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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals
John O. Whitaker
0679446311
May 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
Consider the lynx, a medium-sized cat of boreal regions of North America, "a solitary animal, associated with the opposite sex only during mating." Consider the Oldfield mouse, Peromyscus polionotus, once abundant in abandoned fields and beaches from South Carolina to northern Florida. These are but two of the 390 species covered in this densely informative, well-illustrated guidebook to the mammals of North America, with photographs keyed to textual descriptions that cover a given animal's physical features, range and habitat, breeding characteristics, and behavior (and, helpfully, that list other animals with which it might be confused). This easy-to-use handbook makes a superb addition to any naturalist's library. --Gregory McNamee

Book Description
From a stop-action photograph of...


A Field Guide to Mammals
William H. Burt
0395910986
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Descriptions of 380 species include size, weight, color, markings, number of teeth, habitat, habits, and comparisons with similar species. Superb color illustrations and line drawings show 230 animals. Range maps as well as photos of skulls and drawings of animal tracks, dens, nests, and burrows round out the wealth of information given in "the best general guide to all of North America" (Peter Warshall, Whole Earth Review).

About the Author
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"'s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since...


Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals
Richard D. Estes
1890132446
October 1999
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Anyone who goes on safari will want to make room in his or her suitcase for this treasure. Estes, who is affiliated with Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institute as a research associate, spent over eight years doing fieldwork in Africa and over 17 years leading safaris. His admirable qualifications as an expert on the social ecology of African mammals are reflected in the text, which describes approximately 86 species of African mammals. Introductory chapters give practical advice on how to observe animals, including tips on using binoculars and photographic equipment. Other chapters are arranged by standard taxonomic classification. Estes first covers the characteristics of families and subfamilies and then goes into even more detail on the individual species, charting behaviors one can expect to see and...


National Audubon Society Regional Guide to Florida
Peter Alden
067944677X
May 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
With its colorful coral reefs, excellent birding, and tropical temperatures, Florida remains a popular vacation spot for the ecologically minded. In this concisely detailed volume you'll become acquainted with the state's geologic origins, natural history, and diverse habitats (salt marshes, mangrove swamps, prairies, and woodlands). A field guide assists in the identification of some of the region's wildflowers, trees, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, mammals, and birds, including the elusive manatee, three species of dolphin, and the rare snail kite. An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, beaches, forests, islands, and wildlife sanctuaries, with thorough descriptions and visitor information on 50 destinations, is also included. For instance, the section on Everglades National Park includes...


National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England
Peter Alden
0679446761
May 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
If you're under the impression that the Northeast's natural beauty has given way to high-rises, condominiums, and suburban sprawl, this volume will certainly change your mind. In actuality, the area comprising Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont--New England, in short--is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, whether it be marine life below sea level or alpine meadows above the tree line. In fact, New England is nothing less than a naturalist's paradise. Much of the area has been scoured by glacial ice, leaving behind cirques, arêtes, and a fjord, all of which are featured in a geology section. Fossils are highlighted too, alerting readers to the presence of dinosaur footprints in both Hadley, Massachusetts and Rocky Hill, Connecticut. In addition, an easy-to-use field guide...


Evolving Eden
Alan Turner
0231119445
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"This is an important book." -- John Laurence Kelland, American Reference Books Annual
"This artistic and scholarly triumph belongs in all academic libraries...Highly recommended." -- Choice
"A fascinating read and a visual feast, this book lays the foundation for a deeper appreciation of contemporary African wildlife." -- Ethnology, Ecology & Evolution
"This book can be recommended for its illustrations alone... Add to this extensive research and explanations and you have an excellent book on the evolution of African large mammals." -- E-Streams
"Important for present-day conservationalists who want to protect this "Garden of Eden."" -- Asad R. Rahmani, Hornbill
"[It] fills an obvious gap in the popular scientific literature... It is a worthy addition to any fossil fan's library. " -- Fossil News ...


The Behavior Guide to African Mammals: Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, Primates
Richard Despard Estes
0520080858
December 1, 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
The Behavior Guide to African Mammals is as different from a conventional field guide as motion pictures are from a snapshot. Whether we are able to look at them face to face, on television, or in the hundreds of illustrations provided here by Daniel Otte, this guide allows us to understand what animals do and what their behavior means.
Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork and on the research of many other scientists, Richard Estes describes and explains the behavior of four major groups of mammals. Estes's remarkably informative guide is as up-to-date for the zoologist as it is accessible for the interested onlooker.

