Grass and Grassland (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 48)


Author: Ian Moore
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007406398
Category: Nature
Page: 192
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The use of natural and seeded grass pastures for the feeding of livestock and other unfamiliar uses for the ubiquitous grass family are described in this succinct and beautifully illustrated work.

Trees, Woods and Man


Author: H. L. Edlin
Publisher: Collins
ISBN: 9780007311071
Category:
Page: N.A
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A fascinating description of the changing fortunes of our forests, marked by an attempt to look at woodlands from the special point of view of the men of each succeeding age. This edition is exclusive to newnaturalists.com Ever since the first New Naturalist book was published the Editors have planned to devote a volume to British trees and woodlands. Mr. Edlin's book at last fills this gap in the series, and fills it with charm and authority. Every page bears witness to first-hand experience of what he is describing. After training at Edinburgh and Oxford, followed by a period as a rubber-planter in Malaya, Mr. Edlin had charge of felling and replanting in the New Forest - work which has given him an exceptional insight not only into the reasons for the disappearance in the past of so much of our natural woodlands, but also into the re-establishment of forests by modern methods. Since the war, Mr. Edlin has been engaged in editing technical publications for the Forestry Commission, and, naturally, he deals with recent controversies over the planting policy of the Commission. But Mr. Edlin's book is by no means confined to problems of afforestation and the supply of timber. He deals in detail with all our important trees and shrubs, both native and introduced, against the background of their natural environment; and also has much to say about their uses and about the woodland crafts - many of them dying out - that have been handed down from the past. A particular feature of this book is Mr Edlin's fine account of the past history of British Woodlands, from the close of the Ice Age to the present day. His fascinating description of the changing fortunes of our forests is marked by an attempt to look at woodlands from the special point of view of the men of each succeeding age, as influenced by their 'social' environment and available equipment. He points out, for example, that the early settlers cleared the best forests first because a savage with a stone axe realised that this was the quickest method of getting fertile land for growing crops.

The Tree where Man was Born


Author: Peter Matthiessen
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0143106244
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 276
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From the daily lives of wild herdsmen and the drama of predator kills to the field biologists investigating Africa's wild creatures and the anthropologists seeking humanity's origins in the rift valley, this National Book Award finalist is a classic of journalistic observation.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida


Author: Peter Alden
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 447
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Identifies one thousand types of Florida's plant and animal life, offers an overview of its natural history, and describes the state's beaches, parks, preserves, and forests

Grasses and Grassland Ecology


Author: David J. Gibson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019852918X
Category: Science
Page: 305
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Grasses and Grassland Ecology provides an ecologically orientated introduction to this influential group of plants, summarizing the most recent scientific research in ecology and agriculture in the context of the older, classic literature. Ten chapters cover the morphology, anatomy, physiology and systematics of grasses, their population, community and ecosystem ecology, their global distribution, and the effects of disturbanceand grassland management.

Boulder Hiking Trails

The Best of the Plains, Foothills and Mountains
Author: Ruth Carol Cushman,Glenn Cushman
Publisher: Pruett Publishing
ISBN: 9780871089403
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 239
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This guide is an indispensable reference for those wanting to explore the natural beauty in and around Boulder, Colorado.

Prairie

A Natural History
Author: Candace Savage
Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd
ISBN: 1553655885
Category: Nature
Page: 305
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Told in the author's distinctively enchanting style, this bestselling guide to one of the largest ecosystems in North America is now updated. Authoritative, detailed, and scientifically up-to-date, Prairie: A Natural History provides a comprehensive, non-technical guide to the biology and ecology of the prairies, the Great Plains grasslands of North America. This edition has been updated to include a new preface, new information about declining bird species, enhanced protection of bison, the effect of industrialization on the prairies, and the effect of the increase in coyote numbers on red foxes and swift foxes. Extending from Alberta south to the Mississippi River, the prairies are among the largest ecosystems in North America. Until recently, they were also one of the richest and most magnificent natural grasslands in the world. Today they are among the most altered environments on Earth. Illustrated with spectacular full-colour photographs and elegant black-and-white line drawings, this authoritative reference and easy-to-read guide is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the dazzling natural variety of the prairies. Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica


Author: Martín Rodolfo de la Peña,Maurice Rumboll
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780002200776
Category: Nature
Page: 304
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Covers more than a thousand species. Accompanying text is full of facts.

