Candid Creatures

Candid Creatures

How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature

Book - 2016
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In Candid Creatures, the first major book to reveal the secret lives of animals through motion-sensitive game cameras, biologist Roland Kays has assembled over 600 remarkable photographs. Drawing from archives of millions of color and night-vision photographs collected by hundreds of researchers, Kays has selected images that show the unique perspectives of wildlife from throughout the world. Using these photos, he tells the stories of scientific discoveries that camera traps have enabled, such as living proof of species thought to have been extinct and details of predator-prey interactions. Each image captures a moment frozen in the camera's flash as animals move through their wild habitats. Kays also discusses how scientists use camera traps to address conservation issues, creating solutions that allow humans and wild animals to coexist. More than just a collection of amazing animal pictures, the book's text, maps, and illustrations work together to describe the latest findings in the fast-moving field of wildlife research. Candid Creatures is a testament to how the explosion of game cameras around the world has revolutionized the study of animal ecology. The powerful combination of pictures and stories of discovery will fascinate anyone interested in science, nature, wildlife biology, or photography.
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781421418889
Branch Call Number: 591 K23c
Characteristics: ix, 261 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm


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Aug 27, 2016

This engaging, non-technical book will be an enjoyable read for youth and adults alike. The short, concise text sections are filled with fascinating detail about the animals pictured, and outline the key scientific understandings that have been revealed by studying them. The photographs themselves are not selected for their aesthetic qualities (they're camera trap photos after all), but all are engaging. They reveal candid moments, or the animals are extremely rare, or have never previously been photographed. Take a look at the snow leopard pictures for stunning photographs of an animal in its habitat, or if you've a interest in the unusual, try the Otter Civet. From the familiar raccoon to the virtually unknown Thomas's flying squirrel, the book ranges around the globe, from deserts to tropical forests, wherever animals are being studied using camera traps.
The book even confirms things we are seeing right here in Burnaby, such as bobcats adapting to our parks and gardens. Back East bobcats are shy and retiring, and instead it is the fisher that is making inroads into populated parks and suburbs. Here in the West, fishers are animals of the wilderness. Full of interesting facts from the local and familiar to the distant and exotic, Candid Creatures is worth checking out.

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Aug 27, 2016

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