Watching Wildlife: The National Wildlife Federation Guide to Observing Animals in the Wild


An authoritative guide to when, where, and how to watch North American animals in their natural habitats.

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An authoritative guide to when, where, and how to watch North American animals in their natural habitats.

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Library Journal
Though these two books are related, they each serve a different need. Watching Wildlife offers a broad overview that will appeal especially to the armchair naturalist just venturing out. It covers such basics as descriptions of habitat regions and types of animals to find there; when to observe animals (specifying their cycles, both daily and seasonal); and tips for observing animals, arranged by broad group (e.g., birds of prey, waterfowl, bats, and more). More specific advice is offered on what to look for and listen to, how to equip yourself, and categories of public and private land to investigate (e.g., national parks, state parks, sanctuaries, even some private lands). An important chapter deals with the safety and ethics of observing wildlife. Appendixes list state, federal, and Canadian agencies as well as wildlife conservation organizations. For the reader who wants actually to track and observe mammals in the wild, The Complete Tracker provides detailed information on: habitat and range, foods, mating habits, seasonal habits, tracks, scat, signs, and vocalizations. A brief section provides basic advice on how to equip yourself, track, stalk, read sign, and, once found, observe the animals. While this field guide is very useful and engagingly written, don't withdraw Olaus Murie's classic, A Field Guide to Animal Tracks (in the "Peterson Field Guide" series, 1975. 2d ed.). Both books are recommended for public libraries and are suitable for academic and school libraries as well. (Photos not seen for either.)Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
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YAThis clear, informative handbook begins with a section on habitat regions of the U.S. and Canada and continues with tips on timing wildlife observation, field awareness, and going prepared for comfort and safety. The chapters on where to observe wildlife cover everything from national parks to one's own backyard. Though the emphasis is on walking and hiking, suggestions for mountain biking, canoeing, snorkeling, and other alternatives for viewing animals are provided. A useful practical introduction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805046854
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Where Wildlife Lives - Habitat Regions of the United States and Canada 6
2 Timing - The Secret to Finding and Observing Wildlife 29
3 Tips for Observing Important Groups of Watchable Wildlife 39
4 Field Awareness - Making the Most of Your Senses and Knowledge 70
5 Going Prepared - Maximizing Your Comfort, Safety, and Enjoyment of Wildlife 91
6 Where to Observe Wildlife - Public and Private Lands 116
7 Opportunities Close to Home 126
8 Getting There: Travel and Viewing Alternatives 138
9 Safety and Ethics of Wildlife Viewing 147
10 Getting Involved in Wildlife Conservation 151
App. 1 Public Land Management Agencies: Federal Public Lands; State and Provincial Lands 157
App. 2 Wildlife Conservation Organizations 172
App. 3 Ecotours 176
Bibliography 178
Index 181
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