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The North American Porcupine 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0801446467
ISBN-10: 0801446465
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"Engaging and interesting. The reader will learn much about this fascinating mammal that is frequent in our woods but often unseen by the untrained observer."―Wildlife Activist



"This is an engaging and interesting book that will be of interest to general readers and specialists alike. The new material in the second edition of The North American Porcupine―especially the information on defense reactions and Uldis Roze's up-close observations derived by following the life of a single individual-is informative and adds new dimensions."―Bernd Heinrich, University of Vermont, author of Winter World and Mind of the Raven



"Uldis Roze can find a score of mysteries during every walk in the woods. In The North American Porcupine he transforms a prickly varmint into an intriguing animal whose every action raises an ecological and evolutionary question whose thread must be followed. This book is a comprehensive and sympathetic description of the life and biology of porcupines, expressed through the cycles of the seasons and of their lives. But it is also the personal story of a naturalist's decades-long journey of discovery. These stories show that there is still as much to learn from close attention to the world in our own backyards as there is from far travels. The first edition was among my favorite natural history books. This second edition adds new chapters and updated information that improves and completes both the scientific content and our understanding of porcupine life history."―Louise Emmons, Adjunct Scientist, Smithsonian Institution



"The porcupine is one of those familiar animals that everyone recognizes but few people know anything about. Uldis Roze's book provides a wealth of fascinating details written in an engaging, accessible style. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in nature."―Wayne Lynch, science writer and wildlife photographer

"Uldis Roze is a sensitive and articulate observer not only of porcupines but also of the myriad of ecological relations that make a forest. He writes in an inviting style and takes you with him as he follows porcupines during the night. The North American Porcupine is a scientific work that nonetheless contains all the emotions that fill people with admiration for the natural world. The first edition had had a strong influence on my career as it had prompted me to start a research program on porcupines. Although everyone knows the North American porcupine, no one has spent more time observing them than Uldis Roze. This shows in every page of this book. The second edition will make available to naturalists and scientists the latest findings on the biology of porcupines. I would recommend it not only to anyone with an interest in porcupines but also to anyone with an interest in biodiversity hidden close to home."―Dominique Berteaux, Université du Québec à Rimouski

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"This is an engaging and interesting book that will be of interest to general readers and specialists alike. The new material in the second edition of The North American Porcupine-especially the information on defense reactions and Uldis Roze's up-close observations derived by following the life of a single individual--is informative and adds new dimensions."--Bernd Heinrich, University of Vermont, author of Winter World and Mind of the Raven

Praise for the first edition-
"Rarely does one encounter scientific writing that is at the same time authoritative, full of well-documented data, and yet as readable as this book. It is good literature as well as good science. Readers almost feel as though they are looking over the shoulder of the observer, feeling his discomfort at the cold and rain, his excitement when something new and unexpected happens, and sharing in the sadness over the demise or misfortune of an animal that had long ago become a friend."-Quarterly Review of Biology

"The variety, power, and pleasure of modern natural history shines brightly in this book. Long and sympathetic watching, radio tracking, chemical analysis . . . are all part of this naturalist's ingenious and peaceable arsenal of inquiry into the lives of porcupines."-Scientific American

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 2 edition (June 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801446465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801446467
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
After seeing my first porcupine ever while visiting Jamestown, New York, last month, I immediately searched amazon.com for a serious natural history book to tell me more about this fascinating and completely compelling animal. Miraculously, Uldis Roze's second edition of "The North American Porcupine," a follow-up to his widely praised first edition, was set to be released later that same month, so I immediately pre-ordered, and I urge you to order a copy, too, because this is natural history research and writing at its finest.

As is always the case in nature, there is far more to be learned about porcupines than anyone might imagine. Fortunately for us, Uldis Roze has taken his sharp scientific mind and his deep appreciation of the porcupine to incredible lengths and heights to create an impressively intimate view into all aspects of the porcupine's life. It is quite possibly the most beautifully balanced account of an animal's natural history that I have ever read, and I read constantly about animals for both work and pleasure.

He takes us along on his walks in the woods to discover answers to all manner of questions, sharing his thought process in sorting out mysteries, the practical and ethical considerations behind his methods, his successes and slip-ups, and his sensitive perceptions of the sights and sensations he has while conducting his research in the forest. He shares his feelings about individual animals and situations, enabling you to connect with the joys and frustrations, and sometimes the sorrows, of field research. I am especially moved by his concern and respect for the animals he studies, and I think he sets an important standard and example for others to follow in that regard.
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Format: Paperback
This is a naturalist writing at his best. Uldis Roze does a magnificent job of introducing readers to the porcupine, its habitat, biology, interaction with other animals, folklore, sociology, and much, much more. And he manages to do it all in a style that makes for great reading whether you are a naturalist or just a fan of nature. I laughed out loud several times during the book.
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This is an OUTSTANDING reference book on porcupines for anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating species. It is a MUST READ for any wildlife rehabilitator who has the priviledge of rehabilitating porcupines. This book contains a wealth of information about these delightful animals and will enlighten all who read it.
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I wanted to become an expert on my resident porcupines. The problem is with finding the porcupines. They are a lot more mobile than I ever guessed. So I didn't get to be an expert on porcupines, but the book was a heck of a good read.
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It seems that porcupines are often misunderstood and thus easily dismissed. Like most natural history topics, the more we know the more we appreciate. Uldis Roze presents both personal stories and scientific explanations to create a readable and illuminating volume.
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