Science & Nature
(by title)
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Adirondack Wildlife

The first comprehensive field guide to the habitats and wildlife of the Adirondack State Park
Ryan, James M.

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Agriculture & Food Production / Social History / Ecology & Environmental Studies

America's Founding Fruit

Investigates the history and ecology of the cranberry to assess the effects of climate change on this and other cultivated fruits
Playfair, Susan

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Entomology / Insects & Spiders / Plans & Animal Photography

Art and Architecture of Insects

Discover the hidden beauty of insect anatomy
Phillips, David M.

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Trees / Nature - Regional


What kind of tree is that?
From Maine to New York, you’ll never be stumped again with this handy companion to the trees of the Northeast, either out in the woods or in your own backyard.
Wojtech, Michael

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Nature - Regional / Conservation

Basking with Humpbacks

A lively and often surprising look at eleven of New England’s most threatened marine species
McLeish, Todd

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Birds & Birdwatching

Birding the Hudson Valley

A guide to birds and birdwatching in the Hudson Valley
Schneider, Kathryn J.

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Birds & Birdwatching

Birdwatching in Maine

A guide to finding the best birding sites throughout the great state of Maine
Lovitch, Derek J., editor

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Birds & Birdwatching / Nature - Regional

Birdwatching in New Hampshire

A guide to birding in the Granite State
Masterson, Eric A.

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Birds & Birdwatching / Nature - Birds / Ornithology

Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island

A detailed insider’s guide to the best places to find birds in all seasons
Rivel, Deborah and Kellye Rosenheim

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Birds & Birdwatching

Birdwatching in Vermont

The definitive how-to guide to watching and enjoying birds in Vermont including a special section for beginners
Murin, Ted, and Bryan Pfeiffer

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Ecology & Environmental Studies / Dance / Health & Fitness / New Age

Body and Earth

An inspired synthesis of scientific detail and creative perception offers new insights into the relationship between body and earth.
Olsen, Andrea: Bill McKibben, fwd.

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Nature - Regional / Nature - Reference / Nature - Plants

Bogs & Fens

The definitive guide to the flora of northeastern bogs and fens
Davis, Ronald B.

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Ecology & Environmental Studies

Bogs of the Northeast

The first popular book to deal with bogs in a comprehensive yet authoritative manner
Johnson, Charles W.; Ian Worley, asst.; Meredith Edgcomb Young, illus.

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American History / Geography & Geology

British Atlantic, American Frontier

A pioneering work in Atlantic studies that emphasizes a transnational approach to the past.
Hornsby, Stephen J.

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Resource Management

Buying Time

The failure of complex systems, and the future of energy
Makabe, Kaz

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Cape Cod Wildflowers

The essential guide to Cape Cod’s natural botanical heritage
DiGregorio, Mario J. and Jeff Wallner

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Resource Management / Marine Science / Economics & Business / Maine

Capturing the Commons

A case study of the Maine lobster fishery, one of the most successful fisheries in the world.
Acheson, James M.

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Natural History / Native American History / New England History / Natural History

Ceremonial Time

A magical book that turns one modest square mile of exurban land into the most remarkably fascinating place
Mitchell, John Hanson

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Political Science & Government / Ecology & Environmental Studies / History / Pittsburgh

Citizen Environmentalists

A telling look at the lives and strategies of women environmental activists in the long 1960s, solidly grounded in a national context
Longhurst, James

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Resource Management / Agriculture & Food Production / Economics & Business

Civic Agriculture

A engaging analysis of food production in the United States emphasizing that sustainable agricultural development is important to community health.
Lyson, Thomas A.