À La Mod

My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France
Author: Ian Moore
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD
ISBN: 0857659073
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
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A comedic romp through one man's life in the Loire Valley, FranceComedian, mod, and professional grump Ian Moore has had enough. Tired of being unable to park anywhere near his cramped house in a noisy town he doesn't like, he hatches a plan to move his wife and young son to a remote corner of the Loire Valley in search of serenity and space. Several years later, Ian finds himself up to his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels, and needy hens; he's wrestling with electric fences, a foreign language, a mountain of animal waste, and a wife who collects livestock like there's a biblical flood on the horizon, all while trying not to dirty his loafers. But despite the ups, downs, and increasing demands of Ian's showbiz career, the Moore family persevere to create a unique, colorful, and ultimately rewarding life in their new home—à la campagne and à la mod!

C'est Modnifique!

Adventures of an English Grump in Rural France
Author: Ian Moore
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD
ISBN: 1783722185
Category: Travel
Page: 336
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A follow-up to the hilarious À La Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural FranceAfter six years in the idyllic Loire Valley, comedian Ian Moore, his family, and his ever-expanding menagerie are beginning to feel like they're on the cusp of the peace and tranquility they hoped for when they moved from dreary Crawley to la belle France. Their grand project, a writing school called Les Champs Créatifs, is finally complete—only, nobody's signed up. Natalie and the boys must contend with the ever-colorful locals, including a Sicilian faith healer, threatening hunters and the "Christmas Pudding Man," and Ian must test his mod mettle against two new additions to the animal family—a pair of disappearing goats. With stresses, strains, and animal poo mounting up la famille Moore have their work cut out—but they're determined to give it their best shot!

Baby Bear Discovers the World


Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Publisher: Adventure Publications
ISBN: 1591931657
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 64
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Baby Bear leaves his mother behind as he sets out to explore the world, but he comes back after discovering flowers, bees, a skunk, and some humans.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Science


Author: John F. Mongillo,Linda Zierdt-Warshaw
Publisher: University Rochester Press
ISBN: 9781573561471
Category: Nature
Page: 450
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Provides information related to environmental science; defines terms and identifies key people, organizations, events, statutes, treaties, places, creatures, and technology; and includes a chronology from 1798 to 2000.

Guide to Raising Ducks


Author: Dave Holderread
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603426922
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 356
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Presents information on twenty-three domestic North American breeds, covering such topics as duck attributes, anatomy, behavior, colors, incubation, rearing ducklings, diet, butching, health, and guidelines for showing.

Global Deforestation


Author: Christiane Runyan,Paolo D'Odorico
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316654222
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: N.A
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Global Deforestation provides a concise but comprehensive examination of the variety of ways in which deforestation modifies environmental processes, as well as the societal implications of these changes. The book stresses how forest ecosystems may be prone to nearly irreversible degradation. To prevent the loss of important biophysical and socioeconomic functions, forests need to be adequately managed and protected against the increasing demand for agricultural land and forest resources. The book describes the spatial extent of forests, and provides an understanding of the past and present drivers of deforestation. It presents a theoretical background to understand the impacts of deforestation on biodiversity, hydrological functioning, biogeochemical cycling, and climate. It bridges the physical and biological sciences with the social sciences by examining economic impacts and socioeconomic drivers of deforestation. This book will appeal to advanced students, researchers and policymakers in environmental science, ecology, forestry, hydrology, plant science, ecohydrology, and environmental economics.

Wild Catalina Island

Natural Secrets and Ecological Triumphs
Author: Frank J. Hein,Carlos de la Rosa
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614239185
Category: History
Page: 144
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A year-round escape for one million annual tourists, Catalina Island is gaining popularity as a world-class eco-destination. Eighty-eight percent of the island is under the watch of the Catalina Island Conservancy, which preserves, manages and restores the island's unique wild lands. Bison, foxes and bald eagles are its best-known inhabitants, but Catalina is home to more than sixty other animal and plant species that exist nowhere else on earth. And they are all within the boundaries of one of the world's most populous regions: Los Angeles County. Biologists Frank Hein and Carlos de la Rosa present a highly enjoyable tour through the fascinating origins, mysterious quirks and ecological victories of one of the West Coast's most remarkable places.

