Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New Titles

1) Pyle, Robert Michael and Caitlin LaBar. Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest. 2018. Timber Press. Flexibound: 462 pages. Price: $27.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: A comprehensive field guide to the butterflies of the Pacific Northwest from a renowned expert.
     Easy to use and beautifully illustrated with more than 600 color photographs and nearly 200 maps, Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest is a must-have for nature lovers in Washington, Oregon, western Idaho, northern California, and British Columbia. The profiles include preferred common name for both genus and species, type locality, conservation status, the look and distinguishing traits of each butterfly, the preferred food-plants and nectar plants, habitat and range, and much more. 17 illustrative plates are included to help users compare and identify species. Additional information includes a brief introduction to how butterflies work and details on ecology and conservation.
RECOMMENDATION: A MUST have for all butterfliers in the region! 

2) Holman, J. Alan. Fossil Frogs and Toads of North America. 2018 (2003). Indiana University Press. Paperback: 246 pages. Price: $30.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Despite being one of the most versatile and interesting amphibians in North America, frogs and toads (otherwise known as anurans) have traditionally not received enough attention from science. But now, with the population of modern frogs and toads dwindling at an alarming rate, author J. Alan Holman brings together the latest research and findings about ancient anurans, expanding the world's knowledge about these fascinating creatures while there is still time to understand and save them.
     Comprehensive and lavishly illustrated, this essential guide provides a general account of the fossil record, a detailed account of individual anuran bones used in paleontological studies, and an epoch-by-epoch discussion of Mesozoic, Tertiary, and Pleistocene anurans and the changes they experienced throughout their evolution. Fossil taxa still living are reviewed in terms of modern characteristics, ecological attributes, modern ranges, and diagnostic skeletal elements. With detailed fossil history, biology, and anatomy, Fossil Frogs and Toads of North America is an informative, accessible book for anyone interested in frogs and toads and the scientific history of their evolution into the animals we know today.
RECOMMENDATION: For those with a serious interest in fossil anurans.


  1. Hi Ian, could you get in touch with me please about your book reviews?

  2. Hi Ian, I was wondering if you would be interested in doing some reviews of some of our bird books. Best to email me at myles@hancockhouse.com. With thanks