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Ceramics / Social History / Natural History


How a humble substance helped create a modern world
Staubach, Suzanne

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New England History / Nature / Conservation

Clearing the Coastline

A social and ecological history of the rise and demise of Cape Cod’s coastal fisheries in the nineteenth century
McKenzie, Matthew

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The first complete treatment of the U.S. land trust movement as a crucial feature of current efforts to protect the environment.
Brewer, Richard

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Nature / Science-General / Ecology & Environmental Studies / Nautical

Crab Wars

Scientists, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists collide in a battle over the horseshoe crab and the lucrative biotech industry based on its blood.
Sargent, William

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The Dancing Universe

Available again, with a new preface, a physicist's "exceptionally clear summary of 2,500 years of science and a fascinating account of the ways in which it often does intersect with spiritual beliefs" --Kirkus Reviews
Gleiser, Marcelo

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History / Nature

Defending the Master Race

A historical rediscovery of one of the heroic founders of the conservation movement who was also one of the most infamous racists in American history
Spiro, Jonathan Peter

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Natural Disasters / New England History


Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, from the perspective of Vermonters who rebuilt their state
Shinn, Peggy

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Nature Essays / Science Essays / Gardening Essays


Thirty-six artists, scientists, and renowned writers go wild about the virtues, pleasure, and importance of dirt!
Richardson, Barbara, editor

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Political Science & Government / Ecology & Environmental Studies

Eagle Over the Ice

An examination of international governance of the Antarctic continent -- one of the few success stories of international cooperation -- as viewed through the lens of US politics.
Joyner, Christopher C., and Ethel R. Theis

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Mountains / Nature - Regional / Ecology

Eastern Alpine Guide

Explore the wonders of eastern North America’s alpine regions
Jones, Mike and Liz Willey, Editors

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Science - Study & Teaching / History of Science / Media Studies

The Educated Eye

A study of visual culture in the teaching of the life sciences
Anderson, Nancy and Michael R. Dietrich, eds.

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Forests / Ecology

Emerald Labyrinth

The race to explore the Congo’s dwindling biodiversity and unlock its ancient secrets
Greenbaum, Eli

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Biology / Philosophy of Science / Buddhist Ritual & Practice

The Enlightened Gene

Are humans inherently good? Where does compassion come from? Is death essential for life? The surprising confluence of Buddhist thought and cutting-edge biology.
Eisen, Arri and Konchok, Yungdrung

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Ecology & Environmental Studies

Environmental Problem Solving

A practical, user-friendly toolbox of skills, solutions, and tips for addressing the “people factor” in environmental challenges.
Hughes, Jeffrey W.

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Ecology & Environmental Studies / Nature

A Field Guide to the Familiar

A book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the natural world
Lawrence, Gale; Adelaide Tyrol, illus.

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Fishing / Fish / Fishing

Freshwater Fish of the Northeast

A vividly illustrated guide to more than 60 freshwater fish from the ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams of New England and New York
Patterson, Matt and David A. Patterson

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Nature - Regional / Conservation

Golden Wings & Hairy Toes

A lively and often surprising look at fourteen of New England’s most endangered species
McLeish, Todd

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Zoology / Nature / Marine Science

Good Tidings

Both a history of the New England shellfish industry and a look into the science, economics, and techniques of shellfish aquaculture
Brennessel, Barbara

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Wilderness Ecosystems & Habitats

Granite, Fire, and Fog

The only book that offers both a natural and a cultural history of one of the nation’s favorite parks
Wessels, Tom

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Ecology & Environmental Studies / Nature / Education

Hands-On Nature

"A gold mine of ideas for exploring nature with children, and “a must for those teaching natural science in any setting.”—Science and Children
Lingelbach, Jenepher, and Lisa Purcell, eds. Susan Sawyer, illus.

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Nature / Ecology & Environmental Studies

The House on Ipswich Marsh

A richly layered approach to millions of years of geological and cultural history in an unusual New England biosystem.
Sargent, William

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Nature / Fish

In Pursuit of Giants

A lyrical and passionate call to arms to save the world’s great fish
Rigney, Matt

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Nature / Contemporary Art

In Season

In words and pictures, two naturalists show that close attention to nature reveals constant change
Estrin, Nona Bell, field illustrations and notes; Charles W. Johnson, essays

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Sustainable Development / Resource Management / Conservation

The Infinite Resource

A surprising, convincing, and optimistic argument for meeting the crisis of scarcity with the power of ideas
Naam, Ramez

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Nature / Resource Management / Forestry

Landowner’s Guide to Wildlife Habitat

An easy-to-use guide for enhancing wildlife habitat quality, timber values, and the appearance of forest lands.
DeGraaf, Richard M., et al

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Ecology & Environmental Studies

The Landscape of Community

A history of New England's communal forests and their economic, environmental, and cultural impact.
McCullough, Robert.

