Nature

2019 Guide to the Night Sky: A Month-By-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above North America

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$14.95

"With 2018 Guide to the Night Sky, amateur astronomers can view the sky over the course of a year and not miss a thing. It is also a compact and comprehensive introduction to astronomy... The small and light format makes this book the ideal portable reference."
-- Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin

The ideal resource for beginning sky watchers is updated for 2019 sky activity.

For many years, Firefly Books has published Guide to the Night Sky annuals that cover events to occur the upcoming year in North America's night sky. This year's edition provides all of the guidance, information and data an amateur astronomer needs to view the sky over the course of the coming year and not miss a thing. It is a compact and comprehensive introduction to astronomy and the equipment needed, while sky watchers with more experience can use the book as a calendar reference for all of 2019.

Using the charts and maps and following the accessible text, sky watchers can enjoy viewing the night sky with nothing more complicated than a pair of binoculars or the naked eye. The maps are centered on latitude 40 degrees North helping backyard astronomers in the United States and Canada see how visible stars change over the year, and ensure that they catch the exciting sky events that occur. In addition to the month-by-month guides, the book includes an introduction to the planets, the moon and the sky, and comprehensive back matter. The book's small and light format makes it the ideal portable reference for backyard viewing.

2019 Guide to the Night Sky is a fabulous introduction for new astronomers and sky watchers who don't want to miss a thing.

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Adventure Handbook: Explore, Create, Learn & Play Outside!

$15.95
- From backyard to wilderness, activities for different settings, climates, and weather
- Features both practical and creative "missions" to engage learning and playing

Aimed at outdoor adventurers ages six and up, the Adventure Notebook features more than 20 ways to creatively explore the outdoors. Entertaining year-round activities help kids learn how to plan their own adventures, take care of themselves in the wild, and discover new skills--from map-making and knot-tying to identifying animal tracks and nighttime constellations.

A range of adventures are organized for Exploration (such as collecting natural treasures), Creation (making and cooking with a campfire), Knowledge (what to pack), and Play (hide-and-seek geocaching). Clear instructions, including full-color photos and informative illustrations, guide readers through each activity, step-by-step, while tips throughout encourage parents to get involved with their kids outdoors. Blank journaling pages inspire kids to record each adventure through words and art: at the end of the book, they will have a colorful and unique family keepsake!

Whether playing in the backyard, hiking a nearby trail, or visiting a national park, this fun-filled guide inspires kids to get outside and explore the great outdoors.

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9781680511116
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Anthology of Intriguing Animals

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$19.99
A book to treasure, filled with stunning photographs, beautiful illustrations, and fascinating information on all the animals that children love.

Discover the incredible stories and myths behind your favorite animals--whether it's how the koala got its name, or which animal the Ancient Egyptians thought rolled the sun across the sky. Children will pore over the spectacular photographs, including detailed close-ups, and learn fun facts at the same time.

Containing more than 100 species, this beautiful modern bestiary lets you find the animals that interest you, and possibly uncover a new favorite along the way. With easy-to-read text and large images, this compendium of creatures invites young readers to explore the animal kingdom and get to know each animal individually--from big to small, feathered to furred.

An Anthology of Intriguing Animals is an attractive gift for children who can't get enough of wildlife and nature, lavishly bound in a beautiful gold-foil and texture cover, finished with gold-foil-edged pages, and including a ribbon bookmark.

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9781465477026
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Auroras: Fire in the Sky

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$19.95

A celebration of nature's spectacular lightshows, and a visual feast documenting the kaleidoscopic colors that decorate the sky.

For millennia, humans have been fascinated with the ghostly green and red curtains of light that shimmer across the heavens on dark, clear nights. Ancient peoples saw these displays as souls of the dead, the torches of the spirits and as harbingers of war. Barely 100 years ago, scientists finally learned that an aurora is created when the Earth's magnetic field is bombarded with charged particles from the sun. When the charged particles collide with oxygen in the atmosphere, auroras with yellows, greens and reds appear. Collisions with nitrogen result in bluish colors. However, our understanding of the physics behind auroras has not detracted from their wonder.

