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The Three-Minute Outdoorsman: Wild Science from Magnetic Deer to Mumbling Carp

Popular Science

By: Robert M Zink (Author)

University of Minnesota Press

Paperback | Apr 2014 | #212332 | ISBN-13: 9780816692538
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About this book

There are days when, if we hunt or fish or watch birds, we just want to be alone with our thoughts. Other times, however, contemplating the great outdoors that contains so many unknowns, we may wish to learn about moaning moose . . . or mumbling carp . . . or magnetic deer. And this is where Robert M. Zink and The Three-Minute Outdoorsman enters the scene.

A writer who humorously bridges the gap between esoteric information and nature as we have come to know it, Zink distills the latest news from the world of science into three-minute bursts of irresistible lore for the layman. In these brief, engaging essays readers will discover, for instance, how deer use the earth's magnetic field for orientation; a long-gone tradition of hunting loons in North Carolina; how porcupine quills are advancing new ideas about delivering inoculations; and why deer antlers can model bone regeneration for amputees.

How do predator-prey cycles get started? Should we worry about black bear attacks in the woods? Zink has the answers – often to questions we didn't think to ask but wish we had. This is the outdoors at its mysterious best, as the experience of nature and the findings of science combine to educate our sense of wonder and tickle our fancy – to say nothing of our highly unscientific funny bone.


Contents

Contents

Preface 

All Things Deer
1. A Short History of Deer in North America 
2. A Message From Our Native Birds: Deer Hunters Needed 
3. The Science of Chronic Wasting Disease and Its Relevance for Management of White-tailed Deer 
4. Urban Deer: Hunting vs. Birth Control 
5. It's Taken Centuries, but We Now Know Why Deer Don't Ask to Use Your Compass 
6. Why are Medical Researchers Interested in Antlers? 
7. Isn't It Obvious Why Deer Have Antlers? 
8. A New Kind of (un)Natural Selection on Deer Antlers: Hunting 
9. My Deer Doctor: Take Two Acorns and Call Me in the Morning 
10. Trying to Out-fox Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease 
11. Deer and Their Subspecies: Fact or Fiction? 
12. Can Game Managers Control the Number of Deer? 
13. Mountain Lions, Prions, and Sick Deer 
14. The Rut: Maybe More Than You Wanted to Know 

In The Woods 
15. Hunting Spots for Wild Turkeys at the Last Glacial Maximum 
16. Wolves, Coyotes, and Deer 
17. Lead, Lead, Everywhere? 
18. Politics and the Lead Ammo Debate 
19. Getting the Lead Out (of Chukars) 
20. Sounding the Alarm, Mourning Dove Style 
21. Moaning Moose and Topi Lies 
22. Turkeys and Love: What's Actually Happening Out There in Spring? 
23. Looking Back at the Turkey Season: What You Might Not Have Seen 
24. When Black Bears Attack! 
25. I Wouldn't Have Seen It if I Hadn't Believed It: A Look at the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Controversy 
26. Recent Developments in the Climate Change News 
27. Night of the Dead Birds, or Too Much Hitchcock? 
28. Eagle Attacks Toddler! Then Again, Maybe Not 

In The Water 
29. Recreational Fishing Alters Fish Evolution 
30. Duck Hunting in the Low Country, or How's Your Kooikerhondje? 
31. Predators and Ducklings in the North Dakota Prairies 
32. Long-Term Sexual Tensions Between Male and Female Ducks 
33. Vigilance in Ducks: More Than Meets the Eye(lid) 
34. What Little We Knew About the Labrador Duck Just Got Littler 
35. Mumbling Along: Lessons From the Past About Stopping the Spread of Exotic Species 
36. What You Don't See Under Your Boat 
37. Never Be a Baby Bird 
38. Oh No! Duck Hunting Videos Might Not Be Realistic! 
39. Snow Geese and Polar Bears: Collision Course? 
40. Species Conservation at the State Level: A Fish-Eye View 

Animals And Us 
41. Reconsider Your Walk with Fido? 
42. Loon Hunting: A Bygone Tradition 
43. Market Hunting and the Demise of the Eskimo Curlew 
44. The Ethics of Baiting and High-Fence Ranch Hunting: A Perennial Debate 
45. Hunters and Conservationists at Odds Over Shooting Shorebirds 
46. A Conversation About Hunting in the Netherlands 
47. Back from the Dead: Mother Goose Goes to the Poor House, Cooked 
48. Cats Outdoors and Native Birds: An Unnatural Mix 
49. Five Million U.S. Residents Don't See the Problem with Their Cat Killing Just One Bird a Day 
50. Cats on Birds: A More Insidious Side 
51. Some We Love, Others Not So Much 
52. RICO, the Circus, and Conflicts Between Hunters and Non-hunters 

Animal Intelligence 
53. A New Respect for Porcupine Quills 
54. Outfoxed Again: Foxes Use Built-in Rangefinders! 
55. How do Ground Nesting Grouse Ever Breed Successfully? An Oily Subject 
56. Our Chickadees are Smarter than Theirs 
57. Neck Deep in Guano: A Recent History of Chimney Swifts 
58. Shake, Rattle, and Spray, Doggie Style 
59. Drahthaar Follies 
60. "Trash Birds," the Law, and Some Amazing Biology 
61. The Dating Game, Antelope Style 
62. Camouflage: One of Life's Universals 
63. One More Cup of Coffee

Postscript: Confessions of a Three-Minute Outdoorsman 
Index


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Biography

Robert M. Zink is Breckenridge chair in ornithology at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as the curator of birds and is professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior.

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