Arctic Naturalist: The Life of J. Dewey Soper
Written by Anthony Dalton.
Published by Dundurn Press, 2010.
|Arctic Naturalist: The Life of J. Dewey Soper is Anthony
Dalton's biography of the Canadian Arctic explorer, scientist, photographer,
cartographer and artist.
Dewey Soper first travelled to the Arctic in 1923. During the next seven years he accepted three research postings on Baffin Island, each of which lasted between one and two years. In 1929 he discovered the breeding grounds of the blue goose in the southwest corner of Baffin Island. He also charted the final unknown region of Baffin Island's coastline.
Later in life he worked in the western Arctic. Outside the Far North, Soper studied bison in Wood Buffalo National Park, documented bird life on the Prairies, and made a detailed study of small mammals in Alberta. Soper was the last of the great pioneer naturalists in Canada. He was also a skilled and meticulous explorer. As a naturalist, he was a major contributor to the National Museum of Canada, as well as to the University of Alberta and other museums across the country.
About the author: Anthony Dalton is an adventurer and an author. He has written five non-fiction books and collaborated on two others. His illustrated non-fiction articles have been printed in magazines and newspapers in 20 countries and nine languages. He lives in Delta, British Columbia.
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