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Rantings of a Mad Botanist: A Comprehensive Guide to Gardening and Land use Practices Emphasizing Central Indiana (2016)

Bill N. McKnight - $45.00 (Members: $45.00)

"Why didn't you write this book 30 years ago when I REALLY needed it? Think how much time and money I could have saved. It should be at every nursery & garden center in the central Midwest."  - Dr. Terri Park

"Great book. I found it entertaining and informative. Not only could my mom read and get something out of it, but so could a horticulture student at Purdue."  - Ryan Volz, Rosie's (Garden Center) Indianapolis

The author is a former museum curator and biology teacher with over 50 years gardening experience. He lives on a three-acre property in Indianapolis where he deals with the usual issues of an urban landscape, especially exotic invasives.

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www.themadbotanist.com to order

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Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis (2017)

Gerould Wilhelm & Laura Rericha - $125.00 (Members: $100.00)

"This will be considered the most complete flora ever written for any place in the U.S. They have meticulously and accurately brought the status of vascular plants in the Chicago region up-to-date, while painstakingly recording an incredible array of interactions between the flora and other organisms, especially insects. The intricate pollination of some plants, many of these associations not previously known or recorded, is almost beyond belief." - Robert H. Mohlenbrock, Distinguished professor emeritus, SIU Carbondale

"The scholarship is off the scale!" - Bill N. McKnight

This tome substantially supercedes the 4th edition of the now out-of-print Plants of the Chicago Region (Swink & Wilhelm, 1994).

AVAILABLE LATE APRIL 2017

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Amphibians and Reptiles of Indiana (2001)

Sherman A. Minton, Jr. - $38.00 (Members: $30.00)

This extensively revised 2nd edition is one of the best state treatments for herps, by one of the foremost authorities. The shaded range maps make it a useful reference for eastern North America, and especially the surrounding states.

The author was a native of southern Indiana where he spent his youth developing an appreciation of amphibians and reptiles while exploring natural areas along the Ohio River, especially the "Knobs" region. A long-time member of the Indiana University School of Medicine, he was an expert in the study of venomous reptiles and the toxicology of venom. Curiously, his father, who was a U.S. Senator and the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice from Indiana, attempted to dissuade Sherman Jr. from being a herpetologist. We are fortunate Dr. Minton, like so many sons and daughters, only partially listened to his father.

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Biological Pollution: The Control and Impact of Invasive Exotic Species (1993)

Bill N. McKnight, editor - $15.00 (Members: $10.00)

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Twenty-one chapters from the first major symposium to address this important and ever-expanding issue. Covers various aspects of one of the greatest short- and long-term threats to our native biota and landscapes. The magnitude of the problem in the U.S. and abroad, together with the urgent need for action, is driven home by this collection of essays dealing with aquatic and terrestrial systems, with specific focus on causes, case studies, control measures, management practices, ecologic and economic consequences, and policy. A valuable reference for any biologist or natural resource manager.

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Dragonflies of Indiana (2001)

James R. Curry - $35.00 (Members: $28.00)

Judged by many to be one of the best treatments of this curious group of insects. A super price for a quality book; it could easily retail for $10-15 more.

The author, a Pennsylvania native, is emeritus professor of biology at Franklin College of Indiana. His interest in dragonflies developed while looking for projects that could involve his students in original field research. He is a former President of the Indiana Academy of Science.

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Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois & Surrounding States. A Field-to-Kitchen Guide (2009)

Joe McFarland & Gregory M. Mueller - $25.00 (Members: $20.00)

"If we owned only one mushroom book, this would be it." - Tom & Vicky Nauman, founders of Morel Mania

"A thought-provoking, humorous, and practical guide."
- Andrew S. Methven, former professor and chair Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Illinois University

If you do not know what it is, do not put it in your mouth.

Joe McFarland has been an outdoor writer for over 20 years and is staff writer for
Outdoor Illinois

Gregory Mueller was curator of fungi at the Field Museum of Natural History for over 20 years and is now Vice President for Science and Academic Programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden

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Field Guide to Freshwater Mussels of the Midwest (1992)

Kevin S. Cummings & Christine A. Mayer - $15.00 (Members: $10.00)

This perfect-sized field guide covers eight states and treats one of our most imperiled animal groups. The common names for the species are outstanding. A must have for anyone interested in our aquatic resources.

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History of the Indiana Academy of Science, 1884-1984 (1984)

William A. Daily & Fay K. Daily - $10.00 (Members: $5.00)

A centennial tribute and account of the oldest and largest scientific organization in Indiana by two long-time members.

Bill Daily worked for Eli Lilly and Company, while Fay volunteered at the Friesner Herbarium, Butler University. Both Bill and Fay were interested in algae, and literally ate, drank and slept what Bill would call "the dear ol' Academy." They both were involved with the business of the IAS for decades, Bill having served as President in 1958. Researching and writing this history was their calling - literally a labor of love.

