Friday, April 30, 2010

New Titles

 1) Chadwick, Douglas H. The Wolverine Way. 2010. Patagonia Books. Hardbound: 277 pages. Price: $25.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: The Wolverine Way reveals the natural history of this species and the forces that threaten its future, engagingly told by Douglas Chadwick, who volunteered with the Glacier Wolverine Project. This five-year study in Glacier National Park – which involved dealing with blizzards, grizzlies, sheer mountain walls, and other daily challenges to survival – uncovered key missing information about the wolverine’s habitat, social structure and reproduction habits. Wolverines, according to Chadwick, are the land equivalent of polar bears in regard to the impacts of global warming.
RECOMMENDATION: An interesting read on this elusive predator.

2) Faulkner, Douglas W. Birds of Wyoming. 2010. Roberts and Company, Publishers. Hardbound: 404 pages. Price: $45.00 U.S.
SUMMARY: Birds of Wyoming is the first comprehensive guide since 1939 to the status and distribution of Wyoming’s avifauna. The book provides detailed information for over 400 bird species known to have occurred in Wyoming through 2008. Each full-page resident species account features a species photo and distribution map, while the non-resident section provides the reader insight on regular migrants and rarities. Introductory chapters authored by state experts give an indepth look at the state’s ornithological history, vegetative landscapes, and avian conservation efforts. Habitat-focused sections by regional experts provide a broader view of management and conservation issues within Wyoming’s dominant sagebrush, montane forest, and shortgrass prairie ecotones. Birds of Wyoming fills the niche for a state-based reference that will be useful to a wide range of professional disciplines and amateur birders. Governmental land managers as well as local and out-of-state birders alike will benefit from the easily accessible information (and literature references in most cases) in each species account.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for birders in the region, although I wish the resident and non-resident birds were in one section instead of two.

3)Hatcher, J.B. Bone Hunters In Patagonia. 1903 (1985). Paperback: 209 pages. Price: $22.00 U.S.

SUMMARY: In 1896 paleontologist John Bell Hatcher set off to collect the wondrous fossils rumored to be found in the harsh and often hostile mountains and plains of Patagonia. Bone Hunters in Patagonia is Hatcher's account of his remarkable three-year expedition. In form and content, it reads much like a continuation of Charles Darwin's Patagonian reports in Voyage of the Beagle. Yet, in many ways, Hatcher is the more interesting author, a man "driven beyond the limits of civilization to study nature in her true form."
RECOMMENDATION: For those interested in the history of paleontology.
Bone Hunters in Patagonia: Narrative of the Expedition

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