Download E-books Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures PDF

By Bill Schutt

For hundreds of years, blood feeders have inhabited our nightmares and horror tales, in addition to the shadowy nation-states of clinical wisdom. In darkish ceremonial dinner, zoologist invoice Schutt takes readers on an wonderful voyage into the area of a few of nature's strangest creatures--the sanguivores. utilizing a pointy eye and mordant wit, Schutt makes a remarkably persuasive case that vampire bats, leeches, ticks, mattress insects, and different vampires are as deserving of our interest as hotter and fuzzier species are--and that lots of them are even ­worthy of conservation.

Schutt takes us from rural Trinidad to the jungles of Brazil to profit approximately the most reviled, misunderstood, and marvelously developed animals on our planet: vampire bats. only in the near past has truth began to disentangle itself from fiction relating those amazing animals, and Schutt delves into the myths and misconceptions surrounding them.

Examining the substance that sustains nature's vampires, Schutt finds simply how little we really knew approximately blood until eventually good into the 20th century. We revisit George Washington on his deathbed to profit how principles approximately blood and the supposedly healing worth of bloodletting, first devised via the traditional Egyptians and Greeks, survived into quite sleek instances. Schutt additionally tracks the background of medicinal leech use. as soon as hired through the hundreds of thousands to empty perceived excesses of blood, at the present time the marketplace for those old creatures is booming as soon as again--but for extraordinarily assorted reasons.

Among the opposite blood feeders we meet in those pages are mattress insects, or "ninja insects," that are creating a creepy resurgence in posh lodges and well-kept houses close to you. additionally, darkish ceremonial dinner information our risky and infrequently lethal encounters with ticks, chiggers, and mites (the ­latter implicated in Colony cave in Disorder--currently devastating honey bees worldwide). Then there are the actually weird--vampire finches. And for those who concept piranha have been frightening, a few humans think that the candiru (or willy fish) is the simplest cause to prevent swimming within the Amazon.

Enlightening, alarming, and attractive to our enjoy the unusual, darkish dinner party friends right into a a part of the wildlife to which we're, via our blood, inextricably associated.

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Download E-books The Promethean Illusion: The Western Belief in Human Mastery of Nature PDF

By Bob Tostevin

This e-book explores contradictory realities: our carrying on with trust that nature is topic to our willful keep an eye on and nature's refusal to abide by means of this trust. It investigates specific points of contemporary technological know-how and spotlights the effect Newtonian technological know-how had upon the Western global. It then seriously assesses 20th century advancements in technological know-how, providing a couple of organic and ecological case reviews that record some of the boundaries that the flora and fauna locations upon human wisdom. The research argues opposed to programmatic proposals to manage nature through genetic engineering and planet administration.

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Download E-books The Shark and the Albatross: Adventures of a wildlife film-maker PDF

By John Aitchison

For two decades John Aitchison has been vacationing the area to movie natural world for the BBC and different broadcasters, taking him to far-away locations on each continent. The Shark and the Albatross is the tale of those trips of discovery, of his encounters with animals and coffee enterprising contributors in distant and infrequently harmful locations. His locations comprise the a ways north and the some distance south, expeditions to movie for Frozen Planet and different normal historical past sequence, in Svalbard, Alaska, the distant Atlantic island of South Georgia, and the Antarctic. in addition they surround wild locations in India, China and the USA. In all he reveals and describes key moments within the lives of animals, between them polar bears and penguins, seals and whales, sharks and birds, and wolves and lynxes.

He unearths what occurs behind the curtain and past the digital camera. He explains the practicalities and demanding situations of the filming procedure, and the issues of survival in perilous locations. He files touching moments and dramatic incidents, a few finishing in luck, others desperately unhappy. there are occasions while a hunted animal triumphs opposed to the chances, and others while, even with practise for each end result, catastrophe moves. And, because the writer indicates in numerous incidents that mix nail-biting stress with hair-raising hilarity, catastrophe can strike for film-makers too.

This is typical historical past writing at its very best, evocative, informative and gripping from first to final.

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Download E-books Mushrooms: A Falcon Field Guide (Falcon Field Guide Series) PDF

Mushrooms: A Falcon box Guide covers eighty of the commonest and sought-after species in North the United States. comfortably sized to slot in a pocket and that includes full-color, specified illustrations, this informative guide makes it effortless to identify mushrooms within the yard and past. Each mushroom is observed via a close directory of its admired attributes and a colour representation exhibiting its very important features. Mushrooms are prepared in phylogentic order, holding households of mushrooms jointly for simple identity. this is often the basic resource within the box, either informative and gorgeous to peruse.

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Download E-books Nature Encyclopedia PDF

By DK Publishing

Convey your baby face-to-face with nature with this primary reference for younger animal fans, now in paperback. you could discover nature in all its glory and realize all approximately vegetation and animals and the place they live.

You can discover what lifestyles is like underground, the place you will find the world's ugliest fish and why fungi are so terrific. it really is filled with interest quizzes, 'turn and learn' bins and bite-sized nature evidence young children love getting their enamel into, there's plenty to determine and explore.

Go forward, allow your kids take a stroll into the wildlife!

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Download E-books National Geographic Special The World's Most Beautiful Places PDF

This lovely selection of phrases and pictures unearths how to define paradise within the world’s so much wondrous places—and in its so much traditional in case you understand how to appear. And not anyone understands refined attractiveness and the enjoyment of go back and forth fairly like nationwide Geographic. each one vacation spot right here has been chosen by means of our specialist editors and is observed via the most important info on the way to get there and what to not leave out. 4 chapters trap the easiest of each continent at the globe.

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Download E-books Thousand-Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound PDF

By David Rothenberg

In Thousand Mile Song, musician and thinker David Rothenberg makes use of the enigma of whale sounds to discover even if we will be able to actually comprehend nonhuman minds. Interviewing students worldwide as they try to decipher underwater track, Rothenberg tells the tale of scientists and artists confronting an unknown as massive because the ocean. alongside the best way, he performs his clarinet dwell with whales of their local habitats, from Russia to Hawaii, making interspecies tune that looks at the incorporated CD. Richly targeted and deeply exciting, Thousand Mile Song is an imaginitive examine the main interesting creatures of the ocean.

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Download E-books Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival PDF

By Carl Safina

"One of the main pleasant usual heritage reports in decades." ―The Boston Globe

Eye of the Albatross takes us hovering to locales the place whales, sea turtles, penguins, and shearwaters flourish of their personal quotidian rhythms. Carl Safina's advisor and concept is an albatross he calls Amelia, whose existence and far-flung flights he describes in attention-grabbing aspect. Interwoven with reminiscences of whalers and recognized explorers, Eye of the Albatross probes the unmistakable environmental effect of the encounters among guy and marine existence. Safina's perceptive and authoritative portrait ends up in a reworking experience to the ends of the Earth for the reader, in addition to an eye-opening examine the wellbeing and fitness of our oceans.

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