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Download E-books Earth Ponds: The Country Pond Maker's Guide to Building, Maintenance, and Restoration (Third Edition) PDF

By Tim Matson

The bible of pond-making in a completely redesigned 30th-anniversary edition.

there's not anything like a pond. What else can concurrently raise your aesthetic excitement, provide leisure possibilities, aid the surroundings, and bring up the price of your home? Earth Ponds is the traditional source for development and conserving those vital and gorgeous panorama positive aspects. For thirty years now Earth Ponds, with a few 100,000 copies in print, has guided a complete new release of pond makers on every thing from website making plans to soil sampling to drainage and flora and fauna administration. It’s a whole evaluate of the rustic pond. Illustrations consultant the pond builder via each step of the method; chapters conscientiously describe the problems and judgements in a perfectly own method. It’s the condensed knowledge of a guy who has spent a life-time construction, restoring, and conserving ponds.

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Download E-books Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans PDF

Stan Coren’s groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich’s vintage Mind of the Raven during this impressive, fantastically illustrated examine the uncanny intelligence and feelings of crows.

Playful, social, and passionate, crows have brains which are large for his or her physique measurement, which permits them to imagine, plan, and think again their activities. in addition they show an avian form of eloquence, mate for all times, and go along with family members and associates for years. And to those that take care of them and feed them, they generally provide oddly touching presents in go back.

The ongoing connection among people and crows—a cultural coevolution—has formed either species for hundreds of thousands of years. Scientist John Marzluff groups up with artist-naturalist Tony Angell to inform striking tales of those outstanding birds. With Marzluff’s impressive unique learn at the intelligence and startling skills of corvids—crows, ravens, and jays—Angell’s beautiful line drawings, and a full of life joint narrative, the authors supply an in-depth examine those complicated creatures and the characteristics and behaviors we percentage, together with language, delinquency, frolic, ardour, wrath, possibility taking, and understanding. Crows assemble round their useless, warn of approaching doom, realize humans, devote homicide of alternative crows, trap animals to their loss of life, swill espresso and drink beer, layout and use tools—including vehicles as nutcrackers—and windsurf and sled to play.

With its abundance of humorous, awe-inspiring, and poignant tales, Gifts of the Crow portrays creatures who're not anything wanting awesome.

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Download E-books Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures PDF

By Bill Schutt

For hundreds of years, blood feeders have inhabited our nightmares and horror tales, in addition to the shadowy nation-states of clinical wisdom. In darkish dinner party, zoologist invoice Schutt takes readers on an interesting voyage into the realm of a few of nature's strangest creatures--the sanguivores. utilizing a pointy eye and mordant wit, Schutt makes a remarkably persuasive case that vampire bats, leeches, ticks, mattress insects, and different vampires are as deserving of our interest as hotter and fuzzier species are--and that a lot of them are even ­worthy of conservation.

Schutt takes us from rural Trinidad to the jungles of Brazil to profit approximately the most reviled, misunderstood, and marvelously advanced animals on our planet: vampire bats. only in the near past has truth began to disentangle itself from fiction touching on those impressive animals, and Schutt delves into the myths and misconceptions surrounding them.

Examining the substance that sustains nature's vampires, Schutt unearths simply how little we really knew approximately blood till good into the 20th century. We revisit George Washington on his deathbed to benefit how principles approximately blood and the supposedly healing price of bloodletting, first devised by means of the traditional Egyptians and Greeks, survived into particularly sleek instances. Schutt additionally tracks the background of medicinal leech use. as soon as hired by means of the hundreds of thousands to empty perceived excesses of blood, this present day the marketplace for those old creatures is booming as soon as again--but for extraordinarily various reasons.

Among the opposite blood feeders we meet in those pages are mattress insects, or "ninja insects," that are creating a creepy resurgence in posh resorts and well-kept houses close to you. moreover, darkish dinner party info our harmful and occasionally lethal encounters with ticks, chiggers, and mites (the ­latter implicated in Colony cave in Disorder--currently devastating honey bees worldwide). Then there are the really weird--vampire finches. And in the event you proposal piranha have been frightening, a few humans think that the candiru (or willy fish) is the simplest cause to prevent swimming within the Amazon.

Enlightening, alarming, and attractive to our appreciate the unusual, darkish ceremonial dinner friends right into a a part of the wildlife to which we're, via our blood, inextricably associated.

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Download E-books Tortoise (Reaktion Books - Animal) PDF

By Peter Young

Tortoise is the 1st cultural background of those long-lived and exciting creatures, that have existed for greater than 2 hundred million years. The booklet covers tortoises world wide, in evolution, delusion and fact, ranging throughout paleontology, typical historical past, fable, folklore, artwork types, literature, veterinary drugs and alternate regulations.

The tortoise has been noticeable as an Atlas-like creature assisting the area, because the beginning of track and as a philosophical paradox. Peter younger examines the tortoise in these kinds of guises, in addition to an army tactical formation, its exploitation via mariners and others for nutrients, as decoration (in tortoiseshell), as a motif in paintings, and in house examine. He appears on the circulate clear of exploitation to conservation or even the makes use of of the tortoise in advertisements. in addition to examples of species, illustrations from around the globe comprise monuments, sculptures, cash, stamps, objets d’art, drawings, cartoons, ads and X-rays.

The e-book will attraction not just to tortoise enthusiasts but in addition to readers of cultural histories round the world.

