Built for Speed: A Year in the Life of Pronghorn by John A. Byers

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By John A. Byers

This ebook takes you either the place you predict and do not anticipate to head, yet you are going to love the adventure! i've got a more robust knowing and appreciation for pronghorn and their Montana atmosphere. There are complexities that I had by no means absolutely thought of. My due to John Byers for an relaxing adventure!

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Published information was sufficient to allow calculations that to my shock 31 32 SPRING AND THE SOUNDS OF SNIPE showed that mothers were at average distances from their fawns that made it just slightly more profitable for a coyote to hunt for ground squirrels than to search for a pronghorn fawn. The fourth general tactic of mothers is to adjust their schedules of activity so that an observer cannot guess, on the basis of what the mother is doing, whether she has just left her fawn, is midway through a bout of feeding or reclining, or is just about to return to her fawn.

Actually, finding fawns in this way is extraordinarily difficult. Mothers are within 100 yards of the hidden fawn most of the time, but this means that the careful search would be of a circle 200 yards in diameter, with an area of 31,400 square yards. ] A 3-day-old pronghorn fawn hiding. (Reproduced with the permission of the publisher from J. A. ) 27 28 SPRING AND THE SOUNDS OF SNIPE wily. If I start to search in the vicinity of a mother, she will probably casually drift away. I begin to wonder if I am searching in the right area, or if this female really has a hidden fawn at all.

My dear Miss Hittell: I heartily sympathize with you, as you know, in your efforts to save our songbirds. Better far and more reasonable it would be to burn our pianos and violins for firewood than to cook our divine midgets of songlarks for food. I am now stupidly busy writing a book and cannot do anything worth while in the way of writing for the larks. But the work of saving them by creating public opinion in their favor will have to go on year after year, and I hope I may still do something to help.

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