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Wildlife of the North

Animals of the High Latitudes of North America and Europe

by (author) Hälle Flygare, Valerius Geist, Geoffrey Holroyd & Wayne Lynch

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Aug 2023
General, Wilderness
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    Aug 2023
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"The Arctic is the greatest wilderness on Earth", says wildlife guide and photographer Halle Flygare

In this beautiful book of pictures of birds and mammals of the high country and far north, two eminent biologists (Valerius Geist and Geoff Holroyd) and two well-travelled nature photographers with many years experience observing wild animals (Hälle Flygare and Wayne Lynch) depict and describe the wild survivors of the great ice age

Before that period, our now-temperate regions were populated by giants: woolly mammoths, enormous bison, short-faced bears, American cheetahs, ground sloths, gigantic beavers and deer with 4-metre wide antlers

But even now, "North" means "big" This book shows Polar and Alaska Brown bears, big wild sheep, caribou and cougars; whales, orcas, narwhals and beluga whales; wolves, golden and bald eagles, and walrus But the smaller Arctic mammals and birds are here too: Arctic fox, hares, otters and geese, loons and ptarmigan

The backdrop is sometimes snow and ice, sometimes the splendid color of a northern autumn, in scarlets and golds, and the blues of coastal waters

The text is both factual -- explaining why the creatures have evolved to look and behave the way they do -- and revelatory: why we need to slow climate change, reduce poisons and habitat loss in the environment as bird populations slide Why changing the population decline is important to us as humans on Planet Earth What we should, and can, do

About the authors

Hälle Flygare was born and raised in Sweden, where his interest in photography began at a very young age. He came to Canada as a forestry professional and for many years worked as a Park Warden in Banff National Park. Since 1989, he has worked as a professional photographer, traveling to over 30 countries and leading nature and wildlife photographic tours. Hälle has lived in and photographed the Canadian Rockies for the last 35 years.

Hälle's photographs have been published in leading nature magazines and books throughout the world, including the books Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies, which has sold over 40,000 copies and Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains, published in 2007 by Whitecap Books.

Hälle Flygare's profile page

Biologist Valerius Geist is emeritus professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. The author of numerous books, including Deer of the World: Their Evolution, Behavior, and Ecology and Buffalo Nation: History and Legend of the North American Bison, he first articulated The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation in 1995.

Valerius Geist's profile page


Geoffrey Holroyd's profile page

Wayne Lynch
Recognized and respected as one of North America's leading wildlife and natural history photographers, Wayne Lynch has spent the last forty-two years capturing images of wildlife in wild places the world over. His impressive photo credits include hundreds of magazine covers, thousands of calendar shots, and tens of thousands of images published in over sixty countries. Lynch is also an award-winning science writer, a popular guest lecturer, and a veteran photo safari leader. His practical and entertaining approach to natural history, whether it be through the written or spoken word, has attracted the admiration of audiences worldwide. He has photographed both common and unusual creatures in their native habitat in more than fifty countries, travelling extensively for long periods of time and often undergoing considerable physical hardship to get the "perfect shot."

With an exceptional ability to write for both adults and children, Lynch has authored more than fifth highly acclaimed natural history books, including The Great Northern Kingdom: Life in the Boreal Forest, Wild Birds Across the Prairies, Penguins of the World,Mountain Bears, Bear: Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness, A is for Arctic: Natural Wonders of a Polar World, The Nature Babies Series and the wildly popular children's book The Scoop on Poop: The Fascinating Science of How Animals Use Poop.

Lynch is a Fellow of the internationally recognized Explorers Club and Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. Lynch lives in Calgary with his wife of forty-five years, Aubrey Lang.

Wayne Lynch's profile page

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