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Nature / Ecology & Environmental Studies / Arctic Studies

Life in the Cold
4th edition

A revised edition of a classic work on cold climate ecosystems, with a new chapter on climate change
Marchand, Peter J.

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Biography - Cultural Heritage

The Lives of Dillon Ripley

The true story of the last Renaissance man
Stone, Roger D.

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Nature Essays / Essays / Conservation

Living at the End of Time

Now back in print, Living at the End of Time is the story of a Thoreauvian experiment in simple living undertaken in the midst of the fast-paced electronic age
Mitchell, John Hanson

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Conservation / Sculpture / Nature - Birds

The Lost Bird Project

A sculptor creates memorials to five extinct North American bird species
McGrain, Todd

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Mammal Tracks and Sign of the Northeast

A field guide to mammal tracks with detailed illustrations, concise useful information, and a key for identification
Gibbons, Diane K.

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Ecology & Environmental Studies / Sustainable Development

The Myth of Progress
Revised ed.

A provocative critique of Western progress from a scientific perspective
Wessels, Tom

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Native and Naturalized Trees of New England and Adjacent Canada

A practical field guide to forest trees of the Northeast
DeGraaf, Richard M., and Paul E. Sendak

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A Natural History of Boston’s North Shore

A beautifully illustrated guide to the flora, fauna, and geology of Boston’s North Shore for readers of all ages
Lindborg, Kristina

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Conservation / Resource Management

Natural Quiet and Natural Darkness

Recent work on best management practices for sound and light in national parks
Manning, Robert, Peter Newman, Jesse Barber, Christopher Monz, Jeffrey Hallo, and Steven Lawson

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The Nature of Cape Cod

A field companion to the natural sites of Cape Cod
Schwarzman, Beth; Sandra Hogan McDermott, illus.

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Nature / Botany

The Nature of Vermont

An up-to-date overview of Vermont’s geological, natural, and land use histories, in the context of past, present, and future human interactions with the landscape
Johnson, Charles W.

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Nature / Ecology & Environmental Studies

New England Wildlife

The only comprehensive guide to the natural histories and habitats of all inland New England species
DeGraaf, Richard M., and Mariko Yamasaki

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Nature Essays

New Wilderness Voices

A literary celebration of the Northeast’s wild places
Woodside, Christine, Ed.

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Nature / Conservation / Resource Management

Parks and People

A science-based approach to outdoor recreation management at Maine's Acadia National Park, applicable to parks and conservation areas nationwide
Manning, Robert E., editor

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A Nobel Laureate’s classic introduction to the study of physics as a liberal art.
Cooper, Leon N.

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Ecology & Environmental Studies / Nature

Pond and Brook

A complete guide to the plants and animals of ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands.
Caduto, Michael J. Donella H. Meadows, fwd.; Joan Thomson, illus.

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Fish / Conservation / Fishing

The Quest for the Golden Trout

A river advocate and environmentalist questions some of the unsound methods of conservation and restoration imposed on North American rivers and streams

Thompson, Douglas M.

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Sports & Recreation / Education / Ecology & Environmental Studies


A guide to creating treasure hunts that teach and share the special places in your community
Clark, Delia; Glazer, Steven

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Science-General / Philosophy

Research Ethics

This reader provides a thorough overview of the ethical dilemmas confronting contemporary research scientists.
Elliott, Deni, and Judy E. Stern, eds.

