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A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife

Field / Identification Guide
The most comprehensive field guide to Arctic wildlife

By: Richard Sale (Author), Per Michelsen (Illustrator)

464 pages, 39 plates with colour illustrations; 250 colour photos, colour distribution maps

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Paperback | Aug 2012 | #202221 | ISBN-13: 9781770851290
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Hardback | Sep 2006 | #155483 | ISBN: 0713670398
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About this book

This is the ideal guidebook to the wildlife of the Arctic, which is undergoing such a perilous change. Polar expert Richard Sale describes the ecological and human dynamics of the Arctic as a whole, with detailed information about the peoples of the region and their history. He also discusses the future for the region and its wildlife, severely threatened by both climatic change and the overwhelming pollution created by humankind.

Following sections on Arctic geology, geography, speciation and biogeography, A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife provides extensive field coverage of all the region's mammals and birds. In-depth information on each species includes notes on identification, size, voice, distribution, diet, breeding, taxonomy and more.

A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife is packed with stunning photographs and features range maps of the entire circumpolar ranges – including oceans and seas – of the various polar creatures. This beautifully illustrated and authoritative book will provide a renewed understanding of the Arctic and its unique challenges.

"[...] I think that this book will be of limited value as a field guide to birds, mostly due to the limitations previously mentioned in this review. The lack of illustrations for all the forms that may be encountered (especially females) would alone necessitate having another field guide handy. Thankfully, there are plenty of good field guides available for most, if not all, of the Arctic regions. I’m much less qualified to pronounce judgment on the merits of the mammal field guide, but it appears adequate for that purpose.

However, its usefulness as a reference is unquestionable. Moreover, the introduction to the region provided here should be mandatory reading for any first time travelers to the Arctic, or anyone even slightly interested in this region. Thus, despite the issues and outright errors this book is recommended and will accompany me on my first journey to the Arctic (whenever that might be)."

- Grant McCreary (27-03-2008), read the full review at The Birder's Library


Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction

    Defining the Arctic
    Arctic geology
    The Arctic climate
    Humans in the Arctic
    Arctic habitats
    Adaptations for Arctic life
    Speciation and biogeography
    The fragile Arctic

How to use the field guides Field guide to Arctic birds

    Loons
    Grebes
    Albatrosses, petrels and allies
    Cormorants
    Wildfowl
        Swans
        Geese
        Ducks
    Raptors
    Grouse
    Cranes
    Waders
        Plovers
        Stints and sandpipers
        Snipes and dowitchers
        Curlews, godwits and allies
        Turnstones
        Phalaropes
    Skuas
    Gulls
    Terns
    Auks
    Owls
    Kingfishers
    Larks
    Swallows
    Pipits and wagtails
    Thrushes and chats
    Warblers, tits and chickadees
    Crows
    New World warblers
    New World sparrows and buntings
    Finches

Field guide to Arctic mammals

    Shrews
    Rodents
    Lagomorphs
    Ungulates
    Carnivores
        Dogs
        Bears
        Cats
        Mustelids
    Pinnipeds
    Cetaceans

A visitor's guide to the Arctic

Index

 


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Biography

Richard Sale is the author of Polar Reaches: The History of Arctic and Antarctic Exploration. He lives in the UK. Per Michelsen frequently photographs the northern reaches of the globe. He lives in Norway.

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