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New Titles - 2017

 

Most Wonderful in the Smallest: A Year in Most Wonderful in the Smallest Pursuit of Common Freshwater Microorganisms

by Linda Van Aller Hernick

Most Wonderful in the Smallest presents a first-person journal of a year-long record of collecting, identifying, describing, and photographing common microscopic organisms gathered from freshwater environments within short distances from the author’s home. Extensively illustrated, numerous photographs of the organisms show details of taxonomy, anatomy, behavior, and environment that are mentioned in the journal. The author’s objectives with this work are to document the great number and diversity of microscopic organisms that occupy freshwater environments all around us, to illustrate the fact that viewing and photographing these organisms does not require expensive or sophisticated means, and to call attention to the need for more people to recognize the presence and importance of these micro-communities.

• Perfect bound, 6x9; $22.95; 978-1-935778-37-0; 158 pages; 118 color photographs; June 2017.

 

Pride of the Valley: Sifting through the History Pride of the Valley of the Mount Healthy Mill

by Tracy Lawson and Steve Hagaman

In the early 1820s, Jediah Hill built a sawmill on property in the emerging frontier village of Mount Pleasant in southwestern Ohio. For the next 130 years, this Mount Healthy Mill evolved and performed as an important fixture within the community. Much of the mill’s history, however, had been lost over the years. Recognizing this loss, Jediah Hill’s great-great-great-great-granddaughter, Tracy Lawson, undertook a search for more detail on its history and that of the families that had owned and operated it. Assisted by historic millwright Steve Hagaman, the two authors’ research revealed a rich and sometimes surprising insight into the people and businesses that made up the history of the Mount Healthy Mill.

• Perfect bound, 7x9; $24.95; 978-1-935778-38-7; 244 pages; 161 b/w figures; June 2017.

 

New Titles - 2016

 

North American Bison: Their Classification Pride of the Valley and Evolution

by Jerry N. McDonald

Bison have been present on the North American continent for at least some 3 million years, migrating from Asia late in the Pliocene. During that period they spread throughout much of North America and, with the onset of glacial activity during the Pleistocene, diversified morphologically and socially as the continent’s environmental dynamics created different and changing selection regimes and evolutionary opportunities. The arrival of humans on the continent during the most recent period of glacial activity, probably around some 20-30,000 years ago, put into motion those evolutionary dynamics that resulted, first, in the appearance of the small and increasingly numerous bison that are known historically and, then, on at least two occasions nearly brought that form of life to extinction.

• Perfect bound, 7x10; $29.95; 978-1-935778-36-3; 332 pages; 142 b/w figures; references and index; July 2016.

 

The Purple Martin: How Citizen Scientists and Pride of the Valley Colony Landlords are Saving a Favorite American Bird

by Robin Doughty and Rob Fergus

Recent years have seen an increasing interest in the centuries-old practice of providing nest cavities for purple martins during their summer stay in North America. Individuals, and organizations, gather and exchange information about caring for martins at increasingly unprecedented levels, resulting in improved methods for managing nesting birds, building up numbers in backyard colonies, advising colleagues how best to help conserve the species, feeding birds during inclement weather, seeking out and protecting roost sites, gathering information about where birds go in South America during the non-breeding season, and identifying what dangers they face in their winter quarters.

• Perfect bound, 6x9; $24.95; 978-1-935778-32-5; viii + 176 pages; 28 color figures; references and index; July 2016.

 

The Birds of Hocking County, Ohio

Birds of Hocking County

by John T. Watts, Paul E. Knoop, Jr., and Gary A. Coovert

Hocking County is one of the most sought-out destinations for watching, and studying, the 266 species of bird life that have been recorded in the county. Here, the reader is introduced to the geological and biological history of the county, to the long and increasingly robust record of documenting the bird life of the region, and to the importance of protecting the habitat diversity of the county as homes to the diverse bird life – and other forms of life – in the county. One chapter identifies and describes twenty of the best birding sites in the county.

•Perfect bound, 6x9; $24.95; 978-1-935778-35-6; xii + 144 pages; 44 color figures; references and index; July 2016.

 

Maple Syrup

Maple SyrupAn Introduction to the Science of a Forest Treasure

Maple Syrup takes the reader through the whats, hows, and whys of maple sap and its conversion to maple syrup, that all-so-appreciated product of the North American deciduous forest.

The journey begins with an introduction to trees, primarily maple trees, and especially sugar maple trees — where they occur, how they function, and particularly how they produce and deliver the sap from which the syrup is made. Due attention also is paid to the history of human collection of sap and its conversion into syrup and sugar, ranging from its harvest by Native Americans through to the modern — and still evolving — tastes and methods of harvest and production.

Written for the broad audience, Maple Syrup will be an accessible, enlightening, and enjoyable exploration of the science, history, and economy of a treasured natural resource.

Available in softcover.