This is an extraordinary book describing the biology of species living in one of the harshest environments on earth, providing a fascinating insight into the way that scientists conduct their studies. Author of many successful ornithology books (including The Magpies and Sperm Competition in Birds), Tim Birkhead has developed a polished and engaging style which makes this book an informative, evocative and lively read."a treasure that you should immediately add to your bird book collection."--Ron Naveen in the Bird Book Review* Clever blend of biology, travelogue and philosophy of science.* Evocative setting in Canadian arctic.* Text is enriched by David Quinn's superb illustrations and numerous photographs in black and white and colour.* A fine primer for research students into the how and why of research.* Well known author with polished writing style.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.