Auroras is filled with 80 photographs of one of nature's greatest spectacles, complete with captions that reflect on the folklore, science and beauty of the northern lights. The book poses and answers the many scientific questions about auroras:

  • Why are auroras usually seen only at high latitudes?
  • How do scientists study them?
  • What causes the different colors?
  • Why are massive auroras often followed by blackouts and computer system crashes?
  • Auroras is where cutting-edge science meets the stuff of dreams.

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    Bee: A Natural History

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    $17.95

    An incomparable illustrated look at the critical role bees play in the life of our planet

    Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive. Bees are also crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants, and the economic contributions of these irreplaceable insects measure in the tens of billions of dollars each year. Yet bees are dying at an alarming rate, threatening food supplies and ecosystems around the world. In this richly illustrated natural history of the bee, which includes more than 250 color photographs and illustrations, Noah Wilson-Rich and his team of bee experts provide a window into the vitally important role that bees play in the life of our planet.

    Earth is home to more than 20,000 bee species, from fluorescent-colored orchid bees and sweat bees to flower-nesting squash bees and leaf-cutter bees. This book provides an unmatched account of this astounding diversity, blending an engaging narrative with practical, hands-on discussions of such topics as beekeeping and bee health. It explores our relationship with the bee over evolutionary time, examining how it originated and where it stands today--and what the future holds for humanity and bees alike.

  • Provides an accessible, richly illustrated look at the human-bee relationship over time
  • Features a section on beekeeping and handy guides to identifying, treating, and preventing honey bee diseases
  • Covers bee evolution, ecology, genetics, and physiology
  • Includes a directory of notable bee s
  • Presents a holistic approach to bee health, including organic and integrated pest management techniques
  • Shows how you can help bee populations
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    Birds

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    $24.95

    A stunning collection of 200 bird species painted by the world-renowned wildlife painter.

    "Robert Bateman's paintings and drawings... reveal a vision of the beautiful and stark possibilities of the natural world. They are compelling and haunting."
    -- The Washington Post

    At a time when bird species are disappearing rapidly, the poignant beauty of Robert Bateman's paintings is more urgent than ever. It reminds us why Bateman was compelled to study and paint his subjects and why we must work to secure their futures.

    Bateman has sketched and painted bird life in every corner of the globe. His special relationship with some of the planet's most beautiful and fascinating creatures is captured here in an elegant volume that will appeal to bird lovers and art lovers alike.

    The paintings are organized variously into 20 groups: At Home on Salt Spring Island; In the Pribilofs; Treeline and Tundra; Above Larch Valley; A Wenatchee Field Trip; Canyons and Deserts of Arizona; The Great Plains; Spring on the Great Lakes; Immigrants; Eastern Fields and Forests; On Inland Waters; The Atlantic Coast; In the Everglades; The Tropical Americas; The Galápagos; Old Worlds; At the Taj Mahal; A Visit to Bharatpur; The African Savannah and To the Antarctic.

    Bateman's magnificent works celebrate the breathtaking range of bird life on Earth -- from the spectacular plumage of the fiery rainforest quetzel to the threatening glare of the golden eagle. And through his notes, informative diary entries and detailed sketches and studies, he shares with the reader a wealth of observations about the birds' behavior and his keen appreciation of their beauty. As the great Roger Tory Peterson said, "If I could paint like another wildlife artist, it would be Robert Bateman."

    Robert Bateman began his lifelong education as an artist, naturalist and birder in the tree-filled ravine behind his boyhood home in Toronto. There he would study and sketch the birds he saw, adding them to the life list he keeps to this day. Robert has an enormous following, and his original artwork and limited edition prints are sought by collectors the world over. In 2003, the Robert Bateman Centre museum opened in Victoria, B.C. Today he lives with his wife, Birgit, and his family on one of the Gulf Islands off Canada's western coast.

