Mammals of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)

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9780618153138: Mammals of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)

Brilliant images, lively text, and accurate maps - your best guide to North America's magnificent wild mammals

* Covers every species of mammal known to occur in North America and its offshore waters, including naturalized exotics - 450 species in all

* More than 1,100 photographs selected and digitally edited for clarity

* Organized for quick and convenient use, with a pictorial table of contents, a one-page index, and color tabs for sections

* Full index that doubles as a life list

* Range maps on text pages show where each species is common or rare

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Naturalists and photographers Nora Bowers and Rick Bowers have studied and photographed wildlife throughout North America. Their work has been featured in many books and magazines, and they were the principal photographers for the two previous Kaufman Focus Guides, to birds and butterflies.

Rick Bowers is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: Kaufman Focus Guide to Mammals of North America (Refer to ISBN 978-0618951888)

Kenn Kaufman is a legend among birders. At sixteen he hitchhiked back and forth across North America, traveling eighty thousand miles in a year, simply to see as many birds as he could' he came back to tell the story in KINGBIRD HIGHWAY. A field editor for AUDUBON and a regular contributor to every major birding magazine, he is the youngest person ever to receive the Ludlow Griscom Award, the highest honor of the American Birding Association. His natural history pursuits have taken him to all seven continents, but he has made a special study of North American birds. His books include LIVES OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS, the PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO ADVANCED BIRDING, and the FOCUS GUIDE TO BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA. He resides in Tucson, Arizona.

From Publishers Weekly:

Even renowned birder Kaufman admits that sighting a "mammal trumps everything else" when observing nature in the field. To help naturalists identify those warm-blooded animals that cross their paths, he has teamed up with nature photographers Nora and Rick Bowers to present this comprehensive field reference for all 450 species of wild mammals known to occur in the United States and Canada. As in his earlier innovative guides (Birds of North America and Butterflies of North America), the touchstone is the digitally enhanced photography (all 1,200 images are edited to eliminate shadows, to correct colors and to resize for easy comparisons among species), the bulk of which the Bowerses shot during their 30 years of wildlife study. For quick reference, the mammals are subdivided into 15 categories, like "Hoofed Mammals," "Mice and Rats" or "Dogs, Cats, Bears," with color-coded tabs and a pictorial index. Each entry includes a photograph of the mammal on the right-hand page with an average weight and length, while a brief description of its habitat, behavior, scientific and common names, and a range chart appear on the corresponding left-hand page. In some cases, the authors have also included a sketch of the animal's tracks, or pictures of it during multiple seasons—the Arctic hare, for example, is shown molting from a mottled brown in the summer to snow white in the winter. For more in-depth information, the authors list books and online sources; however, this compact volume's encyclopedic approach to identifying mammals makes it an indispensable field resource for amateur nature enthusiasts.
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