The most user-friendly butterfly guide ever published, still handy and compact, now updated with the very latest information - Follows the latest classification, recognizing more than forty additional species - Includes four new color plates of Mexican-border rarities - More than 2,300 images of butterflies in natural poses - Pictorial table of contents - Convenient one-page index - Range maps on text pages
Butterflies animate our summers but the fifty-nine species found in the British Isles can be surprisingly elusive. Some bask unseen at the top of trees in London parks; others lurk at the bottom of damp bogs in Scotland. A few survive for months, while other ephemeral creatures only fly for three days. Several are virtually extinct. This bewitching book charts Patrick Barkham's quest to find each of them - from the Adonis Blue to the Dingy Skipper - in one unforgettable summer. Wry, attentive, full of infectious delight and curiosity, written with a beautifully light touch, The Butterfly Isles is a classic of British nature writing.
Release on 2013-04-17 | by Joseph L. Kirschvink,Douglas S. Jones,Bruce J. MacFadden
A New Biomagnetism
Author: Joseph L. Kirschvink,Douglas S. Jones,Bruce J. MacFadden
Pubpsher: Springer Science & Business Media
The mystery of how migrating animals find their way over unfamiliar terrain has intrigued people for centuries, and has been the focus of productive research in the biological sci ences for several decades. Whether or not the earth's magnetic field had anything to do with their navigational abilities has sufaced and been dismissed several times, beginning at least in the mid to late 1800s. This topic generally remained out of the mainstream of scientific research for two reasons: (1) The apparent irreproducibility of many of the be havioral experiments which were supposed to demonstrate the existence of the magnetic sense; and (2) Perceived theoretical difficulties which were encountered when biophysi cists tried to understand how such a sensory system might operate. However, during the mid to late 1960s as the science of ethology (animal behavior) grew, it became clear from studies on bees and birds that the geomagnetic field is used under a variety of conditions. As more and more organisms were found to have similar abilities, the problem shifted back to the question as to the basis of this perception. Of the various schemes for trans ducing the geomagnetic field to the nervous system which have been proposed, the hy pothesis of magnetite-based magnetoreception discussed at length in this volume has per haps the best potential for explaining a wide range of these effects, even though this link is as yet clear only in the case of magnetotactic bacteria.
Release on 2011-11-01 | by Jon Shepard,Crispin Guppy
Including Western Alberta, Southern Yukon, the Alaska Panhandle, Washington, Northern Oregon, Northern Idaho, and Northwestern Montana
Author: Jon Shepard,Crispin Guppy
Pubpsher: UBC Press
Butterflies are found everywhere in British Columbia. Written for butterfly watchers, butterfly gardeners, naturalists, and biologists, Butterflies of British Columbia will provide years of enjoyment for the butterfly enthusiast. The Butterflies of British Columbia � provides the most complete coverage of species and subspecies of any North American regional or continental butterfly book � covers 187 species and 264 subspecies of butterflies, as well as 9 additional hypothetical species � provides descriptions of identifying features, immature stages, larval foodplants, biology and life history, range and habitat, and conservation status for each species � describes 11 new subspecies � includes introductory chapters covering the history, zoogeography, conservation, morphology, ecology, and biology of butterflies in BC and adjacent areas � is lavishly illustrated with over 1,200 colour photographs and over 200 distribution maps � includes a glossary of butterfly terms and a bibliography of over 750 citations.
It is summer in the Appalachian mountains and love, desire and attraction are in the air. From her outpost in an isolated mountain cabin, Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches a den of coyotes. She is caught off guard by a young hunter who invades her most private spaces and interrupts her solitary life. On a farm several miles down the mountain, Lusa Maluf Landowski, a bookish city girl turned farmer's wife, finds herself marooned in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land that has become her own. And a few more miles down the road, a pair of elderly feuding neighbours tend their respective farms and wrangle about God, pesticides, and the possibilities of a future neither of them expected. Over the course of one humid summer, these characters find their connections of love to one another and to the surrounding nature with which they share a place. With its strong balance of narrative and drama, Prodigal Summer is stands alongside The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna as one of Barbara Kingsolver's finest works.
