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Nocturnalia Nature in the Western Night Nature in the Western Night

By: Charles Hood(Author), José Gabriel Martínez-Fonseca(Author)
214 pages, 100+ colour photos
Publisher: Heyday Books
Nocturnalia Nature in the Western Night
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  • Nocturnalia Nature in the Western Night ISBN: 9781597146241 Paperback Dec 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-4 weeks
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Darkness is something humans strive to keep at bay, but under the glow of twilight a nocturnal universe stirs to life. Nightshade blossoms bloom, javelinas parade down city streets, fox eyes gleam under the cover of the forest, and tiny sparrows fly incredible distances, guided by the stars. Naturalist Charles Hood and bat biologist Jose Gabriel Martínez-Fonseca unravel these enigmas in Nocturnalia, inviting readers on an environmental romp through the wonders of the Wild West. Their sundown dispatches, featuring over 100 photographs from California and the American Southwest, take us from the astronomical canopy overhead, to the flora that unfurl under moonshine, to the creatures that go bump in the night. With practical tips for the budding nighttime naturalist, the authors invite citizen scientists of all stripes to expand our knowledge of this final frontier and our understanding of life on Earth. Exploring the evolutionary adaptations of owls, bats, and other nightlife animals; the natural history of nighttime plants; and the celestial patterns that regulate this after-dark kingdom, Hood and Martínez-Fonseca lift their lanterns to illuminate the exquisite and intricate inner workings of nature after nightfall.



1. Astronomy and the Night Sky
2. Do Plants Sleep? Botany by Moonlight
3. Cool, Not Creepy: Arachnids, Insects, and One Fairy Shrimp
4. Lessons in Herpetology
5. Owls, Nighthawks, and Nightjars
6. Migration: the Invisible River
7. The Truth about Bats
8. Pocket Mice to Pumas: Nocturnal Mammals
9. Towns and Cities After Dark

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Charles Hood is a poet and naturalist who lives in the Mojave Desert. His previous books with Heyday include Wild Sonoma: Exploring Nature in Wine Country and A Salad Only the Devil Would Eat: The Joys of Ugly Nature. Always ready for the next excursion, he owns three bat detectors, nine headlamps and flashlights, and a hardcopy world atlas.

José Gabriel Martínez-Fonseca divides his time between Nicaragua and Arizona, where he recently completed a PhD in bat ecology at Northern Arizona University. He owns almost as many headlamps and cameras as Charles does and has contributed images to wildlife publications worldwide. He is also very adroit at catching bats and tarantulas, among other creatures. Martínez-Fonseca is the coauthor, along with Charles Hood and Erin Westeen, of Sea Turtles to Sidewinders: A Guide to the Most Fascinating Reptiles and Amphibians of the West.

By: Charles Hood(Author), José Gabriel Martínez-Fonseca(Author)
214 pages, 100+ colour photos
Publisher: Heyday Books
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