350 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
This landmark reference by award-winning nature writer Adrian Forsyth includes scientific names, descriptions and behavioral information for the wild mammals of North America, but is much more than a field guide. In engaging language, the author delves into the reasons the animals live and act the way they do, explaining for example:
- Why some predators are highly social while others live alone
- Why shrews no bigger than a thimble eat more than their body weight each day
- How a bat can pick a small insect off the surface of a leaf in total darkness
- How a squat prehistoric pig-like animal evolved into the pronghorn antelope, one of the world's fastest creatures.
The text is illustrated with exquisite color photographs by some of North America's foremost wildlife photographers, making Mammals of North America an important nature reference for the entire family.
"Mammals of North America is a beautiful and well-written book."
- Vince Kueter, Seattle Times, 1999-12-16
"Mammals of North America is much more than a field guide. It allows the readers insight into the lives and history of the animals featured. With its beautiful photographs and well-written text it will be welcome in both school and public libraries."
- Shannon M. Graff, American Reference Book Annual, 2000-01-01
"One marvels at the extent and excellence of the author's research, interpretation, and condensation of topics for the interest and edification of today's readers."
- Norma Ames, Science Books and Films, 2000-05-01
"A nicely illustrated, technically excellent, and reader-friendly reference that would make a fine addition to any amateur naturalist's library."
- Audubon, 2000-03-01
"This is a book any naturalist would be proud to have on his or her bookshelf. Highly readable, visually stimulating with outstanding photographs gracing nearly every page, and filled with fascinating information, it's a resource I know I'll consult again and again [...] I was fascinated, from cover to cover."
- R. Sander-Regier, Canadian Field-Naturalist, 2001-12-01
"A tremendous educational resource."
- Green Teacher, 2000-06-01
"The text is clear and easy to comprehend. The illustrations will capture the attention of both the nature lover and the casual browser. It is a fascinating book that will be useful in junior-high-school, high-school, and public library collections."
- Booklist, 2000-03-15
"A valuable reference book, Mammals of North America also makes for engaging reading about everything from gorilla harems to ground squirrels' dust-bath grooming regimens."
- Lynn Van Matre, Chicago Tribune, 2000-01-02
"Several full-page photos, especially of baby animals, are stunning."
- Rich Gotshall, Indianapolis Star, 1999-12-05
"A celebration of mammals in text and dream-inducing color photographs. There is a transcendent beauty in the creatures of the world, and you will find it in the pages of this book."
- Dan Hays, Salem Statesman-Journal, 1999-12-05
"This reference book belongs in every local library."
- Mary Ann Grossman, St Paul Pioneer Press, 1999-12-12
"Adam Forsyth writes knowledgeably and succinctly about his subjects [...] The photographs in this book are nicely variegated – a mountain lion with mouth agape in a growl, a lazy seal with half-open eyes, a hoary marmot poised on a rock to take an alpine sniff."
- Washington Post, 1999-12-05
"A gorgeous coffee-table book [...] No mere photo essay, this is an easy-to-read, yet encyclopedic look at 150 species by an eminent biodiversity scientist who, though working at the Smithsonian now, was born and raised in Ottawa. Bottom Line: Learn a lot and like it."
- Harrowsmith, Truly Canadian Almanac
New World Opossums
PIKAS, RABBITS and HARES
Rabbits and Hares
Kangaroo Rats and Pocket Mice
Mice, Rats and Voles
Foxes and Wolves
Eared Seals Walrus and Hair Seals
Weasels, Badgers and Otters
WHALES, DOLPHINS and PORPOISES
White Whales and Narwhal
Oxen, Goats and Sheep
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Adrian Forsyth is a specialist in animal behavior and the author of numerous books, including Portraits of the Rainforest and Exploring the World of Birds. A co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Association and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, he lives in Washington, D.C.