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A Chance for Lasting Survival
Ecology and Behavior of Wild Giant Pandas
Written by Pan Wenshi
Edited by William J. Mcshea, David Garshelis and Wang Dajun
Translated by Richard B. Harris


Format: Hardcover, 370 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-17-5 (1-935623-17-6)

From 1984 through 1995 a small band of ecologists led by Pan Wenshi from Peking University conducted a study of wild giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province. This project was the first Chinese-led conservation project in China and was conducted during a significant transition period in Chinese history... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Among Chimpanzees
Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives
Written by Nancy J. Merrick
Foreword by Jane Goodall


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8490-8 (0-8070-8490-5)

Unbeknownst to much of the public, chimps are in trouble: censuses show them to be extinct in four African countries and nearly so in ten others. A large percentage of the remaining populations live in unprotected, increasingly fragmented forests.
 
When Nancy Merrick learned these startling facts in 2009, she decided it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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African Predators

Written by Gus Mills
Photographed by Martin Harvey


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2001
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-096-4 (1-56098-096-6)

Awarded AAUP’s 2002 Best of the Best: Books You Should Know About

From the sleek cheetah and the majestic lion to the oft-maligned hyena and opportunistic jackal, large carnivores reign supreme in the African wild. In African Predators, award-winning photographer Martin Harvey’s dramatic images complement biologist Gus Mills’s extensive field research to... Read more >


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January 6, 2015
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Blood of the Tiger
A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species
Written by J. A. Mills


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 6, 2015
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7496-1 (0-8070-7496-9)

There may be only three thousand wild tigers left in the entire world. More shocking is the fact that twice that many—some six thousand—have been bred on farms, not for traditional medicine but to supply a luxury-goods industry that secretly sells tiger-bone wine, tiger-skin décor, and exotic cuisine enjoyed by China’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Komodo Dragons
Biology and Conservation
Edited by James B. Murphy


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-073-3 (1-58834-073-2)

More than twenty years have passed since Walter Auffenberg’s monumental The Behavioral Ecology of the Komodo Monitor. In the intervening years the populations of Komodo dragons–native only to a handful of islands in southeast Indonesia–have dwindled, sparking intensive conservation efforts. During the last two decades new information about these formidable predators... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wondrous Cold
An Antartic Journey
Written by Joan Myers


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-238-6 (1-58834-238-7)

For centuries Antarctica has captured the imagination of explorers, scientists, and armchair travelers. Its starkly beautiful landscape, extraordinary wildlife, and harsh climate only begin to suggest the wonders of the world’s least understood continent.

Intrigued by a part of the planet vividly described in the journals of explorers Robert Falcon Scott and... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 928 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 12, 1981
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-51914-2 (0-394-51914-0)

This guide includes over one thousand color identification photographs of living butterflies, caterpillars, and chrysalises in their natural habitats. Arrangement by shape and by color makes identification quick and easy. Six-hundred species are covered in full detail; notes are provided on seventy others. Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds--E
Eastern Region - Revised Edition
Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 800 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 27, 1994
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42852-7 (0-679-42852-6)

This guide includes descriptions of 508 eastern species, and has been brought up to date with the most recent American Ornithologists' Union listing, and keyed to 646 full-color nature photographs. The guide groups all birds by color and shape to make identification simple and accurate. Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds--W
Western Region - Revised Edition
Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 832 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 27, 1994
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-42851-0 (0-679-42851-8)

Introduced in 1977 and completely revised in 1994, these bestselling photographic field guides have become the birding bibles of more than four million enthusiasts. Virtually every bird found in North America is brought to life in a full-color photograph and with textual information on the bird's voice, nesting habits, habitat, range... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees--E
Eastern Region
Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 716 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 12, 1980
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-50760-6 (0-394-50760-6)

This guide includes 993 color photographs of significant details of virtually all native trees and many cultivated species as you see them in their natural habitat. The guide also includes four identification keys. Arrangement by leaf, shape, flowers, fruit, and fall leaves--plus drawings of tree silhouettes as they appear in winter--makes... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees--W
Western Region
Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 12, 1980
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-50761-3 (0-394-50761-4)

