Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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On a farther shore: the life and legacy of Rachel Carson

By Souder, William

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.092 SOU

Publisher's description: Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides.

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Tibet wild: a naturalist's journeys on the roof of the world

By Schaller, George B.

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.515 SCH

As one of the world's leading field biologists, George Schaller has spent much of his life traversing wild and isolated places in his quest to understand and conserve threatened species--from mountain gorillas in the Virunga to pandas in the Wolong and snow leopards in the Himalaya. Throughout his celebrated career, Schaller has spent more time in Tibet than in any other part of the world, devoting more than thirty years to the wildlife, culture, and landscapes that captured his heart and continue to compel him to protect them. Tibet Wild is Schaller's account of three decades of exploration in the most remote stretches of Tibet: the wide, sweeping rangelands of the Chang Tang and the hidden canyons and plunging ravines of the southeastern forests.

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Rise of the ranges of light: landscapes and change in the mountains of California

By Gilligan, David

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.794 GIL

Gilligan (Sterling College) takes a naturalist's approach to describe the evolution of California mountain environments. He combines aspects of natural history, geography, geology, biology, ecology, cosmology, and a bit of philosophical comment with descriptions of field excursions with students and personal experiences while camping and climbing. Though not written as a scholarly text on mountain ecology, the book provides observations of mountain environments through vignettes about various locations (Mount Morrison, Big Sur, Black Kaweah, Great Central Valley, Mono Lake) from northern to southern California. Gilligan writes about the different climate biomes with distinct flora and fauna, ranging from neotropical to subarctic tundra, all within the same state. Each chapter contains descriptions of regional geology and its effect on local tree ecology, glacier formation, and animal populations. There is a lengthy bibliography of geology, ecology, and botany books and articles for further reading, and an index for quick searching by topic. Although not a field guide, this work offers an overview of different California geological regions, along with a bit of science, for a general reader. Summing Up: Recommended. Regional collections serving general audiences and lower-division undergraduates. M. C. Brown University of California, Irvine--CHOICE Review

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The atlas of birds: diversity, behavior, and conservation

By Unwin, Mike

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598 UNW

"The Atlas of Birds captures the breathtaking diversity of birds, and illuminates their conservation status around the world. Full-color maps show where birds are found, both by country and terrain, and reveal how an astounding variety of behavioral adaptations -- from flight and feeding to nest building and song -- have enabled them to thrive in virtually every habitat on Earth. Maps of individual journeys and global flyways chart the amazing phenomenon of bird migration, while bird classification is explained using maps for each order and many key families. Conservation provides a strong focus throughout, with maps illustrating where and why birds are most under threat, and what is being done to protect them. Separate sections examine key factors influencing their distribution and endangering their survival, from deforestation and climate change to invasive species and the cage-bird trade. Bird groups most affected, such as island endemics, are highlighted, while a fascinating chapter explores the complex historical relationship between birds and humans, with maps and data for everything from poultry farming to birdwatching. The maps are supported by an authoritative text that uses the very latest data and case studies from BirdLife International. Packed with sumptuous photos, original diagrams, and imaginative graphics that bring the numbers to life, this book is a stunning and timely insight into perhaps the most colorful and intriguing group of organisms on our planet"--Front flap.

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An eternity of eagles: the human history of the most fascinating bird in the world

By Bodio, Stephen

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 598.942 BOD

"Author Stephen J. Bodio traces our love-hate relationship with these "living dinosaurs," from Neolithic rock art and Native American religion through the practices of Kazakh falconers who use them to hunt wolves, all the way to contemporary art and popular culture"--P. [2] of cover.

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