Monday, July 18, 2011
1) Forsman, Eric D. et al.. Population Demography of Northern Spotted Owls. 2011. University of California Press (Studies In Avian Biology, 40). Hardbound: 106 pages. Price: $39.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: The Northern Spotted Owl, a threatened species that occurs in coniferous forests in the western United States, has become a well-known environmental symbol. But how is the owl actually faring? This book contains the results of a long-term effort by a large group of leading researchers to document population trends of the Northern Spotted Owl. The study was conducted on 11 areas in the Pacific Northwest from 1985 to 2008, and its objectives were both to evaluate population trends and to assess relationships between reproductive rates and recruitment of owls and covariates such as weather, habitat, and the invasion of a closely related species, the Barred Owl. Among other findings, the study shows that fecundity was declining in five populations, stable in three, and increasing in three areas. Annual apparent survival rates of adults were declining in 10 out of 11 areas. This broad, synthetic work provides the most complete and up-to-date picture of the population status of this inconspicuous forest owl, which is at the center of the complex and often volatile debate regarding the management of forest lands in the western United States.
RECOMMENDATION: For those with a technical interest in Northern Spotted Owls. You can read the Introduction here: http://www.ucpress.edu/excerpt.php?isbn=9780520270084#readtheintroduction
2) Wood, Elizabeth and Michael Aw. Reef Fishes Of South-East Asia (Including Marine Invertebrates and Corals). 2011. New Holland. Paperback: 144 pages. Price: 10.99 GBP (about $17.64 U.S.).
SUMMARY:A new and updated edition of this popular title. Visitors to South-East Asia are astonished at the profusion of marine life that exists in this biodiversity hot-spot. This concise, easy-to-follow field guide to 270 species of fish, corals and marine invertebrates is an essential companion for anyone interested in this fascinating underwater world, from the casual snorkeller to the most experienced diver. It includes stunning colour photographs of each species, as well as concise and informative text and at-a-glance symbols summarising habitat, diet and behaviour. A visual key to fish families at the start of the book aids the quick location and identification of species.
RECOMMENDATION: For anyone with an interest in the marine life of Southeast Asia.
3) Wood, Lawson. Sea Fishes Of The Mediterranean Sea (Including Marine Invertebrates). 2011. New Holland. Paperback: 128 pages. Price:10.99 GBP (about $17.64 U.S.).
SUMMARY:This is a new and updated edition of this popular title. "Sea Fishes and Invertebrates of the Mediterranean" is the first book of its kind and reveals the fascinating wealth of sea life found in this diverse, but little-documented region. This compact and easy-to-follow guidebook, illustrated with many specially-commissioned colour photographs taken in a number of unique and exotic locations, is an essential companion for anyone interested in the marine life of the many seas that make up the Mediterranean Sea. Designed to be of utmost practical use to divers, snorkellers, and underwater photographers, this guide will be welcomed by the increasing number of visitors to the Mediterranean, which has become one of the most popular dive destinations in the world. It covers Gibraltar, Spain, France, Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, Malta, Croatia, Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The Mediterranean includes some of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, such as France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey. It is ideal for divers, snorkellers and underwater photographers at all levels. With the growing focus on marine conservation, this book is designed to attract anyone interested in the natural history of the region's seas and oceans.
RECOMMENDATION: For anyone with an interest in the marine life of the Mediterranean Sea.