Nature of the Rainforest

Nature of the Rainforest

Costa Rica and Beyond

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A visual tour of an environment that is the pinnacle of biodiversity and evolutionary sophistication draws on the author's four decades of personal encounters with the animals of the rainforest and includes photographs that capture stunning and rare creatures in action. Original.

Cornell University Press
A Zona Tropical Publication"The words 'tropical rainforest' may conjure up vistas populated by jaguars, brilliant macaws, and flowers amid the grandeur of towering buttressed trees. But the eager, expectant visitor is not regaled with the sight of charismatic vertebrates, gaudy birds, and luminous orchids. In the rainforest, close encounters with life that moves are usually rare but brilliant episodes; one is bedazzled for an instant and then left alone in the quiet greenery. Under such conditions, one must see the episode as part of a process; tracing the connections between organisms is the essence of rainforest appreciation."—Nature of the RainforestNature of the Rainforest is a breathtaking tour of an environment that is the pinnacle of biodiversity and evolutionary sophistication by an award-winning author and two photographers who love the rainforest, understand its intricacies, and have spent considerable time there documenting its wildlife and complexity. Adrian Forsyth draws on four decades of personal encounters with the animals of the rainforest—including poison-dart frogs, three-toed sloths, bushmasters, and umbrellabirds—as a starting point to communicate key ecological topics such as biodiversity, coevolution, rarity, chemical defense, nutrient cycling, and camouflage. The luminous photographs capture stunning and rare creatures in action, including the now- extinct golden toad mating, a jaguar on the prowl, and the hermit hummingbird feeding. The behaviors and characteristics of the rainforest inhabitants featured here not only illustrate the text but also advance the scientific narrative and exemplify the critical importance of conservation. Thematic chapters are interspersed with four chapters devoted to specific habitats and regions of Costa Rica and Peru, areas with some of the most diverse arrays of plant and animal species in the world. The result is an exuberant celebration of the rainforest in text and images.
A Zona Tropical Publication "The words 'tropical rainforest' may conjure up vistas populated by jaguars, brilliant macaws, and flowers amid the grandeur of towering buttressed trees. But the eager, expectant visitor is not regaled with the sight of...

Book News
Combining stunning color photography with a text that focuses on ecology and conservation, this volume explores the rain forests of Costa Rica and provides detailed accounts of the diverse range of flora and fauna. Forsyth, an award- winning biologist and nature writer, has teamed with a noted pair of photographers to provide an intimate account of the danger and beauty that exists in these environments. The adaptive coloration of prey and predators, chemical defenses used by insects, plant and animal co-evolution and the origins of tropical variety are also discussed. Oversize: 11.25x10.5". Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Ithaca : Comstock Pub. Associates, c2008
ISBN: 9780801474750
0801474752
Characteristics: xv, 183 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Fogden, Patricia
Fogden, Michael

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