescue that despatched a message of desire and compassion all over the world.

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Witness to Extinction: How We Failed to Save the Yangtze by Samuel Turvey

By Samuel Turvey

The tragic acceptance of the extinction of the Yangtze River Dolphin or baiji in 2007 turned an incredible information tale and despatched shockwaves worldwide. It made a romantic tale, for the baiji was once a different and gorgeous creature that includes in lots of chinese language legends and folks stories. The Goddess of the Yangtze, because it was once recognized, used to be additionally the lone consultant of a whole and historic department of the Tree of lifestyles. yet probably the better tragedy is that its prestige as one of many world's such a lot threatened mammals have been well known, but regardless of large exposure almost no foreign cash grew to become available.

Samuel Turvey right here tells the tale of the plight of the Yangtze River Dolphin from his detailed standpoint as a conservation biologist deeply occupied with the fight to save lots of the dolphin. this can be either a party of a pretty and memorable animal that after graced considered one of China's maximum rivers, its common background and its position as a cultural image; and in addition a private, eyewitness account of the disasters of coverage and the fight to get cash that ended in its tragic loss of life. it's a precise cautionary story that we needs to examine from, for there are numerous different threatened species that may be afflicted by an identical human blunders, and whose loss we will now not comprehend till it's too overdue.

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National Geographic (February 2016)

Nationwide Geographic, previously The nationwide Geographic journal, is the authentic journal of the nationwide Geographic Society. it's been released constantly on account that its first factor in 1888, 9 months after the Society itself used to be based. It basically includes articles approximately geography, heritage, and global tradition. The journal is understood for its thick square-bound modern layout with a yellow oblong border and its huge use of dramatic photographs.

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