Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard (Scientists in the Field Series)
Our national park system is more than a wonderful playground for America’s families. The parks are well-protected natural laboratories for scientists of many kinds. Some are part of the National Forest Service, some are citizen volunteers, all are adding to our growing knowledge about the flora and fauna in various places as well as the make-up of those places. This beautiful picture book designed for middle graders spends time with park rangers tracking the changes in Yellowstone National Park, a 2.2 million acre park that sits atop a huge volcanic caldera. Other scientists in the area study grizzly bears native to Yellowstone, a protected species. In Saguaro National Park in Arizona, citizen volunteers help count and catalog cacti in the park. Scientists study one of the world’s most ancient species, the Gila monster, a monster lizard that is the largest lizard in the United States and has a venomous bite. At the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, scientists study salamanders and fireflies.
Mary Kay Carson has written a fascinating text that will keep young and old turning pages—beautiful pages adorned with brilliant nature photographs taken by Tom Uhlman. This is a terrific book.
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