In Bears of the North, renowned wildlife photographer, naturalist, and bestselling author Wayne Lynch offers us a work of scintillating science and stunning beauty. Following polar bears, brown bears, and American and Asiatic black bears through the seasons, this journey is an insider's view of hibernation's mysteries and the birth of cubs in winter; the mating rituals and voracious appetites of spring; hunting, fishing, and encounters with neighbors during summer; and the feeding frenzy and exuberant play of autumn. Dispelling the stereotypes and untruths – but none of the magic – surrounding these magnificent animals, Lynch comments on the latest scientific discoveries related to the biology, behavior, and ecology of bears. He describes how satellite telemetry has revealed the purpose behind the meanderings of bears and the great distances they sometimes cover on land and in water. He also shows how DNA analysis can teach us about the relatedness of bears within a population, even revealing the identity of a particular cub's father.
Taking us out into the wilds of the tundra and forests to share his firsthand observations of the marvelous bears of the Northern Hemisphere, Lynch describes their survival strategies and the threats they face from habitat fragmentation and global climate change. Lynch's fascinating narrative is enhanced by over 150 gorgeous, original color photographs that capture bears in their habitats, including appearances of the elusive moon bear, fierce polar bear battles, and rare images of mothers' intimate moments with their cubs. Informed by Lynch's nearly forty years of experience observing and photographing bears in the wild, and aided by sophisticated digital photo technologies, Bears of the North is an unrivaled collection of enthralling and informative portraits of bears in their natural environments.
The Bear Family: Family Ursidae
The Polar Bear
The Brown Bear
The Asiatic Black Bear
The American Black Bear
A Bear in Hibernation, Down but Not Out
Journey to the Ice
On the Sea Ice
Getting Under Way
Origin of the Sea Bear
Hunters on the Ice
More like Cows than Carnivores
Droppings and Digestibles
Caching and Carrion
The Mating Game
The Biology of Murder
Coming of Age in Bearland
The Family Breaks Up
Orphans and Castaways
The Hunter and the Hunted
Ants and Other Edibles
Bears on the Beach
Salmon and Bears
Hierarchy Highs and Lows
The Language of Bears
Bear Rub Trees
A Day in the Life
The Challenge of Living with a Cousin
The Fall Feeding Frenzy
Packing on the Pounds
The Games That Bears Play
A Bear's Domain
The Brainy Bruin
Bedding Down for Winter
Danger in the Den
The Challenge of Life on the Ice
8. The Unbearable Future
Chemicals That Poison
Poaching for Placebos and Profit
The Big Melt
Appendix A. The Tropical Bears
The Andean Bear of the Cloud Forests
The Sun Bear
Giant Panda, the Bamboo Bear of China
The Sloth Bear: The Termite Terminator
Appendix B. Scientific Names of Plants and Animals
Renowned wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch is the author or photographer of numerous books, including Penguins of the World, Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior, Planet Arctic: Life at the Top of the World, Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior, The Great Northern Kingdom: Life in the Boreal Forest, and Alligators: The Illustrated Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation.
"A marvelous book! Lynch's ability to communicate the latest science and his stunning images have merged into a book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in wildlife."
– Andrew Derocher, author of Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior
"Wayne Lynch is both a wonderful writer and a marvelous photographer. His text is superb and based on extensive research and personal experience with the four species of bears that are the focus of this brilliant book. In addition, he illustrates the behavior of bears with outstanding photographs. I strongly recommend this book."
– John Alcock, author of Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach
"In Bears of the North, Wayne Lynch provides excellent insight into our current knowledge of bears, especially the four northernmost species. He does this through a masterful combination of narratives from the field, interviews with scientists, understandable explanations of scientific research, and fantastic photographs."
– Jon E. Swenson, Professor Emeritus, Norwegian University of Life Sciences / Editor-in-Chief, Ursus
"Bears of the North, a product of Wayne Lynch's years of experience and fascination with bears, combines compelling, accurate information with skilled writing and beautiful photos. Lynch does an excellent job of synthesizing scientific literature and incorporating the insights of bear experts."
– John Hechtel, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (retired)
"Bears of the North is breathtaking in its scholarly thoroughness and breadth. It is a work of passion and a great read."
– Bernd Heinrich, author of A Naturalist at Large: The Best Essays of Bernd Heinrich