The Empire of the Eagle; An Illustrated Natural History by Mike Unwin & David Tipling. Yale University Press. Much admired for their power, grace and predatory prowess, these raptors capture some of the character of our national culture, the authors claim. .
How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls; Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future by David Hu. Princeton University Press. Insects walk on water, fish swim; the world of animal motion, often over great distances.
The Flood Year 1927; A Cultural History by Susan Parrish. Princeton University Press, paper. The Mississippi Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, displacing more than a half million people.
The Chicken; a Natural History by Joseph Barber. Princeton University Press, paper. Chickens are enjoying a renaissance as members of many households and small farms.
Owls of the World by James Duncan. Johns Hopkins University Press. The behavior and lifecycle of the elusive owl, courtship, nesting, and its adaptation to nocturnal life and predation.
The Way of Coyote; Shared Journeys in the Urban Wild by Gavin Van Horn. University of Chicago Press. The coyote and many other wild animals now roam through urban spaces, at least those that have not been paved over.
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Dreaming in Turtle; A Journey through the Passion, Profit, and Peril of Our Most Coveted Prehistoric Creatures by Pater Laufer. St. Martin’s Press. The turtle, a favored prehistoric creature.
Operation Columba – The Secret Pigeon Service; The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe by Gordon Corera. William Morrow. The use of homing pigeons by British intelligence in Nazi-occupied France.
The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin 2nd Edition. Island Press, paper. Numerous schemes for water diversion to thirsty communities. The reversal of the flow of the Chicago River has been a disaster. So be careful.
When the Last Lion Roars; The Rise and Fall of the King of the Beasts by Sara Evans. Bloomsbury. Shrinking numbers of the “king of the beasts.” Should big-game sportsmen be allowed to shoot the last one?