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Wild Horse Scientists

Wild Horse Scientists

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by Kay Frydenborg
     
 

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Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick have both, in their own unique way, made the wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland their lives’ work. Experience Dr. Keiper's handwritten notes—taken over countless watchful hours in the field—which are both a diary and a scientific log that chart the lives of his equine subjects, some of nature's

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Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick have both, in their own unique way, made the wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland their lives’ work. Experience Dr. Keiper's handwritten notes—taken over countless watchful hours in the field—which are both a diary and a scientific log that chart the lives of his equine subjects, some of nature's greatest survivors. And follow Dr. Kirkpatrick from the lab to the field as he works tirelessly to find a way to manage the horse population with a birth control vaccine, and helps keep the precarious balance of Assateague’s ecosystem intact.

Descriptive prose meets solid science as author Kay Frydenborg offers a rare glimpse into the wild herds of Assateague, sharing beautiful photos of the Assateague herds in their island home and of both of the scientists at work—some of them never seen before.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[The] latest title in the consistently interesting Scientists in the Field series . . . A science title with wide potential appeal."
Kirkus

"Well researched, clearly written, and quite informative, this handsome book offers close-up views of scientists at work and why their work matters."
Booklist, starred review

"The information—a combination of lab and field science details and personal observation—is accessible and engaging."
Horn Book

"As with other titles in this series, the photography is outstanding, and the images of horses going about their daily business in all kinds of conditions put them front and center. . . . A worth complement to most collections."
School Library Journal, starred review

Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Assateague Island National Seashore is like no other. It is thirty-seven miles long and holds no human inhabitants. There's lots of wildlife, though—herons, eagles, plovers, sea turtles, and especially bothersome ticks and mosquitoes. But what attracts scientists and other visitors more than anything are the island's wild horses. Numbering more than one hundred, the horse population would be a lot larger if it weren't for PZP, a contraceptive injected into the mares, decreasing the chance for overpopulation and making it possible for the horses to continue living free. Readers will learn the value of patience as well as the importance of population control. They'll learn the difference between ponies and horses and how to identify a horse by its color. Although the book primarily focuses on the study of equine life in Assateague, Frydenborg shares information about wild horses living in other areas of the world as well. With its amazing photographs and interesting details, this book will appeal to the scientifically minded readers, ages 10 and up. Like the other books in the "Scientists in the Field" series, this title will appeal not only to horse lovers, but also to budding scientists, and it would be a great addition to any science curriculum. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—Focusing on the wild horses of Assateague Island, Frydenborg effectively combines scientific facts such as coloration and size, as well as the actual definition of a wild animal, with a compelling narrative about several of the scientists who are working to protect and maintain the wild horse population there. A large chunk of the book describes the horse-population management, from its inception to implementation, through the use of a fertility-control medication called PZP, though the depth of detail on this specific topic might occasionally go over the heads of younger readers. However, intriguing facts, the history of the horses, and the general descriptions of life on Assateague Island make for an excellent read. The dedication and knowledge of the scientists come through, and their work is clearly important. As with other titles in this series, the photography is outstanding, and the images of horses going about their daily business in all kinds of conditions put them front and center. A useful FAQ section, glossary of terms, and a thorough bibliography and list of websites encourage further exploration of the topic. A worthy complement to most collections.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Over years of observation and experimentation on Western ranges and an Atlantic barrier island, scientists have found and implemented a successful method to stabilize wild horse populations. This latest title in the consistently interesting Scientists in the Field series focuses on research leading to the use of porcine zona pellucida vaccine on wild horses for reliable, reversible birth control. Frydenborg introduces her readers to several scientists involved in this work, principally Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, who first studied horse herds in Montana and pioneered the use of PZP at Assateague National Seashore; Allison Turner, who observes Assateague horses on a daily basis and helps deliver the vaccine (with a rifle adapted to shoot darts); and Dr. Ronald Keiper, who developed the wild horse observation methods and record-keeping system still in use there today. Along the way are chapters on horse ancestry and the history of wild horses in this country, as well as information about color and size and other research and researchers. Underlying these particular stories are important concepts, lucidly conveyed: Scientists work together to solve problems, solutions can be a long time coming and sometimes approaches fail. The attractive design makes the most of the Maryland and Montana scenery and includes plentiful photographs of horses in the wild and scientists at work. A science title with wide potential appeal. (glossary, where to see, how to help, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547518312
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Series:
Scientists in the Field Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"[The] latest title in the consistently interesting Scientists in the Field series . . . A science title with wide potential appeal."
Kirkus

"Well researched, clearly written, and quite informative, this handsome book offers close-up views of scientists at work and why their work matters."
Booklist, starred review

"The information—a combination of lab and field science details and personal observation—is accessible and engaging."
Horn Book

"As with other titles in this series, the photography is outstanding, and the images of horses going about their daily business in all kinds of conditions put them front and center. . . . A worth complement to most collections."
School Library Journal, starred review

Meet the Author

Kay Frydenborg fell in love with horses at an early age, and now she often writes about them. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three dogs, and rides her beloved horse, Remy, almost every day. She is the author of Animal Therapist (Chelsea House, 2006), and They Dreamed of Horses (Walker & Co., 1994).The Wild Horse Scientists is her first book for Houghton Mifflin.

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