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Eco-Library - New Releases

Ecobeetle is your green webpage with the Eco-Library, highlighting the best in books on the Environment, Outdoors & Nature. We endeavor to get review copies of the latest and greatest in Natural History literature and reference to offer clear and independant reviews for our site visitors.


Birds of North America

Editor-in-Chief Francois Vuilleumier

Published by DK Publishing

                       DK once again introduces a wonderful bird guide with its latest Birds of North America – The Complete Photographic Guide to Every Species. This is truly an excellent reference with full page accounts of over 650 species. These accounts include color photographs and illustrations, distribution maps as well as detailed species profiles covering behaviour, voice, nesting and feeding habits. Birds of North America would make a wonderful addition to any bird-watchers library.

One Million Things - Animal Life

The Incredible Visual Guide

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

DK Publishing continues its excellent resource library for children with the wonderful Animal Life - The Incredible Visual Guide. This interesting, colorful and informative book takes a very comprehensive look at animals. Fun and informative facts on diversity, life skills and lifestyles of the planets many species are presented in a bright and easy style perfect for eager young readers.


Animals Up Close

By Igor Siwanowicz

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

Animals Up Close by Igor Siwanowicz lets you literally “zoom in on the some of the world’s most incredible creatures”. With brilliant photographs by the author we are taken into the fabulous micro world of dozens of specially adapted animals and shown in a comprehensive and easy to understand manner how truly amazing these creatures are. It is a must have for any young nature lovers library.


Incredible Insects Q & A

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

DK Publishing sets out to answer “ Everything you never knew about the world of insects” with its wonderful book,  Incredible Insects Q & A.  What is an insect? Where do insects go in winter? And How Long is a Bugs life? Are all questions children are curious about and this colorful and informative Q & A volume answers these and many more questions in a clear and concise manner. Full of brilliant photos and interesting facts, Incredible Insects Q & A provides the answer to which book is best for the budding young insect enthusiast.

Lars Jonssons’s Birds

Paintings from a Near Horizon

 Published by Princeton University Press

Lars Jonssons is a unique artist. There are those whose realistic touch and style are perfect for field guide inclusion and those who’s work are artistically sublime. Rarely does an individual achieve both. Lars Jonssons is such an artist and has few peers of equal stature in the world of bird art. Lars Jonssons’s Birds - Paintings from a Near Horizon and published by Princeton University Press is an excellent collection of breathtaking work by one of the world’s premiere wildlife artists. His paintings have graced many field guides and he never fails to capture the true spirit of his subject. . Lars Jonssons’s Birds - Paintings from a Near Horizon and published by Princeton University Press is a must have addition to any fan or nature or wildlife art.


Princeton Illustrated Checklists

Birds of Southern Africa

Birds of Eastern Africa

By Ber Van Perlo

 Published by Princeton University Press

Princeton Illustrated Checklists continue their stellar field guide series with Birds of Southern Africa and Birds of Eastern Africa by Ber Van Perlo. These volumes are the perfect accessory for your travel bag, snuck in with your binoculars as you head to Africa to experience the incredibly wild continent's amazing species of birds. Each volume offers brilliant color plates and cover well over 1000 species each and illustrates the females males and juveniles of each species represented. Brief and accurate descriptions of distinguishing characteristics and habitat are extremely helpful for accurate identification. Birds of Southern Africa and Birds of Eastern Africa by Ber Van Perlo are winning volumes in a great series, compact and accurate which make them the perfect travel editions for your African journey.


Yellowstone Wolves – A Chronicle of the Animal, the People and the Politics

by Cat Urbigkit

Published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company

Wolves are animals that often invoke many emotions within many different people. Few animals around the world stir such emotions as the wolf. Excitement. Passion. Fear. Yellowstone Wolves – A Chronicle of the Animal, the People and the Politics by Cat Urbigkit is the amazing story of the re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It explains in incredibly researched detail the battles over this program in an eye-opening way that will educate and enlighten the reader. There was actual research confirming the fact that the native Wyoming Wolf, long thought to have been eradicated, was actually continually sighted and Cat Urbigkit presents this fact and many others thoroughly and accurately allowing this incredible tale to be told. The story of the survival of the wolf continues to be told and man will always play an integral part. Yellowstone Wolves – A Chronicle of the Animal, the People and the Politics by Cat Urbigkit is an insightful and fascinating read.


DK Readers

Snow Dogs – Racers of the North

Amazing Animal Journeys

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

DK offers to children learning to read their wonderful DK Readers Progam. These 4 level volumes are designed to efficiently help develop their reading skills as they learn about subjects that interest and fascinate them.

