This Spring, Get to Know the Wild Side of Minnesota with Critters of Minnesota!
Critters of Minnesota is the kids’ wildlife pocket guide that’s informative, concise, and easy to use. Written by wildlife biologist and debut author Alex Troutman, this handy book presents 63 critters from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. If an animal is in this book, it’s found in Minnesota.
Each species is showcased with a professional-quality photograph that’s paired with such neat-to-know details as habitat, range, and preferred food sources.
Illustrations of the critter’s tracks complement the information, and a “Did You Know?” paragraph provides fascinating trivia worth sharing with family, friends, and teachers. Critters of Minnesota includes important-to-know mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
So get the perfect kids’ introduction to Minnesota’s critters, a subject often used in STEAM lessons! A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book benefits Wildlife Forever in its support of conservation efforts.
About the author: Alex Troutman is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Educator with a passion for sharing and immersing the younger generation in nature. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree with a focus on Conservation Biology from Georgia Southern University.
Knowing how it feels to not see anyone who looks like you in your dream career, Alex makes it a point to be that representation for young people. He is the co-organizer for several Black in X weeks, including Black Birders Week and Black Mammologists Week, and he takes part in wider movements encouraging diversity in nature, the celebration of Black individual scientists, awareness of Black nature enthusiasts, and diversity in STEAM fields.
With a passion for nature that started when he was young, Alex was always amazed by the Red-tailed Hawks soaring overhead when he went fishing with his family. He looked up to conservationists like Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin. Now he has made a career out of that passion and curiosity. In his spare time, you can find him camping, exploring nature with his dog, and birding.