Golden Wings and Hairy Toes: Encounters with New England's Most Imperiled Wildlife

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Overview

This book profiles fourteen of New England's most rare and endangered flora and fauna-mammals, birds, insects, plants, and fish-by following the biologists who are researching, monitoring, and protecting them. Each chapter includes a first-person account of the author's experience with these experts, as well as details about the species' life history, threats, and conservation strategies. Each rare species has an important story to tell about the causes of its population decline, the obstacles each face in rebuilding a sustainable population, and the people who go to extraordinary lengths to give these species a chance to thrive.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[McLeish's] combination of firsthand reporting and background science is irresistible and will leave the reader caring about the ultimate fate of each species.”—Booklist

“This very interesting volume offers a picture of different reasons why some species are endangered . . . An excellent writer, [McLeish] provides backgrounds, explains how each species is threatened, what its prospects are, and the work that many scientists and volunteers perform to prevent extermination . . . he gives readers an excellent picture of the difficulties experienced by both species and scientists . . . Highly recommended.”—Choice

“McLeish . . . presents keenly observant profiles of fourteen of the region's most endangered species, including birds, insects, and the Northern right whale.”—Boston Globe

“In Golden Wings and Hairy Toes: Encounters With New England's Most Imperiled Wildlife (University Press of New England), author Todd McLeish is a sharp-eyed and fearless observer in the field. He traps bats in Vermont and lynx in Maine and survives an attack by marauding roseate terns in Buzzards Bay.”—Sunday Boston Globe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584656265
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 10/31/2007
  • Series: Revisiting New England Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,053,181
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

TODD MCLEISH is a publicist at the University of Rhode Island and has published over 100 articles on wildlife topics for such publications as Bird Watcher’s Digest, WildBird, Natural New England, Northern Woodlands, Country Journal, Northern Sky News, and the Providence Journal.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 North Atlantic Right Whale 1

2 Ringed Boghaunter 19

3 Bicknell's Thrush 37

4 Northern Red-Bellied Cooter 54

5 Sandplain Gerardia 71

6 Indiana Bat 87

7 Atlantic Salmon 106

8 American Burying Beetle 125

9 Golden-Winged Warbler 143

10 Karner Blue 161

11 Canada Lynx 177

12 Shortnose Sturgeon 192

13 Jesup's Milk-Vetch 208

14 Roseate Tern 223

Acknowledgments 241

Bibliography 243

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