Have you ever seen a flying squirrel flapping through the air, watched a beaver carrying a load of mud on its tail, or ducked when a porcupine started throwing its quills? Probably not, says Warner Shedd, debunking these and many more popular myths about our animal friends in Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind. In this charming and eminently readable biology lesson, Warner Shedd, former regional executive for the National Wildlife Federation, offers scientific evidence that refutes many of the most tenacious and persevering folklore about wild animals. Full of humorous anecdotes and fascinating facts about more than thirty North American species, Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind is an entertaining dose of scientific reality for any nature enthusiast or armchair adventurer.
WARNER SHEDD is the director of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and previously spent 20 years as an executive for the National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest private conservation organization. His articles have appeared in Sports Afield, Vermont Life, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, and other publications. He lives in Vermont.
Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind: A Naturalist Debunks Our Favorite Fallacies About Wildlife 4.2 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
The book is a fascinating look at our nations most popular wildlife and some of the many myths the public has. The author does a marvelous job of blending factual and scientific information, with personal experiences in a very easy to understand way. The book will provide many hours of enjoyable reading and is a must for any wildlife buff.
More than 1 year ago
For those who enjoy knowing the truth about wildlife and like to learn in a refreshing way, this book is the answer. This naturalist shares his vast knowledge and expertise giving great detail about his wildlife subjects, yet doing so in a conversational way. You feel as if you are sitting around the fireplace learning details about animals from the voice of a warm storyteller. Yet the information in this book is thorough and very useful. The index is extremely helpful in finding the answers to quick questions. What a great reference for wildlife detail. Of particular interest among the many myths and fallacies covered in this book was the information on bison (not buffalo), moose, owls and beaver. This treasure of a book is a joy to read from cover to cover.
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19 hours ago
I think Warner Shedd has charisma and intelligence mixed with something most of us don't have: experience. As a writer, he is funny and down-home, and, you can tell, just good natured. However, I didn't find many common myths in this book. The two on the cover were really the only ones I had ever stumbled across; the others in his book I had never once imagined or heard anyone express. Shedd is certainly a naturalist in his own right. I enjoyed the things I learned from this book. He gets two and half stars because his writing was unsatisfactory in either a commercial or academic sense. Facts were not grouped in a way that made sense to me, and his anecdotes, while sweet and mildly entertaining, offered no real insight into why animals act the way they do. I liked this book for what it was, nothing more, nothing less.
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