Deer of the World

Their Evolution, Behaviour, and Ecology
Author: Valerius Geist
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811704960
Category: Nature
Page: 421
View: 3039
Deer of the World tells the fascinating story of how the family Cervidae has evolved over the past 30 million years and how its adaptations have made it one of the most successful mammals in the world today. Here Dr Valerius Geist combines over 40 years of firsthand research with information from English, German, and Russian sources both published and unpublished to form the most comprehensive, up-to-date volume available on deer evolution, behaviour, and ecology. Since prehistory, deer have flourished in nearly every habitat, from desert to forest, from topics to tundra and have left a fossil record of dramatic earlier forms. As glaciers and humans altered the earth's landscape, deer adapted. Deer of the World defines the body types of both past and present species, revealing how they avoid predation, whether they prefer dense vegetation or open plains habitat, whether their numbers are limited by resources or predators, and how well-suited they are to their environments.

White-tailed Deer

Ecology and Management
Author: Lowell K. Halls
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811704861
Category: Nature
Page: 870
View: 3896
Information on white-tail deer population in 21 regions worldwide, covering: ecology, population, and management needs and opportunities.

The Hidden Life of Deer

Lessons from the Natural World
Author: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061902098
Category: Nature
Page: 256
View: 5424
In The Hidden Life of Deer, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Dogs, turns her attention to wild deer, and the many lessons we can learn by observing nature. A narrative masterpiece and a naturalist’s delight, The Hidden Life of Deer is based on the twelve months Thomas, a renowned anthropologist, spent studying the local deer population near her home in New Hampshire.

Mountain Sheep and Man in the Northern Wilds

Author: Valerius Geist
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781930665477
Category: Nature
Page: 248
View: 4858
Originally published in 1975. In Mountain Sheep and Man in the Northern Wilds Valerius Geist, a renowned scientist, sensitive observer, and natural storyteller here recounts his experiences among, and reflections upon, the magnificent bighorned sheep of the Canadian wilderness, where he lived and worked year 'round. The book presents popular science in the best sense -- beautifully written, unmistakably accurate, innovative and thought provoking. In the book, Dr. Geist focuses on cold climates to study animal behavior and its implications for man. He makes valuable contributions to our knowledge about aggression and dominance and offers new insights into the impact of ecological factors upon the anatomy, physiology and behavior of man as well as beast. He looks critically at the role of early and modern man as hunter and tells delightful stories about his own adventures in working with big-game animals. His splendid photographs capture his enthusiasm for the land and the sheep. Finally, he ponders the lessons that urban man can learn from zoological theory so that he may better live within his ecological means. "To the names Fraser Darling, Murie, Schaller, Carpenter and Goodall must now be added Geist." Science "This book is about wilderness, animals and people. These subjects are woven together in a way that will curl your toes. Geist is an excellent writer; he has a probing mind a tempered wit and an ability to convey a total experience. Be sure to read this one." Frontiers. "Geist writes surpassingly well." Canadian Field Naturalist "This is a very well written book that will intrigue the most ingenious thinker. It reflects originality and provides accurate and interesting reading to anyone interested in wild animals." Journal of Wildlife Management "This book is immensely thought provoking." Mammal Review Valerius Geist is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he also received his Ph.D. He is professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Calgary.

Wolves on the Hunt

The Behavior of Wolves Hunting Wild Prey
Author: L. David Mech,Douglas W. Smith,Daniel R. MacNulty
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022625528X
Category: Science
Page: 208
View: 368
The interactions between apex predators and their prey are some of the most awesome and meaningful in nature—displays of strength, endurance, and a deep coevolutionary history. And there is perhaps no apex predator more impressive and important in its hunting—or more infamous, more misjudged—than the wolf. Because of wolves’ habitat, speed, and general success at evading humans, researchers have faced great obstacles in studying their natural hunting behaviors. The first book to focus explicitly on wolf hunting of wild prey, Wolves on the Hunt seeks to fill these gaps in our knowledge and understanding. Combining behavioral data, thousands of hours of original field observations, research in the literature, a wealth of illustrations, and—in the e-book edition and online—video segments from cinematographer Robert K. Landis, the authors create a compelling and complex picture of these hunters. The wolf is indeed an adept killer, able to take down prey much larger than itself. While adapted to hunt primarily hoofed animals, a wolf—or especially a pack of wolves—can kill individuals of just about any species. But even as wolves help drive the underlying rhythms of the ecosystems they inhabit, their evolutionary prowess comes at a cost: wolves spend one-third of their time hunting—the most time consuming of all wolf activities—and success at the hunt only comes through traveling long distances, persisting in the face of regular failure, detecting and taking advantage of deficiencies in the physical condition of individual prey, and through ceaseless trial and error, all while risking injury or death. By describing and analyzing the behaviors wolves use to hunt and kill various wild prey—including deer, moose, caribou, elk, Dall sheep, mountain goats, bison, musk oxen, arctic hares, beavers, and others—Wolves on the Hunt provides a revelatory portrait of one of nature’s greatest hunters.

