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Anyone who has ever stayed up late tracking the movements of local mountain lions on the Puma Project’s website will absolutely love this book, which seeks to change the way we see our wilder neighbors. These stories of citizen science and grassroots efforts to let the wild be wild make peaceful coexistence seem possible—no small feat in today’s world.  —Kat

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When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781597143462
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Published: Heyday Books - August 2016

Lyanda Lynn Haupt has long been keenly observing the natural world around her, but in Crow Planet she focuses on a bird that is familiar to all of us. More than just a compendium of fascinating crow facts, Crow Planet also enlightens on what wildness really is, and how to preserve it in our neighborhoods. —Kat

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Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness Cover Image
By Haupt
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316019118
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 21st, 2011

A great book for beginners and advanced snake people alike, Snake balances essential information with vibrant photographs. Ranging from the friendly critters you’d find at your local pet shop to highly venomous serpents whose snoots you shouldn’t boop, Snake is a wonderful addition to any library. —Rachel
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Snake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781465443793
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - March 15th, 2016

The gold-standard of birding field guides has been updated. Hurray! The revised edition reflects new species (like Bell's Sparrow, a split from Sage Sparrow, which is now known as Sagebrush Sparrow) and includes updated range maps reflecting current research. Sibley's watercolors are astonishing examples of ornithological art. If you're a birder in the Western U.S., you need this book. —Rico
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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780307957924
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 29th, 2016

Full disclosure: if you were one of those kids who hated math in school this book may not be for you. However, if you had even a low tolerance for fancy number work you should check this book out. Though the book’s foreword warns it won’t make you a computer expert by the end, you’ll feel like one. Heck, you’ll feel like a computer genius. You go Mr. or Mrs. Future Bill Gates! You understand public key cryptography now; you too can rule the world!! –Molly
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Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers Cover Image
By John Maccormick, Chris Bishop (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780691158198
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 5th, 2013

This beautiful full color guide is the most comprehensive mushroom index to the huge array of fungi found in California I have found. It’s very well organized into all the major fungi families and the large color photos are an invaluable tool. It’s a perfect in-depth companion to the David Aurora field guide, All That the Rain Promises. A must for budding or seasoned mushroom hunters alike!  —Sylvie

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All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780898153880
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 1991

“In her endearing new book, Terry Masear reveals that [hummingbirds] are not only gorgeous, smart and jaw-dropping masters of flight but also trusting souls that bring out the humanity and love in even the most hard-bitten residents. This is a book about birds that is actually a book about love, and Masear does us a favor by risking heartbreak every day.” —Los Angeles Times

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Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544705371
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2016

I cannot think of a better person to commemorate the National Park Service on its 100th birthday. When Terry Tempest Williams writes, the personal blends with the political, the public and private meet, and truth spreads into layers of beautiful, ofttimes troubling complexity. The same can be said for the National Park Service. By exploring 12 national parks and monuments throughout the country, Williams creates both an intimate elegy to the land and a plea to see it for all its history and connection.

—Melinda

 

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The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280093
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 31st, 2016

One of the things that’s so frustrating about the lack of female representation in the hard sciences is that women have actually always been there. We just haven’t heard their stories. Rise of the Rocket Girls is the perfect antidote to this phenomenon, chronicling the women who tirelessly calculated, designed, and tested the machinery that brought humans to the moon. A must-read for anyone interested in women’s history and the history of spaceflight.  —Kat

 

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Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316338929
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 5th, 2016

Founder and editor of Edge, John Brockman has brought together a dynamic team of scientific minds to talk about the latest and most compelling research in the field of biology. Some of the highlights of Life include futurist Ray Kurzweil’s exploration of the ever-expanding human lifespan; Harvard University’s Daniel Lieberman discussion of long-distance running and the evolution of the human body; and Pulitzer Prize–winner Edward O. Wilson’s in-depth look at the “superorganism” created by a colony of ants.  —Aric

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Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062296054
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 19th, 2016

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