Books on the Natural History of Guatemala
Mexican Birds

Book Description
With more than 700 color paintings arranged by families for quick comparison of similar species, and with detailed information on range, habitat, size, and voice, this field guide describes and illustrates 1,038 species of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and El Salvador.

About the Author
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"'s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars, and the Peterson Field Guides® are credited with helping to set the stage for the environmental movement.

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Field Guide tothe Wildlife of Costa Rica
by Alexander F. Skutch (1ra. Edition 2,002)

The University of Texas Press Whishes to acknowledge the generous financial support by the following foundations, individuals, and businesses that helped to undrerwrite they costs of producing this Field Guide to the wildlife of Costa Rica:

The Dellwood Wildlife Foundations of Dellwood, Minnesota, in memory Ramon D. (Ray) Whitney. Ray Whitney was instrumental in helping restore trumpeter swans to Minnesota , and he shared a love and appreciation for the diversity and abundance of wildlife in Costa Rica.

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Birds of Tropical America
by Steven Hilty (Birds of Tropical America was published by Chapters Publishing in 1994 and went out of print in 1997. UT Press is pleased to reissue it with a new epilogue and updated references. )

Why are Tropical Birds like parrots an quezels so much more colorful than any feathered residente of temperate lands? How can vulture soaring thousands of feet above the canopy spot a dead rodent no bigger than a mouse on the rainforest floor?

What permits sparrow-size antbirds not only to survive but to thrive among relentless hordes of army ants that devour every other living in thepanth?

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by Alan Rabinowitz (Paperback - Feb 2, 2000)
In the early 1980s, working at the behest of the noted biologist George Schaller, Alan Rabinowitz traveled to the newly independent Central American nation of Belize to study jaguars, once extensive throughout the Americas, in a remote, densely forested part of that country. ("If the world had any ends, [Belize] would surely be one of them" Aldous Huxley once wrote.) There, deep within mountainous jungle, Rabinowitz conducted a thorough study of the jaguar's natural history, studying its diet (made up, he writes, of a surprising quantity of armadillos), movements, and territories, and learning the ways of the much-feared cat. He also learned a little something about himself--discovering, he writes, that "once I had overcome my initial fears of this dense, dark green world, I started to enjoy it."
Over his two-year stay, Rabinowitz developed plans to establish a forest sanctuary that would be free of the jaguar's principal enemies--not deadly fer-de-lance snakes or other large predators, but loggers, poachers, and cattle ranchers, all of whom had their reasons for wanting to see jaguars disappear from the region. Although he was successful in convincing the Belizean government to authorize the Cockscomb preserve, Rabinowitz writes in the afterword to this revised edition of Jaguar (first published in 1986), the jaguar haven came at a cost to Mayan people who lived in the area and were forced to relocate. His memoir will be of great interest not only to admirers of the jaguar, a magnificent animal by any measure, but also to students of international ecological issues. --Gregory McNamee

From Publishers Weekly
Rabinowitz, a zoologist, describes two years of triumph and tragedy in the rain forests of Belize, where he lived among Mayan Indians while researching the jaguar population; he was instrumental in having the Cockscomb Basin there declared a National Forest Reserve. Photos. (Nov.)no PW
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Flowering Plants of the Word
by V. H. Heywood (1993)

"Approximately 200 of the families are represented by exquisite, detailed, color illustrations that make the book well worth a place on a cocktail table. . . . suitable for any botany library, amateur or professional, personal or institutional." --C.T. Mason, Jr. (University of Arizona), CHOICE

"I was very happy to find this wonderful reference back in print. It is certain to excite another generation of plant lovers about the diversity of flowering plants."--Brittonia

"Approximately 200 of the families are represented by exquisite, detailed, color illustrations that make the book well worth a place on a cocktail table. . . . suitable for any botany library, amateur or professional, personal or institutional." --C.T. Mason, Jr. (University of Arizona), Choice

"I was very happy to find this wonderful reference back in print. It is certain to excite another generation of plant lovers about the diversity of flowering plants." --Brittonia

