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Kaufman Focus Guide to Mammals of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides) by Kenn Kaufman,Rick Bowers,Nora Bowers
ISBN: 0618382968
ISBN13: 978-0618382965
Author: Kenn Kaufman,Rick Bowers,Nora Bowers
Book title: Kaufman Focus Guide to Mammals of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Other Formats: lrf mbr txt lrf
Pages: 352 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 2, 2004)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1371 kb
Size ePub version: 1420 kb
Size fb2 version: 1203 kb
Category: Biological Sciences

Book by Kaufman, Kenn, Bowers, Rick, Bowers, Nora

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I have been a bird watcher for decades but I am the kind of birder who is also interested in all living things. I have been on birding outings when I found myself distracted by prairie dogs, ground hogs, rats, bats, squirrels, mice, and you name it, often to the chagrin of my fellow birders who would say "who cares, it's not a bird!" But I care, I just don't always know exactly which type of rat or bat I am looking at. I started looking for a field guide for mammals that would be equivalent to my favorite field guide to birds. Well, the short story is, there isn't one, but the Kaufman Guide to Mammals is the best that I could find.

The illustrations are actually clipped photographs and not paintings or drawings like we have with the Sibley's or even Peterson's. However, the descriptions are thoroughly well done and the book is well organized and easy to access. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding and identifying some of the many, wonderful mammals that can be found in the US.
Book was in better condition than described and shipped fast. This is the 2nd copy of the book we have bought. One for my son when he was 12 and the latest edition for my grandson who is 8. Great information and well organized considering the amount of information contained in there.
generation of new
Having moved out to the country, we see all kinds of critters around and I like to know what I'm seeing. Sheba the lab has also been performing her version of rodent control. Thanks to this book, I now know its short-tailed shrews she's been hunting, not voles as I originally thought. Nice to learn more about what we've got in the area. Maps and descriptions are very clear and concise and the book is super easy to use.
Well done book
I purchsed this field guide after seeing that it not only had wonderful pictures but also gave a weight & length for the animals next to the picture which I found invaluable for quick identification.
Wild Python
A brief jargon filled synopis:
This is a very good field guide. The illustrations (actually manipulated photographs) are bright and sharp and field marks are easily distinguished.
The fact that the range maps are placed within the text (not a seperate section) makes it easy to eliminate species and arrive quickly at the mammal you are looking at.
The species accounts are informative without being wordy and the similar species are dealt with thoroughly.
The plethora of mice and shrew species are dealt with adequatley. The basic message (at least with shrews) is if you want to be sure of your identifaction, check the dental records!
I am very happy with this field guide. It is much, much better than the Peterson field guide series edition. The writing is intelligent and interesting. A great deal of natural history is included in the species accounts, so the book makes for good reading.
I am sure that mammalogists will find numerous quibbles with this book. But I am not a mammalogist. At heart I am a birder who enjoys looking at mammals when I run across them. This book is perfect for quickly identifying what chipmunk is yelling at you or for sorting out what member of the weasel family just ran over your foot.
If you are looking for a field guide to throw in your car along side all the other ones----this is yet. Enjoy.
This is an excellent book and is a worthy addition to the collection of all naturalists, mammalogists, and people interested in nature. Photos don't always work as well as illustrations in field guides but the Kaufman Focus Guides have rectified this situation by digital manipulation of the photos. Some larger species (whales, porpoises, and dolphins) are illustrated but also include photos. In addition to the very good photo images, species accounts appear to be well-detailed and current. One of the strong points of this field guide is that all information for a species is before your eyes; no flipping like in some other mammal field guides. The photo images are on the right side of the page along with common name and weight and measurement (non-metric). On the left side is the common and scientific names, species account, range map, and an illustration of one footprint for most of the larger, terrestrial mammals. The species accounts includes information on differentiating between similar species. Many species have multiple photos which is helpful and the young of many larger mammals are depicted. The worst of the photos (such as Alaska Marmot and Alpine Chipmunk) are still good but only consist of one image each. In my opinion, this is the new mammal field guide standard.
After a disappointing look through other mammal field guides, I came across this little gem. Instead of illustrations it uses photos (except for the whales, some illustrations). I almost passed on it because I wasn't used to seeing these kinds of photographs in a field guide: they are digitally edited and have the appearance of being cut out and pasted onto the white pages. However, it soon became clear that the photos are of exceptional quality and could beat out the competetion as far as completeness of subject matter. For example: there are about fifty photos of chipmunks; there are photos of both morphs of the Arctic Fox in summer and winter. Two variations of the blue phase are shown in summer coat. The pups for both colors are included.

The book is designed well, with the text most of the time to the left of the corresponding pictures. Fun, interesting, informative.
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