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Flocks of colour.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
What name could be a more apt description of Australia than The land of parrots, a name inspired by late sixteenth-century maps showing a southern region labelled Psittacorum regio. This beautiful book takes a close look at parrots in Australia, from the first published illustration of an Australian parrot, a Rainbow lorikeet collected live on Cooks 1770 voyage, to William T. Coopers twentieth-century watercolour of the elusive Night parrot. With introductory essays by ornithologist Penny Olsen, this book covers two and a quarter centuries of discovery and illustration of Australias avifauna. It features a rich portfolio of images of all the Australian parrots, by various artists including John Gould, Edward Lear, Neville W. Cayley and William T. Cooper, selected from the collections of the National Library of Australia, The foreword is by Joseph Forshaw, a world expert on the parrot family.
Cayley and son: the life and art of Neville Henry Cayley and Neville William Cayley.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny.
The first monograph on the Cayleys. This skillfully researched and handsomely produced book charts the lives and works of this Australian father-and-son pair of bird artists. Neville Henry, peripatetic, often impecunious and with a reputation for hard drinking, was nevertheless a highly talented artist. His son Neville William, buoyant in personality, sometimes outspoken and argumentative, was a pioneer of the surf lifesaving movement before turning his attention to the painting of birds. With a superbly written Foreword by Andrew Isles who has handled more Neville Cayley paintings than any other person.
Penny Olsen is a research scientist and natural history writer. Based at the Australian National University in Canberra, she is the author of numerous publications including Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet (2007), A Brush with Birds: Bird Art in the National Library of Australia (2008) and Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australias Curious Animals (2010).
The black rhinos of Namibia: searching for survivors in the African desert.Artist/Author: Bass, Rick.
WAS $32. Follow Bass on his far-flung adventure in southwest Africa on the trail of a fascinating and vulnerable species. Driven to the brink of extinction by poaching and war, human intervention and cutting-edge conservation has saved the black rhinos, for now. Against the backdrop of one of the most ancient and harshest terrains on earth, Bass, with his characteristic insight and grace, probes the complex relationship between humans and nature and meditates on our role as both destroyer and saviour.
Lichen biology.Artist/Author: Nash, Thomas H.
WAS $177. Lichens are symbiotic organisms in which fungi and algae and/or cyanobacteria form an intimate biological union. This diverse group is found in almost all terrestrial habitats from the tropics to polar regions. In this second edition, four completely new chapters cover recent developments in the study of these fascinating organisms, including lichen genetics and sexual reproduction, stress physiology and symbiosis, and the carbon economy and environmental role of lichens. The whole text has been fully updated, with chapters covering anatomical, morphological and developmental aspects; the contribution of the unique secondary metabolites produced by lichens to medicine and the pharmaceutical industry; patterns of lichen photosynthesis and respiration in relation to different environmental conditions; the role of lichens in nitrogen fixation and mineral cycling; and the use of lichens as indicators of air pollution. This is a valuable reference for both students and researchers interested in lichenology.
Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: the words of birds, North America, Britain, and Northern Europe.Artist/Author: Bevis, John.
WAS $23. Birds sing and call, sometimes in complex and beautiful arrangements of notes, sometimes in one-line repetitions that resemble a ringtone more than a symphony. Listening, we are stirred, transported, and even envious of birds’ ability to produce what Shelley called “profuse strains of unpremeditated art.” And for hundreds of years, we have tried to write down what we hear when birds sing. Poets have put birdsong in verse (Thomas Nashe: “Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo”) and ornithologists have transcribed bird sounds more methodically. Drawing on this history of bird writing, in Aaaaw to Zzzzzd John Bevis offers a lexicon of the words of birds. For tourists in Birdland, there could be no more charming phrasebook. Consulting it, we find seven distinct variations of “hoo” attributed to seven different species of owls, from a simple hoo to the more ambitious hoo hoo hoo-hoo, ho hoo hoo-hoo; the understated cheet of the Tree swallow; the resonant kreeaaaaaaaaaaar of the Swainson’s hawk; the modest peep peep peep of the meadow pipit.
We learn that some people hear the Baltimore oriole saying “here, here, come right here, dear” and the Yellowhammer saying “a little bit of bread and no cheese.” Bevis, a poet, frames his lexicons – one for North America and one for Britain and northern Europe – with an evocative appreciation of birds, birdsong, and human attempts to capture the words of birds in music and poetry. He also offers an engaging account of other methods of documenting birdsong – field recording, graphic notation, and mechanical devices including duck calls and the serinette, an instrument used to teach song tunes to songbirds. The singing of birds is nature at its most sublime, and words are our medium for expressing this sublimity.
Parasites, people, and places: essays of field parasitology.Artist/Author: Esch, Gerald W.
Professor Gerald W. Esch is one of the world’s leading ecological parasitologists. Here, he presents a series of essays on classic examples of field parasitology. The essays focus on the significance of the work and its contribution to the field but also on the people and particularly the sites at which the work took place. Taken together, the essays represent a beautifully written account of the development of an entire field of scientific endeavour spanning a period of 50 years or more. The essays are not meant to be academic in a scientific sense, but there is a great deal of science in them. The book will be of great value to all parasitologists and ecologists, but also to anyone interested in how biological field work is carried out and how it contributes to greater understanding of the natural world.
The evolution of agency and other essays.Artist/Author: Sterelny, Kim.
A collection of linked essays on the topic of biological evolution. The first half of the book explores most of the main theoretical controversies about evolution and selection, while the second half applies some of these ideas in considering cognitive evolution. Together, the essays form a coherent whole that defends not just an overall conception of evolution, but also a distinctive take on cognitive evolution.
The ends of the earth an anthology of the finest writing on: the Arctic: and the Antarctic.Artist/Author: Kolbert, Elizabeth and Francis Spufford, editors.
WAS $55. Two books in one. The Arctic is edited by Elizabeth Kolbert. The Antarctic is edited by Francis Spufford. This outstanding anthology includes writing by legendary polar explorers as well as by such contemporary writers as Jon Krakauer, Jack London, Diane Ackerman, Barry Lopez, and Ursula K. LeGuin.
Darwin’s legacy: what evolution means today.Artist/Author: Dupre, John A.
WAS $35. Demonstrates that though aspects of evolutionary theory remain controversial, and issues remain to be settled, there can no longer be any doubt that the basis of the theory is true. Dupre examines the consequences of this for our view of human nature, religion, and non-human animals. He also investigates the appropriation of evolutionary biology by psychologists, finding their claims to be largely spurious.
The tree: a natural history of what trees are, how they live, and why they matter.Artist/Author: Tudge, Colin.
WAS $50. One of Britain’s most highly regarded science writers looks at trees in exquisite, comprehensive detail: what they are, how they live, how they came into being, and the communities known as forests where they live.
Conserving marine environments: out of sight, out of mind.Artist/Author: Hutchings, Pat and Daniel Lunney, editors.
WAS $60. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. A series of papers resulting from a one day forum held in October 2002 by the Royal Zoological Society. This book is a high water mark in capturing the range of skills that are needed to see and conserve out marine environments.
Threatened Species Legislation: is it just an Act?Artist/Author: Hutchings, Pat.
WAS $60. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. A collection of papers from the 2003 Royal Zoological Society forum in which speakers addressed different aspects of threatened species legislation, from the question of assessing the certainty of the scientists on the committees which decide which species should be on the lists, to the impact on various affected parties, including government agencies, consultants and community groups. A centerpiece is the view from those who look at the effectiveness of the law, whether from the legal angle or from the biologist coming to grips with the law as an instrument to conserve biodiversity.