Snow Dogs – Racers of the North is a Level 4 DK Readers book, aimed a proficient readers. It offers a wonderfully comprehensive and entertaining look at sled teams and the amazing animals that lead them. Full of wonderful photographs and entertaining stories it is a fantastic look at the history, hardships and fun at the North’s wildest mode of transportation. 

Amazing Animal Journeys is a Level 3 DK Readers book, focused on those who read alone. It engages the reader in the fantastic world of animal migrations. Featuring the journeys of Gray Whales, Snow Geese, Caribou and the Monarch Butterfly, Amazing Animal Journeys is filled with amazing photography and comprehensive well laid out facts and information.


Animal Families

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

DK offers to children a wonderful look at the fantastic world of animal families. An easy and engaging read for any child, Animal Families is filled with great photos, great information and is great fun to read!



Published By DK Publishing, Inc

Sharkpedia is a dive into the deep with world’s wonderful, sometimes scary but always interesting sharks. It’s a fantastic journey around the world, guiding you to the greatest sharks to be found. This incredible manual is easy to read, filled with amazing facts and many, brilliant color photos. This is an incredibly interesting book and will hook any young reader!


Birder’s Conservation Handbook

100 North American Birds at Risk

 by Jeffery V. Wells

 Published by Princeton University Press

Birds are natural barometers to the health of ecosystems and their conservation and awareness of their status is vitally important. North America has lost too many species of birds this century and there are many that sit on the brink of extinction, critically endangered. Birder’s Conservation Handbook - 100 North American Birds at Risk by Jeffery V. Wells and published by Princeton University Press is a fantastic effort in chronically these species and highlighting the steps needed to conserve and repair their status.

This book is incredibly well researched and filled with useful and important information that well help raise awareness to the conservation plight of these species as well as help spread information regarding possible solutions to these problems. . Birder’s Conservation Handbook - 100 North American Birds at Risk by Jeffery V. Wells and published by Princeton University Press is an important and timely book and should be in every North American birders home library.


National Wildlife Federation

Field Guide to Birds of North America

By Edward S. Brinkley

Published by Sterling Publishing

Wow! I’ve seen all the field guides produced today and very few stop me cold with such a breathless exultation. The National Wildlife Federation - Field Guide to Birds of North America by Edward S. Brinkley and published by Sterling Publishing is the best North American bird guide on the market today. What makes this effort shine is the remarkable photographs that illustrate identification of each individual species of bird, with separate photos for juveniles, non-breeding plumaged birds and other distinctive variations that need spotlighting for i.d. purposes. Each photo includes a text layover of prominent features and other identifying characteristics.  The species profile includes the standard distribution map, size particulars and call and voice descriptions as well as a succinct and accurate paragraph that summarizes the individual bird aptly. One of the great features of The National Wildlife Federation - Field Guide to Birds of North America by Edward S. Brinkley is the section on bird identification and how to become a more successful and accurate birder. The National Wildlife Federation - Field Guide to Birds of North America by Edward S. Brinkley and published by Sterling Publishing is a tremendous field guide and a must have for any birder or wildlife enthusiast. This is the best bird guide available, pick up a copy today.


Birds of Europe, Russia, China and Japan

Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings

Written and Illustrated Norman Arlott

Published by Princeton University Press

Naturalists and nature lovers are avid travelers and one thing that they must tuck into their travel bag is an accurate field guide to the areas they are going to visit. Birdwatchers can be insatiable when it comes to finding no species throughout the world and Princeton University Press’ Illustrated Checklists are brilliant guides for the field abroad. Birds of Europe, Russia, China and Japan - Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings Written and Illustrated Norman Arlott is an fantastic guide to the eastern regions of the globe.  guide for trips to the far east. This guide offers illustrated color plates covering 1800 species featuring Norman Arlott’s fantastic artwork as well as distribution maps and accurate and concise field descriptions. Compact to easily fit into one’s pocket or backpack. The only nit I can find with this production is the omission of some of the endemic species of Taiwan, which technically is part of China. Birds of Europe, Russia, China and Japan - Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings Written and Illustrated Norman Arlott and published by Princeton University Press is a excellent reference to Palearctic birds and an essential addition to your travel equipment.



