204 pages, 135 colour photos, b/w illustrations, 47 distribution maps
Bats of the United States and Canada is the only complete and accessible guide to all forty-seven species of bats found in the region. A wide variety of species lives in the United States and Canada, ranging from the California leaf-nosed bat to the Florida bonneted bat, from the eastern small-footed bat to the northern long-eared Bat. Fact-filled and easy to use, this guide includes accurate range maps, detailed biological information, and useful identification tips. J. Scott Altenbach's stunning photographs accompany each species account, capturing the amazing diversity of these winged mammals.
This guide also includes helpful information on the natural history of bats from across the globe. Bats today face ever-increasing danger from destruction of habitat, new technologies such as wind turbines, chemical toxicants, and devastating diseases like white-nose syndrome, which is killing millions of cave bats in the United States and Canada. The authors discuss these threats and others as well as the latest conservation efforts to protect bats around the world. Written by three of the world's leading bat experts, this volume is the most comprehensive guide to the bat species of the United States and Canada available.
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Michael J. Harvey is professor emeritus and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at Tennessee Technological University.
J. Scott Altenbach is professor emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico.
Troy L. Best is a professor of biological sciences at Auburn University.