Polar Bears: A Natural History of a Threatened Species

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Dr Ian Stirling, the best known polar bear scientist in the world, compresses the major new discoveries of the last 40 years of research on this iconic mammal into a new easily readable and scientifically comprehensive book about the ecology and natural history of polar bears.  He explains how polar bears evolved, how they were researched, aspects of their behaviour and how the threat of global warming is jeopardizing the survival of this magnificent hunter.

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Overview

Dr Ian Stirling, the best known polar bear scientist in the world, compresses the major new discoveries of the last 40 years of research on this iconic mammal into a new easily readable and scientifically comprehensive book about the ecology and natural history of polar bears.  He explains how polar bears evolved, how they were researched, aspects of their behaviour and how the threat of global warming is jeopardizing the survival of this magnificent hunter.

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“With this book – the best ever to be written about polar bears - we are blessed with the opportunity to benefit from Ian Stirling’s extensive knowledge and life-long experience with this magnificent animal. When he began his study of polar bears more than 40 years ago, knowledge was limited and research methods were crude. Ian and his many colleagues now use modern techniques, ranging from satellite imagery to telemetry equipment to DNA-analyses. The outcome is exciting and fascinating.
 
Ian Stirling is not only a brilliant scientist – he has also a profound love for the Arctic’s nature and wildlife. He shows us that the far North is not a barren and hostile environment, but unique and beautiful. The fragile Arctic is, however, affected by climate change, transboundary pollution and other disturbances. The new knowledge presented in this book is crucial for conservation and management of Arctic nature and its polar bears.
 
Read Ian Stirling’s book, admire the pictures and enjoy. And if you go North, be as careful as he is. Leave nothing but your footprints”.
 
 
—Dr. Thor S. Larsen. Founding member of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group and former Head of Biology Department and Director of Research at the Norwegian Polar Institute
 
 
 
 
“For over thirty years now, whenever there is debate over polar bears, I have turned to Ian Stirling not just for definitive facts and figures, but for genuine wisdom and perspective. To work with Ian in the field is to experience a man entirely at home in the Arctic environment, not unlike the bears he knows so well”.
 
—Monte Hummel, President Emeritus, WWF-Canada.
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Stirling (scientist, emeritus, Canadian Wildlife Svc.; biology, Univ. of Alberta) has studied polar bears for over 40 years. In this highly readable natural history of the polar bear in a nontechnical reference format, he presents the basic facts about polar bears in response to the general public's heightened awareness of the species because of climate change. As polar bears rely on an ice-based environment, global warming is a serious threat to their existence. In this book, readers learn about polar bears' distribution, evolution, feeding habits, morphology, physiology, reproduction, conservation, behavior, and threats to their survival. Stirling draws extensively from his own research as well as from traditional knowledge from different groups of native peoples, such as the Inuits, who have interacted with polar bears for thousands of years. VERDICT Not just for mammalogists, this title will appeal to readers with an interest in arctic ecology or the effects of global warming.—Diana Hartle, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554551552
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 974,988
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

As a research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Dr. Ian Stirling has studied the behavior, population, ecology and predator-prey relationships of polar bears for 40 years. His research on polar bears in western Hudson Bay provided the first clear demonstration of how climate change was having clear, negative consequences on polar bears there. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles and three books.

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