The Three-Minute Outdoorsman: Wild Science from Magnetic Deer to Mumbling Carp

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There are days when, if we hunt or fish or watch birds, we just want to be alone with our thoughts. Other times, however, contemplating the great outdoors that contains so many unknowns, we may wish to learn about moaning moose . . . or mumbling carp . . . or magnetic deer. And this is where Robert M. Zink enters the scene.

A writer who humorously bridges the gap between esoteric information and nature as we have come to know it, Zink distills the latest news from the world of ...

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The Three-Minute Outdoorsman: Wild Science from Magnetic Deer to Mumbling Carp

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Overview

There are days when, if we hunt or fish or watch birds, we just want to be alone with our thoughts. Other times, however, contemplating the great outdoors that contains so many unknowns, we may wish to learn about moaning moose . . . or mumbling carp . . . or magnetic deer. And this is where Robert M. Zink enters the scene.

A writer who humorously bridges the gap between esoteric information and nature as we have come to know it, Zink distills the latest news from the world of science into three-minute bursts of irresistible lore for the layman. In these brief, engaging essays readers will discover, for instance, how deer use the earth’s magnetic field for orientation; a long-gone tradition of hunting loons in North Carolina; how porcupine quills are advancing new ideas about delivering inoculations; and why deer antlers can model bone regeneration for amputees.

How do predator–prey cycles get started? Should we worry about black bear attacks in the woods? Zink has the answers—often to questions we didn’t think to ask but wish we had. This is the outdoors at its mysterious best, as the experience of nature and the findings of science combine to educate our sense of wonder and tickle our fancy—to say nothing of our highly unscientific funny bone.

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"Robert Zink may be the perfect outdoor nimrod, an awe struck beginner with an inquiring mind. This book makes an old woodsy veteran like me pause to think about the fascinating and mysterious world in which we go forth to hunt and to fish. . . . all the while pretending to be experts." —Ron Schara, host and founder, Minnesota Bound

 "Robert M. Zink will capture the hearts of outdoorsmen with a touch of science, a touch of common sense, uncommon wisdom, and a warm sense of humor. The Three-Minute Outdoorsman is a must read for anyone interested in nearly every aspect of the outdoor world." —Babe Winkelman, America’s Premiere Outdoorsman

 "This book answers both typical and exotic questions about nature in a plain and non-condescending manner. " —Foreword

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816692538
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 4/25/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 359,756
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Zink is Breckenridge chair in ornithology at the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as the curator of birds and is professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

All Things Deer

1. A Short History of Deer in North America

2. A Message From Our Native Birds: Deer Hunters Needed

3. The Science of Chronic Wasting Disease and Its Relevance for Management of White-tailed Deer

4. Urban Deer: Hunting vs. Birth Control

5. It’s Taken Centuries, but We Now Know Why Deer Don’t Ask to Use Your Compass

6. Why are Medical Researchers Interested in Antlers?

7. Isn’t It Obvious Why Deer Have Antlers?

8. A New Kind of (un)Natural Selection on Deer Antlers: Hunting

9. My Deer Doctor: Take Two Acorns and Call Me in the Morning

10. Trying to Out-fox Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease

11. Deer and Their Subspecies: Fact or Fiction?

12. Can Game Managers Control the Number of Deer?

13. Mountain Lions, Prions, and Sick Deer

14. The Rut: Maybe More Than You Wanted to Know

In The Woods

15. Hunting Spots for Wild Turkeys at the Last Glacial Maximum

16. Wolves, Coyotes, and Deer

17. Lead, Lead, Everywhere?

18. Politics and the Lead Ammo Debate

19. Getting the Lead Out (of Chukars)

20. Sounding the Alarm, Mourning Dove Style

21. Moaning Moose and Topi Lies

22. Turkeys and Love: What’s Actually Happening Out There in Spring?

23. Looking Back at the Turkey Season: What You Might Not Have Seen

24. When Black Bears Attack!

25. I Wouldn’t Have Seen It if I Hadn’t Believed It: A Look at the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Controversy

26. Recent Developments in the Climate Change News

27. Night of the Dead Birds, or Too Much Hitchcock?

28. Eagle Attacks Toddler! Then Again, Maybe Not

In The Water

29. Recreational Fishing Alters Fish Evolution

30. Duck Hunting in the Low Country, or How’s Your Kooikerhondje?

31. Predators and Ducklings in the North Dakota Prairies

32. Long-Term Sexual Tensions Between Male and Female Ducks

33. Vigilance in Ducks: More Than Meets the Eye(lid)

34. What Little We Knew About the Labrador Duck Just Got Littler

35. Mumbling Along: Lessons From the Past About Stopping the Spread of Exotic Species

36. What You Don’t See Under Your Boat

37. Never Be a Baby Bird

38. Oh No! Duck Hunting Videos Might Not Be Realistic!

39. Snow Geese and Polar Bears: Collision Course?

40. Species Conservation at the State Level: A Fish-Eye View

Animals And Us

41. Reconsider Your Walk with Fido?

42. Loon Hunting: A Bygone Tradition

43. Market Hunting and the Demise of the Eskimo Curlew

44. The Ethics of Baiting and High-Fence Ranch Hunting: A Perennial Debate

45. Hunters and Conservationists at Odds Over Shooting Shorebirds

46. A Conversation About Hunting in the Netherlands

47. Back from the Dead: Mother Goose Goes to the Poor House, Cooked

48. Cats Outdoors and Native Birds: An Unnatural Mix

49. Five Million U.S. Residents Don’t See the Problem with Their Cat Killing Just One Bird a Day

50. Cats on Birds: A More Insidious Side

51. Some We Love, Others Not So Much

52. RICO, the Circus, and Conflicts Between Hunters and Non-hunters

Animal Intelligence

53. A New Respect for Porcupine Quills

54. Outfoxed Again: Foxes Use Built-in Rangefinders!

55. How do Ground Nesting Grouse Ever Breed Successfully? An Oily Subject

56. Our Chickadees are Smarter than Theirs

57. Neck Deep in Guano: A Recent History of Chimney Swifts

58. Shake, Rattle, and Spray, Doggie Style

59. Drahthaar Follies

60. “Trash Birds”, the Law, and Some Amazing Biology

61. The Dating Game, Antelope Style

62. Camouflage: One of Life’s Universals

63. One More Cup of Coffee

Postscript: Confessions of a Three-Minute Outdoorsman

Index

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