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Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies about Wildlifeby Warner Shedd
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Have you ever seen a flying squirrel flapping through the air, watched a beaver carrying a load of mud on its tail, or ducked when a porcupine started throwing its quills? Probably not, says Warner Shedd, debunking these and many more popular myths about our animal friends in Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind. In this charming and eminently readable biology lesson, Warner Shedd, former regional executive for the National Wildlife Federation, offers scientific evidence that refutes many of the most tenacious and persevering folklore about wild animals.
Full of humorous anecdotes and fascinating facts about more than thirty North American species, Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind is an entertaining dose of scientific reality for any nature enthusiast or armchair adventurer.
"Hikers, forest fans, armchair naturalists and others who enjoy these kinds of facts can find plenty more here on bisons, beavers, badgers, bears and other North American creatures." Publishers Weekly
"[Shedd] gives us the real scoop on the habits and lifestyles of 27 common North American animals and makes it an entertaining read by including personal anecdotes of his encounters with many of these creatures." Library Journal
"Shedd succeeds in his self-appointed task as public relations man for besmirched wildlife reputations, erasing the distaste we might harbor for these otherwise captivating animals." Kirkus Reviews
"Crammed with scientifically impeccable detail about both familiar and mysterious beasts and birds. Anyone with a yen for understanding the fauna of the neighborhood and beyond will find delights here." Baltimore Sun
"[A] must-have if you intend to wander about outdoors this summer." Chicago Tribune
"Anyone who loves animals will bark and hoot about this charming book." Detroit Free Press
"Wildlife myths are fun, but Warner Shedd uses the skills and experience of a trained naturalist to make the facts even more fascinating. This will find a place alongside treasured field guides on the bookshelves of wildlife enthusiasts everywhere." Patrick Leahy, Vermont State Senator
Wildlife expert Shedd — Director of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation — debunks myths about wildlife and provides fun and factual information about more than 30 North American species.
About the Author
Warner Shedd, a former regional executive for the National Wildlife Federation, holds an advanced degree in biological sciences. A lifelong outdoorsman, he is the author of The Kids' Wildlife Book, and his articles have appeared in Sports Afield, Vermont Life, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and other publications. He lives on a mostly wooded farm in northern Vermont.
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