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The World of the Polar Bear

The World of the Polar Bear

by Norbert Rosing

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 204 PAGES

Rosing provides all-new photography for this paper edition of his sumptuous and informative book, showcasing not only the photogenic bears and their cubs but also the sly Arctic fox, sleek seals, ungainly walruses, myriad seabirds and glimmering aurora borealis. (ARC50, $29.95)

Arctic Dreams

Arctic Dreams

by Barry Lopez

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 417 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A dazzling meditation on the Arctic, breathtaking in scope. Lopez draws on his travels throughout the North, including Baffin Island, the Chukchi and Bering Seas, Alaska, the Yukon and Greenland, interweaving natural history, accounts of early exploration, anecdote and lore into an indelible portrait of place. (ARC11, $16.95)

The Great White Bear

The Great White Bear

by Kieran Mulvaney

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 251 PAGES

A journalist with an affinity for the wild (he once lived on the shores of Cook Inlet), Mulvaney combines natural and human history, myth and eyewitness reports from Barrow, Churchill and other locales in this astute chronicle. (ARC267, $26.00)

 
Manitoba Map

Manitoba Map


by ITMB

  • 2009
  • MAP

A map of the Canadian province at a scale of 1:900,000. (CND51, $7.95)

Northern Lights, A Practical Travel Guide

Northern Lights, A Practical Travel Guide


by Polly Evans

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 48 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

With helpful advice on viewing the Northern Lights in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and Alaska, this Bradt guide has essential information on forecasts, the science behind the lights, photography and how to dress. (ARC350, $8.99)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

What We Know About Climate Change

What We Know About Climate Change


by Kerry Emanuel

  • REFERENCE
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 85 PAGES

MIT atmospheric scientist Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate. This second edition covers the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the lack of will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue. (GEO46, $16.95)

A Traveller's History of Canada

A Traveller's History of Canada


by Robert Bothwell

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline. (CND82, $14.95)

Canada, Images of the Land

Canada, Images of the Land


by J. Kraulis

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

From the country's expansive prairies and forests to its magnificent coastline, the 200-plus images in this oversized photo book capture the sublime and staggeringly diverse landscape of Canada. (CND455, $49.95)

Historical Atlas of Canada, Canada's History Illustrated With Original Maps

Historical Atlas of Canada, Canada's History Illustrated With Original Maps


by Derek Hayes

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Covering over 1,000 years of Canadian history (from above), this historical atlas includes previously unpublished maps, charts and illustrations, newly discovered in archives and libraries from around the world. (CND450, $34.95)

The Northern Lights, Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights, Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis


by Calvin Hall | Daryl Pederson

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Shot in Alaska, one of the best places to watch the northern lights, these images capture the natural phenomenon in all its splendor and majesty. Hall and Pederson's 160 photographs were taken with ultra-HD cameras during a period of unusually high solar activity. (ARC342, $19.95)

High Latitudes, An Arctic Journey

High Latitudes, An Arctic Journey


by Farley Mowat

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

A chronicle of Farley Mowat's hopscotch across the Canadian Arctic in 1966 on behalf of (would you believe it!) the Canadian government. Mowat encounters and interviews an eccentric cast of characters in altogether enjoyable book: fast disappearing traditional and re-settled Inuit, missionaries and priests, Hudson Bay managers and traders, government officials and refugees from the South, interweaving these diverse stories with his own tales. (ARC141, $16.95)

Reaching North, A Celebration of the Subarctic

Reaching North, A Celebration of the Subarctic


by Jamie Bastedo

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER

These great stories, collected by Yellowknife naturalist Jamie Bastedo, give a good flavor of the culture, nature and spirit of the North. (CND396, $9.95)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic


by E.C. Pielou

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 327 PAGES

A primer on Arctic climate, geography, plants, birds, mammals and insects in a single nicely written book. It's a highly recommended, enthusiastic guide to natural history throughout the Circumpolar North. (ARC03, $22.00)

AntARCTIC, A Tribute to Life in the Polar Regions

AntARCTIC, A Tribute to Life in the Polar Regions


by Michael Poliza

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. With his inimitable blend of intimate close-ups and cinematic landscapes, Michael Poliza celebrates polar wildlife and landscapes in this compact edition of his oversized, sumptuous original, (ANT314, $12.95)

