Book Review – #43


Author: Richard Sale & Per Michelsen

Publisher: Princeton University Press


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“This pocket guide that I’m supposed to review,  really surprised me because, honestly, I never expected the Arctic to have such a variety of different wildlife species. I decided to try a little test with several people I’m friends with. I asked to tell me, how many species of any kind live in the Arctic?. The answers were limited at no more than six species per person. Then I showed them the guide written by authors Richard Sale and Per Michelsen and the general reaction was: Wow! (Same as mine)

  • 335 pages total
  • 800 color photographs
  • Over 250 bird species
  • 60 land mammals
  • 30 seals and whales
  • Information on fish, insects, plants and lichens

Not very long ago, information about its wildlife was limited. The advance of modern Technology through the years, has given us the tools to reach, explore, study and increase our knowledge. The Arctic is actually vibrant and filled with wildlife. This guide explains in detail all about them in comprehensive and clear manner. It does satisfy our curiosity of Nature in so remotely a location in the world.”

Reviewed by:

H.J. Ruiz – – Aprill 26th, 2018

© HJ Ruiz

What’s Up?

Special Personal Note

It’s with sadness that I let you know, my cousin’s husband has passed away.

I will be meeting other members of the family in Virginian on Friday and will be back on next Monday’s night.

I will not be blogging Friday Oct.20th  though Monday Oct.23rd.

I’m sorry for the inconvenience. – H.J.


My Visitor: Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

The Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) is a common species of wren that is a resident in the eastern half of the United States of America, the extreme south of Ontario, Canada, and the extreme northeast of Mexico. Severe winters restrict the northern limits of their range while favorable weather conditions lead to a northward extension of their breeding range. Their preferred habitat is in dense cover in forests, farm edges and suburban areas. This wren is the state bird of South Carolina.

There are seven recognized subspecies across the range of these wrens and they differ slightly in song and appearance. The birds are generally inconspicuous, avoiding the open for extended periods of time. When out in the open, they investigate their surroundings and are rarely stationary. After finding a mate, pairs maintain a territory and stay together for several years. Both sexes give out alarm calls, but only males sing to advertise territory. Carolina wrens raise multiple broods during the summer breeding season, but can fall victim to brood parasitism by brown-headed cowbirds, among other species. Some populations have been affected by mercury contamination.

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