In Loons: Treasured Symbols of the North, acclaimed wildlife photographer, naturalist, and best-selling author Wayne Lynch offers the reader a work of scintillating science and stunning beauty as he f
In Loons: Treasured Symbols of the North, acclaimed wildlife photographer, naturalist, and best-selling author Wayne Lynch offers the reader a work of scintillating science and stunning beauty as he focuses on the five species of loons — the red-throated loon, the look-alike Pacific and Arctic loons, the familiar neck-laced common loon and the yellow-billed loon, the largest and rarest member of the family. Like no other book before, Lynch presents a comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand, text, coupled with breathtaking photographs that explore and compare the haunts, habits, and hardships of this charismatic group of handsome water birds. Once again, he has produced a book that is "a magical combination of words and images".
Loons: Treasured Symbols of the North is a perfect book for those who live in loon country and want a better understanding of the birds with which they live as well as for those who visit loon country and are eager to interpret their wilderness experience. The book is also for those who may never see a loon but want these birds to survive because they unfailingly fuel the human imagination and spirit.
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Recognized and respected as one of North America's leading wildlife and natural history photographers, Wayne Lynch has spent the last forty-two years capturing images of wildlife in wild places the world over. His impressive photo credits include hundreds of magazine covers, thousands of calendar shots, and tens of thousands of images published in over sixty countries. Lynch is also an award-winning science writer, a popular guest lecturer, and a veteran photo safari leader. His practical and entertaining approach to natural history, whether it be through the written or spoken word, has attracted the admiration of audiences worldwide. He has photographed both common and unusual creatures in their native habitat in more than fifty countries, travelling extensively for long periods of time and often undergoing considerable physical hardship to get the "perfect shot."
With an exceptional ability to write for both adults and children, Lynch has authored more than fifth highly acclaimed natural history books, including
- A Celebration of Prairie Birds,
- Bears of the North: A Year Inside Their Worlds,
- Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior,
- The Great Northern Kingdom: Life in the Boreal Forest,
- Wild Birds Across the Prairies,
- Penguins of the World,
- Mountain Bears,
- Bear: Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness,
- A is for Arctic: Natural Wonders of a Polar World,
- The Nature Babies Series
- and the wildly popular children's book The Scoop on Poop: The Fascinating Science of How Animals Use Poop.
Lynch is a Fellow of the internationally recognized Explorers Club and Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America. Lynch lives in Calgary with his wife of forty-five years, Aubrey Lang.
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"A perfect visual resource for those who live in loon country and want a better understanding of the birds with which they live, as well as for those who visit loon country and are eager to interpret their wilderness experience, Loons: Treasured Symbols of the North is also an ideal choice for those who may never see a loon but who nonetheless want these birds to survive because they unfailingly fuel the human imagination and spirit.
"This coffee-table style trade paperback volume deftly combines an informative commentary with impressive full color photography. The result is an inherently fascinating compendium for browsing through one page at a time. Loons: Treasured Symbols of the North is a magnificent and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Avian Wildlife Photography collections."
— Midwest Book Review
"Most people know only of the common loon. This book provides insight into five species. Filled with spectacular photographs, readers will be able to see these beautiful birds up close and in action. Complete with maps and detailed descriptions of habitat, appearance, behaviour, global population, and environmental threats, we visit loons from around the world. A wonderful addition to school and home libraries, for bird lovers young and old."
— Calgary Herald