PICK OF THE WEEK: Learn more about animals at the BWG Library

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From polar bears to hummingbirds, whether your interest is large or small, you can continue to explore nature from the comfort of your own home with these beautiful books from the BWG Library.

A few weeks ago, we shared a list of books on Canada’s beloved animals. The BWG Library has received such positive reviews on these books that we are sharing a brand new list of animal books. From polar bears to hummingbirds, whether your interest is large or small, you can continue to explore nature from the comfort of your own home with these beautiful books from the BWG Library.

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The gift of hummingbirds: wonder, beauty and renewal on the wings, by Sy Montgomery

As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds in nature, hummingbirds fascinate people all over the world. The lightest birds in the sky, hummingbirds are capable of incredible feats, such as flying backwards, diving at a speed of 61 km / h, and flapping their wings more than sixty times per second. Miraculous creatures, they are also incredibly vulnerable when they first hatch from their eggs. This is where Brenda Sherburn comes in. With tenderness and patience, she saves abandoned hummingbirds and cares for them until they can fly away and live in the wild. In The Hummingbird’s Gift, Brenda’s extraordinary care for her peanut-sized patients is revealed and, in doing so, shows us just how amazing hummingbirds really are.

Kootenay Wolves: Five Years After a Pack of Wild Wolves, by John Marriott

A dramatically illustrated book of photographs, filled with behavioral observations and wolf stories, that will be of interest to those interested in the state of wild wolves in North America.

The Kootenay Wolves recount Marriott’s tenacious efforts in hiking, snowshoeing and hiding silently in camouflage for hundreds of days to document these wary wolves and their tenuous hold in an endangered home range including tourist traffic, trucks transport, trophy hunters and trappers. Marriott not only watched this family thrive against all odds, but also saw and photographed some truly amazing behaviors rarely documented in nature before.

Secrets of the Whales, by Brian Skerry

This provocative photography book offers a bold new glimpse into the lives of the world’s largest mammals, as well as their complex societies. In these pages, we learn that whales share an incredible ability to learn and adapt to opportunities, from specialized feeding strategies to parenting techniques. There is also evidence of deeper cultural elements of whale identity, from unique dialects to matrilineal societies to organized social customs like song contests. Showcasing the striking underwater imagery of Brian Skerry, who has explored and documented the oceans for over four decades, this book will document these alluring creatures in all their glory and show how these majestic creatures can teach us about ourselves and our planet. .

Wild Souls: Freedom and Blossoming in the Non-Human World, by Emma Marris

Protecting wild animals and preserving the environment are two ideals so seemingly compatible that they are almost inseparable. But in fact, between animal welfare and conservation science, there is an under-examined and unresolved space of tension: the wilderness itself. When is it fair to capture or feed wild animals for the benefit of their species? How to balance the rights of introduced species with those already established within an ecosystem? Can hunting be ecological? Are there any truly wild animals on a planet that humans have changed so profoundly? There are no clear guidelines yet to help us resolve such issues.

Transporting readers to the field with scientists tackling these deep challenges, Emma Marris tells the touching and inspiring stories of animals from around the world – from Peruvian monkeys to Australian bilbies, from rare Hawaiian birds to the majestic wolves of Oregon. .

The Loneliest Polar Bear: A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World, by Kale Williams

The heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful tale of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is intertwined to ours. Six days after giving birth, a polar bear named Aurora got up and walked away from her den at the Columbus Zoo, leaving her little cub to fend for itself. Hours later, Aurora still hadn’t returned. The cub had no fur and was blind, and with his temperature dropping dangerously, the zookeepers in his care felt they had no choice: they would have to hand raise one. of the world’s most dangerous predators. Over the next several weeks, a group of vets and zookeepers worked tirelessly to save the cub, whom they named Nora. Humans rarely get as close to a polar bear as Nora’s keepers have to their blurry charge. But the two species have long been linked.

Sweeping and tender, The Loneliest Polar Bear explores the strained relationship humans have with the natural world, the exploitative and sinister causes of the environmental mess we find ourselves in, and how the plight of polar bears is not theirs. alone.


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