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Owls aren't wise & bats aren't blind, a naturalist debunks our favorite fallacies about wildlife, Warner Shedd ; illustrated by Trudy Nicholson

Have you ever seen a flying squirrel flapping through the air, watched a beaver carrying a load of mud on its tail, or ducked when a porcupine started throwing its quills? Probably not, says Warner Shedd, debunking these and many more popular myths about our animal friends in Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind. In this charming and eminently readable biology lesson, Warner Shedd, former regional executive for the National Wildlife Federation, offers scientific evidence that refutes many of the most tenacious and persevering folklore about wild animals. Full of humorous anecdotes and fascinating facts about more than thirty North American species, Owls Aren't Wise and Bats Aren't Blind is an entertaining dose of scientific reality for any nature enthusiast or armchair adventurer
Table Of Contents
Introduction -- Nature's engineer : the beaver -- The misnamed one : the muskrat -- A sylvan odd couple : the red squirrel and the gray -- Nature's gliding machines : flying squirrels -- A "pig," perhaps, but not a hog : the porcupine -- Evasion beats entanglement : bats -- It isn't acting : the opossum -- Like knights of old : the nine-banded armadillo -- One and the same : the newt and the red eft -- The lowly one : the common or American toad -- Not wise, but otherwise : owls -- Which is which? : The heron and the crane -- An entertaining pair : the crow and the raven -- The "cat" that isn't and doesn't, and its relatives : the amazing weasel family -- Cute isn't tame : the raccoon -- Not a cat, but : the red fox -- Wile E. Indeed : the coyote -- Bad guy / good guy : the timber wolf -- Cousins with a difference : the bobcat and the lynx -- The magnificent one : the cougar -- Three minus Goldilocks : black, brown, and polar bears -- The comeback kid : the white-tailed deer -- The great stripper : the moose -- The all-American : the bison
Literary Form
non fiction
First paperback edition.
"Originally published in hardcover by Harmony Books in 2000"--Title page verso
Physical Description
ix, 322 pages, illustrations, 25 cm

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  • James City County Library

    7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23188, US