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Mammals of North America: Temperate and Arctic Regions
Mammals of North America: Temperate and Arctic Regions Mammals of North America: Temperate and Arctic Regions

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: Adrian Forsyth
Audience: Trade
Specs: 175 color photographs, locator maps, bibliography, index
Pages: 352
Trim Size: 9" x 11" x 1"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20060912
Copyright Year: 1999
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Mammals of North America: Temperate and Arctic Regions

Now in paper: A comprehensive field guide to the mammals of North America that gives insight into their behavior and history, well-illustrated with photographs and well-written by an expert in animal behavior and rainforest ecology.

An invaluable reference -- comprehensive, readable and filled with stunning color photographs.

This landmark reference by award-winning nature writer Adrian Forsyth includes scientific names, descriptions and behavioral information for the wild mammals of North America, but is much more than a field guide. In engaging language, the author delves into the reasons the animals live and act the way they do, explaining for example:

  • Why some predators are highly social while others live alone
  • Why shrews no bigger than a thimble eat more than their body weight each day
  • How a bat can pick a small insect off the surface of a leaf in total darkness
  • How a squat prehistoric pig-like animal evolved into the pronghorn antelope, one of the world's fastest creatures.

The text is illustrated with exquisite color photographs by some of North America's foremost wildlife photographers, making Mammals of North America an important nature reference for the entire family.

Bio:

Adrian Forsyth is a specialist in animal behavior and the author of numerous books, including Portraits of the Rainforest and Exploring the World of Birds. A co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Association and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, he lives in Washington, D.C.

TOC:

Introduction

MARSUPIALS
Didelphimorphia

  • New World Opossums

INSECTIVORES
Insectivora

  • Shews
  • Moles

BATS
Chiroptera

  • Plain-nosed Bats

PIKAS, RABBITS and HARES
Lagomorpha

  • Pikas
  • Rabbits and Hares

RODENTS
Rodentia

  • Mountain Beaver
  • Squirrels
  • Pocket Gophers
  • Kangaroo Rats and Pocket Mice
  • Beaver
  • Mice, Rats and Voles
  • Jumping Mice
  • Porcupine

MEAT EATERS
Carnivora

  • Foxes and Wolves
  • Bears
  • Eared Seals Walrus and Hair Seals
  • Raccoon
  • Weasels, Badgers and Otters
  • Skunks
  • Cats

WHALES, DOLPHINS and PORPOISES
Cetacea

  • Gray Whale
  • Rorquals
  • Right Whales
  • White Whales and Narwhal
  • Dophins
  • Porpoises
  • Beaked Whales
  • Sperm Whales

CLOVEN-HOOFED MAMMALS
Artiodactyla

  • Deer
  • Pronghorn
  • Oxen, Goats and Sheep

Bibliography
Index
Photo Credits

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