Nature Books

INSECTOPEDIA by Hugh Raffles

This isn’t dry science. In a series of essays, Raffles sheds light on the intricate wonders and, occasionally, horrors of our smaller comrades’ lives. An anthropologist by trade, he takes his own intense interest and folds it into an exploration of the intersection of worlds. A fascinating read. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781400096961
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Published: Vintage - March 22nd, 2011

A New York Times Notable Book

A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world.

The Raven has free copies of A POCKET GUIDE TO KANSAS SNAKES, 3rd Ed.

A POCKET GUIDE TO KANSAS SNAKES THIRD EDITION by Joseph T. Collins & Suzanne L. Collins with photographs by Suzanne L. Collins and Bob Gress Published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center (Wichita). Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks (Pratt), Westar Energy (Topeka), The Center for North American Herpetology (Lawrence), and the Great Plains Nature Center (Wichita). This pocket guide covers the 38 kinds of snakes found in Kansas, all illustrated with exquisite color images. Pocket guides are an important way to get people involved with wildlife conservation, because the more people become familiar with a group of animals, the more they have invested in them and their habitat. In this guide, Joe and Suzanne Collins reveal the abundant serpent fauna of the Sunflower State, with sections on size, description, and habits. Contains information on all Kansas serpents and organizes them in the Family Leptotyphlopidae (Slender Blind Snakes), Family Colubridae (Harmless Egg-laying Snakes), Family Dipsadidae (Harmless Rear-fanged Snakes), Family Natricidae (Harmless Live-bearing Snakes), and Family Crotalidae (Pitvipers). New features: Taxonomy remains generally unchanged except that the Family Xenodontidae is synonymyzed with the Family Dipsadidae (resulting in both Hognose Snakes being placed in the Family Dipsadidae), the generic name of the New Mexico Blind Snake is now Rena instead of Leptotyphlops, and the Speckled Kingsnake is recognized as a distinct species, Lampropeltis holbrooki. For greater accuracy, comprehension, and ease of use, this book has adopted the long-standing, traditional, standard common names for North American herpetofauna maintained by CNAH, published by Collins & Taggart (2009), and recently adopted in the new book, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles in Kansas, by Joseph T. Collins, Suzanne L. Collins, and Travis W. Taggart (2010 Eagle Mountain Publishing). Date of Publication: July 2010 69 pages, softbound A free PDF of the guide can be found .











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ISBN: 9780486229874
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Published: Dover Publications - June 1st, 1974

Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (1834-1919) was renowned as one of the foremost early exponents of Darwinism. His work was credited with having caused the acceptance of Darwinism in Europe, and his popular studies ― preaching the continuity of all life, organic and inorganic, from prehistoric time to the present ― converted tens of thousands of readers all over the world.

LIFE LIST by Olivia Gentile

Obsessions are hard to explain and even harder to justify if you’re a woman and they take you away from your family. Harder still if your obsession is "just" about birds. That’s why Olivia Gentile’s biography of Phoebe Snetsinger LIFE LIST is such an important book.
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ISBN: 9781596911703
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 30th, 2010

After her four kids were nearly grown and she was about to turn 50, Phoebe Snetsinger was told she had less than a year to live. Snetsinger, a St. Louis housewife and avid backyard birder, decided to spend that year traveling the world in search of birds.

New & Local: I & P Press Anthology

Imagination & Place: An Anthology, published by , the Committee on Imagination & Place of the Lawrence Arts Center This eclectic anthology offers poems, essays, and fiction that broaden the conversation about place and its relation to the natural world and human culture. Edited by The Raven’s own Kelly Barth, it features works by Harley Elliott, Benjamin Grossberg, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Linda Rodriguez, and others.
Front cover painting(detail): Josh Adams, Untitled, 17" x 17.875", oil on panel, 2008.

Memoirist shares story of New York town’s environmental hazards

Kelly McMasters author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir From an Atomic Town public reading/discussion/signing Thursday, April 2 7PM @ The Raven Memoirist shares story of New York town’s environmental hazards. Check Kelly out at “Welcome to Shirley is an uplifting and disturbing hybrid of the personal and the journalistic.” –Meredith Hall “This intimate portrait
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ISBN: 9781586486983
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Published: PublicAffairs - April 27th, 2009

Shirley, Long Island, has been plagued by one disaster after another—a UFO, a childhood cancer cluster, and a mysterious federal nuclear laboratory in nearby Brookhaven that leaked toxic nuclear and chemical waste into the aquifer from which the residents unknowingly drew their well water.

This is Kelly McMasters’ account of growing up in a cursed town and loving it anyway, and of


Social critic and environmental writer, Solnit, wrote this book in 2000 and it is now available in paperback.  The essays explore the way all of us get around in our world, by walking.  The author looks at literature: Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet who’s constant walking is both a part of the plot and a way of delineating her character, and she analyzes how our environment affects the way we are a
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ISBN: 9780140286014
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2001

A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of Men Explain Things to Me

FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

If you’re like me, you feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the environmental crisis and wonder whether small actions really make any difference. There’s healing to be found in a tiny, beautiful little book called FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD by Haida native Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.
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ISBN: 9781553653721
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Published: Greystone Books - March 1st, 2008

Hummingbirds have long been a symbol of wisdom and courage. In this charming story, a hummingbird makes a valiant effort to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home trip after trip, her beak is filled each time withjust a drop of water.

ALEX AND ME by Irene Pepperberg

ALEX AND ME by Irene Pepperberg is a riveting account of the scientific and unmistakably intimate emotional relationship between this animal behaviorist and her late and now famous African grey parrot Alex.
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ISBN: 9780061673986
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2009

Alex & Me is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary relationship between psychologist Irene M. Pepperberg and Alex, an African Grey parrot who proved scientists and accepted wisdom wrong by demonstrating an astonishing ability to communicate and understand complex ideas.

Pet and Nature Books for Children

Looking for books for kids, maybe 4 and over?  We have a number about animals that  should appeal to most children and all lovers of animals.  BAD DOG MARLEY by Grogan and KATJE, THE WINDMILL CAT by Woelfle, are about pets who get into trouble,and then find a deeper love and secure home after performing heroic acts.  A HOME FOR DIXIE by Jackson, and TWO BOBBIES (a dog and a cat) by Larson are wond
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By John Grogan, Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061171161
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Published: Festival - July 26th, 2011

Make way for Marley!

Mommy, Daddy, Cassie, and Baby Louie welcome Marley, a lovable puppy, into their home. But Marley doesn’t stay a pint-sized pup for long. He grows and grows, and the bigger Marley gets, the bigger trouble he gets into. Big, bad-boy trouble. Will this family have to find a new home for their misbehaving pooch, or will he prove he can be a good boy?