Canoe Country Wildlife

Canoe Country Wildlife: A Field Guide to the North Woods and Boundary Waters

Mark Stensaas
Illustrations by Rick Kollath
Copyright Date: 1993
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 240
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.cttttbdt
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    Canoe Country Wildlife
    Book Description:

    Canoe Country Wildlife, a friendly field guide, introduces the wildlife most seen travel in the North Woods. It describes these creatures and their habits.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-9701-4
    Subjects: Biological Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-v)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vi-xvi)
  3. Mammals
    (pp. 1-40)

    Unlike flying squirrels, which can only glide, bats can truly fly. A bat’s “wings,” actually skin membranes, stretch the length of the arm between four very long fingers and are attached to the sides of the body and hind legs. The thumbs are free and hang from them. Bats can see but rely heavily on sonar for navigation and location of prey. Their prey is chiefly flying insects—moths, beetles, flies, true bugs, and mosquitoes. Bats, of course, are nocturnal. People have many false beliefs about bats. Contrary to their bad reputations, bats do not get tangled in people’s hair,...

  4. Birds
    (pp. 41-126)

    If it weren’t for the Common Loon, most of the North Country’s gift shops would be giftless. Loon slippers, loon napkins, loon bookends, loon posters, loon carvings, loon coasters, and loon sweatshirts abound. What is the allure?

    The loon is a large, beautifully plumaged bird that inhabits northern wilds and is often seen by canoe country campers. But there is much more to the Common Loon than meets the eye. It captures the imagination of anyone who hears its plaintive cry or wild laugh piercing the darkness over a still northern lake–a mesmerizing experience, even a spiritual one.

    Stark...

  5. Fish
    (pp. 127-142)

    The Walleye, occasionlly referred to as the “walleyed pike,” is not a pike at all, but rather America’s largest perch. Adults average from 2 to 8 pounds. But fish continue to grow throughout their lives, so lunkers are lurking. The Minnesota state angling record is a 17 pound, 8 ounce beauty hooked on opening weekend 1979 in the Seagull River bordering the BWCAW. Wow! LeRoy Chiovitte gives the details of his trophy catch in Joe Fellegy'sClassic Minnesota Fishing Stories.

    Walleye coloration varies from dark silver to yellowish gold to dark olive brown. The fish has a large and distinctive...

  6. Reptiles and Amphibians
    (pp. 143-158)

    No poisonous snakes inhabit the canoe country. The Timber Rattlesnake is found in southeast Minnesota and southeast Ontario; its cousin rattler, the Massasauga, lives in swampy lowlands of the Minnesota portion of the Mississippi River Blufflands. Rattlers have never inhabited the Boundary Waters and Quetico. The Eastern Garter Snake, though it may become quite large, is entirely harmless except to the toads,frogs, insects, worms, and mice it stalks. Humans most often encounter this snake during its daytime forays along paths and portages. However, on more than one occasion I have seenthem swimming.

    The world record Eastern Garter Snake measured 48¾...

  7. Insects and Other Invertebrates
    (pp. 159-202)

    More than 550 species of mayflies inhabit North America.Delicate wings held straight up over the back and two long filamentous “tails” characterize this insect order.

    We are all familiar with the mass emergence of mayflies.Television has made it one of their annual rites of spring. Every May we see footage of some town along the banks of the Mississippi River alive with fluttering mayflies. Then they cut to bridge scenes, where the road is buried a foot deep in dying mayflies. Cars slip and slide on the squashed bodies. Even the snowplows are brought out.

    Did you know the same...

  8. Appendix
    (pp. 203-222)
  9. Backmatter
    (pp. 223-223)