Written by Scubazoo

Published by DK Publishing

Reefs around the world are extremely vital yet fragile habitats for thousands of species of fish, invertebrates and reptiles. These giant organisms offer protection, food and a home to almost 25% of all marine fish. The brilliant, bright and expansive book, Reef, written by Scubazoo and published by DK Publishing is an excellent journey through the seas amongst these magnificent structures. This incredible volume offers brilliant color underwater photographs, many larger-than-life, that take the reader down into these fragile and beautiful systems. The photographic team Scubazoo is a group of dedicated professionals whose expertise and drive make Reef shine. Reef includes a DVD of spectacular underwater video footage, which is National Geographic/Blue Planet quality; this is a tremendously valuable bonus. Reef, written by Scubazoo and published by DK Publishing is a wonderful addition to any marine enthusiasts or conservationist’s library and draws a brilliant focus on these very important yet extremely threatened ecosystems.


Raptors of Western North America: The Wheeler Guides & Raptors of Eastern North America:The Wheeler Guides

by Brian K.Wheeler

Published by Princeton University Press

Raptors are incredible creatures and as a photographer I will have to admit that they are probably my favorite bird to photograph. They are regal and wild, ferocious and beautiful. The one point of trouble in watching or photography raptors is that they can be incredibly difficult to identify at times. The key to solving this problem lies in acquiring a good reference guide and now on available are a pair of field guides that are by far the best raptor guides on the market.  Raptors of Western North America & Raptors of Eastern North America – The Wheeler Guides by Brian K.Wheeler and published by Princeton University Press are simply masterful. They offer hundreds of brilliant, sharp and descriptive photos, detailed status and distribution, species traits, descriptions and much, much more. The species accounts are incredibly informative and exhaustedly researched and compiled by Brian K.Wheeler who is an incredibly talented photographer as well. Raptors of Western North America & Raptors of Eastern North America – The Wheeler Guides by Brian K.Wheeler and published by Princeton University Press are the best raptor guides period and are a must have for any nature lovers library.


DK Eyewitness Books – Weather

DK Eyewitness Books – Oil

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

DK Publishing continues its excellent Eyewitness Books series which introduce children to adult subjects with 2 new publications; Weather and Oil.  Weather is a well organized, interesting and comprehensive look at the world’s weather. Filled with exciting and descriptive color photos it is a gem of a volume that will strike a chord with young scientists, stormchasers and children eager to learn. Oil is another typical Eyewitness treasure, taking the child reader on a unique journey on the history and science behind oil, its many uses, how vital it is in so many different ways and more importantly how we can alternately do without it. These DK volumes include clip-art cds as well as large wall-charts that would be perfect for a classroom or school library.  Oil and Weather would make great resources for schools and they continue the excellent standard of preventing science to children in a clear and concise manner. DK Eyewitness Books are simply fantastic.


In the Company of Crows and Ravens

by John M.Marzluff and Tony Angell

Published by Yale University Press

It seems that there is no middle ground when it comes to crows. Nearly everyone has a story to tell. Crows make a habit of confronting us in our daily lives around the city or the country.
John Marzluff and Tony Angell in their book In the Company of Crows and Ravens describe the cultural connections between crows and humans citing the latest scientific information. This is an easy-to-read book with over 100 original drawings. The book takes the reader into the lives of crows around the world and ponders how they have altered our human lives. It is a thoroughly researched compendium of crow biology, behaviour and culture that surpasses all other books on the topic in the market today.


Princeton Field Guides - Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters of the World

 By Derek Onley and Paul Scofield

Published by Princeton University Press

Many species of seabirds can be difficult to find and even harder to identify. They spend the majority of their times far out at sea, on the open ocean and rarely near land. Princeton Field Guides - Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters of the World by Derek Onley and Paul Scofield and published by Princeton University Press is the premier book on these seabirds. Every species is presented with full color descriptive illustration plates as well as detailed information on distribution, behaviour, plumage and identification. This informative book offers a comprehensive overview on Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters covering the four families their characteristics and taxonomic relationships, how to identify these birds and conservation issues they face. Princeton Field Guides - Albatrosses, Petrels & Shearwaters of the World by Derek Onley and Paul Scofield and published by Princeton University Press is a must have for any birders library.


Plants of Alberta

By France Royer & Richard Dickinson

Published by Lone Pine Publishing

Lone Pine Publishing continues its high level of field guide excellence with its latest publication, Plants of Alberta by France Royer & Richard Dickinson. Alberta is a large, grand province that features many distinct ecoregions and habitats, from the Northern boreal forests to the high Rocky Mountains, from the sweeping grassland plains to the bitter cold of the subarctic. A region this diverse offers a wide variety of plant life which in turn requires expert skill and great interest to catalogue.  This fantastic effort offers 528 pages with almost 1800 plant species covered comprehensively - featuring, descriptions of flower, habitat, fruit, leaves and reproductive structures regarding each particular species. Plants of Alberta boasts over 1000 brilliant colour photos, an astounding number for any field guide, each in sharp detail as well as provincial distribution maps for native species and interesting notes regarding historical references, Aboriginal and medicinal uses and much more. Plants of Alberta by France Royer & Richard Dickinson and published by Lone Pine Publishing is an excellent resource and a truly amazingly comprehensive field guide.