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Memoir / Nature

The Road Washes Out in Spring

A beautifully written memoir of nature, community, and poetry
Wormser, Baron

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Nature / Memoir / New England

The Salt House

A woman writer's lyrical memoir of a summer with her artist husband in a remote Cape Cod dune shack
Huntington, Cynthia

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Nature / Memoir

Sick of Nature

Essays that trace the making of a reluctant nature writer.
Gessner, David

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Philosophy of Science / Nature Essays / Fishing

The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected

A preeminent scientist and writer ponders existence while learning to fly-fish
Gleiser, Marcelo

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Marine Science / Marine Biology

Squid Empire

The ancient, mysterious, intelligent, and adaptable creatures who once ruled the oceans
Staaf, Danna

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Nature / Conservation


An insider’s look at a sanctuary under siege
Borrelli, Peter

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Ecology & Environmental Studies

Storm Surge

A compelling tale of a natural disaster and its effects on a small New England community, now back in print
Sargent, William

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Natural History / Ecology & Environmental Studies

The Story of Vermont

The updated edition of a classic contemporary account of Vermont’s environmental history, told through the interaction of natural and human components
Klyza, Christopher McGrory and Stephen C. Trombulak

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Ecology & Environmental Studies / Conservation / Transportation

Sustainable Transportation in the National Parks

Synthesizes the most important work on transportation in parks and outdoor recreation over the past two decades
Manning, Robert, Steven Lawson, Peter Newman, Jeffrey Hallo, and Christopher Monz, editors

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Forests / Ecology & Environmental Studies / Wildlife Management

Technical Guide to Forest Wildlife Habitat Management in New England

The authoritative, professional guide to improving and sustaining diverse wildlife habitat conditions in New England.
DeGraaf, Richard M., et al

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Nature Essays / Wildlife / Forests

Through a Naturalist's Eyes

A journey through the natural world of New England, with an expert guide, and reflections on the relationship between nature and humankind
Caduto, Michael J.

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Reptile & Amphibians / Ecology & Environmental Studies

Timber Rattlesnakes in Vermont & New York

The fascinating, definitive chronicle of the timber rattlesnake and its fate in the northeast
Furman, Jon

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Nature / Gardening & Horticulture / Birds & Birdwatching

Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Attracting Birds

A new edition of the classic guide to creating a habitat to attract birds
DeGraaf, Richard M.

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Science-General / Visual Culture

Visual Cultures of Science

A new collection explores the complex role of visual representation in science.
Pauwels, Luc, editor

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Ecology & Environmental Studies / Literary Criticism / Literary Criticism - American / Public Policy

Voices in the Wilderness

American nature writers as literary artists and political catalysts.
Payne, Daniel G.

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Nature - Birds


Perfectly adapted to its place in nature, the vulture retains its bad reputation. But is it deserved?
Fallon, Katie

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Conservation / Nature Essays / Global Warming & Climate Change

Walking to the Sun

A seasoned travel writer and adventurer journeys on foot through the various landscapes of our energy past and our energy future, from Maine to California
Haines, Tom

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Nature Essays / New England History / Literary Criticism - American

Walking Towards Walden

On a fifteen-mile bushwhack, exploring the whole idea of place
Mitchell, John Hanson

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Nature / Essays

The Way to the Salt Marsh

John Hay reveals the ubiquitous but often unnoticed emblems all around us
Hay, John. Christopher Merrill, ed. and introd

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Nature / Ecology & Environmental Studies / Botany

Wetland, Woodland, Wildland

The first field guide to all of Vermont’s natural communities
Thompson, Elizabeth H., and Eric R. Sorenson. Libby Davidson, Betsy Brigham, and Darien McElwain, illus

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Maritime History & Piracy / Marine Science / Ecology

The Whale and His Captors; or, The Whaleman's Adventures

An authoritative new edition of a lost source of Melville’s Moby-Dick
Cheever, Henry T.; edited and with an introduction by Robert D. Madison

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A Wild, Rank Place
Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places.

A young writer confronts life, death, and literary ancestors amid the stark beauty of Cape Cod
Gessner, David

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Gardening Essays / Travel Essays & Travelogues / Nature Essays

The Wildest Place on Earth

The unlikely story of how formal Italian Renaissance gardens encouraged the preservation of the American wilderness
Mitchell, John Hanson

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Ecology & Environmental Studies / Nature

Working with Your Woodland

A landowner’s manual for forest management in New England
Beattie, Mollie, Charles Thompson, and Lynn Levine. Carl Reidel, fwds.; Nancy Howe, illus.

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