By Mark Stensaas
Warblers, wolves, and whirligig beetles-the creatures of the canoe nation come alive in Canoe nation Wildlife. during this read-aloud-treasure, "Sparky" Stensaas, naturalist and storyteller, intrigues readers along with his stories of assembly the wooded area inhabitants-from tiny toads to majestic moose. every one web page describes those creatures and their conduct properly so you will recognize the place and whilst to appear for them. specific line drawings illustrate each one animal essentially so you are going to realize what you are seeing.
Written for the curious naturalist in each one folks, Canoe state Wildlife takes readers an enormous step past box courses. it is stable examining sooner than, in the course of, and after a visit via canoe state.
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20 MAMMALS T he Northern Flying Squirrel is probably the canoe country's most common squirrel, a fact that surprises day-active humans. But if we were as nocturnal as flying squirrels, we would fully comprehend their abundance. The rare encounters we have with them in the wild are often limited to our hearing them: a scampering up a rough-barked pine, spruce, or fir, then a pause for the glide, and a little "whoomp" when the squirrel lands on another trunk. Walking down a trail one night, my friend was mistaken for a tree trunk by a flying squirrel who landed smack on his chest.
American Yew and Red Osier Dogwood are the only common food preferences. Green hair Moose have green hair between their toes. Pheromones secreted during the rut cause the staining. Sparky says: I saw a Canadian Cree Moose hunter demonstrate this trick on television once. Find a swampy shore covered with Moose tracks. Take a birch-bark Moose call (or a camp pot), quietly fill it with water, then pour it slowly and evenly into the shallow water. Wait. You've just imitated the sound of a cow Moose urinating, and if you do this during the autumn rut, you soon may be nostril to nostril with an excited bull.
The cause of the die-off was a mystery, but the elevated mercury levels found in the loons raised questions. Where did the mercury come from? Soon after, the Pollution Control Agency found abnormally high levels of mercury in fish from northern Minnesota lakes. Testing of livers from carcasses and feathers from live loons revealed that Minnesota loons possessed mercury levels that had been found to be harmful to Mallards. The source of the mercury and the mechanism of its release into the ecosystem form an ominous cloud over the Common Loon's future.