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Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies about Wildlife

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Did you know that "flying" squirrels are incapable of true flight? Were you aware that opossums don't "play dead," as in the common folk saying "playing possum"? In this fascinating and gorgeously illustrated new book, wildlife expert and enthusiast Warner Shedd, former executive for the National Wildlife Federation, uncovers the scientific realities obscured by our numerous long-held misconceptions of wild animals. Setting the most tenacious of these age-old superstitions against evidence that he and other biologists and naturalists have gleaned from careful observation and investigation, Shedd refutes such popular myths as beavers can fell trees in a desired direction, gray squirrels remember where they bury nuts, wolves howl at the moon, and cougars are an endangered species.

In addition to dispelling misinformation, Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind presents some fascinating facts about the animals that many of us encounter in our own backyards or walking across the road as we drive in our cars. For instance, did you know that a porcupine is actually a large rodent, and that its protective quills are really specialized hairs numbering about 30,000 per animal? That means that a typical porcupine has about 140 quills per square inch!

Shedd also uses humorous anecdotes to show us how funny (and educational) it can be when animals themselves defy our mistaken beliefs about them. Casting new light on the old tenet that ravens can be taught to mimic the human voice, Warner Shedd tells of a scientist who spent six years teaching a raven to cry "nevermore," after the haunting raven in the famous Edgar Allan Poe poem. Shedd further explains that recent research indicates that ravens only mimic if they have the desire to do so.  

Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind covers more than thirty North American species--some as familiar as the common toad, others as elusive as the lynx. And Shedd captivates the reader as only an experienced naturalist could, with detailed, accurate information on such varied wildlife as muskrats, herons, brown bears, crows, armadillos, and coyotes--to name only a few.  

Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind grew out of Warner Shedd's desire to share biologically sound information and counter erroneous folklore about wild animals. By arming his readers with knowledge, Shedd hopes to promote a more informed and respectful view of many North American wildlife species and ultimately encourage the scientific management and conservation of all our native wildlife.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Reveals the scientific facts behind popular beliefs about wild animals, refuting the mythology of flying squirrels, weasels, and coyotes.

Synopsis:

WARNER SHEDD is the director of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and a former executive for the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest private conservation organization. His articles have appeared in Sports Afield, Vermont Life, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, and other publications. He lives in Vermont.

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About the Author

WARNER SHEDD is the director of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and a former executive for the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest private conservation organization. His articles have appeared in Sports Afield, Vermont Life, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, and other publications. He lives in Vermont.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307421418
Subtitle:
A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies about Wildlife
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Illustrator:
Trudy Nicholson
Author:
Illustrations by Trudy Nicholson
Author:
Shedd, Warner
Author:
Nicholson, Trudy
Author:
Warner Shedd
Author:
Trudy Nicholson
Subject:
Nature : Wildlife
Subject:
Nature : Animals
Subject:
Science : Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Animal behavior
Subject:
Animal intelligence
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Nature Studies-General
Subject:
Nature Studies-World Wildlife
Subject:
Nature : Animals - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20010731
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Biology » Zoology » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » World Wildlife
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology

Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies about Wildlife
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Product details 336 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307421418 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Reveals the scientific facts behind popular beliefs about wild animals, refuting the mythology of flying squirrels, weasels, and coyotes.
"Synopsis" by , WARNER SHEDD is the director of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and a former executive for the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest private conservation organization. His articles have appeared in Sports Afield, Vermont Life, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, and other publications. He lives in Vermont.

From the Hardcover edition.

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