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A Field Guide to Wildlife of the Australian Snow Country
304 pages, 230 x 170 mm
This is a comprehensive field guide to Australia’s high mountain fauna and environment—an environment that extends for more than five degrees of latitude. Exploring the interrelationships between snow cover and wildlife, the authors combine ecological details and species accounts. At the heart of the book are detailed descriptions of the mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fish, insects and other invertebrates, including their distribution, breeding, food and habitats.
A completely updated edition of the authorative Wildlife of the Australian Snow-Country (published in 1994), this book extends the fifteen years’ extensive fieldwork and research on aspects of the ecology of alpine wildlife by another fifteen years. It updates the reader on the many changes that have occurred in that time: the visible impacts of climate change on animal species and habitats, the decline of high mountain frogs due to the chytrid fungus, and the impacts of high altitude fires in 2003 and 2006.
Field Guide to the Wildlife of the Australian Snow-Country is indispensible for the professional and amateur naturalist alike—and anyone interested in the rich natural world of Australia’s snow country. In a handy format with PVC cover to protect it from the elements, it is equally at home in a backpack and reference library.
Dr Ken Green is a Principal Research Scientist with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service based in the Snowy Mountains. He worked for the Australian Antarctic Division, studying seals, penguins and other seabirds on seven trips to the sub-Antarctic islands and the Antarctic Continent, and researched Long-footed Potoroos in East Gippsland. He has made substantial additions to our knowledge of alpine ecology in fields as diverse as the importation of arsenic by Bogong Moths, the changing ice cover and chemistry of the glacial lakes, the resistance of alpine treelines to change, and changes in the longevity and vegetation of summer snowpatches.
Dr William Osborne is a lecturer in ecology and conservation biology at the University of Canberra. He and his postgraduate students have undertaken many field studies that have focussed particularly on understanding the reasons behind the alarming decline in alpine frogs. He has published many papers on the vertebrate wildlife of the snow country and is a co-author (with Mark Lintermans) of A Field Guide to the Freshwater Animals of the Southern Tablelands and Adjacent High Country.