Monday, May 16, 2011
1) Haahtela, Tari et al.. Butterflies of Britain and Europe: A Photographic Guide. 2011. A&C Black. Paperback: 383 pages. Price: GBP:16.99 (about $27.53 U.S.).
SUMMARY: This book looks in detail at the 440 species of European butterflies. Showcasing the stunning macro photography of the authors, this is a photographic field guide with a difference. Detailed text provides information on features such as identification, confusion species, habitat, lifestyle and larval host plant, accompanied by accurate range maps. The photographs have been carefully selected to allow identification from views of upperwing and, where possible, underwing.
This comprehensive and detailed book is the ideal companion for anyone interested in European butterflies. The book is available here: http://www.acblack.com/naturalhistory/Butterflies-of-Britain-and-Europe/Tari-Haahtela-Kimmo-Saarinen-Pekka-Ojalainen-Hannu-Aarnio/books/details/9781408104743
RECOMMENDATION: If you're into European butterflies, you'll want this book! I also recommend this book:
2) Louv, Richard. The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder. 2011. Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill. Hardbound: 317 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: The immediacy of Richard Louv’s message in Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder galvanized an international movement to reconnect children with nature. Now, in The Nature Principle, Louv reaches even further with a powerful call to action for the rest of us.
Our society, says Louv, has developed such an outsized faith in technology that we have yet to fully realize or even adequately study how human capacities are enhanced through the power of nature. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv shows us how tapping into the restorative powers of the natural world can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. As he says in his introduction, The Nature Principle is “about the power of living in nature—not with it, but in it. We are entering the most creative period in history. The twenty-first century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world.”
Richard Louv makes a convincing case that through a nature-balanced existence—driven by sound economic, social, and environmental solutions—the human race can and will thrive. This timely, inspiring, and important work will give readers renewed hope while challenging them to rethink the way we live.
RECOMMENDATION: If you enjoyed the author's Last Child in the Woods, you'll enjoy this book!
3) Lowen, James. Antarctic Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide. 2011. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 240 pages. Price: $22.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: Antarctic Wildlife is the definitive identification guide to the birds and marine mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, and Beagle Channel. This easy-to-use photographic field guide enables visitors to this unique region of the world--newcomer and seasoned traveler alike--to identify with confidence the penguins, whales, seals, seabirds, and other stunning wildlife they encounter on their journey. Full-color photographs show typical views of each species of bird or marine mammal, together with the terrestrial plants likely to be seen. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, give tips on where to look, and highlight interesting facts. This one-of-a-kind guide also includes introductory chapters that cover the wildlife of each Antarctic environment by season, as well as information on tourism and Antarctic cruising that will help visitors get the most from their trip.
Antarctic Wildlife is a must-have photographic guide for travelers taking the standard cruise from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the great white continent, and for anyone interested in the diverse wildlife found in this remote part of the world.
*Covers the wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula, Drake Passage, and Beagle Channel
*Features full-color photographs throughout
*Describes key identification features and gives tips on where to look
*Includes an introduction to Antarctic environments and information on Antarctic cruising
RECOMMENDATION: A must have guide for those visiting Antarctica! I also recommend this title: