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Did you know that "flying" squirrels are incapable of true flight? Were you aware that opossums don't "play dead," as in the common folk saying "playing possum"? In this fascinating and gorgeously illustrated new book, wildlife expert and enthusiast Warner Shedd, former executive for the National Wildlife Federation, uncovers the scientific realities obscured by our numerous long-held misconceptions of wild animals. Setting the most tenacious of these age-old superstitions against evidence that he and other biologists and naturalists have gleaned from careful observation and investigation, Shedd refutes such popular myths as beavers can fell trees in a desired direction, gray squirrels remember where they bury nuts, wolves howl at the moon, and cougars are an endangered species.
addition to dispelling misinformation,
Owls Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind
presents some fascinating
facts about the animals that many of us encounter in our own backyards
or walking across the road as we drive in our cars. For instance, did
you know that a porcupine is actually a large rodent, and that its protective
quills are really specialized hairs numbering about 30,000 per animal?
That means that a typical porcupine has about 140 quills per square inch!
also uses humorous anecdotes to show us how funny (and educational) it
can be when animals themselves defy our mistaken beliefs about them. Casting
new light on the old tenet that ravens can be taught to mimic the human
voice, Warner Shedd tells of a scientist who spent six years teaching
a raven to cry "nevermore," after the haunting raven in the famous Edgar
Allan Poe poem. Shedd further explains that recent research indicates
that ravens only mimic if they have the desire to do so.
Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind covers
more than thirty North American species-some as familiar as the common
toad, others as elusive as the lynx. And Shedd captivates the reader as
only an experienced naturalist could, with detailed, accurate information
on such varied wildlife as muskrats, herons, brown bears, crows, armadillos,
and coyotes-to name only a few.
Aren't Wise & Bats Aren't Blind grew out of Warner Shedd's desire
to share biologically sound information and counter erroneous folklore
about wild animals. By arming his readers with knowledge, Shedd hopes
to promote a more informed and respectful view of many North American
wildlife species and ultimately encourage the scientific management and
conservation of all our native wildlife.
City or country, indoors and out, kids experience the remarkable worlds of wild creatures. Introduce children to the wildlife of North America, from toads to timber wolves, from bats to bobcats, from owls to armadillos. The Kids' Wildlife Book provides fascinating insights, remarkable experiences, and unforgettable anecdotes that dispel myths, encourage understanding, and delight children of all ages.
100 learning experiences use science, language arts, nature, math, art,
and crafts to explore animal lives and their natural habitats:
* Walk like a lynx with homemade snowshoes
* Experiment with oil and water to learn how beavers keep dry
* Try to catch a fish heron-style
* Read Native American legends to gain understanding
* Compare your heartbeat to a hibernating bear's
* Create a moose with palm print antlers