Bovids of the World

Antelopes, Gazelles, Cattle, Goats, Sheep, and Relatives
Author: José R. Castelló
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400880653
Category: Nature
Page: 664
View: 5661
Bovids are a diverse group of ruminant mammals that have hooves and unbranched hollow horns. Bovids of the World is the first comprehensive field guide to cover all 279 bovid species, including antelopes, gazelles, cattle, buffaloes, sheep, and goats. From the hartebeest of Africa and the takin of Asia to the muskox of North America, bovids are among the world's most spectacular animals and this stunningly illustrated and easy-to-use field guide is an ideal way to learn more about them. The guide covers all species and subspecies of bovids described to date. It features more than 300 superb full-color plates depicting every kind of bovid, as well as detailed facing-page species accounts that describe key identification features, horn morphology, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, and conservation status in the wild. This book also shows where to observe each species and includes helpful distribution maps. Suitable for anyone with an interest in natural history, Bovids of the World is a remarkable and attractive reference, showcasing the range and beauty of these important mammals. The first comprehensive field guide to all 279 bovid species 337 full-color plates, with more than 1,500 photographs Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, distribution, subspeciation, habitat, behavior, reproduction, and conservation status Fully updated and revised taxonomy, with common and scientific names Easy-to-read distribution maps

Kea, Bird of Paradox

The Evolution and Behavior of a New Zealand Parrot
Author: Judy Diamond,Alan B. Bond
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520920804
Category: Science
Page: 244
View: 6224
The kea, a crow-sized parrot that lives in the rugged mountains of New Zealand, is considered by some a playful comic and by others a vicious killer. Its true character is a mystery that biologists have debated for more than a century. Judy Diamond and Alan Bond have written a comprehensive account of the kea's contradictory nature, and their conclusions cast new light on the origins of behavioral flexibility and the problem of species survival in human environments everywhere. New Zealand's geological remoteness has made the country home to a bizarre assemblage of plants and animals that are wholly unlike anything found elsewhere. Keas are native only to the South Island, breeding high in the rigorous, unforgiving environment of the Southern Alps. Bold, curious, and ingeniously destructive, keas have a complex social system that includes extensive play behavior. Like coyotes, crows, and humans, keas are "open-program" animals with an unusual ability to learn and to create new solutions to whatever problems they encounter. Diamond and Bond present the kea's story from historical and contemporary perspectives and include observations from their years of field work. A comparison of the kea's behavior and ecology with that of its closest relative, the kaka of New Zealand's lowland rain forests, yields insights into the origins of the kea's extraordinary adaptability. The authors conclude that the kea's high level of sociality is a key factor in the flexible lifestyle that probably evolved in response to the alpine habitat's unreliable food resources and has allowed the bird to survive the extermination of much of its original ecosystem. But adaptability has its limits, as the authors make clear when describing present-day interactions between keas and humans and the attempts to achieve a peaceful coexistence.

The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals

Author: Donald R. Prothero
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400884454
Category: Nature
Page: 240
View: 3121
After the mass extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, mammals became the dominant terrestrial life form on our planet. Roaming the earth were spectacular beasts such as saber-toothed cats, giant mastodonts, immense ground sloths, and gigantic giraffe-like rhinoceroses. Here is the ultimate illustrated field guide to the lost world of these weird and wonderful prehistoric creatures. A woolly mammoth probably won't come thundering through your vegetable garden any time soon. But if one did, this would be the book to keep on your windowsill next to the binoculars. It covers all the main groups of fossil mammals, discussing taxonomy and evolutionary history, and providing concise accounts of the better-known genera and species as well as an up-to-date family tree for each group. No other book presents such a wealth of new information about these animals—what they looked like, how they behaved, and how they were interrelated. In addition, this unique guide is stunningly illustrated throughout with full-color reconstructions of these beasts—many never before depicted—along with photographs of amazing fossils from around the world. Provides an up-to-date guidebook to hundreds of extinct species, from saber-toothed cats to giant mammoths Features a wealth of color illustrations, including new reconstructions of many animals never before depicted Demonstrates evolution in action—such as how whales evolved from hoofed mammals and how giraffes evolved from creatures with short necks Explains how mass extinctions and climate change affected mammals, including why some mammals grew so huge

The secret

Author: René Fumoleau
Publisher: Northstone Publishing
ISBN: 9782890889194
Category: Poetry
Page: 187
View: 8674

