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Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History Paperback – October 6, 2016
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Thank you for your interest in "Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History" This book was written with a middle-grade audience in mind, but it is truly one that will be enjoyed by all ages. Journey is both educational and fun, and packed with photos, sketches and maps.
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As the author skillfully tells the story of OR-7 (named Journey by two schoolgirls in an Oregon Wild naming contest), she adds background information about the lifestyles of wolves, their history with humans, methods used by scientists to study wolves. Concepts such as tranquilizers, trail cameras, trophic cascades, GPS, non-lethal protections for livestock, DNA, Endangered Species Act, and more, are well-explained, in addition to the glossary at the back of the book. The author also presents some dilemmas, such as science "intruding" into the lives of wolves with collaring and tracking vs. gaining information to learn about wolves and how to protect and live harmoniously with them. Extensive information continues at the end of the book with source notes, the glossary, and an extensive list of references for further reading.
In the end, the author encourages young (and old) readers to love Nature and take action to benefit animals and our environment. Possible careers to assist wildlife are suggested, and in closing, the authors writes, ". . . know that in any job you do, there are many ways to help make this a better world for animals, for the environment, and for other people."
A portion of proceeds from the book go to support Oregon Wild in their efforts to protect wolves.
I do not often like YA books, which this seems to be. It is a highly entertaining read for people of any age. I look forward to sharing this book with family and friends. But I do love wolves, and this book is wonderful! Recommended for lovers of wilderness and all wild things.