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    "This book takes several of our commonly held beliefs about wildlife and gives us the real story behind each - often quite different from what we've always believed!....He ... makes it an entertaining read by including personal anecdotes of his encounters with many of these creatures. Recommended for public libraries, this will be a favorite with wildlife enthusiasts everywhere." -- Library Journal

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"With the turn of every page, author Warner Shedd's thoughtful approach fills children with wonder and respect for the creatures with whom they share the planet." -- Will Curtis, Nationally Syndicated Commentator on Public Radio International's The Nature of Things

Picture of Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind bookcover    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.

    In 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!

    Shedd 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.

    Owls 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.

    Owls 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.

Picture of cover of Kid's Wildlife Book    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.

    Over 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

With the turn of every page, author Warner Shedd's thoughtful approach fills children with wonder and respect for the creatures with whom they share this plan. To try out
a couple of projects click below:

Make a Racoon Mask
Build Your Own Beaver Lodge

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