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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1 edition (Nov. 2 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421401916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421401911
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richly illustrated with an outstanding assortment of full-color photographs... Written in a clear and conversational style... Whether you are just becoming interested in bats or are already a well-informed chiropteran reader, this text will be a fine addition to your caving library. -- Danny A. Brass Underground Movement If you are at all interested in bats, get a copy of this book. You will be glad you did! Book Bargains and Previews A well-written, interesting primer on bats that provides a broad overview of bat biology and conservation... The book is richly illustrated with an excellent assortment of full-color photographs. Written in a clear, conversational style, the volume is suitable for general readers interested in learning more about this fascinating and unique group of mammals. Choice Almost anyone who has an interest in bats will find the book useful. For the expert it's a quick but not overly detailed description of the biology, distribution, and appearance of the species in question and perfect for quick questions regarding life history or distribution. For novice bat biologists it should be a great introduction to the biology of bats; I can see it as an inexpensive text for an undergraduate class in bats. And for the general reader it's an easy way to start to plumb bat diversity, biology,and threats. Journal of Mammalogy A nice addition to home and library bookshelves everywhere. -- Micheal D. Baker Journal of Mammal Evolution I would recommend this book to anyone interested in an up-to-date introduction to bats and their biology, in the United States and Canada... an inexpensive and invaluable resource for teaching and outreach. -- Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell Bat Research News This comprehensive guide will be useful for all interested in Chiroptera. -- Evelyne Bremond-Hoslet Mammalia

About the Author

Michael J. Harvey is professor emeritus and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at Tennessee Technological University. J. Scott Altenbach is professor emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. Troy L. Best is a professor of biological sciences at Auburn University.

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The first part of the book is a great introduction to bats on most of their main aspects. It includes word on WNS, Wind Turbine and Reseach Techniques.
The species' descriptions are great with interesting and useful informations, especially on roosting, feeding and hibernating behaviours. Each specie goes with a gorgeous picture.
Unfortunaly, the photographs do not focus on specie identification. The book does not include species description and the only informations about the species anatomy is weight and wingspan.
I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in bats. It is also valuable information to who studies bats in north america if you're rather focused on behaviour than anatomy and if you're not looking for an identification guide.
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The generalized discussion prior to discussing the individual bats was useful. Easy to understand and the pictures helped make these unseen creatures more real.
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HASH(0xa60a9f90) out of 5 stars yet another survey of bats Feb. 10 2012
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Bats of the United States and Canada. Michael J. Harvey, J. Scott Altenbach, and Troy L. Best. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore; 2011. ISBN 978-1-4214-0191-1. 5 by 8 inches, 202 pages, softbound. $24.95.

There are forty-seven species of bats living in North America north of Mexico. Four others, including the hairy-legged vampire, have been seen at least once but are considered "accidentals," with no permanent population. The first half of this nice little book is devoted to a pretty thorough, if brief, review of all aspects of bats, including their biology, importance, and conservation issues. The latter is up to date, with both white-nose syndrome and wind turbines mentioned. As usual, we are asked to accept uncritically that bats must be beneficial because they eat insects. The second half runs through all the forty-seven species, with a page of text, a distribution map, and a large color photo. These are sorted by family, but that is hard to discover, since the family is not mentioned in the descriptions. A table in the appendix lists the species by family, with a code for their conservation status, such as endangered or threatened.
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HASH(0xa5a50ec4) out of 5 stars A Great Little Handbook Dec 29 2013
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I bought the hardcopy print version of this book based on previous reviews on Amazon. I was looking for a guidebook providing general information on all of the native species of bats in the U.S. and Canada. This book was perfect. The first half of the book (pages 1-90) provides general information on the biology of bats (e.g., sections on echolocation, foraging, feeding behavior, habitats, homing, reproduction, etc.). The last part of this general biology portion includes sections on "threats to bats", including sections on "wind energy" and "white nose syndrome". I particularly liked the last few pages of the first half of the book dealing with research techniques (sections on "thermal imaging", "nets and traps", "banding", "radio-telemetry", and "acoustic identification"). The first half of the book is nicely illustrated with many color photos. The last half of the book (pages 91-191 is a series of two-page summaries for each of the 47 species of bats native to the U.S. (all 20 species of bats native to Canada are native to the U.S. also). Each two-page summary provides a distribution map and a color plate photograph of the species. These summaries provide general information on roosting and feeding habits also, thus allowing a person to quickly identify species most likely to be encountered (e.g., in a barn, cave entrance, garage, under a bridge, etc.). However, I would not classify this book as a "field guide" per se but, rather, as a great little desk reference for folks who want to have a general understanding of bats native to the United States and Canada.
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HASH(0xa5d87288) out of 5 stars You can learn a lot about bats Jan. 1 2012
By Gary D. Schnell - Published on
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Book very well done. Photographs are great and basic information is factual and accurate. A great buy and the price is very reasonable..
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HASH(0xa57eddd4) out of 5 stars Fun Read, Not a Peterson's Bat Guide April 8 2013
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The book has a lot of interesting facts about bats and they're habitats, however, this book is not the best for identifying bat species. There are pictures of bat species in the book but its not laid out like an avian species identification guide. Although, because of the pictures, it can be used in that respect if you are hard up finding a bat identification book like me.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa57dcd68) out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining June 6 2013
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Great book! This would be a wonderful addition to all public libraries and school libraries. Bats are misunderstood mammals and this book helps you to appreciate bats and their place in our world. Michael Harvey does a great job of making this book both informative and entertaining.