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Yellowstone wildlife: ecology and natural history of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.Artist/Author: Johnsgard, Paul A. and Thomas D. Mangelsen.
This is a natural history of the wildlife species that call Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem their home. Illustrated with stunning images by renowned wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen, this book describes the lives of species in the park, exploring their habitats from the Grand Tetons to Jackson Hole. From charismatic megafauna like elk, bison, wolves, bighorn sheep, and grizzly bears, to smaller mammals like bats, pikas, beavers, and otters, to some of the 279 species of birds, Johnsgard describes the behaviour of animals throughout the seasons, with sections on what summer and autumn mean to the wildlife of the park, especially with the intrusion of millions of tourists each year. Enhanced by Mangelsens wildlife photography, the book reveals the beauty and complexity of these species intertwined lives and that of Yellowstone’s greater ecosystem.
Dominion of bears: living with wildlife in Alaska.Artist/Author: Simpson, Sherry.
A long-time Alaskan, Simpson offers a series of compelling essays on Alaskan bears in both wild and urban spaces, because in Alaska, bears are found not only in their natural habitat but also in cities and towns. Bringing together field research, interviews, and a host of up-to-date scientific sources, her finely polished prose conveys a wealth of information and insight on ursine biology, behaviour, feeding, mating, social structure, and much more. Simpson crisscrosses the Alaskan landscape in pursuit of bears as she muses, marvels, and often stands in sheer awe before these charismatic creatures. Firmly grounded in the expertise of wildlife biologists, hunters, and viewing guides, she shows bears as they actually are, not as we imagine them to be. She considers not only the occasionally aggressive behaviour bears need to survive, but also the violence exacted upon them by trophy hunters, advocates of predator control, or suburbanites who view bears as land sharks that threaten the safety of their families. Shifting effortlessly between fascinating facts and poetic imagery, Simpson crafts an extended meditation on why we are so drawn to bears and why they continue to engage our imaginations, populate indigenous mythologies, and help define our essential visions of wilderness.
American canopy: trees, forests, and the making of a nation.Artist/Author: Rutkow, Eric.
This fascinating and groundbreaking work tells the remarkable story of the relationship between Americans and their trees across the entire span of our nation’s history. The history of trees in America is no less remarkable than the history of the United States itself, from the majestic white pines of New England, which were coveted by the British Crown for use as masts in navy warships, to the orange groves of California, which lured settlers west. In fact, without the country’s vast forests and the hundreds of tree species they contained, there would have been no ships, docks, railroads, stockyards, wagons, barrels, furniture, newspapers, rifles, or firewood. No shingled villages or whaling vessels in New England. No New York City, Miami, or Chicago. No Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, or Daniel Boone. No Allied planes in World War I, and no suburban sprawl in the middle of the twentieth century. As Eric Rutkow’s brilliant, epic account shows, trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country’s rise as both an empire and a civilization. Never before has anyone treated our country’s trees and forests as the subject of a broad historical study, and the result is an accessible, informative, and thoroughly entertaining read. Audacious in its 400 year scope, authoritative in its detail, and elegant in its execution, this book is perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike.
Big game in Alaska: a history of wildlife and people.Artist/Author: Sherwood, Morgan.
Sherwood charts the history of the environmental and political conflict in Alaska, examining the creation of the Alaska Game Commission in the early 1930s.
Bear wrangler: memoirs of an Alaska pioneer biologist.Artist/Author: Troyer, Will.
The author recounts both the harrowing adventures and the moving experiences that have marked his career as a biologist. Beginning in 1951, Troyer embarked on a 31 year career at Kodiak Island Brown bear preserve. Also available in paperback [stock id 31348].
Windows on nature: the great habitat diaoramas of the American Museum of Natural History.Artist/Author: Quinn, Stephen Christopher.
New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is a national treasure, attracting four million visitors annually. Its dioramas-a dazzling mixture of nature, science, and art-have inspired young and old alike, and are world-renowned examples of the unique diorama craft: art in the service of science. Now, in the only book of its kind, readers get an insider’s view of these “windows on nature,” witnessing their creation step by meticulous step.More than forty of the museum’s finest dioramas are featured here, depicting the fauna and flora of myriad ecological environments. Stephen Quinn, a diorama artist at the museum, introduces the explorers, naturalists, painters, sculptors, taxidermists, and conservationists behind these three-dimensional marvels, and explains how their collaborations make the displays so lifelike.
Traveller’s wildlife guide: Alaska.Artist/Author: Paulson, Dennis and Les Beletsky.
Alaska has both vast wilderness tracts and a modern transportation system, making ecotravelling in the state easy as well as exciting. From the broad expanses of tundra in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the rich seabird colonies of the Bering Sea to the glacier-bedecked snowy mountains and magnificent rainforests of the Southeast, wildlife viewing opportunities abound. This book contains all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the region’s magnificent animal life.