This book was conceived to mark the Silver Jubilee of the British Butterfly Conservation Society. Interest in the conservation of butterflies has increased so rapidly that it is difficult to relate to the situation 25 years ago. Butterflies were on the decline in Britain, Europe and elsewhere but we lacked data on the extent of the decline and the underlying reasons, leaving us unable to implement effective conservation measures. An early recognition of the plight of British butterflies and moths led to the foundation of the society by a small group of conservationists in 1968. Today the society has over 10000 members, owns a number of reserves and sponsors research, conservation and monitoring activities at the local and national level. As part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations an international symposium was held at Keele University in September 1993 entitled 'Ecology and Conservation of Butterflies'. This symposium clearly showed how much important work has been done in recent years and also gave me the impression that the subject had reached a watershed. This was not because the decline of butterflies has stopped or even slowed down, far from it, the threat to our butterflies continues to increase from habitat destruction and intensification of land use. The watershed is in our understanding of the relationship between butterflies and their habitat.
The master storyteller of pioneering life in California, Bret Harte created a diverse body of works, achieving critical acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic. This comprehensive eBook presents Harte’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Harte’s life and works * ALL the novels and shorter fiction, with individual contents tables * Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Famous works such as GABRIEL CONROY are fully illustrated with their original artwork * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry and the short stories * Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read * The scarce play SUE appears for the first time in digital publishing * Includes Harte’s rare lectures, first time in digital print * Features Merwin’s celebrated biography - discover Harte’s literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Novels GABRIEL CONROY THE CRUSADE OF THE EXCELSIOR The Shorter Fiction CONDENSED NOVELS THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP OTHER STORIES AND SKETCHES THE LITTLE DRUMMER MRS. SKAGGS’ HUSBANDS AND OTHER STORIES TALES OF THE ARGONAUTS THANKFUL BLOSSOM THE STORY OF A MINE DRIFT FROM TWO SHORES THE TWINS OF TABLE MOUNTAIN FLIP AND FOUND AT BLAZING STAR IN THE CARQUINEZ WOODS ON THE FRONTIER BY SHORE AND SEDGE MARUJA THE QUEEN OF THE PIRATE ISLE SNOW-BOUND AT EAGLE’S DEVIL’S FORD A MILLIONAIRE OF ROUGH-AND-READY A PHYLLIS OF THE SIERRAS THE ARGONAUTS OF NORTH LIBERTY CRESSY THE HERITAGE OF DEDLOW MARSH A WARD OF THE GOLDEN GATE A WAIF OF THE PLAINS A SAPPHO OF THE GREEN SPRINGS A FIRST FAMILY OF TASAJARA COLONEL STARBOTTLE’S CLIENT SUSY: A STORY OF THE PLAINS SALLY DOWS A PROTÉGÉE OF JACK HAMLIN’S THE BELL-RINGER OF ANGEL’S CLARENCE IN A HOLLOW OF THE HILLS BARKER’S LUCK AND OTHER STORIES THREE PARTNERS TALES OF TRAIL AND TOWN STORIES IN LIGHT AND SHADOW MR. JACK HAMLIN’S MEDITATION FROM SAND HILL TO PINE UNDER THE REDWOODS CONDENSED NOVELS SECOND SERIES: NEW BURLESQUES OPENINGS IN THE OLD TRAIL TRENT’S TRUST AND OTHER STORIES URBAN SKETCHES THE STORY OF ENRIQUEZ SKETCHES OF THE SIXTIES UNCOLLECTED STORIES The Short Stories LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Plays TWO MEN OF SANDY BAR SUE The Poetry LIST OF POEMS LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Non-Fiction THE LECTURES OF BRET HARTE The Biography THE LIFE OF BRET HARTE by Henry Childs Merwin Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles
Contains descriptions of 590 species of butterflies found in western North America, discussing their habitats, caterpillars, the plants they use, and flight periods; and includes range maps, photographs, and illustrations.
What is music -- where does it come from and what does it mean? If music is in the background, and no one listens to it, does it still exist? Why do composers write music, and how do they learn their profession? What about Canadian music -- a regional dialect of this "universal language"? How has it been created inside the country -- how well is it understood abroad? Music papers are reflections from a life of composing and teaching. These articles, talks and reviews, whether intended originally for general or professional audiences, communicate a passion for music rooted in a North American culture and place, informed by long and loving familiarity with masterpieces from elsewhere. Also included are alternative versions of the early life of Glenn Gould, proofs of the existence of musical life in Toronto, and some questions still unanswered.