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Wild Horse Scientists (Scientists in the Field)by Kay Frydenborg
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People call it and#147;The Ghost of the Mountain,and#8221; for those who live among snow leopards almost never see one. Beautiful spotted coats conceal these elusive cats in their rocky, high-altitude habitatand#151;a place where temperatures are often cold enough to freeze human tears. A thick, long tail for balance helps snow leopards spring at their prey from great distancesand#151;prey that is often three times its own size. Slinking along the Mongolian mountain ridges, the snow leopards are invisibleand#151;and almost impossible to study.
But that doesnand#8217;t deter scientist Tom McCarthy, Conservation Director of the Seattle-based Snow Leopard Trust, or his many colleagues from dedicating their livesand#8217; work to the study and protection of this seldom-seen creature. And it doesnand#8217;t stop Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop from packing their bags in order to join Tom on a trek to Mongolia, where they hope to learn more about this magical cat, a cat who doesnand#8217;t give up its secrets easily.
It will take endurance and persistence to climb the dusty mountain trails, hope of a snow leopard sighting rising and falling with each new summit. It will take practice and experience to lay humane leghold snares, collect scat samples, and set up motion-triggered cameras. It will take patience, focusand#151;and yes, loveand#151;to dedicate a lifetime learning more about this little-understood creature. But thatand#8217;s the only way the Snow Leopard Trust can protect their charges, before the snow leopard truly becomes nothing but a ghost of the mountain.
With a dazzling, as-it-happens narrative and spectacular photographs, Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop bring Mongolia up close for readers everywhere.
SITF sheds light on wild horse population control, a largely ignored area of equine animal science.
Scientists race to control the wild pony population of Assateague Island, Virginia. The horses' remarkable survival story is photographed and described in illustrious and rare detail in this marvelous addition to the successful series.
The tale of one scientist's search for the illusive snow leopard of Mongolia, presented with spectacular photography by the Sibert Medal-winning team of Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop.
*"The photography is outstanding, and the images of horses going about their daily business put them front and center. . . . A worthy complement to most collections."—School Library Journal, starred review
Wild horses have roamed the shores of Assateague Island for centuries. As their population increases, however, they risk damaging the delicate area's ecosystem and being taken off the island. Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick have each made these wild horses their lives' work.
Descriptive prose, solid science, and never-before-seen images of the reclusive Assateague herds reveal their fierce and untamed beauty.
Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick have both, in their own unique way, made the wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland their lives work. Experience Dr. Keiper's handwritten notes—taken over countless watchful hours in the field—which are both a diary and a scientific log that chart the lives of his equine subjects, some of nature's greatest survivors. And follow Dr. Kirkpatrick from the lab to the field as he works tirelessly to find a way to manage the horse population with a birth control vaccine, and helps keep the precarious balance of Assateagues ecosystem intact. Descriptive prose meets solid science as author Kay Frydenborg offers a rare glimpse into the wild herds of Assateague, sharing beautiful photos of the Assateague herds in their island home and of both of the scientists at work—some of them never seen before.
About the Author
Kay Frydenborg grew up in Sarasota, FL, the winter home of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. She learned to ride horses at age seven, her lessons presided over by a retired circus equestrian...and a team of elephants. She is the author of Animal Therapist (Chelsea House, 2006), and They Dreamed of Horses (Walker & Co., 1994).The Wild Horse Scientists is her first book for Houghton Mifflin.
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