DK Oceans Atlas

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

With climate changes on the horizon and the subject of global warming and it’s effects making almost daily headlines, young readers are taking an active interest in these subjects and publishers like DK are there to provide comprehensive and fun books covering these themes for kids to easily enjoy. DK Oceans Atlas takes an informative look at every aspect of the planet’s oceans in a light yet thorough manner. Filled with beautiful, exciting color photos and graphics as well as insightful acetate overlays, DK Oceans Atlas is an excellent book. Included in this volume is an interactive CD-ROM for the reader to also explore. DK once again provides an excellent resource for a young audience, filled with great photos, comprehensive and concise. DK Oceans Atlas is recommended for all children to read, explore and enjoy.


DK Online


Published By DK Publishing, Inc

Wow! Wow, wow, wow! What a great experience for any child interested insects! DK Online – Insect is a fantastic new direction in children’s reference that includes the power of the internet to enhance the learning experience. Insect is filled with the usual wonderful photos, graphics and science that DK is renowned for but offers added photos, video, quizzes and more through a companion website. Fantastically done, easy to navigate and an incredibly helpful tool for reports and homework, DK Online – Insect is a revolutionary book. My only regret is that this wasn’t available when I was a school kid. A must have for any child.


DK Experience

Extreme Weather

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

The natural forces of our planet can be extremely powerful and amazing. Hurricanes, monsoons and tornados batter and terrify our coasts, plains and cities with often catastrophic results. Take a journey with the Earth’s violent weather systems with the great new DK experience – Extreme Weather. Extreme Weather published by DK Publishing, Inc is an informative, exciting and bold trip, filled with excellent facts, colorful photos and produced in an easy to follow manner that will capture any child’s attention. The DK experience – Extreme Weather is a superlative resource and a book that scientifically curious children will happily and readily enjoy.


The Complete Wilderness Training Manual

By Hugh McManners

Published by Dk Publishing

We all are almost preoccupied with getting the right outdoor gear for our hikes, camping trips or journeys, but do we spend as much time and energy making sure we have the fundamentals of survival? The simple things that we all think we know or should know, where to set up camp, starting fires, acquiring water and treating injuries for instance. The Complete Wilderness Training Manual by Hugh McManners and published by Dk Publishing is a comprehensive guide to covering the basics of any wild situation. A fantastic book for any outdoor enthusiast, The Complete Wilderness Training Manual offers techniques and training in a simple and clear manner. The details are easily laid out with helpful, descriptive diagrams and illustrations that cover all varieties of situations and potential problems. This book is a incredibly valuable wealth of information. The Complete Wilderness Training Manual by Hugh McManners and published by Dk Publishing is a must read for anyone who journeys into the wild for any length of time.



by Ken Thompson

Published By DK Publishing, Inc

I always thought composting remains from the garden and kitchen seemed simple enough - just toss those leftovers into a box, cover with soil, and some time later rich loamy soil would present itself. Until it began to smell and it took forever to decompose. Then along came 'Compost - the natural way to make food for your garden' by Ken Thompson (DK Publishing, 2007) and I began to understand that composting was an art form. A few simple steps and my problem was solved. First I had to understand how nature decomposes waste and the essential ingredients required to speed the process. Next I learned what to feed the compost and how to tend it. Then I learned about how to house the compost and finally I was ready to serve up the pleasures of my efforts. This book has it all in easy to follow instructions, clear text and colour illustrations. A thorough read of Compost by Ken Thompson will get any would-be gardener on his or her way enriching the soil the way nature intended it.   


Pitcher Plants of the Americas

 by Stewart McPherson

Published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company


When we think of carnivores in the wild we imagine Tigers, Sharks and similar ferocious creatures, But Plants as carnivores? Yes it is very true, there are many species of plants that rely on catching live prey for sustenance. The Pitcher plant is one of the many fascinating carnivorous plants that hunt our forests, fields and water systems. Pitcher Plants of the Americas by Stewart McPherson and published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company is an incredibly in depth look at these fascinating plants. Filled with amazingly beautiful color photographs, Pitcher Plants of the Americas offers a complete and comprehensive overview of the 5 genera of Pitcher Plants found in the Americas. This reference guide is clear, concise and very fascinating. These plants are marvels of evolution, hardy enough to survive in areas that other plants are unable and so beautiful that they generate serious greenhouse attention. Stewart McPherson offers a very clear picture on the health of the species as a whole and the environmental concerns that Pitcher plants like face today. Pitcher Plants of the Americas by Stewart McPherson and published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company is a fantastic effort and a incredible insight into an amazing plant. It is a must-read for any natural history buff.

arched effort sheds an overdue light on a fascinating subject.s great DK series for children.