This all-photographic field guide includes 855 full-color identification photos of virtually all native trees and many cultivated species as you see them in their natural habitat. The guide is organized with a visual key. Arrangement by leaf, shape, flowers, cones and fruit--plus drawings of tree silhouettes as they appear in winter--makes... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
Illustrated by Pieter Folkens


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 2, 2002
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41141-0 (0-375-41141-0)

The National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World describes in fascinating detail all 120 species of the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions, manatees, Marine and Sea Otters, and the Polar Bear. Written by a team of experts and featuring more than 320 illustrations, 418 photographs... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to California

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44678-1 (0-679-44678-8)

Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to California belongs in the home of every California resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to Florida

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44677-4 (0-679-44677-X)

Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida belongs in the home of every Florida resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

*An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to New England

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44676-7 (0-679-44676-1)

Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England belongs in the home of every New England resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

*An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the region's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Regional Guide to the Pacific Northwest

Written by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44679-8 (0-679-44679-6)

Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest belongs in the home of every Pacific Northwest resident and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

*An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the region's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses... Read more >

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The Good Life

Written by Scott Nearing and Helen Nearing


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 3, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0970-9 (0-8052-0970-0)

This edition of Living the Good Life and Continuing the Good Life brings together in one volume the Nearings' classic guides to the theory and practice of rural homesteading. With a 1989 Preface by Helen Nearing.

"Helen and Scott Nearing are the great-grandparents of the back-to-the-land movement, having abandoned the city... Read more >

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember
How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Written by Annalee Newitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94942-4 (0-307-94942-7)

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science & Technology

In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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From the Ground Up
A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation
Written by Jeanne Nolan
Foreword by Alice Waters


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9299-1 (0-8129-9299-7)

When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, left Chicago in 1987 to join a communal farm, she had no idea that her decades-long journey would lead her to the heart of a movement that is currently changing our nation’s relationship to food. Now a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Buffalo for the Broken Heart
Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch
Written by Dan O'Brien


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76139-3 (0-375-76139-X)

For twenty years Dan O’Brien struggled to make ends meet on his cattle ranch in South Dakota. But when a neighbor invited him to lend a hand at the annual buffalo roundup, O’Brien was inspired to convert his own ranch, the Broken Heart, to buffalo. Starting with thirteen calves, “short-necked, golden... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Taking on Water
How One Water Expert Challenged Her Inner Hypocrite, Reduced Her Water Footprint (Without Sacrificing a Toasty Shower), and Found Nirvana
Written by Wendy J. Pabich


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-57061-831-4 (1-57061-831-3)

When Wendy Pabich received a monthly water bill for 30,000 gallons (for a household of two people and one dog), she was chagrined. After all, she is an expert on sustainable water use. So she set out to make a change. Taking on Water is the story of the author’s personal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Water Book
A Users Guide to Understanding, Protecting, and Preserving Earth's Most Precious Resource
Written by Elizabeth Pacheco and June Eding
Preface by Alexandra Cousteau
Edited by Anna Krusinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: May 24, 2011
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-1-57826-345-5 (1-57826-345-X)

A simple, straightforward approach to one of Earth's most precious resources--water. The Water Book offers a fresh perspective and approach to motivate readers into action without guilt or scare tactics and encourages the development of a personal philosophy of sustainability. The complex issues are presented in a relatable and straightforward manner... Read more >

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Confessions of an Eco-Sinner
Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8595-0 (0-8070-8595-2)

In Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, Fred Pearce surveys his home and then sets out to track down the people behind the production and distribution of everything in his daily life, from his socks to his computer to the food in his fridge. It’s a fascinating portrait, by turns sobering and hopeful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Land Grabbers
The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0324-4 (0-8070-0324-7)

An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. The scale is astounding: parcels the size of small... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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When the Rivers Run Dry
Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 15, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8573-8 (0-8070-8573-1)

Named as one of the Top 50 Sustainability Books by University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership and Greenleaf Publishing.

In this groundbreaking book, veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce travels to more than thirty countries to examine the current state of crucial water sources. Deftly weaving together the complicated scientific, economic, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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