White-Tailed Ptarmigan: Ghosts of the Alpine Tundra

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Celebrating the white-tailed ptarmigan in a month-by-month photographic essay, Joyce Gellhorn reveals the elusive habits of the only bird capable of surviving on the harsh, alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains throughout the year. Discover an appreciation and awe for the adaptations of a species living on the edge, a species that contends with bitter cold, fierce winter storms, and short breeding seasons. Because they live in a precarious balance with their environment, white-tailed ptarmigan may well serve as a ...
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Overview

Celebrating the white-tailed ptarmigan in a month-by-month photographic essay, Joyce Gellhorn reveals the elusive habits of the only bird capable of surviving on the harsh, alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains throughout the year. Discover an appreciation and awe for the adaptations of a species living on the edge, a species that contends with bitter cold, fierce winter storms, and short breeding seasons. Because they live in a precarious balance with their environment, white-tailed ptarmigan may well serve as a barometer to the health of our planet in terms of global warming.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555663971
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     VIII
Prologue: A Rock Blinks at Me     1
January: Ptarmigan in the Indian Peaks Wilderness     11
February: Surveying for Ptarmigan on Guanella Pass     17
March: Ptarmigan on My Birthday     25
April: Longer Days Initiate Changes     33
May: Ptarmigan Molt and Establish Territories     39
June: Courtship Rituals and Nesting     53
July: Family Time     63
August: A Summer Survey on Mount Evans     75
September: Shorter Days Signal a Change of Season     89
October: Selecting a Winter Home     99
November: Colder Temperatures     107
December: A Time to Conserve Energy     115
Epilogue: What's Ahead for the Ptarmigan?     123
Glossary     128
Bibliography     130
Index     132
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