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Omfatter også følgende navne: David Mech, L. D. Mech, L. David Mech, David L. Mech


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National Geographic Magazine 1988 v173 #6 June (1988) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer
National Geographic Magazine 1987 v171 #5 May (1987) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver23 eksemplarer

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mscottbooks | Apr 11, 2023 |
Dr. Mech (b. 1937) has been studying wolves since 1958. He was the first person to scientifically study the predator-prey relationship of any animals, not just wolves. Prior to this most people saw wolves as viscous predators that could kill whatever they wanted, whenever, and thus something to feared, controlled or exterminated. Isle Royale was chosen as a study location because it is a closed habitat being 15 miles from shore. What Mech discovered is not surprising today, but it was new then: wolves mostly only killed the old, weak and young; their numbers rise and fall in relation to prey (moose in this case); most wolf attacks do not result in a kill; wolves are a keystone species keeping grazing animals in check from destroying the habitat. Mech has written 11 books. This is about his earliest experiences on Isle Royale, in the late 1950s. It reminds me of Jane Goodall's In the Shadow of Man, being around the same time, Goodall and Mech are about the same age, and both were the first to research their given species leading to long and celebrated careers. Both books also have parallel stories of personal growth as young people finding their way in life, while they discover the way of life.… (mere)
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Stbalbach | 2 andre anmeldelser | Apr 26, 2022 |
Excellent narrative of Mech's early years on Isle Royale as the first scientist really studying wolf behavior.
Grace.Van.Moer | 2 andre anmeldelser | Dec 1, 2021 |
As a young man growing up in Wisconsin in the 1960's, I loved being in the outdoors. Hiking, fishing, hunting, trapping; it was I lived for. And one of my dreams was to go to Isle Royale, and witness the wolf population myself. In fact, it was one of the dreams that led me to pursue my degree in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As happens, life intervenes, and I never made it to Isle Royale. But I kept my fascination with it, reading up on it in various publications.
Then, as luck would have it, I discovered this absolutely wonderful book by Dr. Mech! Mech was the first person to actually do scientific research on the interactions between wolves and moose on the island. He went there as a young graduate student in 1958. He spent three years in his graduate study, and became one of the foremost wolf scientists in the world. Thankfully, he has continued his research for 60 years, and is still going!
This is the story of his first three years on the island. Of his trekking across the island for days at a time, with very primitive gear. Of the aerial surveys undertaken in the winter, to locate and observe wolf packs and moose. Of the hunting of the moose by the wolves. Their behaviors, successes, and failures. All told in easy to read language, flowing along so well as to make you feel that you are there with him!
I really liked the perspective he gave towards the end of the book. Of the current debate on whether or not wolves should be taken off the protected status they currently have. I won't spoil it for you, but he provides an opinion that should be given a great deal of weight.
Finally, I would like to quote from the end of his book,....."to me it doesn't really seem that long ago when it all began, and I took my first steps as a budding wolf biologist. That was June 30, 1958, my first day on Isle Royale. I hiked 7 miles from Rock Harbor to the Daisy Farm campground, and along the trail, my field notes recorded, I found a fresh wolf track and 2 old droppings. Now, six decades and untold miles, wolf tracks, and droppings later, I am a mature wolf biologist. Instead of hiking 7 miles to catch a glimpse of wolf sign, I can look at a smartphone and check a GPS trail of a wolf online. I have changed a bit, research technology has changed quite a bit, and even the climate has changed".
And absolutely wonderful book! One that I have been waiting to read for decades.
Highly recommend!!!!
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1Randal | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 24, 2020 |


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