Auroras, Fire in the Sky

Auroras, Fire in the Sky


by Dan Bortolotti | Yuichi Takasaka

  • SCIENCE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 144 PAGES

These 80 color photos by Yuichi Takasaka celebrate the beauty, history, folklore and science of the northern lights. (ARC304, $29.95)

Ice Bear

Ice Bear


by Steven Kazlowski

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

Kazlowski (The Last Polar Bear) reveals the polar bear and its world in this collection of 100 color photographs, with an accompanying essay by polar bear expert Ian Sterling. (ARC280, $18.95)

Narwhals, Arctic Whales in a Melting World

Narwhals, Arctic Whales in a Melting World


by Todd McLeish

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

Combining lore, natural history and conservation, McLeish travels in search of the much-mythologized cetacean to visit climate researchers in Colorado, to see them in the wild (and in the market) in Greenland and to spend time among the Inuit. He also includes portraits of walrus, polar bear, bowhead and beluga, the ivory gull and other creatures of the High Arctic. (ARC321, $22.95)

Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye

Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye


by Zac Unger

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

A captivating look at the battle between man and nature from the vantage point of Churchill, Manitoba, the Polar Bear Capital of the World. (ARC313, $25.00)

On Thin Ice, The Changing World of the Polar Bear

On Thin Ice, The Changing World of the Polar Bear


by Richard Ellis

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Ellis spins tales of natural history, conservation and lore in this beautifully illustrated ode to the polar bear and life in the circumpolar north. (ARC244, $18.95)

Our Ice Is Vanishing / Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers and Climate Change

Our Ice Is Vanishing / Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers and Climate Change


by Shelley Wright

  • SCIENCE
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 420 PAGES

Wright charts the history of the Inuit and the experiences of recent Arctic immigrants alongside reflections on current conditions and devastating climate change. (ARC330, $39.95)

Polar Bears on the Edge

Polar Bears on the Edge


by Morten Jorgensen

  • SCIENCE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 218 PAGES

In his impassioned review of polar bear populations, wildlife activist Morten Jorgensen provides a history of polar bear population decline, describes the corrupt world of Arctic politics and concludes with conservation recommendations. (ARC343, $19.95)

Polar Bears, A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior

Polar Bears, A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior


by Andrew E. Derocher | Wayne Lynch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 264 PAGES

An illustrated chronicle of the evolution, ecology and conservation of the polar bear, this captivating natural history features color photographs by Lynch and stories from the field by wildlife researcher Derocher. (ARC309, $41.95)

Polar Obsession

Polar Obsession


by Paul Nicklen

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Born and raised on Baffin Island, Nicklen has ice in his blood. The National Geographic photographer, wildlife biologist and naturalist presents up-close portraits of the creatures of the high latitudes in 150 dazzling photographs of swimming bears, cavorting seals, penguins, dueling narwhals and all manner of polar life. (ANT305, $50.00)

Stay Cool, A Polar Bear's Guide to Life

Stay Cool, A Polar Bear's Guide to Life


by Patrick Regan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER

The Arctic sequel to Flipping Brilliant, A Penguin's Guide to a Happy Life. (ARC252, $9.99)

The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights, The True Story of the Man Who Unlocked the Secrets of the Aurora Borealis


by Lucy Jago

  • SCIENCE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

The compelling story of Kristian Birkeland, the turn-of-the-century Norwegian scientist who devoted his career to understanding the aurora borealis, this book also covers the science, history, myth and romance of the phenomenon. (ARC104, $16.95)

Manitoba Birds

Manitoba Birds


by Waterford Press Inc.

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PLASTIC CARD

Handy for a pocket or backpack, this durable, fold-out bird reference features 140 species familiar to Manitoba. Size: 8 x 3.8 inches. (CND428, $6.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

The Arctic Guide, Wildlife of the Far North

The Arctic Guide, Wildlife of the Far North


by Sharon Chester

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Written for travelers and naturalists alike, this comprehensive guide to the flora and fauna of the Arctic covers 800 species. Each profile features color illustrations, range maps and full descriptions. (ARC333, $27.95)

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