Companion : An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and
Ecosystems of the New World Tropics
C. Kricher, Mark Plotkin
BelizeHank says: Anyone with a serious
interest in the tropics simply
must have this
|Costa Rican Natural
by Daniel H. Janzen (Editor)
More technical than A
Neotropical Companion, a superb reference book, readable enough for the amateur
enthusiast, but definitely not for the
casual reader. My
favorite book on the tropics.
|Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
by Andrew Henderson, Gloria Galeano (Editor), Rodrigo Bernal (Editor)
The best reference book on palms that I have found.
Excellent keys to identification, many good photographs. If you love palms, you should have this book. That said, it is a bit
difficult to navigate if you are not familiar with the scientific names and genera.
|Palms Throughout the
by David L. Jones, John Dransfield
An efficient and succinct introduction to palms and their cultivation.
Fantastic illustrations depict scientific terms for palms, trunks, growth habits, leaf
sheaths, palm leaves and structure, shapes of leaves, leaflets, seeds, flowers and
nomenclature of palm seedlings. A wealth of technical information presented in a
logical and easily absorbed manner. Good photography, best value for seeing what
many species look like. Another must have book.
|A Guide to the Birds of
Mexico and Northern Central America
by Steven N. G. Howell, Sophie Webb (Contributor), Steve N. G. Howell
BelizeHank says: You
need this book in southern Belize.
|Belize and Northern
Guatemala: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide
by Les Beletsky
BelizeHank says: An
excellent concise guide, combining essentials of mammals, reptiles, birds...
|A Field Guide to the
Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico
by Fiona A. Reid
More detail than the casual visitor needs, but the best available for its
|The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History
: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae (The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural
by Philio J. Devries, Philip J. Devries, Jennifer Clark
A must for butterfly lovers in this region. Excellent writing, though the ID
plates are a bit small and faintly colored in the paperback edition - have not seen the
|Heliconia : An
by Fred Berry, W. John Kress
I thought there was a newer expanded version out. This one has excellent
photographs, but does not include several of the species found in Belize. A great
first effort, and a very useful book for those enthralled by these dramatic plants.
de Costa Rica
by Holdridge, L.R.; Poveda, L.J.
Centro Científico Tropical, San José (Costa Rica).
2. ed. ISBN 9977-75-003-3.
San José (Costa Rica). 1997. 522 p.
BelizeHank says: If you can find it, and can read Spanish, this is a
good reference book for the amateur or professional.
|Butterflies of the
by Valerio Sbordoni, Saverio Forestiero
stunningly beautiful book with a wealth of information .
This book would be a superb gift for a budding
|The Monkey Wars
by Deborah Blum
BelizeHank says: A
very well balanced introduction to understanding how a few misguided scientists have
abused animals and have caused equally misguided "animal rights" extremists to
engage in counter-productive violent acts against any form of animal use in research.
A highly charged emotional issue that needs facts.
|Where Worlds Collide : The
by Penny Van Oosterzee
Ordering "my" Christmas
|Chamaedorea Palms the Species and Their Cultivation
by Donald R. Hodel
Unbelievably comprehensive, great photographs, very scientifically
oriented - a bit difficult for a novice in terms of navigation, but incomparable as a
source of information on these palms. A must for any scientist working in
the Hand of Man : Peril and Hope for Africa's Wildlife
by Raymond Bonner
BelizeHank says: A
meticulously documented research into African wildlife conservation issues. Sadly,
in my opinion, it also shows how conservation organizations bend to popular public opinion
rather than using their positions to educate the public on controversial issues -
public opinion poll policy versus doing what their own
research suggests is best, or as one reviewer put it, ..."decisions that more often
have to do with fund-raising than with reality."
|Perennial Edible Fruits
of the Tropics : An Inventory (Usa029)
by Franklin Martin
Poorly cross-referenced and organized, but still the best book on this subject.
Well worth looking hard for if you are interested in rare and unusual
Russel Wallace : letters and reminiscences
by Alfred Russel Wallace
Never have seen it, but I would love a copy!