The Rarest of the Rare – Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Text by Nancy Pick , Photographs by Mark Sloan

Published by HarperCollins

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is a fascinating warehouse of specimens. Thousands upon thousands are offered for display, preserved, stuffed and mounted for the many visitors who stare in awe and wonder at these encapsulated pieces of nature. Unfortunately beyond the view the stories of these artifacts are silently gathering dust. The Rarest of the Rare – Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History brings a voice to these still specimens. Amazing stories of daring, deceit and scientific brilliance that are fascinating to read and feature the cream of natural history’s finest including Audubon, Aggasiz, Clark, Thoreau and many more. The Rarest of the Rare – Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History text by Nancy Pick and featuring photographs by Mark Sloan is a treat to read, natural history painted with vibrant colors as new life is breathed into silent archives.


James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep

By Dr. Joseph Macinnis

Published by National Geographic

The deepest parts of our planet’s oceans are among the last unexplored frontiers of Earth. These unexplored regions mirror the vast unexplored areas of space in many ways and offer the same challenges for exploration. Lately with the further advent of underwater technology, these mysterious frontiers are being opened by the top scientists and explorers of today. These openings offer promises of better space exploration and tantalizing hints at the possible existence of life among the seemingly uninhabitable regions of our solar system. James Cameron’s Aliens of The Deep is an amazing IMAX film that ponders this question and documents as Cameron and a team of biologists and NASA researchers travel the depths exploring hydrothermal vents and encountering the strange and unique creatures that abide there. The companion guide to this film, James Cameron’s Aliens of The Deep by Dr. Joseph Macinnis and published by National Geographic is an in-depth profile of the triumphs and struggles of this incredible journey. Dr. Macinnis has chronicled this expedition from its beginning, following the exploration in great detail, from the preparations on deck through the miles of ocean depth and back to the film editing and post production. But James Cameron’s Aliens of The Deep is not just a behind the movie book, it is a scientific guide to the area encountered as well. Dr. Joseph Macinnis offers with colourful graphics well described and helpful scientific explanations of ocean geology that enhance the documentary tremendously. This book also offers a treasure of descriptive color photos captured from the film, as well as many terrific on ship photos. James Cameron’s Aliens of The Deep by Dr. Joseph Macinnis and published by National Geographic is not just a companion to the film but a stand alone effort regarding an incredibly significant scientific phenomenon. Read the book, see the film or see the film, read the book.




Vernal Pools: Natural History and Conservation

by Elizabeth A. Colburn

McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company

Vernal Pools: Natural History and Conservation by Elizabeth A. Colburn McDonald is a comprehensive and extremely interesting look at these unique biological hotspots. When the great glacial ice sheets departed North America, they left a land pock marked with hollows that fill with water seasonally. The temporary nature of these vernal pools precludes fish from residing in the ponds and requires all of its inhabitants to cope with periods of no water. Vernal Pools: Natural History and Conservation provides a summary of the ecology of vernal pools including detailed species accounts on the myriad invertebrates and invertebrates found in these water systems as well as the life strategies involved with an ecosystem that dries out annually. One of the most important chapters in this book deals with the conservation issues and threats to the vernal pool. In the world today one hears continually of the plight of the oceans, wetlands and various endangered species but the loss of any ecosystem is just as important and Elizabeth Colburn brings a voice to the current threats to vernal pools. Vernal Pools: Natural History and Conservation by Elizabeth A. Colburn will not only appeal to wetland ecologists but to anyone interested in the ecology of wetlands. It is a well written and thoroughly researched gem.



Wolves: Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation

 by L. David Mech and Luigi Boitani

Published by University of Chicago Press

So many books have been written on the wolf that there seemed little more that could be written. However, Wolves is an extraordinary treatise of up-to-date information that reveals that so much more has been learned about these creatures. Twenty-two specialists with a combined 350 person years of experience, set the task of compiling much of what is now known about wolves into one book. They review topics of social ecology, behaviour, communication, carnivory, predation, population dynamics, physiology, genetics, evolution, restoration and conservation, among other topics. Especially interesting was the debate on whether the red wolf in eastern USA should be considered a full species or a hybrid cross between gray wolf and coyote. Coyote genes are present in many of the recent red wolves but none prior to 1944. There were 100 wild-born red wolves in 20 packs by 2002. The story reveals how much has been learned from this experience into the logistics and politics of returning animals to the wild. Although this is a scholarly text, the passion held by each of the scientists for this creature of wilderness emerges in each chapter.