"The exciting image of plants that this book presents could encourage students interested in plants to pursue careers in horticulture or other plant sciences. It is a fine addition to any horticultural library, and a book that anyone could turn to for the pleasure and enjoyment of learning more about flowering plants from around the world." --HortScience

"A quick, readable reference. . .Visually captivating. . . Detailed distribution maps vividly show global locations of all the plants."--American Herb Association Quarterly

Book Description
This beautifully illustrated work is an invaluable reference which includes entries on more than 300 families of flowering plants, from Acanthaceae to Zygophyllaceae. Entries on each family consist of concise and readable accounts of the distribution, diagnostic features, classification, and economic uses of its members. More than 200 family entries are illustrated in full color, as are the comprehensive glossary and the informative introduction to the forms, structure, ecology, uses, and classification of flowering plants. Originally published in 1978, this new edition has been updated and corrected by Professor Heywood--one of the world's top authorities-- and is arranged taxonomically. The book serves as a classic reference that will be valued by naturalists, horticulturists, botanists, and everyone who enjoyes the colorful elegance of plants.

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by Oakes Ames (Paperback - April 1, 1985), Donovan Stewart Correll ((Paperback - April 1, 1985)) whit 202 Illustrations

Book Description:

Detailed botanical classic, originally published by Chicago Natural History Museum, presents all known orchids of Guatemala and Belize—a total of 527 species and 25 varieties in 89 genera. All genera illustrated, as well as more than 100 additional species in 204 detailed black-and-white illustrations.

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Amphibians and reptiles of Northrn Guatemala the Yucatán and Belize

by Jonathan A. Campbell (Paperback - Feb 1999)

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Biodiversidad de Guatemala Volumen I
by Enio B. Cano (Publicado por la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala, Centroamérica 2006, 674 paginas)

Portada y contraportada: Carte de Provinces de Tabasco, Chiapas, Verapaz, Guatimala, Honduras, et Yucatan, Por Jacques Nicolas Bellin, circa 1760, fotografiada por Lester Meléndez, Cortesia de la Biblioteca Ludwig Von Mises de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Bolitoglossa salvini, cortesia de Lester Meléndez, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural "Jorge Ibarra". Anthurium montanum y Falco deiroleucus, cortesia de la Biblioteca Nacional de Guatemala. Blakea guatemalensis, cortesía del herbario Paul C. Standley, El Zamorano, Honduras, Fragmento de una cartade A. de Borre, dirigida a Juan José Rodriguez Luna, 1894.

Tipografía del Texto: Helvetica, Hoelfler text y Book Antigua.

" Esta publicación y el trabajo editorial, fueron co-financiados por el Fondo Nacional para la conservación de la Naturaleza FONACON, como apoyo al proyecto: F08/20004 Estado de la Biodiversidad de Guatemala, del sexto ciclo anual de proyectos,2004; el contenido descrito es responsabilidad de los autores y no del FONACON"

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by Author: John Henry Dick (2nd Ed.)

This book was first published as the Handbook of the birds of india and Pakistan: Compact Edition. The title has now been changed to compact Handbook of the birds of india and Pakistan, Second Edition.The second edition includes the revised texts of Volumes 1-4. The 113 colour plates by diverse artists whitch appeared in the original Handbook volumes have been replaced whid 104 plates by the well-known American bird painter, Jhon Henry Dick. These new illustrations originally appeared in A Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent (1983) and depict all the bird species found in the subcontinent (the original plates contained only some 900 illustrations of the over 1220 speccies described).

All references to the plates in the text of the Compact have now been altered to match the numbering of the new plates.

The bombay Natural History Society and the authors acnowledge the munificence of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Department of the Interior) and Jhon Henry Dick for the 104 plates which illustrate this edition of the Compact Handbook. they feel especially beholden to the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and to the U.S. Embassy in India for the continued good office in arranging the trasport of the plates between the U.S.A. and India; also for marking possible the overseas travel of the artist for carrying out necessary alterations to some of the plates.

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