"Peter Young’s Tortoise, at the different claw, should be warmly recommended."—Jonathan Bate, The Times

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Download E-books Easy Birdhouses & Feeders: Simple Projects to Attract & Retain the Birds You Want (BirdWatcher's Digest) PDF

By Michael Berger

Building birdhouses is yet one more approach to benefit from the birds in our yard, and writer Michael Berger explains in his booklet effortless Birdhouses & Feeders that you simply don't desire loads of instruments or complicated apparatus to create priceless shelters for our avian neighbors. right here you will how to make and set up an easy nesting birdhouse out of a flowerpot.

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Flowerpot Nesting House

Birds are inventive little creatures, and lots of will not be choosy approximately what they construct a home in. i have visible wrens construct homes in discarded watering cans, robins on most sensible of outdated wheelbarrows, and sparrows near to wherever you would fairly they did not. This condo takes benefit of that tendency and will be utilized by numerous small songbird species. along with not anything greater than a clay flowerpot and a semicircle of wooden, the flowerpot home is tremendous effortless to construct and offers a pleasant little bit of defend while tucked right into a tree's forking branches or fastened in any sheltered place. observe: when you reside in a zone or local the place predation is a priority, comprise an appropriate predator defend into your plans.

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When mounting the birdhouse, you should use a wooden screw and a wide fender washing machine pushed during the drainage gap on the base of the pot (which now serves because the again of the house). instruments, undefined, and provides you will want Jigsaw around dossier 6½"-dia. clay flower pot 6"-dia. wooden circle (from scrap), reduce in part development adhesive or silicone caulk 1" or greater fender washing machine and three" external screw

Building the Birdhouse

1. degree the interior diameter of the outlet of your flowerpot; then draw a circle of that diameter on a scrap of cedar and use your jigsaw to chop it out. For a 6½"-dia. flowerpot like I used, your circle may be approximately 6" in diameter. 2. minimize the wooden circle in part; then use a around dossier to rasp a drain gap alongside the ground curve of the semicircle. three. Use silicone caulk or development adhesive to connect the wooden semicircle into the hole of the flowerpot. four. To mount the flowerpot birdhouse on a tree trunk, slide a 1" or greater fender washing machine over a three" screw; then force the screw throughout the drainage gap within the backside of the flowerpot and into the tree.


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Download E-books The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature PDF

By David George Haskell

Winner of 2013 top booklet Award from the nationwide Academies.
Finalist for 2013 Pulitzer Prize more often than not Nonfiction.

Winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award.
Winner of the 2012 nationwide outdoors booklet Award for typical heritage Literature.
Runner-up for 2013 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary technological know-how Writing Award.

A biologist finds the key international hidden in one sq. meter of forest

 
Written with outstanding grace and empathy, The woodland Unseen is a grand travel of nature in all its profundity. Biologist David George Haskell makes use of a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee wooded area as a window onto the full wildlife. traveling it nearly day-by-day for 12 months to track nature's direction during the seasons, he brings the wooded area and its population to shiny lifestyles. starting with uncomplicated observations--a salamander scuttling around the leaf clutter, the 1st blossom of spring wildflowers--Haskell spins an excellent internet of biology, ecology, and poetry, explaining the technological know-how binding jointly ecosystems that experience cycled for thousands--sometimes millions--of years.

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Download E-books Green Guide to Wild Flowers Of Britain And Europe PDF

Bloomsbury eco-friendly publications are transportable handbooks to the main ordinarily stumbled on species in Britain and Europe.

A large number of wild plant life develop in fields, gardens, woodlands or even on roadsides, and recognising person species can end up tough. The eco-friendly consultant to Wild Flowers makes picking out them effortless for newcomers and beginner naturalists alike.

Concise descriptions comprise details on habitat, months in flower, in addition to vital good points like fruit, leaf constitution and stem

Beautiful color illustrations of all a hundred and fifty species

Detailed creation comprises color photos, botanical keys and data on households of untamed plant life

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Download E-books National Geographic Kids Chapters: Horse Escape Artist: And More True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly (NGK Chapters) PDF

By Ashlee Brown Blewett

A few animals have a brain in their personal. this can be certainly the case for Mariska the pony break out artist, Milkshake the charging cow,  and Pony the runaway goat! When these animals placed their brain to something,  they could’ t be stopped—especially once they are inflicting mischief. In Horse get away Artist!,  you’ ll learn the way those determined animals triggered chaos in 3 hilarious stories.

Perfect for children getting older out of early readers, nationwide Geographic little ones Chapters are written in easy prose applicable to young children simply interpreting all alone.

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Download E-books British Bats (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 93) PDF

By John D. Altringham

British Bats is a finished account of the usual background of those interesting animals, from their origins and evolution to their feeding behavior and copy. Bats are arguably the main winning and numerous mammals ever to conform. In Britain, one in 3 of our homeland mammals is a bat. Their ecology and behavior is interesting. Few mammals dwell in the direction of people; in truth many species roost ignored in our houses, and a few are actually nearly solely depending on man-made constructions for his or her survival. Bats are the single mammals in a position to powered flight. also they are one in all simply teams that have a cosmopolitan echolocation process (the different being the dolphins and their relatives). during this booklet, John Altringham discusses the entire diverse elements of the traditional heritage of bats, from their origins and evolution to their behaviour, feeding conduct and copy. He additionally discusses the threats to the survival of bats, and the way we're operating to preserve them. ultimately, he supplies an account of the way to observe and learn bats within the wild.

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