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    9780228101284
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    Bugs

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    $19.99
    Bugs are fascinating, and in this book we get close to over 50 different and fantastic bugs including the biggest, smallest and most amazing bugs in the world, the most beautiful and the ones with the strangest habits. This book shows all types of insects in colorful detail and tells you all about their senses, defenses, camouflage, how they catch prey, where they live and more. Become a bug expert and see their real beauty with this stunning book.
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    9781843653431
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    Down to the River and Up to the Trees: Discover the hidden nature on your doorstep

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    $14.99

    ** A Winner of the Woodland Books of the Year Award **

    In a stressful, chaotic world, many of us are turning to nature for a sense of serenity and happiness.

    While the idea of the wild outdoors is enticing, though, our busy lives and our location can cause us to become detached from nature. Down to the River and Up to the Trees will show you how to connect with the natural world around you, whether you live in the city or the countryside.

    From getting to know the local wildlife, to foraging and creating naturally-sourced masterpieces, Down to the River is brimming with practical information, intriguing quotes and inspirational ideas. Discover how to carve your own spoon; to be able to tell if the moon is waxing or waning; or try forest bathing (surrounding yourself with trees). Learn how to make yourself at home amongst the animals and plants on your doorstep, in harmony with your surroundings. There is space too for you to record your thoughts and findings, whatever shape they take.

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    9780008255268
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    Great Lakes Nature Set: Field Guide to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of the Great Lakes

    $17.95
    The Great Lakes Nature Set offers the best in wildlife and plant identification for this beautiful region. Our three popular Pocket Naturalist Guides to the Great Lakes - Trees & Wildflowers, Birds, and Wildlife - are attractively packaged and value-priced for savings when purchased as a set. Highlighting over 300 species of animals and plants, these beautifully illustrated guides include ecoregion maps that feature prominent wildlife-viewing areas and botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, Pocket Naturalist Guides are lightweight, pocket-sized sources of information and ideal for field use by natural science and outdoor recreation professionals, nature lovers, and visitors to the Great Lakes region. Made in the USA.
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    9781620052617
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    Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

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    $18.00

    Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
    A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year

    America's national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the New York Times bestselling author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks and an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

    From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas, Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

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    9781250132147
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    How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

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    $20.00
    National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals--her friends--who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green.

    Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be transformative. No one knows this better than author, naturalist, and adventurer Sy Montgomery. To research her books, Sy has traveled the world and encountered some of the planet's rarest and most beautiful animals. From tarantulas to tigers, Sy's life continually intersects with and is informed by the creatures she meets.

    This restorative memoir reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals--Sy's friends--and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.
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    9780544938328
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    Incredible Wild Edibles

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    $22.95

    Incredible Wild Edibles covers 36 of the best edible wild plants in North America: fruits, berries, nuts, shoots, leafy greens, root vegetables, culinary herbs, teas, and syrups that boast exceptional flavor and nutrition. The plants chosen represent every habitat and every region in North America, from the northern forests to the southwest deserts, from the largest cities to the wildest mountains. Rather than cover hundreds of species in brief accounts that leave the reader unsure of how to proceed, Samuel Thayer encourages readers to thoroughly learn one plant at a time. Each of these traditional foods has a rich culinary and cultural history--a wholesome past that is still relevant for our health and happiness today. The text is fully accessible to the novice, but remains botanically accurate and has the in-depth information that seasoned foragers crave.

    Sharing the wisdom of a lifetime of daily foraging, the author answers all of the reader's questions about each plant: How do I identify it? What might I confuse it with? Where can I find it? What part do I use, and when is it ready to be picked? How do I gather and prepare it? How can I be sure to harvest it responsibly? This discussion is accompanied by more than 350 color photos showing all the key features for identification, including potentially confusing species. Photos also depict the exact parts to use and the proper stage for collection. All of this is delivered in a familiar but authoritative tone, along with humorous anecdotes and insights from extensive real-life experience with each plant covered in the book.

    Incredible Wild Edibles contains an index, bibliography, illustrated glossary, range maps, and foraging calendar. This third volume in Thayer's Forager's Harvest series has no overlap of the plants covered in the first two volumes.