Deer and Deer Hunting

The Serious Hunter's Guide
Author: Robert Wegner
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811725859
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 320
View: 6746
Offers profiles of famous deer hunters, discusses deer habits and behavior, and looks at bow hunting, deer camps, and hunting ethics

Mammal Societies

Author: Tim Clutton-Brock
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119095328
Category: Science
Page: 760
View: 4844
The book aims to integrate our understanding of mammalian societies into a novel synthesis that is relevant to behavioural ecologists, ecologists, and anthropologists. It adopts a coherent structure that deals initially with the characteristics and strategies of females, before covering those of males, cooperative societies and hominid societies. It reviews our current understanding both of the structure of societies and of the strategies of individuals; it combines coverage of relevant areas of theory with coverage of interspecific comparisons, intraspecific comparisons and experiments; it explores both evolutionary causes of different traits and their ecological consequences; and it integrates research on different groups of mammals with research on primates and humans and attempts to put research on human societies into a broader perspective.

Evolutionary Ecology of Marsupials

Author: Anthony K. Lee,Andrew Cockburn
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521252928
Category: Nature
Page: 274
View: 7790
This book documents the excellent potential the study of marsupials provides for resolution of theoretical questions of general importance in biology.

Patterns of Behavior

Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, and the Founding of Ethology
Author: Richard W. Burkhardt
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226080900
Category: Science
Page: 636
View: 2247
Ethology, the study of animal behaviour, has emerged as a serious discipline only within the past century. This volume recounts the development of scientific interest in animals when they are alive, rather than dead on the dissecting table.

Mammals of the Soviet Union, Volume 2 Part 2 Carnivora (Hyenas and Cats)

Author: V. G. Heptner
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004088764
Category: Nature
Page: 784
View: 7227

Elk Country

Author: Valerius Geist
Publisher: Northword Press
ISBN: 9781559712088
Category: Nature
Page: 160
View: 8459
-- Takes a complete look at life cycle and behavior. -- Examines the past and prospects for the future.

The Encyclopedia of Mammals

Author: David MacDonald
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Reference
Page: 976
View: 3999
The ultimate reference book on mammals, this groundbreaking work is unrivalled in its academic scope and coverage, its stunning photography, and its reader-friendly language and layout. It includes feature articles on fascinating topics, breathtaking photo stories, and quick-access Factfile panels.

A Sting in the Tale

My Adventures with Bumblebees
Author: Dave Goulson
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 1250048389
Category: Nature
Page: 288
View: 4341
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT NATURE WRITERS SUCH AS E.O. WILSON AND CHARMING MEMOIRS LIKE GERALD DURRELL'S MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS, THIS FASCINATING BOOK WILL ALTER THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT BUMBLEBEES. Dave Goulson became obsessed with wildlife as a small boy growing up in rural Shropshire, starting with an increasingly exotic menagerie of pets. When his interest turned to the anatomical, there were even some ill-fated experiments with taxidermy. But bees are where Goulson's true passion lies—the humble bumblebee in particular. Once commonly found in the marshes of Kent, the English short-haired bumblebee went extinct in the United Kingdom, but by a twist of fate still exists in the wilds of New Zealand, the descendants of a few pairs shipped over in the nineteenth century. Dave Goulson's passionate quest to reintroduce it to its native land is one of the highlights of a book that includes original research into the habits of these mysterious creatures, history's relationship with the bumblebee, and advice on how to protect the bumblebee for future generations. One of the United Kingdom's most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Goulson combines lighthearted tales of a child's growing passion for nature with a deep insight into the crucial importance of the bumblebee. He details the minutiae of life in the nest, sharing fascinating research into the effects intensive farming has had on our bee population and the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path.

Mule Deer Country

Author: Valerius Geist,Michael Harlowe Francis
Publisher: NorthWord Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781559716802
Category: Nature
Page: 176
View: 2979
-- A valuable and comprehensive reference. -- Beautiful coffee-table book.

Polar Dance

Born of the North Wind
Author: Thomas D. Mangelsen,Fred Bruemmer,Cara Blessley
Publisher: [Omaha, Neb.] : Images of Nature
ISBN: 9781890310035
Category: Photography
Page: 264
View: 9737
Over two hundred photographs chronicle the lives of a mother polar bear, her two cubs, and a lone male bear through the seasons of an Arctic year.

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

Author: Frans de Waal
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393246191
Category: Science
Page: 320
View: 2370
A New York Times Bestseller From world-renowned biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal, a groundbreaking work on animal intelligence destined to become a classic. What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future—all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet’s preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long. People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you’re less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal’s landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal—and human—intelligence.