The Natural History of Canadian Mammals

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University of Toronto Press, 2012 - History - 784 pages
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A Northern Pocket Gopher can dig an amazing half a metre of tunnel through compacted clay soil in just 15 minutes. North American Beavers, along with humans, are the only mammals whose impact on their environment is so massive that it can be clearly seen with the naked eye from outer space. And there really are Narwhals – the single-tusked mammals that likely inspired the unicorn legend – living in the waters surrounding Greenland.

Learning about any of these mammals on their own brings out fascinating traits and stories. But when considered alongside the entire mammal population of Canada – from the tiny Olive-Backed Pocket Mouse to the enormous Killer Whale, and the Arctic-dwelling Polar Bear to the more southerly Red Bat – a spectacular portrait emerges of the diversity and beauty of Canada's animal life.

The Natural History of Canadian Mammals is a beautifully illustrated, up-to-date guide to all 215 known species of mammals in Canada. It features brand-new, full-colour images of each species, as well as stunning photographs from Canadian Geographic magazine's national photography competitions depicting the animals in their natural environments.

Along with being a visual treat, this book is jam-packed with information accessible to readers at all levels. Detailed descriptions are provided of each mammal's appearance, habitat, and behavior, while colour maps show their full distribution across Canada, North America, and globally. The book also includes practical guides on tracking and identification for readers who would like to learn how to spot mammals in the wild. Among its most special features is a series of colour plates with vignettes of the Canadian representatives of each group, sized relative to one another for easy comparison and linked to the full species accounts later in the book.

Comprehensive and immensely valuable, The Natural History of Canadian Mammals will become a treasured companion for scientific researchers, animal lovers, and all those wishing to gain a greater appreciation of Canada's natural wonders. The Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's national natural history museum, continues to author these wonderful books in its goal to inspire a greater understanding of the natural environment.

 

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Naughton, a biologist, spent 11 years studying and drawing mammals for this project. It profiles all 215 known species of mammals in Canada from the family Aplodontiidae (mountain beaver) whose single ... Read full review

Contents

Longtailed Vole Microtus Iongicaudus I
135
Prairie Vole Microrus ochrogasrer I
142
Creeping Vole Microtus oregonr I
148
Ta iga Vole Microrusxan rhognarhus I
161
Northern RedbackedVole Myodes rutrius I
168
Heather Vole Phenacomys intermedius I 14
176
FAMILY MURIDAE I
201
FAMILY SURICIDAE I
252
bats 306 Grey Fox Urocyon cinereoorgenteusl I 38
391
FAMILY URSIDAE
406
FAMILY MOLCISSIDAE 311 Polar Bearwrsusmoritimus I
418
FAMILY MUSTELIDAE
466
FAMILY MEPHITI DAE 515 Bighorn Sheep Ovis conodensis I 590
519
FAMILY EQUIDAE I 532 North Atlantic Right Whale Eubaioenoglaciolis
611
FAMILY MDNDDDNTIDAE I
664
FAMILY PHYSETERIDAE I
679

FAMILY ERETH IZONTIDAE I 210 Arctic Shrew Sorexarctrcus I
258
216
266
FAMILYTALPIDAE
291
Shrewmole Neurotrichus gibbsiil 294 cgfs PAM L F E_ DAE 358
303
FAMILY ZIPHIIDAE I
685
632
632
Acknowledgments I
724
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Donna Naughton, a biologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature,nbsp; has collected, illustrated, photographed, and studied mammals for over thirty years. She has been a principal contributor to Mammals: An Explore Your World Handbook and the Handbook of Canadian Mammals series.

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