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    9780976626626
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    Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

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    The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world--and in the process created modern environmentalism.

    NATIONAL BEST SELLER

    One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

    Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society's Ness Award, the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

    Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award



    A Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Nature, Jezebel, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, New Scientist, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The Spectator

    Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world. Among his most revolutionary ideas was a radical conception of nature as a complex and interconnected global force that does not exist for the use of humankind alone. In North America, Humboldt's name still graces towns, counties, parks, bays, lakes, mountains, and a river. And yet the man has been all but forgotten.

    In this illuminating biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt's extraordinary life back into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his daring expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the lasting influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others. Brilliantly researched and stunningly written, The Invention of Nature reveals the myriad ways in which Humboldt's ideas form the foundation of modern environmentalism--and reminds us why they are as prescient and vital as ever.

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    9780345806291
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    Meaning of Human Existence

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    Continuing his groundbreaking examination of our "Anthropocene Epoch," which he began with The Social Conquest of Earth, described by the New York Times as "a sweeping account of the human rise to domination of the biosphere," here Wilson posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, indeed, in a testable way.

    Once criticized for a purely mechanistic view of human life and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, Wilson presents in The Meaning of Human Existence his most expansive and advanced theories on the sovereignty of human life, recognizing that, even though the human and the spider evolved similarly, the poet's sonnet is wholly different from the spider's web. Whether attempting to explicate "The Riddle of the Human Species," "Free Will," or "Religion"; warning of "The Collapse of Biodiversity"; or even creating a plausible "Portrait of E.T.," Wilson does indeed believe that humanity holds a special position in the known universe.

    The human epoch that began in biological evolution and passed into pre-, then recorded, history is now more than ever before in our hands. Yet alarmed that we are about to abandon natural selection by redesigning biology and human nature as we wish them, Wilson soberly concludes that advances in science and technology bring us our greatest moral dilemma since God stayed the hand of Abraham.

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    9781631491146
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    Observer's Notebook: Astronomy

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    A star-filled sky is as mysterious as it is sublime. What are we looking at? How far away and from when?! How do I tell the Little Dipper from the Big Dipper? Is that Cassiopeia or Orion? Is the moon waxing or waning? Whether you're an occasional backyard stargazer or wouldbe astrophysicist, you'll find pages of useful information in the Observer's Notebook: Astronomy. Stunning fourcolor images from the Hubble and ESA space telescopes are interweaved with ruled pages for your own celestial observations, notes, and star-based wishes.
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    9781616895389
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    Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Spaceflight

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    The fascinating story of how NASA sent humans to explore outer space, told through a treasure trove of historical documents--publishing in celebration of NASA's 60th anniversary and with a foreword by Bill Nye

    Among all the technological accomplishments of the last century, none has captured our imagination more deeply than the movement of humans into outer space. From Sputnik to SpaceX, the story of that journey is told as never before in The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration.

    Renowned space historian John Logsdon traces the greatest moments in human spaceflight by weaving together essential, fascinating documents from NASA's history with his expert narrative guidance. Beginning with rocket genius Wernher von Braun's vision for voyaging to Mars, and closing with Elon Musk's contemporary plan to get there, this volume traces major events like the founding of NASA, the first American astronauts in space, the moon landings, the Challenger disaster, the daring Hubble Telescope repairs, and more. In these pages, we find such gems as Eisenhower's reactions to Sputnik, the original NASA astronaut application, John Glenn's reflections on zero gravity, Kennedy's directives to go to the moon, discussions on what Neil Armstrong's first famous first words should be, customs forms filled out by astronauts bringing back moon rocks, transcribed conversations with Nixon on ending Project Apollo and beginning the space shuttle program, and so much more.

