Monday, May 14, 2012

New Science Books May/June 2012

     by Sheldrick, Daphne

Daphne Sheldrick is the first person ever to have successfully hand-reared newborn elephants. Her years of observing Kenya's rich variety of wildlife, and her pioneering work in perfecting the right husbandry and milk formula have saved countless elephants, rhinos, and other baby animals from certain death. In this heartwarming and poignant memoir, Daphne shares her amazing relationships with a host of orphaned animals.

Fifty Animals That Changed the Course of History
     by Chaline, Eric

Humans are the most successful species of mammal to ever walk the earth, according to author Chaline. We have needed help to claim and shape the planet, and we may still be beaten by what we consider to be lower forms of life. In 49 informative essays, the author profiles mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, and other species that have assisted or resisted the human takeover. Roche, Rick Copyright 2010 Booklist

The Story of Earth : The First 4. 5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
     by Hazen, Robert M.

In this radical new approach to Earth's biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and national bestselling author Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere-of rocks and living matter-has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System,if not the entire cosmos.

 Dolphin Confidential : Confessions of a Field Biologist
     by Bearzi, Maddalena

Who hasn't fantasized about the unique thrill of working among charismatic and clever dolphins in the wild? We need not live this solely in our imaginations anymore. With Dolphin Confidential Maddalena Bearzi invites all of us shore-bound dreamers to join her and travel alongside the dolphins.

What the Robin Knows : How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World
     by Young, Jon

Birds are the sentries--and our key to understanding the world beyond our front door. The robin, junco, and other songbirds know everything important about their environment, be it backyard or forest. Jon Young guides us through  their vocalizations and behavior in order to acquire much of this bird wisdom for our own pleasure and benefit.


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