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Every week of the year, something astounding happens in the animal kingdom. A million wildebeest trek 800km across the Serengeti; killer whales surf Argentinean beaches; lizards fly like paper planes in the jungles of Borneo; 10 million puffins descend on Iceland; and the world's biggest feeding frenzy takes place off the coast of South Africa. A Year of Watching Wildlife shows you where, when and how to take part in the natural world's greatest happenings - it's the ideal planning tool for adventurers, photographers and animal lovers. Be inspired and go wild!

Organised by month and week to help you plan your year's wildlife adventures Full colour with inspirational images and practical advice Week-by-week structure Environmentally responsible travel focus Country and animal indexes allow you to search by destination or by animal

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, David Lukas

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Download A Year of Watching Wildlife (General Reference Guide) epub
ISBN: 1741792797
ISBN13: 978-1741792799
Category: Science
Subcategory: Biological Sciences
Author: Lonely Planet
Language: English
Publisher: Lonely Planet; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1726 kb
FB2 size: 1488 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 502
Other Formats: lrf lit lrf txt

If you want to know when certain animals are active or doing interesting stuff, this book gives you big photos and small bits of text to orient you to the month when you'll be able to witness it for yourself.

A bit broad for the whole darn Earth and its creatures, so there aren't more than about sixty species discussed, but it is a good tool for planning a photo safari. for deciding when to visit a particular park or region, and might just get some friend off his duff to go get outside and watch a colony of albatross or monkeys someplace. If you can get this used for a couple of bucks, it's a fair price.

No charts, trend diagrams, etc, just month-by-month suggestions of highlights in limited or unusual animal activity.
I learned of the Sandhill Crane migration in Nebraska from this book. I have gone the last three years now and it's a highlight of the year. I only wish I could afford to hit some of the other migrations. Fantastic book.
I originally bought this book to help plan the timing of wildlife-oriented vacations. It is definitely helpful for that purpose. What I didn't expect is that it is an enjoyable book to pick up and read. I'm often curious about what is happening in wildlife during the current week. Many of the locations we'll never be able to visit, but it is interesting to know what is happening around the world on a given week.

Our daughter (age 12) finds the book interesting too and she's not much of a reader so that's definitely a big "thumbs up" for the book.
If you enjoy traveling and are interested in wildlife viewing opportunities, this is a great reference book to have. The info is organized by time of year which I found to be extremely useful for planning purposes. Why that time of year was chosen is indicated. Sometimes it's a migration so it's the only time of year to see the animals, other times it's a specific behavioral aspect but that doesn't mean you're limited to seeing the animals only at that time. Enough explanation is given such that you can make these determinations.

It's also just a fun book to peruse. I bought the book for myself last year, and I recently bought another copy to give as a gift.
"A YEAR OF WATCHING WILDLIFE": I have newer enjoyed any other of my numerous photo books as this one! David Lukas has made a great job and worked really hard to compel this enormous amount of information. This book presents different nature reserves, national parks and similar areas in many different countries, he tells you when to go and why, what wildlife you will see and how, how to arrive to the place and many more useful facts. As a wildlife photographer and nature book author I can't help myself to take this book from time to time, sit on my sofa and browse it's pages just imagining where my next trip will take me. It's an incredibly valuable tool for the professional and a sweet for the amateur. Even if you know you'll newer be able to travel to those places your fantasy is going to take you on incredible trips around the world. If you like or have to travel around the world for wildlife photography, this amazing book is going to solve a lot of planing and research hazard for you.
It's definitely my very best!
This is a confusing and badly presented book. Following a section on top locations eg.oceans,rainforesrs,deserts,mountains etc. the book is divided into 48 weeks for a year (any year).
For each of the 48 there is a wildlife reserve headlineand and what to see in that week (5 types of animals) and 3 types of other animals that are seen at reserves in other wildlife locations.
There is a good map of the world giving the 48 locationsfor all animals listed and there is also a good text with excellent illustrations but for a better book on animals get one that is not so confusing.
When I was given this book for my birthday, I thought, “My god,” has David Lucas (the author of this book even though it is credited to Lonely Planet) been to all these places. Though I haven’t been out with him for years, I remember him as a talented naturalist and good teacher. Here he takes on Lonely Planet’s’ mandate to help travelers, this time those interested in nature. It is a good book tempting nature tourists to times and places where creatures from great bustards to augrabie’s flat lizards can be seen. The photos in the book are very good, although they are not always labeled as to species. The book is also not PR for private touring companies. The web links after each section are to parks and governments.

This said, I have problems with Lonely Planet’s agenda. 40 or more years ago walking around southern Mexico, British Honduras and hitchhiking into Guatemala, I thought I might write a book a la Lenin with a title like, Tourism, Imperialism’s Final Insult. While on the road or in back of what seemed to be WWII Toyota pickup trucks, I realized that my pack, my boots and even my rain coat separated me so completely from the locals that there was almost no bridging the gap. And when I watched locals looking at Americans, Japanese, and French tourists, ugly a la the book of that name about Vietnam, I justified myself by thinking, “at least I slept on the ground and trudged back trails with Indians hauling freight to remote camps.” And I talked with them as human equals both of us speaking a foreign language. The most memorable comment from a Mestizo I heard was when he was looking at an American tourist with a large dog: “The dog eats much more than I do.” I never did write the book but I vaguely remember some one may have.

Now tourism is a giant worldwide business turning the indigenous people of Quintana Roo into maids and bus boys where I remember empty beaches and people farming their milpas or fishing. I just checked and the carbon footprint for world tourism is 5%. Bad or good, I am not sure but certainly most of my friends, even those who are ecotourists, don’t think about it at all or the political-economic impact of their travels. Now I might like to see manta rays in the Maldives or red crabs in Australia, things my neighbors sometimes do and yet, by driving 10 miles and wading in a bay they can chase bat rays or watch Velella also called sea raft, by-the-wind sailor or purple sail when they blow in by the thousands. As Thoreau said, it takes a lifetime to get to know two square miles. The insects in my neighborhood or the weeds of Boston are certainly as interesting as carnivorous plants in the Amazonian rain forest (and there are carnivorous plants to be found in the quaking bogs 15 miles west of Boston) but it is not as romantic as a boat ride up the Amazon.

Enough of my ranting. David Lucas’ book is certainly aesthetic and useful to those who wish to catch sight of the extraordinary in nature. Me, I would rather hear a few more nesting birds sing in my yard in this drought year when the dawn chorus has become ominously quiet.

Charlie Fisher