This meticulously researched and photographed account follows three University of Montana scientists and their interdisciplinary work with osprey: fish-catching birds with gigantic nests and a family that functions with teamwork and cooperation. Today the osprey is studied to monitor the effects of mercury on living things. The osprey hunts in a very small area around its large nest and so scientists can pinpoint where mercury is coming from. In Missoula, Montana, the scientists have been following ospreys for six years, collecting data on the amount of contaminants found on their feathers and in their blood. The rivers and streams in Western Montana are still suffering effects from inappropriate mining activities performed more than a hundred years ago. This man-made pollution is still dangerous to people and to wildlife.
The book is factually enriched with photographs of various animals, their habitats, along with distinguishing characteristics and behaviours.
The haunting howl of a wolf on a moonlit night has evoked fear and fascination in humans since the beginning of time. The wolf's success as a hunter and its elusive nature have made it easy for people to assume the worst about the animal. Even our fairy tales portray the wolf as evil. Only now are we beginning to understand this mysterious creature, and the truth is even more intriguing than the myths. Two species of wolf are native to North America, the gray wolf and the red wolf. Both are shy, intelligent animals that prefer to avoid humans. Both play an important part in the natural food chain, controlling populations of prey animals such as deer. But to the white settlers, the wolf was a dangerous competitor, and for three hundred years they hunted it mercilessly. Today, only in portions of Canada and Alaska does the wolf thrive in healthy numbers. In the 1980s, however, both species began to make a tenuous comeback in the lands they once roamed. But their presence has sparked a heated controversy between environmentalists who are pleased to see the wolves return and others who would prefer that these animals stay away forever. Here in careful detail Dorothy Hinshaw Patent presents a revealing look at the wolf in America today.
The image of a Native American on horseback has become ingrained in the American consciousness. But the Plains Indians and the horse were not always inseparable. Once, Native Americans used dogs to help carry their goods, and even after the Spaniards introduced the horse to the Americas, horses were considered so valuable that the Spanish would not allow the Indians to have them. But soon horses escaped from Spanish settlements, and Native Americans quickly learned how valuable the horse could be as a hunting mount, beast of burden, and military steed. Follow the story of this transformative partnership, starting in the early sixteenth century and continuing today.
A young wolf is rejected by her pack and forced to find new territory for herself, but she eventually gains a mate and establishes a new pack. Based on firsthand observations of wolves in the wild.
Ira a Golden Retriever puppy born at PawsAbilities in Montana, is raised by a sixth grade teacher and loved by her class, but when it is time for Ira to return back for formal service dog training, there is a problem. The training center where Ira needs to go isn't ready yet. And no other service dog school needs him. Can Ira learn another career as a guide dog at Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc.? Follow Ira as he learns to be a service dog, turning on lights, and pawing Handicapped push buttons, and retrieving objects, to his work in harness and his graduation as a guide dog. Good book for all ages. Has some great photographs and captions. Good for teaching kids about service dogs.
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