The Biggest Estate on Earth

How Aborigines Made Australia
Author: Bill Gammage
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 174331132X
Category: History
Page: 434
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Reveals the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people in presettlement Australia Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park, with extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands, and abundant wildlife. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than most people have ever realized. For more than a decade, he has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire, the life cycles of native plants, and the natural flow of water to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year. Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and this book reveals how. Once Aboriginal people were no longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires Australians now experience. With details of land-management strategies from around Australia, this book rewrites the history of the continent, with huge implications for today.

The Unsettlers

In Search of the Good Life in Today's America
Author: Mark Sundeen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101618051
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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“An in-depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid.” —Los Angeles Times The radical search for the simple life in today’s America. On a frigid April night, a classically trained opera singer, five months pregnant, and her husband, a former marine biologist, disembark an Amtrak train in La Plata, Missouri, assemble two bikes, and pedal off into the night, bound for a homestead they've purchased, sight unseen. Meanwhile, a horticulturist, heir to the Great Migration that brought masses of African Americans to Detroit, and her husband, a product of the white flight from it, have turned to urban farming to revitalize the blighted city they both love. And near Missoula, Montana, a couple who have been at the forefront of organic farming for decades navigate what it means to live and raise a family ethically. A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of these new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for -- or create -- a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Great Plains


Author: Paul A. Johnsgard
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1609621263
Category:
Page: N.A
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Rangeland Systems

Processes, Management and Challenges
Author: David D. Briske
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319467093
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 661
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This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license. This book provides an unprecedented synthesis of the current status of scientific and management knowledge regarding global rangelands and the major challenges that confront them. It has been organized around three major themes. The first summarizes the conceptual advances that have occurred in the rangeland profession. The second addresses the implications of these conceptual advances to management and policy. The third assesses several major challenges confronting global rangelands in the 21st century. This book will compliment applied range management textbooks by describing the conceptual foundation on which the rangeland profession is based. It has been written to be accessible to a broad audience, including ecosystem managers, educators, students and policy makers. The content is founded on the collective experience, knowledge and commitment of 80 authors who have worked in rangelands throughout the world. Their collective contributions indicate that a more comprehensive framework is necessary to address the complex challenges confronting global rangelands. Rangelands represent adaptive social-ecological systems, in which societal values, organizations and capacities are of equal importance to, and interact with, those of ecological processes. A more comprehensive framework for rangeland systems may enable management agencies, and educational, research and policy making organizations to more effectively assess complex problems and develop appropriate solutions.

The Humane Metropolis

People and Nature in the 21st-century City
Author: Rutherford H. Platt
Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 1558495541
Category: Architecture
Page: 326
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Four-fifths of Americans now live in the nation's sprawling metropolitan areas, and half of the world's population is now classified as "urban." As cities become the dominant living evironment for humans, there is growing concern about how to make such places more habitable, more healthy and safe, more ecological, and more equitable -- in short, more "humane." This book explores the prospects for a more humane metropolis through a series of essays and case studies that consider why and how urban places can be made greener and more amenable. Its point of departure is the legacy of William H. Whyte (1917-1999), one of America's most admired urban thinkers. From his eyrie high above Manhattan in the offices of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Whyte laid the foundation for today's "smart growth" and "new urbanist" movements with books such as The Last Landscape (1968). His passion for improving the habitability of cities and suburbs is reflected in the diverse grassroots urban design and regreening strategies discussed in this volume. Topics examined in this book include urban and regional greenspaces, urban ecological restoration, social equity, and green design. Some of the contributors are recognized academic experts, while others offer direct practical knowledge of particular problems and initiatives. The editor's introduction and epilogue set the individual chapters in a broader context and suggest how the strategies described, if widely replicated, may help create more humane urban environments. In addition to Rutherford H. Platt, contributors to the volume include Carl Anthony, Thomas Balsley, Timothy Beatley, Eugenie L. Birch, Edward J. Blakely, Colin M. Cathcart, Steven E. Clemants, Christopher A. De Sousa, Steven N. Handel, Peter Harnik, Michael C. Houck, Jerold S. Kayden, Albert LaFarge, Andrew Light, Charles E. Little, Anne C. Lusk, Thalya Parilla, Deborah E. Popper, Frank J. Popper, Mary V. Rickel, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Robert L. Ryan, Laurin N. Sievert, Andrew G. Wiley-Schwartz, and Ann Louise Strong. Included in the back of the book is a DVD of a 22-minute film created by Ted White, which serves as a companion to the text.