Saturday, May 25, 2019

New Title

1) Skevington, Jeffrey H. et al.. Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America. 2019. Princeton University Press. Flexibound: 511 pages. Price: $27.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: This is the first comprehensive field guide to the flower flies (also known as hover flies) of northeastern North America. Flower flies are, along with bees, our most important pollinators. Found in a varied range of habitats, from backyard gardens to aquatic ecosystems, these flies are often overlooked because many of their species mimic bees or wasps. Despite this, many species are distinctive and even subtly differentiated species can be accurately identified. This handy and informative guide teaches you how.
     With more than 3,000 color photographs and 400 maps, this guide covers all 416 species of flower flies that occur north of Tennessee and east of the Dakotas, including the high Arctic and Greenland. Each species account provides information on size, identification, abundance, and flight time, along with notes on behavior, classification, hybridization, habitats, larvae, and more.
     Summarizing the current scientific understanding of our flower fly fauna, this is an indispensable resource for anyone, amateur naturalist or scientist, interested in discovering the beauty of these insects.

· 3000+ color photos (field and museum shots)
· Multiple images per species, with arrows highlighting key field marks
· Grayscale images showing the actual size of the insect
· Range maps for each species
· Information on size, identification features, abundance, flight times, and more

 RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with an interest in these insects.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New Title

1) Colwell, Mark A. and Susan M. Haig (editors). The Population Ecology and Conservation of Charadrius Plovers. 2019. CRC Press. Hardbound: 330 pages. Price: $149.95 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The 40 or so species of beach-loving plovers (genus Charadrius) comprise a diverse group of shorebirds found around the world. Most of these species are challenged by changing climates and other human-related development activities, yet they provide key insights into basic ecological and evolutionary processes. The expert international contributors take a comparative approach, presenting examples from many worldwide plover studies and synthesizing the group’s most pressing and important topics. The book further presents an emphasis on full life-cycle biology, including the importance of examining migratory connectivity issues, even for non-migratory plovers.

Key Features:

  • Serves as a fundamental resource for conservation practitioners

  • Detailed overview of a widely distributed group of shorebirds

  • Authored by renowned specialists who present theoretical and applied perspectives

  • Emphasis on comparative and synthetic approach in all chapters
 RECOMMENDATION: For those with a technical interest in these species.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

New Title

1) Kenefick, Martyn et al.. Birds of Trinidad and Tobago: Third Edition. 2019. Helm. Paperback: 272 pages. Price: $34.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The definitive field guide to the rich avifauna of Trinidad & Tobago.
     This comprehensive and portable field guide covers every species found on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago for visiting birders. The concise text includes descriptions of every species, highlighting plumage variation and distinctions from similar species.
     This new edition has been revised, with many images being repainted. The text has also been updated, and has been written specifically to assist in the field identification of every species that occurs on Trinidad & Tobago. This new edition supersedes all previous field guides to these popular islands.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those birding Trinidad and Tobago.