The North American Porcupine eBook ã The North

The North American Porcupine Uldis Roze does an incredible job of writing a book that is not only stuffed with facts and scientific information but also an amazing read This book literally has everything you ever wanted to know about porcupines but also tells of the author's life as he investigated these animals You will find this book humorous as well as serious Great book One of my long time favorites Very well written and readable cover to cover Not a dry portrait of porcupines but an interesting and engaging book This would be painful for most people but if you're interested in wildlife you'd probably enjoy it The first edition of The North American Porcupine was a naturalist writing at his best ranging from habitat to biology to folklore and all in a style that makes for great reading I expect Roze to meet the same standards for this second edition of the book Praise for the first edition Rarely does one encounter scientific writing that is at the same time authoritative full of well documented data and yet as readable as this book It is good literature as well as good science Readers almost feel as though they are looking over the shoulder of the observer feeling his discomfort at the cold and rain his excitement when something new and unexpected happens and sharing in the sadness over the demise or misfortune of an animal that had long ago become a friend uarterly Review of Biology The variety power and pleasure of modern natural history shines brightly in this book Long and sympathetic watching radio tracking chemical analysis are all part of this naturalist's ingenious and peaceable arsenal of inuiry into the lives of porcupines Scientific AmericanThe North American porcupine Erethizon dorsatum is universally recognizable yet has a complex biology that continues to fascinate This large bodied slow moving herbivore is found in coniferous and mixed forested areas through much of the northern and western United States and in Canada The porcupine would be ill euipped to avoid any sort of predator were it not for its most distinguishing feature a uniue natural defensive system of thousands of sharp barbed multipurpose uills which are marvels of evolutionary adaptationIntrigued by the porcupines after he discovered them gnawing at the plywood of his Catskills cabin the biologist Uldis Roze has spent twenty five years tracking and studying this solitary animal His firsthand observations are a revelation; throughout the second edition of his classic work on the subject he shows how much can be learned by following a porcupine in the woods uill design defensive reactions foraging reproduction and life cycle are among the topics illuminated by Roze in this fine example of forest ecologyRoze's comprehensive knowledge of this important mammal will interest wildlife managers in addition to a wide audience of natural history readers The penultimate chapter in which the author rehabilitates an orphaned porcupine he names Musa teaching her to climb trees and forage show the scientific insights that come from such pursuits such as the discovery of clay eating in the porcupine diet but also the pure joy and excitement of gaining a window into the world of the porcupine Roze's writing beautifully unites scientific research with a naturalist's fascination with the outdoor world and the lives of his subjects Each animal he encounters is a teacher a storyteller of the woods a complexifier and adorner of the world Louise Emmons Adjunct Scientist Smithsonian Institution Wildlife Activist

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