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Loupe and IAS Lanyard (-)

- - $35.00 (Members: $30.00)

A handlens (loupe) is a critical item for all field biologists, geologists, gardeners, anyone interested in natural history or in observing the small things in the world that surrounds us. The Academy is now offering the Bausch & Lomb 14x Coddington lens (w/ lanyard); named after its British inventor, Henry Coddington. This is an excellent lens, and with proper care will last a lifetime. "In terms of performance, second to none."

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Map Showing the Natural Regions of Indiana (1985)

Michael A. Homoya - $8.00 (Members: $5.00)

1990 reprint. Good maps, like this production, serve to capture our imagination and inspire curiosity.

Mike Homoya is a plant taxonomist/ecologist and author of Orchids of Indiana. He has been with the Division of Nature Preserves (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) since 1982 and spends most of his time looking for and monitoring endangered plants as well as surveying natural areas. Mike is current President of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) and a former President of the Indiana Academy of Science.

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Mites of Freshwater Mollusks (2013)

Dale D. Edwards & Malcom F. Vidrine - $50.00 (Members: $40.00)

The book provides a summary of worldwide research on the mites parasitizing freshwater mollusks and integrates new data regarding the evolutionary relationships among these mites. The mollusks, mainly freshwater mussels, are also major topics of the book. These mussels are considered the most threatened freshwater organisms in the world, with many species either federally protected or extinct. The book also provides numerous ideas for future research and focuses on the theme of watershed protection.

Dale Edwards is a professor and chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Evansville. He is broadly interested in ecology and evolution of organisms with symbiotic lifestyles, and has spent the past 27 years studying the evolutionary ecology of Unionicola mites that live in association with freshwater mussels. Edwards was formerly President of the Indiana Academy of Science.

Malcolm Vidrine is a retired professor of biology at Louisiana State University-Eunice.

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Native Trees of the Midwest: Identification, Wildlife Values, & Landscaping Use. Revised and expanded 2nd edition. (2010)

Sally S. Weeks, Harmon P. Weeks, Jr., & George R. Parker - $45.00 (Members: $38.00)

The authors clearly know our silvaflora. This is easily the best book on trees of the Midwest, and a must have for any serious gardener, botanist, or natural areas biologist.

Sally Weeks was born and grew up on a dairy farn near Winamac, Indiana. She taught aspects of tree identification at Purdue University for 25 years, and considers Charlie Deam her mentor. Harmon Weeks was a professor of wildlife science in forestry and natural resources at Purdue University; he taught habitat management for 25 years. George Parker is professor emeritus of forestry and natural resources at Purdue University; he studied old growth forests and the dynamics of forest communities. 

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The Natural Heritage of Indiana (1997)

Marion T. Jackson, editor - $40.00 (Members: $30.00)

A landmark and visually stunning publication featuring contributions from 37 different authors (almost all Academy members) and 50 photographers. A must for any library or individual interested in the environment and the natural history of the Hoosier state. The publication served as the basis for the 4-part PBS (WFYI production) television documentary with the same title.

The editor, a native of southeastern Indiana, is professor emeritus of ecology at Indiana State University. He has studied the Indiana landscape, particularly the vegetation, for more than half a century. Jackson also authored the 101 Trees of Indiana, is a former IAS President, and was honored as Distinguished Scholar by the Academy in 2009.

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Orchids of Indiana (1993)

Michael A. Homoya - $40.00 (Members: $30.00)

A classic treatment of this spectacular plant family, with outstanding illustrations and photographs (the latter mostly by Lee Casebere, Homoya's former colleague at the IDNR Division of Nature Preserves). An outstanding reference for Indiana, it also serves as an excellent reference for the central Midwest regions because the flora in the states adjacent to Indiana is similar to that within Indiana. Range maps of orchid distribution throughout North America are included.

The author, a native of southern Illinois, has been with the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves since 1982. He devotes most of his time to searching for and monitoring endangered plants and inventorying and assessing natural areas. His careful study and deep understanding are both evident in the wonderfully informative text.

"One of the best plantsmen ever to walk the Indiana landscape." - Bill McKnight

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Periodical Cicadas: The Plague and the Puzzle (2004)

Gene Kritsky - $24.00 (Members: $18.00)

The brood range maps are as compelling as the historical accounting is complete. The unexpected and deafening appearance of these strange insects after a long "sleep" is surely one of our most bizarre natural phenomena.

The author, a North Dakota native, is a dean and professor of biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and adjunct curator of entomology at the Cincinnati Museum Center. His other research interests involve Charles Darwin, egyptology, the distribution of tiger beetles, and the history of beekeeping. He is editor of American Entomologist and is a former President of the Indiana Academy of Science - he held the same position for the American Association of the Academies of Science. He will receive the IAS Distiguished Scholar Award in 2017.