From the Inside Flap
"A work of tremendous scope. . . . Amateur naturalists and tourists to the parks of Africa and finally professionals will find...


National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Lousiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Peter Alden
0679446834
January 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States belongs in the home of every resident of the Southeast and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more;

A complete overview of the southeastern region's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns, and the night sky;

An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, hiking trails, forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for...


National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Mammals
Audubon Society
0394757963
Apr 1988
Paperback
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National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World
National Audubon Society
0375411410
April 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Among the most celebrated creatures on earth are the 120 species of water-dwelling mammals catalogued in this handsome and informative field guide, the latest in the National Audubon Society's family of nature publications. Photographs, drawings and paintings combine with maps, charts and essays to provide not only data but also insight into the behavior of these highly evolved and specialized animals. The book is sensibly arranged and easy to navigate, whether the reader is in an easy chair or on the open water. The introduction provides a general guide to marine mammals: their habitat, behavior, reproduction, diet and conservation status. The individual articles are packed with facts about each species and the best ways to find and identify them in the wild. The book is organized according to the four...


Neotropical Rainforest Mammals : A Field Guide
Louise H. Emmons, Francois Feer
0226207218
September 2, 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, the first color-illustrated field guide to these marvelously diverse and elusive creatures, has enjoyed tremendous success since its initial publication in 1990. Ecotourists and field researchers alike have applauded this guide's compact size, light weight, and durability. More important, they have appreciated its clear and concise accounts of the mammals of this broad region. Each species account includes information on identifying characteristics, similar species, vocalizations, behavior and natural history, geographic range, conservation status, local names, and references to the scientific literature.

In this completely revised and updated second edition:

A total of 226 species are treated in full (206 were included in the first edition).

All species...


Whales & Dolphins (Smithsonian Handbooks)
Mark Carwardine
0789489902
May 15, 2002
Turtleback
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Book Description
A beautifully illustrated guide to every species of whale, dolphin and porpoise. Covers their identification, evolution, biology, behaviour, reproduction and social lives. Includes tips on how and where to watch whales, dolphins and porpoises, and information on their conservation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands: An Identification Guide
Andy Swash
0300115326
February 2006
Paperback
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K. L. Williams, Choice
"Anyone traveling to the Galápagos Islands should have a copy." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
This simple-to-use, pocket-size volume offers a comprehensive guide to the unique wildlife of the Galápagos, encompassing all the birds, mammals, and reptiles a visitor to these extraordinary islands might encounter. The second edition corrects and amends plates and text, as well as adds six new photos of the whales.
 
Reviews of the first edition:
 
“The essential field companion for Galápagos visitors.”—The Quarterly Review of Biology
 
"I cannot conceive anyone going to the Galápagos without [this book] in hand." —Noble S....


DK Guide to Mammals
Frances A. Dipper
0789495813
Aug 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-An appealing overview. Each spread looks at a particular aspect of mammals and gives lots of examples for each area of discussion. Some chapters discuss groups, such as "The Cat Family" or "Monkeys," while others examine other ways the animals can be categorized. For example, "Urban Living" introduces species that have adapted to city life (raccoons and rats), and "Social Lives" gives examples of those that live in groups, such as whales and meerkats. In typical DK style, the author provides lots of topical examples, with ample clear photos on each page. The language is a bit sophisticated, so this title is best suited to competent readers. However, the sound-bite approach of lots of pictures and small text blocks makes it less intimidating, particularly for reluctant readers. The final pages...


Traveller's Wildlife Guides: Costa Rica
Les D. Beletsky
1566565294
November 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
As ecotourism booms, it's only natural that eco-themed guidebooks would boom alongside it. The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guides series, endorsed by the Wildlife Conservation Society and researched by professional biologists, is one of the more credible brands to have surfaced in the swelling ecotravel ranks. The series provides an encyclopedic introduction to Central America's flora and fauna, as well as a friendly primer on the principles of ecotourism. These rich ecological contexts are accompanied by hundreds of pictures and photographs. Miraculously, the guides deliver solid science without growing stilted or boring--as evinced by sections with such titles as "Avian Mating Systems and Birds That Cheat" and "Frugivory: Animals That Eat Fruit and the Trees That Want Them To." The one element in surprisingly short supply...


