July 2014 Academic & Specialist University of Minnesota Press

The Three-Minute Outdoorsman: Wild Science from Magnetic Deer to Mumbling Carp Robert M. Zink


Paperback | Jul 2014 | University of Minnesota Press | 9780816692538 | 240pp | 216x140mm | RFB | AUD$31.95, NZD$41.99

A writer who humorously bridges the gap between esoteric information and nature as we have come to know it, Zink distills the latest news from the world of science into three-minute bursts of irresistible lore for the layman. In these brief, engaging essays readers will discover, for instance, how deer use the earth's magnetic field for orientation; how porcupine quills are advancing new ideas about delivering inoculations; and why deer antlers can model bone regeneration for amputees.How do predator-prey cycles get started? Should we worry about black bear attacks in the woods? Zink has the answers--often to questions we didn't think to ask but wish we had. This is the outdoors at its mysterious best, as the experience of nature and the findings of science combine to educate our sense of wonder and tickle our fancy--to say nothing of our highly unscientific funny bone.