The Natural History of Canadian Mammals

The Natural History of Canadian Mammals

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Donna Naughton
With colour artwork by Paul Geraghty, Julius Csotonyi, and Brenda Carter
Canadian Museum of Nature © 2012
World Rights
824 Pages 600 Images
ISBN 9781442644830
Published Oct 2012
Online discount: 35%
 $69.95    $45.47

A Northern Pocket Gopher can dig an amazing half a metre of tunnel through compacted clay soil in just 15 minutes. North American Beavers, along with humans, are the only mammals whose impact on their environment is so massive that it can be clearly seen with the naked eye from outer space. And there really are Narwhals – the single-tusked mammals that likely inspired the unicorn legend – living in the waters surrounding Greenland.

Learning about any of these mammals on their own brings out fascinating traits and stories. But when considered alongside the entire mammal population of Canada – from the tiny Olive-Backed Pocket Mouse to the enormous Killer Whale, and the Arctic-dwelling Polar Bear to the more southerly Red Bat – a spectacular portrait emerges of the diversity and beauty of Canada’s animal life.

The Natural History of Canadian Mammals is a beautifully illustrated, up-to-date guide to all 215 known species of mammals in Canada. It features brand-new, full-colour images of each species, as well as stunning photographs from Canadian Geographic magazine’s national photography competitions depicting the animals in their natural environments.

Along with being a visual treat, this book is jam-packed with information accessible to readers at all levels. Detailed descriptions are provided of each mammal’s appearance, habitat, and behavior, while colour maps show their full distribution across Canada, North America, and globally. The book also includes practical guides on tracking and identification for readers who would like to learn how to spot mammals in the wild. Among its most special features is a series of colour plates with vignettes of the Canadian representatives of each group, sized relative to one another for easy comparison and linked to the full species accounts later in the book.

Comprehensive and immensely valuable, The Natural History of Canadian Mammals will become a treasured companion for scientific researchers, animal lovers, and all those wishing to gain a greater appreciation of Canada’s natural wonders. The Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada’s national natural history museum, continues to author these wonderful books in its goal to inspire a greater understanding of the natural environment.

Donna Naughton, a biologist at the Canadian Museum of Nature,  has collected, illustrated, photographed, and studied mammals for over thirty years. She has been a principal contributor to Mammals: An Explore Your World Handbook and the Handbook of Canadian Mammals series.

Abbreviated Table of Contents

List of Acronyms and Initialisms

Species Accounts:

  1. 1. Order Didelphimorphia: New World opossums
  2. 2. Order Primates: apes and monkeys
  3. 3. Order Rodentia: rodents
  4. 4. Order Lagomorpha: pikas, hares and rabbits
  5. 5. Order Soricomorpha: shrews and moles
  6. 6. Order Chiroptera: bats
  7. 7. Order Carnivora: carnivores
  8. 8. Order Perissodactyla: horses and other odd-toes ungulates
  9. 9. Order Artiodactyla: deer,cattle and other even-toes ungulates
  10. 10. Order Cetacea: whales, dolphins and porpoises

Domestic mammals

Appendix 1: Identification of shrew skulls

Appendix 2: Identification of voles, lemmings and muskrat skulls

Appendix 3: List of colour art ascribed to artist

Appendix 4: Scientific names of plants and animals mentioned in the text




‘This glossy-paged comprehensive, stunningly illustrated, updated volume of The Natural History of Canadian Mammals is not just extensive, extremely informative and easy to use, but it can be read and enjoyed by readers all over the planet from inquisitive middle school students and interested adults, to the scientific community.’
Gay Ann Loesch, American Association of School Librarians

‘This outstanding book will be the reference of first choice on mammals in Canada for many years to come. The accounts are clearly written, full of fascinating detail, technically accurate, and up to date. Equally important, the text is straightforward and readily accessible to the public at large as well as to students and scientists alike. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Canadian mammals and every school should have a copy in their library.’
Dr. Ian Stirling, FRSC, Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta and Scientist Emeritus, Environment Canada

“The Natural History of Canadian Mammals tells this country’s story in lively ways that are unexpectedly wonderful and warm-blooded.”
Randy Boyagoda, The National Post (January 4, 2013)

“The Natural History of Canadian Mammals is a magnificent work”
Joseph Morin, Kemptville EMC (Dec 13, 2012)

“Naughton writes with the clarity required for a general audience, keeping her language understandable for people without scientific backgrounds.”
Anne Watson, Canadian Geographic (December, 2012)

‘An engaging, beautiful, useful text that while heavier and bulkier than a smart phone, is infinitely more fun to use, taking its readers down a rabbit hole of other worldliness. From one page to the next Naughton’s book is guaranteed to surprise readers… I recommend this book to the widest audience possible – BC Studies readers and beyond – in hopes that it might stir in readers an awe for nonhuman life as deep as Naughton’s.’
Rosemary-Claire Collard, BC Studies April 2013 (online)

‘The loving work of over a decade, this encyclopedia commands respect and offers the old fashioned security that at any moment I can look up any Canadian mammal.’
Severn Cullis-Suzuki Canada's History, Aug-Sept 2013

First Place, Reference Category - New York Book Show - Winner in 2013

American Library Association Best of the Best from the University Presses for Public and Secondary School Libraries - Winner in 2013

Library Journal Best Reference of 2013 - Sciences - Winner in 2013

Outstanding Rated Title awarded by American Association of School Librarians and the Collection Development and Evaluation Section of the Reference and User Services Association - Winner in 2013

PROSE Award - Single Volume Reference/Science awarded by Association of American Publishers (United States) - Commended in 2012

2013 Ottawa Book Awards – Non-Fiction category- Finalist in 2013