From the icy tundra regions of northern Canada to the searing heat of the barren desert plains of the southern USA, the wildlife of North America is as complex and diverse as the terrain it inhabits. The resulting diversity is astonishing, and - with the help of beautiful artworks - familiar and rare species alike are brought to life in this stunning natural history volume. This comprehensive guide provides information about North American habitats and the creatures found in them, including mammals, amphibians and reptiles, freshwater and marine fish, and the many breeds of birds that visit and inhabit this vast and varied region. It details the physiology and anatomy of each species, together with fascinating information on their ecology and evolution, their senses, survival and reproductive habits. There is also discussion about the conservation of wildlife, and the importance of protecting endangered species and their habitats. Animals, birds and fish are listed in three separate directories, and entries are illustrated with accurate watercolour artworks. There is a quick-glance information box for each featured creature, with information about its distribution and habitat, food, size, breeding and rare or common status. The accompanying commentaries have been provided by expert naturalists and include tips for identification and notes on the species' habits and behaviour. The directories include familiar garden birds, such as the hummingbird and the robin, plus commonly spotted hawks, deer and raccoons. There are also some rarely seen American inhabitants, such as the alligator snapping turtle, the wolverine and the whale shark. With entries of more than 420 creatures, and more than 950 artworks, maps and photographs, this is a colourful, easy-to-use and highly informative reference book that will be enjoyed and referred to again and again by all nature lovers.
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Lorenz Books (February 16, 2012)