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Natural History Magazine (2015)

The Monarchs and I. Natural History Magazine, July/August 2015

Nature's Newsletter (2016)

Collaborating to save the Skimmer.2016. Nature’s Newsletter 11(2): 9-11.


Q&As to Boost Your Equine IQ


How Fast Can a Falcon Dive? explores the world of raptors in a way that will appeal to bird lovers and biology enthusiasts alike. This colorful volume is complete with more than fifty-five color and black and white images from photographers and artists around the world. In a reader friendly question and answer format, ornithologist Peter Capainolo and science writer Carol A. Butler define and classify raptors, explore the physical attributes of birds of prey, view how their bodies work, and explain the social and physical behaviors of these species—how they communicate, hunt, reproduce, and more. Capainolo, who received one of the first falconry licenses issued in New York state at age eighteen, relates his personal experience in falconry to describe raptor training and husbandry where the human-bird interactions are complex.


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Watching a hummingbird at a backyard feeder, we only see its glittering iridescent plumage and its long, narrow beak; its rapidly moving wings are a blur to our eyes. Their wings flutter on average fifty to eighty times each second as they visit hundreds of flowers over the course of a day to sip the sweet nectar that sustains them. Their hearts beat nearly twelve hundred times a minute and their rapid breathing allows these amazing birds to sustain their unique manner of flight. They can hover in the air for prolonged periods, fly backwards using forceful wings that swivel at the shoulder, and dive at nearly two hundred miles per hour. This book provides an overview of hummingbird biology for the general reader, and more detailed discussions of their morphology and behavior for those who want to fly beyond the basics. Enriched with beautiful and rare photography, it offers readers a wide range of information about these glorious pollinators as well as tips for attracting, photographing, and observing hummingbirds in the wild or in captivity.


Distinctive, up-to-date coverage in language that is accessible to the general reader who is curious and interested in bats. This is a very different approach than other books on bats, and should appeal to members of the general public who are interested in bats, as well as to bat biologists and students.

SALT MARSHES: A Natural and Unnatural History (2009)

Exploring the fascinating biodiversity of these boggy wetlands, Salt Marshes offers readers a wealth of essential information about a variety of plants, fish, and animals, the importance of these habitats, the consequences of human neglect and thoughtless development, and insight into how these wetlands recover.


co-authored with Hazel Davies

Do butterflies bite? Do they sleep? Does a caterpillar have a skeleton? How does a moth get out of its cocoon? What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? And just what is a skipper? These are a few of the many provocative questions posed for readers. Following each question, the authors provide detailed answers written in an accessible style that brings to life the science and natural history of these insects. Organized in chapters that cover everything from the basic biology of Lepidoptera to their complex behaviors at every stage of life to issues in butterfly conservation, Davies and Butler explore wide-ranging topics and supply a trove of fascinating facts. Concepts about speciation and evolutionary adaptation, as well as butterfly trivia, such as the word for butterfly in dozens of languages, are arranged in sidebars. The volume also features color and black and white photographs, and drawings by the renowned artist, William Howe.


co-authored with Dolores D. Walker

The Divorce Mediation Answer Book empowers the reader and provides the answers and guidance that couples need to develop their own agreements in a cooperative, future-focused way.

"...Helps simplify the issues. Organized in a no-nonsense question-and-answer format... readers are given ample resources for further guidance... highly recommended."
--Library Journal