Polar Bears: A Natural History of a Threatened Species

Polar Bears: A Natural History of a Threatened Species

by Ian Stirling


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No animal is more symbolic of the Arctic than the polar bear. In the short space of 150,000 years, it has undergone behavioural and physiological changes to evolve from a grizzly bear into the most specialized predator of the Arctic sea ice. Yet, its survival is now threatened by global warming. Renowned Polar bear scientist Dr. Ian Stirling compresses 40 years of research on these iconic mammals into a new and comprehensive natural history. In accessible language, he explains their evolution, life history, behaviour, how they are researched, and the current threat to their very existence. He also explains why polar bears of Hudson Bay have become so important to our understanding of the species, and how Churchill became The Polar Bear Capital of the World

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554551552
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 342,559
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

As a research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Dr. Ian Stirling has studied the behaviour, population, ecology, and predator-prey relationships of polar bears for 40 years, longer than anyone else in the world. His research in western Hudson Bay provided the first clear demonstration of climate change on resident polar bears there. He is a member of national and international committees on polar bears and marine mammals, and has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific articles and three books. He has won several awards, including the Northern Science Award, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Present Day Distribution and Abundance
    Chapter 2. The Origin of the Polar Bear
    Chapter 3. Polar Bears and Humans
    Chapter 4. How Do You Study a Polar Bear?
    Chapter 5. What Makes a Polar Bear Tick?
    Chapter 6. Reproduction
    Chapter 7. Behaviour
    Chapter 8. Hunters of the Northern Ice
    Chapter 9. Life and Death
    Chapter 10. The Polar Bear Capital of the World
    Chapter 11. Some Highlights of Conservation, Past and Present
    Chapter 12. Environmental Concerns
    Chapter 13. Climate Warming: The Game Changer in Polar Bear Conservation
    Chapter 14. The Future: Concerns and Hopes
    Glossary of Terms
    Figure Titles
    Table Titles
    Appendix: Agreement on the
    Conservation of Polar Bears

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