This entertaining collection of essays from professional
scientists and naturalists provides an enlightening look at the
lives of field biologists with a passion for the hidden world of
nocturnal wildlife. Into the Night explores the harrowing,
fascinating, amusing, and largely unheard personal experiences of
scientists willing to forsake the safety of daylight to document
the natural history of these uniquely adapted animals.
Contributors tell of confronting North American bears, cougars,
and rattlesnakes; suffering red ctenid spider bites in the tropical
rain forest; swimming through layers of feeding-frenzied hammerhead
sharks in the Galapagos; evading the wrath of African bull
elephants in South Africa; and delighting in the curious and gentle
nature of foxes and unconditional acceptance by a family of owls.
They describe "fire in the sky" across a treeless tundra, a sea
ablaze with bioluminescent algae, nighttime earthquakes on the
Pacific Rim, and hurricanes and erupting volcanoes on a Caribbean
Into the Night reveals rare and unexpected insights
into nocturnal field research, illuminating experiences,
discoveries, and challenges faced by intrepid biologists studying
nature's nightly marvels across the globe. This volume will be of
interest to scientists and general readers alike.
Subjects: Biological Sciences
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