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The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide to Alaska

Wildlife GuideOut of Print

Series: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide Series

By: Les Beletsky and Dennis Paulson

441 pages, Col photos, col illus, maps

AP Natural World

Paperback | Dec 2001 | #117427 | ISBN: 0125469608
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Contains colour illustrations of more than 320 of Alaska's most common invertebrates, insects, amphibians, fishes, birds, and mammals, presenting information for identifying and locating these anaimals as well as their ecology, behaviour and conservation. Also details the most common plants a traveller would encounter.

It will certainly appeal to the more than one million ecotourists visiting Alaska each year. ...Given its format and content, this book, and others like it in the series, should be very popular with ecotourists and anyone looking for a basic and entertaining description of a particular region's fauna and flora. --CURRENT BOOKS ON GARDENING AND BOTANY (December 2001) "This is the book with all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about Alaska's magnificient animal life. A fine addition to the traveling ecotourists." --INDIANA AUDUBON QUARTERLY (August 2001) "...this volume covers a huge and diverse area selectively, so that there are a handful of whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions, and a variety of birds of all types. There are no reptiles, but there is a selection of trees, shrubs, and herbs, insects, amphibians, land mammals, and aquatic life from anemones to Giant Pacific Octopus to salt and freshwater fish. Birders headed for Alaska will use it, not for the birds (although there are quite a few) but for the generalist approach to wildlife." --WINGING IT (June 2001)


Foreword. Preface. Ecotourism: Travel for the Environmentally Concerned: What Ecotourism Is and Why It's Important. The History of Ecotourism. Ecotravel Ethics. Alaska: Ecotourism, Geography, and Habitats: A Brief Eco-history of Alaska. Geography and Climate. Habitats and Vegetation. Parks and Reserves: Brief Descriptions and Getting Around: Getting to Alaska and Getting Around the State. Descriptions of Parks, Reserves, and other Eco-sites. Environmental Threats and Conservation in Alaska: Changing Viewpoints about Animals. Wildlife Management. Overfishing. Oil Exploration, Pipelines, and Oil Spills. Logging. Problems to Come. The Great Value of National Lands. Ecotourism and Conservation. How to Use This Book: Natural History and Ecology: What is Natural History? What is Ecology? How to Use This Book. Insects: General Characteristics and Natural History. Seeing Insects in Alaska. Family Profiles. Environmental Close-up 1: Why Are There Both Caterpillars and Butterflies? Marine Invertebrates: General Characteristics and Natural History. Seeing Marine Invertebrates in Alaska. Family Profiles. Environmental Close-up 2: Life in the Intertidal Zone. Fishes: General Characteristics and Natural History. Seeing Fishes in Alaska. Family Profiles. Environmental close-up 3: The Miracle of the Salmon. Amphibians: General Characteristics and Natural History. Seeing Amphibians in Alaska. Family Profiles. Birds: Birds: Animals to Watch. General Characteristics and Natural History. Seeing Birds in Alaska. Alaska's Seabirds. Family Profiles. Environmental Close-up 4: How do Birds and Mammals Survive at High Latitudes? Environmental Close-up 5: Advantages of Colonial Nesting. Mammals: General Characteristics and Natural History. Seeing Mammals in Alaska. Family Profiles. Environmental Close-up 6: Mammal Population Cycles. References and Additional Reading. Habitat Photos. Identification Plates. WCS Conservation Work in North America. WCS Membership Information. Species Index. General Index.

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Dennis Paulson has been studying wildlife for over 40 years, as a university professor and researcher, adult-education teacher, nature tour leader, photographer and worldwide traveller. He has written or co-authored six books and 70 papers on a variety of biological subjects, mostly concerning birds and dragonflies. At present he is Director of the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. He considers himself first and foremost, a naturalist, with interest in every aspect of nature. Les Beletsky is a professional wildlife biologist and university zoology teacher. Prior to taking up writing wildlife guides, he conducted many years of field research into the ecology and behavior of birds, publishing many scientific reports and writing two books. An avid ecotraveler, he has visited numerous sites in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. He currently makes his home in Seattle, Washington.

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