Zamba : The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived
Ralph Helfer
0060761326
July 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Legendary Hollywood animal trainer and behaviorist Helfer captures an incredible story of love between man and lion that displays all the qualities that made his previous book, Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, so moving. Here Helfer is involved with the subject, which adds emotional depth to a lifelong adventure. Starting with his somewhat brutal childhood on Chicago's South Side, the author deftly develops his story of the spiritual harmony he finds in nature and the violence he sees in the film industry's use of animals. His unique bond with a lion cub he names Zamba grows into a lifetime relationship that includes countless guest stints in movies and television shows, and leads to Helfer's development of a system of animal training "based on love, not fear," called "affection...


The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals
Jonathan Kingdon
069111692X
Feb 1997
Paperback
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John Ryle in THE GUARDIAN
"Since the appearance of his seven-volume encyclopaedia of East African mammals in the 1970s, Kingdon has become a figure of high distinction in conservationist circles. His extraordinary talents as a writer and painter have been dedicated to astonishingly beautiful and detailed records of African fauna and the ecosystems that sustain them. This makes his new field guide rather more than a handbook...The richness of information is exemplary. The illustrations would make a big cat purr...It is one of Kingdon's strengths, both as a naturalist and as an artist, that he is interested in how animals look and feel to each other...His drawings and paintings stress the elegant functionality of body geometry, the way animals use facial and body patterns for visual signaling." --This text refers to the...


National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah
Peter Alden
067944680X
September 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Filled with concise descriptions and stunning photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States belongs in the home of every resident of the Southwest and in the suitcase or backpack of every visitor.  This compact volume contains:

An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state's wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more;

A complete overview of the southwestern region's natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns, and the night sky;

An extensive sampling of the area's best parks, preserves, mountains, forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50...


The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
Jonathan Kingdon
0691122393
Jan 2005
Paperback
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June Sawyers, The Chicago Tribune
"This practical, portable and fully illustrated guide covers every species of African mammal in existence."

Review
Maggie McDonald New Scientist : "[Kingdon's] knowledge is impressive, and his drawings and paintings wonderful, full of information and character.
Biology Digest : Anyone with an interest in Africa and [its] animals . . . should invest in a copy.

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A Field Guide to Cows : How to Identify and Appreciate America's 52 Breeds
John Pukite
0140273883
May 1, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
In A Field Guide to Cows, John Pukite provides all the facts--so even the novice can identify and get to know America's fifty-two breeds of cattle. Every entry in this entertaining yet completely usable book features an illustration that highlights each breed's most easily identifiable traits, such as coloration pattern and body shape. The book includes a checklist of breeds so the die-hard cow watcher can keep track of sightings, a list of essential garb and gear for cow watching, a glossary of terms, a listing of breeder associations, and more. Fascinating cow trivia is interspersed throughout. Informative, amazing, and amusing, A Field Guide to Cows is the indispensable companion for would-be cow tippers, farmers, city folk, agriculturalists, interstate drivers, 4-H'ers, vacationing families, and everyone who likes...


Field Guide to the Mammals of the Indian Subcontinent
K. K. Gurung
0123093503
Jan 1996
Paperback
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Book Description

This book is a field guide to the mammals of this unique subcontinent and includes the best places to watch them. It describes each of the 100 plus species that can be recognized in the field, including identification, habitat, range, behavior, diet, breeding, status, and similar species. The Field Guide also contains color illustrations of each mammal as well as tracks of the more prominent species, and mammal lists and maps for each national park.

Key Features: The only current guide to mammals of the region Contains color pictures and full text on the 106 larger species likely to be encountered Includes drawings of tracks of key species to aid identification Presents full details of 23 parks and reserves, with location maps, visiting details and species lists for each

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Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species
Mark Elbroch
0811726266
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
*2003 National Outdoor Book Award Winner *Detailed track and trail data for 135 species with actual-size track illustrations in one section *Scat photos and data for dozens of animals The most thorough treatment of the subject ever published, this amazing guide brings together clear track and trail illustrations, range maps, and full-color photographs showing feeding signs, scat, tunnels, burrows, bedding areas, remains, and more, to give a wealth of information about hundreds of mammal species living in North America. How to find, identify, measure, and interpret the clues mammals leave behind--explained and illustrated like never before. Includes essays that contextualize tracking as a developing science continually garnering more interest and participation; included also are instructive anecdotes from the author's...

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