by Bill Schneider

The Globe Pequot Press

There are scores of books on the biology of bears but Where the Grizzly Walks is the only book entirely devoted to bear preservation. The reader meets the characters known as the 'bear people' who have devoted their lives preserving and restoring bears in the USA. Originally published in 1977, Schneider has updated this book with new information. There is some good news in the pages of bear preservation. The view of bears has changed over the years from eliminating a ferocious beast to saving the remnants of a symbol of wilderness. But bear preservation is not out of the woods. Anyone interested in bear conservation and its history in the USA will find this book a good read.


True Nature

An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude

By Barbara Bash


A beautifully colored journey taken with the author, True Nature - An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude by Barbara Bash, is a journal of encounters and experiences and interactive musings and reflections among the flora and fauna of backcountry trails in the Catskill Mountains. The pages of this book leap with color and the images seem to dance about the page brilliantly and the handwritten text helps to convey a sense of poetic solitude. This book is a special look into a journey of self discovery, painted with emotion and the spirit of the wild. Join Barbara bash on her delightful journey. True Nature - An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude by Barbara Bash is a warm and enchanting read and a welcome addition to any nature lover’s library.


Smithsonian Earth

Editor in Chief - James F. Luhr

Published by Dorling Kindersley

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!A wonderful reference work, Smithsonian Earth is a tremendously  stunning book. You will pick up this work and exclaim ‘Wow!’. When one tries to describe this book you feel as though you couldn’t possibly adequately describe its intensity. It is how reference books should be, an ideal that clearly breaks new ground.  Smithsonian Earth which is packed with amazing, detailed photos and easy to follow text ,takes the reader smoothly and comprehensively through our planets history, anatomy and future. Over the oceans, across the land and through the sky we are taken, no subject of our planet left unexamined and unexplained. Smithsonian Earth is as brilliant a book as you are to ever enjoy.


Going Wild: Adventures with birds in the suburban wilderness

By Robert Winkler

Published by National Geographic

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!When we think of wild life we think wilderness. But there is a surprising number of wild creatures right under our noses. Robert Winkler's Going Wild: Adventures with birds in the suburban wilderness (National Geographic, 2003) is a lovely book about wild birds in our neighbourhood. This book reminds us how easy it is to watch birds wherever we live. This book would make fine gift for someone who is just beginning to enjoy birdwatching.  


Alaska to Nunavut – The Great Rivers

By Neil Hartling

With photographs by Terry Parker

Published By Key Porter

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!Rivers are powerful veins that careen across the heart of a magnificent land. The world’s great rivers are known and revered near and far for their power and lifeforce  and the brilliant territory of the Canadian North is pumped alive with many fantastic rivers that spill their magic across a beautiful landscape, rushing scalpels that carve and create. Alaska to Nunavut – The Great Rivers By Neil Hartling tells the tale of these fantastic torrents and how they shape the history and beauty of a wild land. Complemented with Terry Parker’s brilliant and vivid photographs, Alaska to Nunavut – The Great Rivers takes you to the heart of the world’s largest bio preserve, the Alsek River, the dramatic Stikine River, the pristine Snake River, the spectacular South Nahanni River and more. Expertly written from sound experience Alaska to Nunavut – The Great Rivers By Neil Hartling is a journey of information along some of natures magical northern rivers.


Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges
by Eric Jay Dolin and  Karen and John Hollingsworth

Published by Smithsonian Institute Press

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!In the early part of the 20th century American President Theodore Roosevelt set aside lands for the preservation of native birds. This simple act was the beginning of a turning point regarding attitudes towards wildlife in the U.S.  The Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges documents with incredible accuracy the history of great persecution that was unleashed in the 1800’s upon such animals as the wild duck, American buffalo and the passenger pigeon. Through the actions of many environmental heroes from Roosevelt to author Rachel Carson, and the advent of the remarkable National Wildlife Refuge system this rate of carnage was slowly halted. The Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges by Eric Jay Dolin, with brilliantly colorful and poignant photos by Karen and  John Hollingsworth is a fountain of information, meticulously detailed and intensely researched, a beautiful book that displays the remarkable history of The United States National Wildlife Refuges from their beginnings to today. It is a comprehensive view of American conservation history that is a wonderful addition to any wildlife enthusiast’s library.


