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Ecology of the Opossum on a Natural Area in Northeastern Kansas by Lewis L. Sandidge delves into the fascinating world of the opossums, shedding light on their behavior, habitat, diet, reproduction, and overall ecological significance. This comprehensive and meticulously researched work provides a valuable contribution to the field of wildlife ecology, specifically focusing on the opossum population found in Northeastern Kansas.

One of the most commendable aspects of Sandidge's book is his meticulous attention to detail. The author leaves no stone unturned as he explores the various ecological processes shaping the opossum's existence. From their role in seed dispersal to their impact as both scavengers and predators, Sandidge presents a well-rounded understanding of the opossum's ecological significance.

Additionally, Sandidge's writing style is engaging and accessible, making complex ecological concepts understandable for both experts and casual readers alike. His explanations are clear, supported by relevant examples, and enriched with vibrant descriptions of the opossum's natural habitat. This not only facilitates comprehension but also fosters a deep appreciation and awe for these unique creatures.

One of the book's strengths lies in Sandidge's emphasis on the symbiotic relationship between opossums and other native species. The author demonstrates how these marsupials contribute to maintaining a balanced ecosystem through their interactions with vegetation, insects, and other vertebrates. Moreover, he explores the impact of human activities, such as habitat degradation and fragmentation, on the opossum population, thus raising awareness about the need for conservation efforts.

While the book primarily focuses on the opossum population in Northeastern Kansas, Sandidge's observations and findings are applicable to opossums across similar natural areas. This broadens the book's relevance and allows readers from various regions to appreciate the significance of these often-misunderstood creatures.

However, it is worth noting that the book heavily leans towards scientific analysis and may not cater to those seeking solely anecdotal stories or personal narratives. Although useful for researchers and ecologists, general readers who prefer a more casual reading experience may find some sections dense and technical.

Despite this minor limitation, Ecology of the Opossum on a Natural Area in Northeastern Kansas remains an important contribution to the field of wildlife ecology. Sandidge's meticulous research, engaging writing style, and dedication to conserving the opossum population make this book an invaluable resource for anyone interested in understanding and appreciating the ecological role of these intriguing creatures within their natural habitat.

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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Volume 7, No. 2, pp. 307 338, 5 figures in text

August 24, 1953

Ecology of the Opossum on a Natural Area in Northeastern Kansas

BY

HENRY S. FITCH

AND

LEWIS L. SANDIDGE

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS LAWRENCE 1953

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Editors: E. Raymond Hall, Chairman, A. Byron Leonard, Robert W. Wilson

Volume 7, No. 2, pp. 307 338, 5 figures in text

Published August 24, 1953

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Lawrence, Kansas

PRINTED BY FERD VOILAND, JR., STATE PRINTER TOPEKA, KANSAS 1953

24 7812

Ecology of the Opossum on a Natural Area in Northeastern Kansas

BY

HENRY S. FITCH and LEWIS L. SANDIDGE

On the 590 acre University of Kansas Natural History Reservation where our study was made, the opossum, Didelphis marsupialis virginiana Kerr, is the largest predatory animal having a permanently resident population. The coyote, raccoon and red fox also occur on the area but each ranges widely, beyond the Reservation boundaries. With the passing nearly a century ago of the larger animals of the original fauna, the buffalo, elk, deer, antelope, wild turkey, gray wolf and others, lesser herbivores and carnivores including the opossum and animals of similar size fell heir to their key positions of predominance at the peak of the food pyramid... Continue reading book >>




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