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Title:
Mammals of North America
Author:
Bowers, Nora.
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Publication Information:
[Boston, Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 20 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780618382965

9780618153138
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Most of us see wild mammals less often than birds or butterflies, so there is a special excitement to these encounters. An elk bugling in a mountain meadow, a fox appearing suddenly out of the woods, a whale surfacing far offshore ... these are the very essence of what we think of as "wild animals." Mammals of North America is a compact and colorful field reference to these intriguing creatures. It treats every species of wild mammal found north of the Mexican border - from familiar backyard squirrels and chipmunks to polar bears and jaguars - as well as all the seals, porpoises, and whales in North America's offshore waters. Using the ground-breaking method pioneered by Kenn Kaufman, Mammals of North America includes more than 1,100 images based on photographs, digitally edited to show correct size ratios, comparative colors, and the field marks necessary for identification. These are not just static illustrations but portraits of animals in action that truly convey their character as well as their identification marks. In addition, hundreds of illustrations show tracks, dens, and other signs that we may notice even when the mammals themselves are out of sight.
For millions of hikers, campers, passengers on whale-watching trips, families visiting national parks and wildlife refuges, and anyone who loves animals, this is the perfect guide to increase understanding and appreciation of North America's magnificent wild mammals.

Brilliant images, lively text, and accurate maps - your best guide to North America's magnificent wild mammals

* Covers every species of mammal known to occur in North America and its offshore waters, including naturalized exotics - 450 species in all

* More than 1,100 photographs selected and digitally edited for clarity

* Organized for quick and convenient use, with a pictorial table of contents, a one-page index, and color tabs for sections

* Full index that doubles as a life list

* Range maps on text pages show where each species is common or rare


Author Notes

Kenn Kaufman is a legend among birders. At sixteen he hitchhiked back & forth across North America, traveling eighty thousand miles in a year, simply to see as many birds as he could; he came back to tell the story in "Kingbird Highway." A field editor for "Audubon" & a regular contributor to every major birding magazine, he is the youngest person ever to receive the Ludlow Griscom Award, the highest honor of the American Birding Association. His books include "Lives of North American Birds" & the "Peterson Field Guide to Advanced Birding." He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Even renowned birder Kaufman admits that sighting a "mammal trumps everything else" when observing nature in the field. To help naturalists identify those warm-blooded animals that cross their paths, he has teamed up with nature photographers Nora and Rick Bowers to present this comprehensive field reference for all 450 species of wild mammals known to occur in the United States and Canada. As in his earlier innovative guides (Birds of North America and Butterflies of North America), the touchstone is the digitally enhanced photography (all 1,200 images are edited to eliminate shadows, to correct colors and to resize for easy comparisons among species), the bulk of which the Bowerses shot during their 30 years of wildlife study. For quick reference, the mammals are subdivided into 15 categories, like "Hoofed Mammals," "Mice and Rats" or "Dogs, Cats, Bears," with color-coded tabs and a pictorial index. Each entry includes a photograph of the mammal on the right-hand page with an average weight and length, while a brief description of its habitat, behavior, scientific and common names, and a range chart appear on the corresponding left-hand page. In some cases, the authors have also included a sketch of the animal's tracks, or pictures of it during multiple seasons the Arctic hare, for example, is shown molting from a mottled brown in the summer to snow white in the winter. For more in-depth information, the authors list books and online sources; however, this compact volume's encyclopedic approach to identifying mammals makes it an indispensable field resource for amateur nature enthusiasts. 7-city author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved