PDF ☆ BOOK Built for Speed A Year in the Life of Pronghorn ¿ JOHN A BYERS

BOOK Built for Speed A Year in the Life of Pronghorn

PDF ☆ BOOK Built for Speed A Year in the Life of Pronghorn ¿ JOHN A. BYERS ¿ ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Built for Speed A Year in the Life of Pronghorn By John A. Byers ✩ – Horticulturetrader.co.uk North America's fastest mammal the pronghorn can accelerate explosively from a stanD from season to season Readers will also experience the vicarious pleasures of a biologist who is eager to race a pronghorn in his truck scrutinize bison dung through binoculars and peer through the gathering dusk of a rainy evening to count the display dives of snipeA vivid and memorable tale of a first rate scientist's twenty year encounter with a magnificent animal the story of the pronghorn is also a reminder of the crucial role we can play in preserving the fleeting life of the native American grassla Kind of a field memoir The last paragraph or so was about bison kind of weird for a book about pronghorn

DOC Ë Built for Speed A Year in the Life of Pronghorn ☆ John A. Byers

Rtrait of the most charismatic resident of the American Great PlainsThe National Bison Range in western Montana established in 1908 to snatch bison from the brink of extinction also inadvertently rescued the largest known remnant of Palouse Prairie It is within this grassland habitat home to meadowlarks rattlesnakes bighorn sheep coyotes elk snipe and a panoply of wildflowers that Byers observes the pronghorn's life from birth to death a life often as brief as four days sometimes as long as fifteen years an The fastest land animal in North America comes to life in this humorous account I appreciated that this was not dry Natural History it is part memoir As someone who lives in Montana I felt right at home as the story of the pronghorn was interwoven and compared and contrasted with all of the other seasonal happenings and familiar animalsWhen I see these little speed demons now I am both awed and amused by their antics

John A. Byers ☆ Built for Speed A Year in the Life of Pronghorn DOC

Built for Speed A Year in the Life of PronghornNorth America's fastest mammal the pronghorn can accelerate explosively from a standing start to a top speed of 60 miles per hour but it can also cruise at 45 miles per hour for many miles What accounts for the speed of this extraordinary animal a denizen of the American outback and what can be observed of this creature's way of life? And what is it like to be a field biologist dedicating twenty years to studying this species? In Built for Speed John A Byers answers these uestions as he draws an intimate po Deer and antelope don't only playOn a thirty suare mile reserve in western Montana John A Byers studied pronghorn antelope in their natural habitat over many years He accumulated a lot of knowledge and in addition to publishing a scientific work he also wrote this beautiful almost lyrical `ode' to the life of antelope In addition to antelope birth fawn life pecking order survival rates enemies abilities reproductive rituals and diet Byers writes very ably about the natural beauty of the area and many of the myriad other creatures that inhabit it along with the pronghorns creatures such as bison elk bighorn sheep coyotes meadowlarks snipe and grasshoppers His own experiences over the years doing the study also form an enjoyable part of text Many black and white photos and a sense of humor grace the pages of this slim book Readers with general interests can easily absorb the scientific explanations of plantanimal ratios or biomass A theme that has not been emphasized but is very interesting nonetheless is that many inherited characteristics of pronghorn antelope stem from a not so distant in evolutionary terms era when speedy large predators roamed the North American grasslands After a mass extinction some 10000 years ago antelopes no longer needed the 60 mph speed urge to be in groups embryo disposability and aggressive `displacement behavior' they still exhibit Modern coyotes cannot catch an antelope any than Wyl E Coyote can ever catch Road Runner Antelope harems hawk kettles bison ruts beautiful sunsets BUILT FOR SPEED is one of those books of which you will be sorry to reach the end