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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554551552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554551552
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With this book – the best ever to be written about polar bears - we are blessed with the opportunity to benefit from Ian Stirling’s extensive knowledge and life-long experience with this magnificent animal. When he began his study of polar bears more than 40 years ago, knowledge was limited and research methods were crude. Ian and his many colleagues now use modern techniques, ranging from satellite imagery to telemetry equipment to DNA-analyses. The outcome is exciting and fascinating.
 
Ian Stirling is not only a brilliant scientist – he has also a profound love for the Arctic’s nature and wildlife. He shows us that the far North is not a barren and hostile environment, but unique and beautiful. The fragile Arctic is, however, affected by climate change, transboundary pollution and other disturbances. The new knowledge presented in this book is crucial for conservation and management of Arctic nature and its polar bears.
 
Read Ian Stirling’s book, admire the pictures and enjoy. And if you go North, be as careful as he is. Leave nothing but your footprints”.
 
 
—Dr. Thor S. Larsen. Founding member of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group and former Head of Biology Department and Director of Research at the Norwegian Polar Institute
 
 
 
 
“For over thirty years now, whenever there is debate over polar bears, I have turned to Ian Stirling not just for definitive facts and figures, but for genuine wisdom and perspective. To work with Ian in the field is to experience a man entirely at home in the Arctic environment, not unlike the bears he knows so well”.
 
—Monte Hummel, President Emeritus, WWF-Canada.

About the Author

As a research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Dr. Ian Stirling has studied the behavior, population, ecology and predator-prey relationships of polar bears for 40 years. His research on polar bears in western Hudson Bay provided the first clear demonstration of how climate change was having clear, negative consequences on polar bears there. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles and three books.


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This book is well researched and presented.
wogan
Thus highly recommended for a much wider readership than just polar bear enthusiasts.
Robert K. Furrer
This was great preparation for our trip to Churchill to see the polar bears.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By alost VINE VOICE on August 24, 2011
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Ian Stirling's "Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species" is considered by many to be the seminal reference book on polar bears. Although the product description and the copyright dates rather deceptively do not reflect this, this book published in 2010 is not an entirely new text, but rather is an updated version of Stirling's 1998 book Polar Bears. Some chapters have been expanded and some new chapters have been added in this release. The book features a host of new photographs as well.

Stirling, a Canadian research scientist, is regarded as one of the world's foremost polar bear authorities. In this text, he draws on his forty years of research as well as research by others to produce an in-depth examination of polar bears. Subjects covered include, among others, mating, denning, hunting, social interaction, physiology and habitat. Each topic is richly illustrated with photographs which show not only the beauty of these great animals and the environment in which they live, but the complexity of their lives and behaviors. The photographs alone could comprise a book worthy of praise, but Stirling couples these photographs with scientific-based, but comprehensible and engaging text. If I had to recommend only a single book on polar bears, this text would be it. I only wish the book had been released in hardback.

Other worthwhile books on polar bears include:

Nikita Ovsyanikov's
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. Furrer on December 28, 2012
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This is not the customary coffee table book with lots of neat photos of one of my favorite mammals. Rather, it also shows the blood, hunger and death by starvation that are all part of this species' life history. It has the broadest approach to this species I have ever come across, including such chapter titles as "the Origin of Polar Bears" (from Grizzlies, and still being able to cross breed), "Polar Bears and Humans", "What makes a Polar Bear Tick", "How do you study Polar Bears", "Some Highlights of Conservation, Past and Present", "The Future..." to just name a few.
A book essentially dealing with the arctic habitat in general, and polar bears in particular. Thus highly recommended for a much wider readership than just polar bear enthusiasts.
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I got this book to read in preparation for a trip to Svalbard. I wasn't disappointed. It is a thorough background of polar bears, their habits, their history and an educated look at their future. It is well worth reading whether merely curious about the bears and their environment or interested in finding out what native peoples and scientists have learned over the years. You won't want to scan or skip any of it: it is that interesting and well written.
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By Faye on February 27, 2014
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Very good price and glad to be able to purchase this book as i found a copy in the library and wanted to own it myself. Thanks so much for listing this at a reasonable price.
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By maggie on December 17, 2013
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This was great preparation for our trip to Churchill to see the polar bears. Book is crammed with interesting information. Highly recommend.
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This book really enhanced my understanding of polar bears and the threats to extinction they face. It has helped me better understand the bears' behavior, appreciate even more seriously the increasing cub mortality rate, and among other things, the accelerating speed of the threat to the overall species survival in the wild. Professor Sterling writes the book in plain language for the layman to readily understand. I highly recommend reading the book, it is a fast and compeling read.
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