An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect

 by Sharman Apt Russell

Published by Perseus Publishing

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!Butterflies hold a fascination upon many a person. Most regard them with quiet fascination as they dance about our gardens and yards, while many chase those flights with abandon, a strong connection binding them to these wondrous creatures. An Obsession with Butterflies by Sharman Apt Russell is an amazing peek into the lives of both butterflies and the collectors and scientists that adore them. In her book, Russell provides equal parts biology, history and social comment, blending them smoothly to create a charmingly, brilliant effort. As you read on a metamorphosis will overcome you and the next butterflies you see will appear different to you, seen through new eyes, more magical, beautiful and amazing than they were before. Elegant and informative, An Obsession with Butterflies by Sharman Apt Russell is a soft journey upon swiftly beating wings, one that will leave you exhilarated with its beauty and spirit.


Forests in Peril

by Hazel R. Delcourt

Published by McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!Forests in Peril by Hazel R. Delcourt offers a rare look into the history of North America’s forests. Through the eyes of a paleobotanist the author describes the changing pattern of tree distribution in the United States over the last 100,000 years. This book reads like both a memoir of the author’s career and a history lesson. The author takes the unique approach of revealing the knowledge of her field by taking us step by step through the process of discovering each piece of information. By describing the process by which the scientific community learned from their discoveries, the reader is able to more fully understand the mechanisms driving the present distribution of plants. By describing the process of collecting samples in the field, analyzing samples in the lab, interpreting data and borrowing from mentors and pioneers in her field the reader is taken on a journey of discovery. By looking into the past, the author foretells the future of plant distribution given the adaptability of various plant species to present rates of human expansion and global climate change. Appealing to any reader interested in paleobotany, natural history and conservation of natural resources, Forests in Peril is a fascinating read.


The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and The Search for Lost Species

by Scott Weidensaul

North Point Press

Every year, thousands of species go extinct. Or at least, scientists think they have gone extinct. A few species seem to hang on unnoticed living in anonymity until someone stumbles on them. Scott Weidensaul in The Ghost with Trembling Wings (North Point Press, NY, 2002) takes the reader on a fascinating voyage into remote and not so remote corners of the planet to seek out the bizarre, the mythical, out-of-place creatures and species reported missing.


Glimpses of Paradise: The Marvel of Massed Animals

By Fred Bruemmer

Published by Key Porter Books

Ecobeetle Highly Recommeds this Book!Animals amaze us in many ways. The natural world has many facets that that are as odd as they are beautiful. When species aggregate to breed, feed or rest they create spectacular scenes that are becoming increasingly rare. ‘Glimpses of Paradise - The Marvel of Massed Animals’ by Fred Bruemmer and published by Key Porter Books is a beautiful look at these captivating moments. Packed with Fred Bruemmer’s beautiful photographs and informative and insightful text, ‘Glimpses of Paradise’ takes the reader into these phenomena. From Monarch Butterflies in Mexico to Chinstrap Penguins in Antarctica, ‘The Marvel of Massed Animals’ offers insights into the habits of a wealth of species from all corners and climates of the planet. Fred Bruemmer is careful to remind us that as immense and strong as these species appear nothing is certain during a time when the world’s ecology is so fragile and that all species, regardless of their numbers, should be thought of as vulnerable to decline and endangerment. We have lost a great deal of nature in a short time such as the Passenger Pigeon and we must respect and preserve what we still have. With Fred Bruemmer’s fantastic photos and personal and informative text, ‘Glimpses of Paradise’ is a colorful celebration of the vibrancy of animal life.


The Octopus And The Orangutan

More True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence and Ingenuity

By Eugene Linden

Published by Dutton

It is of no dispute that animals display varying levels of intelligence. Occasionally, many creatures seem to display human-like emotions and temperaments. Our pets’ eyes sometimes seem to sparkle with an attentive knowledge and other animals, such as dolphins and apes, display a level of intelligence that leaves us in a state of wonderment. ‘The Octopus and the Orangutan - More True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence and Ingenuity’ by Eugene Linden offers glimpses into these telling displays and actions which occasionally bridge the gap between human and animal. It is an eye-opening and touching read, sprinkled with humour and amazing insights into the brains of not only octopus and orangutan but elephants, bonobos, cats, orcas and many more. ‘The Octopus and the Orangutan’ is creatively researched and warmly written. Eugene Linden has taken his wonderful book ‘The Parrots Lament’ and taken it further with new reports and insights into animal activities that will amaze and astound you. ‘The Octopus and the Orangutan - More True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence and Ingenuity’ by Eugene Linden explores the activity inside the not so simple minds of creatures that often don’t behave like animals at all.