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Plain Ol' Charlie Deam: Pioneer Indiana Botanist (1987)

Ralph C. Kriebel - $20.00 (Members: $15.00)

A must read for anyone interested in Indiana history and the landscape -- more than just a book about plants. Deam, who was a druggist in Bluffton, Indiana, spent every spare moment scouring the State in search of our seed plants and ferns. In half a century he traveled an estimated 100,000 miles, including every township, and this was before the roads were good. He eventually was appointed state forester (Indiana's first), a position he held for many years. In 1939, he published his magnum opus Flora of Indiana -- one of the best state floristic accounts ever. He also authored books covering the grasses, shrubs, and trees of Indiana.

The author, a former editor of the Lafayette Journal and Courier, met the aging Deam when he occasionally visited the Kriebel family home in southern Indiana. Kriebel has authored several others books on Indiana.

"I highly recommend this book, interesting in botanical detail and fun for anyone. (There is a naughty irreverence that I enjoy.)" - The Michigan Botanist

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Plants of the Chicago Region. 4th edition (1994)

Floyd Swink & Gerould Wilhelm - $48.00 (Members: $38.00)

Out-of-print, and will not be reprinted.

Supplanted by Flora of the Chicago Region.  A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis -- a much bigger and more comprehensive publication, with Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha as coauthors. Available early spring 2017, both as hard copy and eBook.

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The Quest for the Perfect Hive: A History of Innovation in Bee Culture. (2010)

Gene Kritsky - $30.00 (Members: $24.00)

"Engagingly written, thoroughly engrossing, and gorgeously illustrated, this book offers a uniquely entertaining and thought-provoking perspective on the longstanding partnership between honey bees and humans." - May R. Berenbaum, entomologist, University of Illinois

The author, a North Dakota native, is dean and professor of biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and adjunct curator of entomology at the Cincinnati Museum Center. His other research interests involve Charles Darwin, egyptology, tiger beetles and periodical cicadas. He is editor of American Entomologist.  He is a past President of the Indiana Academy of Science and held the same position for the American Association of the Academies of Science. He will receive the IAS Distinguished Scholar Award in 2017.

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Sedges of Indiana and the Adjacent States: The Non-Carex Species (2009)

Paul E. Rothrock - $45.00 (Members: $35.00)

This attractive publication is as relevant to gardeners as it is to natural area biologists and plant taxonomists.

"The book is so well written, illustrated and organized that it will set the standard for state compilations of specific plant groups for some time to come!  A copy should be on the shelf of every botanist in the Midwest." - Paul MacKensie

The author, a Pennsylvania native, was professor of biology at Taylor University, in Upland, Indiana. He currently works in the Deam Herbarium at Indiana University. His research has focused on the taxonomy of the sedge family, especially the genus Carex. He is active in the Indiana Academy of Science and is a former IAS President.

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Shrubs and Woody Vines of Indiana and the Midwest. Identification, Wildlife Values, and Landscaping Use. (2012)

Sally S. Weeks & Harmon P. Weeks, foreword by Michael A. Homoya - $45.00 (Members: $38.00)

Like their earlier trees books, the format is user friendly and the information regarding each species is spot-on. A must-have for any serious gardener or botanist.

Sally Weeks was born and grew up on a dairy farm near Winamac, Indiana. She taught aspects of tree identification at Purdue University for 25 years, and considers Charlie Deam her mentor. Harmon Weeks was a professor of wildlife science in forestry and natural resources at Purdue University, and taught habitat management for 25 years.

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The Sunflower Family in the Upper Midwest (2001)

Thomas M. Antonio & Susanne Masi - $40.00 (Members: $32.00)

Features 544 photos as well as dot maps for each of the 150 treated species. The maps cover six states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin). The species are arranged by flower color and floret type, and then alphabetically within each of the four groups. Many of the habit shots are full-page, providing the user with a suite of associated plant species and a feel for where to find the species. An attractive book suitable for display or the reference library.

Thomas Antonio formerly worked for the Chicago Botanic Garden and was curator of collections for Garfield Park and Lincoln Park Conservatories (Chicago Park District). He now works and lives in New Mexico.

Susanne Masi, a native Chicagoan, was a research botanist at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Her field work focused on regional native flora, endangered and threatened species, floristic surveys, and natural area vegetation.

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The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt. (2015)

Gene Kritsky - $30.00 (Members: $24.00)

"The title suggests an esoteric subject, but the book is so much more." - Ron Cherry, professor of entomology, Univ. Florida

The author, a North Dakota native, is dean and professor of biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and adjunct curator of entomology at the Cincinnati Museum Center. His other research interests include Charles Darwin, tiger beetles and periodical cicadas.  His is editor of American Entomologist.  His is a former President of the Indiana Academy of Science and held the same position for the American Association of the Academies of Science. He will receive the IAS Distinguished Scholar award in 2017.

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