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    9780143129950
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    Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities

    $35.00
    Featuring over 1,500 engravings that originally graced the pages of Webster's dictionaries in the 19th century, this chunky volume is an irresistible treasure trove for art lovers, designers, and anyone with an interest in visual history. Meticulously cleaned and restored by fine-press bookmaker Johnny Carrera, the engravings in Pictorial Webster's have been compiled into an alluring and unusual visual reference guide for the modern day. Images range from the entirely mysterious to the classically iconic. From Acorns to Zebras, Bell Jars to Velocipedes, these alphabetically arranged archetypes and curiosities create enigmatic juxtapositions and illustrate the items deemed important to the Victorian mind. Sure to inspire and delight, Pictorial Webster's is at once a fascinatinghistorical record and a stunning jewel of a book.
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    9780811867184
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    Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction

    $16.00
    With an introduction by Bill McKibben, thirty authors use a vast range of styles to explore our human relationship to trees, which of course is multi-faceted, messy, beautiful, selfish and symbiotic. In this collection, we meet a boy who ate a tree to gain access to the Guiness Book of World Records, a tree-tethered sniper at a pot farm in California, a man who was killed by a fallen limb in Central Park, and lots of writers, both established and emerging, whose intimate connections to trees (and their losses) have found a collective home in the pulped pages of recycled forest. Contributors include Karen Hugg, Lia Purpura, Wendy Call, Matthew Gavin Frank, M. J. Gette, Jacklyn Janeksela, Renee E. D'Aoust, Angela Pelster, Brian Doyle, Andrea Scarpino, T. Hugh Crawford, Thomas Mira y Lopez, Steven Church, Mercedes Webb-Pullman, Fred Bahnson, Jacqueline Doyle, Stefan Olson, Diane Payne, Zoe Ruiz, Amaris Feland Ketcham, Kayann Short, Diana Hume George, Annie Bellerose, Paul Lisicky, Toti O'Brien, Lori Brack, Mackenzie Myers, Courtney Amber Kilian, John Roscoe and Theresa Kishkan.
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    9781944853228
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    Some Useful Wild Plants: A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine from Nature

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    With over forty years since its original printing, and over 30,000 copies sold, this bestselling guide still remains a trusted and much-consulted reference for those interested in identifying, foraging and growing wild plants for food and medicine. Now Some Useful Wild Plants is back in print for a new generation of foragers and herbalists.


    Some Useful Wild Plants contains sections on useful herbs, trees, berries and seaweeds, as well as commentary on avoiding poisonous species. Pick the young tender leaves of orach, salsify and miner's lettuce for a delicious and vitamin-rich spring salad or stir-fry. Concoct a cherry bark and licorice fern syrup to soothe a sore throat. Repel insects naturally using sage oil or vanilla leaf. From alder to yarrow, each featured plant has useful descriptors for identification and details on how to harvest, as well as how the plant is traditionally used for medicine by First Nations, pioneers and contemporary herbalists. Clear line drawings are provided to assist foragers in accurate identification. Directions are included for the preparation of ointments, salves, poultices, compresses and tinctures.


    Dan Jason also addresses sustainability when foraging to ensure that harvesting supports the continuous growth of the plant and the natural environment.



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    Transplanted Gardener (used)

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    A witty exploration of gardening in Britain - from why Britain is so wet to an account of Charles Darwin's obsession with earthworms and a history of lawns and lawn-mowers.
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    9780711223806
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    Weavers: The Curious World of Insects

    $16.99
    Did you know? - Dance flies of the family Empididae court their mates by presenting them with silk-wrapped prey. - Some moth-caterpillars will walk only on a path of silk - something humans can certainly aspire for! - Insects were spinning silk 150 million years ago, even if it has been only 5000 years since humans discovered it Silk, perhaps the most ubiquitous luxury item, is produced by one of Earth's grittiest species which has found ways to cope with a changing world. Since life evolved on this planet, there have been five major extinctions, but insects - since their arrival 400 million years ago - have not been amongst them. How have insects survived when species after species is going extinct. In a world faced with cataclysmic environmental changes, there is an increasing amount of interest in knowing the secrets of their survival. In The Weavers, silk forms the central motif of an enquiry into the life of insects, their management practices, their mating rituals and ways of life. Generously sprinkled with oddities and eccentricities, this book is an invitation into their fascinating world.
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    9789351772286
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