The Wolf in the Southwest : The Making of an Endangered Species

 New Edition

By David E. Brown

Published by High Lonesome Books

The distant howl of the wolf seems at home alongside campfires under a brilliant moon. The echoes of those cries ring with loneliness and pain. They are forever linked with the wildest of the wild, nature untouched and pure. The Southwestern U.S. to Mexico is a wild and natural area, but far from untouched and pristine wilderness areas. Moon-filled nights are no longer punctuated by the wolf’s plaintive calls due to a century of persecution that eliminated all species of wolf from the South West. With the attempts to reintroduce wild packs and the subsequent controversy regarding this issue a new edition of the David E. Brown’s brilliant ‘The Wolf in the Southwest - The Making of an Endangered Species’ has been released by High Lonesome Books. Originally published in 1983, ‘The Wolf in the Southwest’ documents the fervor to rid the wolf from the wilds of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas from the late 19th century until the late 1970’s. David E. Brown has painstakingly researched his book from decades of archival records documenting the plight of the southwest cattlemen. These ranchers whose heavy losses to cattle depredation lead to a government sanctioned declaration of war on all predators. It is a grimly fascinating tale of the sad history of the wolf in the southwest. David E. Brown’s ‘The Wolf in the Southwest’ is the definitive resource on the various species of southwestern wolf, covering their biology, territory and first hand descriptive accounts of their place within their historical environment. These coincide with various trapper reports, techniques and encounters. Thorough and complete with many historical photos and documents, David E. Brown brings this shortsighted era to life. ‘The Wolf in the Southwest - The Making of an Endangered Species’ is a bitter read for it eulogizes, not celebrates the wolf. A dramatic reminder of how destructive the world was and still is and how once we set foot in pristine natural areas we slowly begin to lose them.


The Extinction Club  

By Robert Twigger

Published by William Morrow & Co.

The legendary deer known as the Milu, was thought to be extinct until a Basque missionary, Pere David stumbled upon them in the Chinese emperor's private park in the second half of the 19th century. Pere David smuggled a specimen to Europe igniting in the process, a clamour among several European nations to acquire a live animal. Eventually the Boxer rebellion led to the deer's extirpation from China but a herd survived in England on the private estate of the 11th Duke of Bedford. Robert Twigger's tale is a mix of whimsical, sometimes cheeky romps through history, and modern day divergences into the meaning of truth, myths and evolution.   


Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation  

By Olivia Judson

Published by Metropolitan Books

We live in a very kinky world. Promiscuity, genitalia issues and sexual insecurities are severe problems that affect most of the planet’s creatures. Thank goodness for sex columnist Dr.Tatiana. Informed and confidential she eases many a worried soul from nymphomaniac stick insects to homosexual manatees. Unfortunately she doesn’t seem too interested in helping humans, perhaps because sexually we are very boring creatures. Dr.Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson is a fascinating and entertaining romp through the sexual battleground of animals, big and small, simple and complex. You will laugh out loud, shake your head and be thoroughly absorbed at the incredible sexual antics described, explained and prescribed. Through her advice to the lovelorn writing to her in desperation on such troubling issues as necrophilia, sex changes and male pregnancy, Dr. Tatiana enlightens us on the evolutionary biology of sex in an often humorous, always interesting and never tedious manner. Olivia Judson has created a real winner with Dr.Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation. It is an impressively researched, enjoyable and very original read and afterwards you’ll breathe a sigh of relief for being merely a dull human.


Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World

by Bernie Krause

Published By Wilderness Press

When one takes in nature or the wilderness, we experience usually through our eyes. We may stop to hear the birds or notice the howl of a distant wolf, but primarily our senses our limited to optics. The acoustic world of the wild is mostly beyond our reach. What worlds are out there for our ears to discover? And how do we uncover them? Wild Soundscapes by Bernie Krause is an introduction into listening to the sounds of the natural world. It is quite amazing how when most look at aspects of the environment, whether is a tropical rainforest or African savannah, the orchestra of sounds that envelop such settings rarely get any notice. They of course are heard but is the concerto felt and understood?  Wild Soundscapes by Bernie Krause will help you discover sound, what is sound and how important soundscapes are. He offers a simple guide of listening exercises to discover the soundscapes of your backyard or favorite parks. They are easy to follow and comprehensive. Wild Soundscapes is also a premier guide to nature recording. Complete with equipment, recording and production tips and techniques. Bernie Krause has created a remarkably ear-opening book. It even  includes a 55 minute cd of various Bernie Krause soundscape recordings. Wild Soundscapes is very, very refreshing because it will let you experience the outdoors that we all love in an entirely new way. Hear! Hear!





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