Saturday, April 27, 2019

New Titles

1) Perini, Maurizio. Australian Birds, Pardalotes: Taxonomic and Natural History. 2019. theOLIVA. Hardbound: 167 pages. Price: $174.52 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The first monograph about the birds belonging to the genus Pardalotus. The four species, endemic to the Australian continent, are extensively treated in 167 pages and the book is illustrated with hundred original artworks.
RECOMMENDATION: The artwork by Luca Milione highlights this book! This book is a must have for those with a serious interest in these birds. 

2) Kruckeberg, Art and Linda Chalker-Scott. Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest 3rd Edition. 2019. University of Washington Press. Paperback: 374 pages. Price: $39.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY:  The Pacific Northwest abounds with native plants that bring beauty to the home garden while offering food and shelter to birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife. Elegant trilliums thrive in woodland settings. Showy lewisias stand out in the rock garden. Hazel and huckleberry number among the delights of early spring, while serviceberry and creek dogwood provide a riot of fall color. Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest is the essential resource for learning how to best use this stunning array.
     Close to 1,000 choices of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and grasses for diverse terrain and conditions, from Canada to California, and east to the Rockies
     948 color photographs, with useful habitat icons
     Fully updated nomenclature, with an index of subjects and an index of plant names (common and scientific)
     New to this edition: chapters on garden ecology and garden science
     Appendix of Pacific Northwest botanical gardens and native plant societies
     Glossary of botanical, horticultural, and gardening terms

     With enthusiasm, easy wit, and expert knowledge, renowned botanist Art Kruckeberg and horticulturist Linda Chalker-Scott show Northwest gardeners, from novice to expert, how to imagine and realize their perfect sustainable landscape.
RECOMMENDATION: This book is a must have for gardeners of the Pacific Northwest.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

New Title

1) Coulson, John C.. Gulls (Collins New Naturalist Library). 2019. William Collins. Paperback: 478 pages. Price: $50.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The gull is a familiar sight by the seaside, and one of the most recognisable bird species, but most people know surprisingly little about the lives and habits of these seafaring birds. John C. Coulson remedies this with a comprehensive overview of the gull.
     There are more than 50 known species of gulls, and many of these are well-adapted to living in urban areas and in close proximity to humans. But there are also less familiar species to discover, which keep their distance from beachgoers. This long-overdue addition to the New Naturalist library explains the thorny issues of gull taxonomy and classification, then introduces readers to what it means to be a gull, physically and genetically. Chapters are divided by larger gull groups, and within these, distribution, lifecyles and behaviours are examined, as well as acclimation to the human world. Colour photography throughout offers ample opportunity to get a sense of the variation within the gull group, and makes this book a pleasure to look through.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with an interest in British gulls and/or collect the New Naturalist series.