Arctic

by Tony Soper

Arctic

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An engaging and beautifully illustrated full-colour guide to some of the most exciting wildlife in the world in an area about to see a significant increase in visitor numbers as a direct result of changes in the ice cover of the Arctic Ocean. Bradt's Arctic Wildlife is an ideal companion on board and on shore.
A fascinating and informative read. Visitors to the far north cruise the Arctic coast in the company of humpback whales and belugas, see polar bears hunt ringed seals, and come in contact with a host of shorebirds and wildfowl gorging on the abundance of summer food. This revised edition includes new illustrations, a section covering the distinct flora and fauna of the Bering Sea and the revised version of the Arctic Code of Conduct. Tony Soper's expert knowledge is richly supplemented with full-colour illustrations by award-winning wildlife artist Dan Powell.

About the author

Tony Soper, co-founder of the renowned BBC Natural HIstory Unit, is a naturalist film-maker who has explored the coastal waters of Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and Arctic Siberia north to the pole, as lecturer and expedition leader on icebreakers and ice-hardened vessels. His enthusiasm for wildlife has been shared by a huge number of cruise guests over twenty years. This book aims to answer some of their questions!
Dan Powell has been a wildlife artist since graduating from Dyfed College of Art in Wales in 1983. He was honoured as British Birds Illustrator of the Year in 1996. His work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including many publications by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, on subjects ranging from parrots to dragonflies. He is happiest when out sketching in the field - especially when stuck in the middle of a bog.

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'A beautifully written, engaging text by polar veteran Tony Soper...exquisitely illustrated in watercolour.' - WWF Arctic Bulletin
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Contents

INTRODUCTION
EXPLOITATION AND CONSERVATION
PLANTS
INVERTEBRATES
FISH
BIRDS
Divers
Petrels
Waterfowl
Raptors
Waders
Skuas
Gulls
Terns
Auks
Owls
Passerines
TERRESTRIAL MAMMALS
Lemming
Arctic fox
Arctic hare
Brown bear
Reindeer
Musk ox
Woolly mammoth
MARINE MAMMALS
Polar bear
Seals
Whales
APPENDICES
The Bering Sea
Arctic code of conduct
Glossary of snow and ice
Further reading
INDEX