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'Mammals of North Dakota, Second Edition' earns recognition in national book competitions

A professor emeritus in the UND Biology Department, Robert Seabloom updated the book, published by North Dakota State University Press, in 2019 because of rapidly occurring changes in North Dakota mammal species.

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The second edition of "Mammals of North Dakota," by Robert Seabloom, recently was named winner in the Nature Category of the Independent Press Awards.

“Mammals of North Dakota, Second Edition,” by Robert Seabloom, recently was honored as winner in the Nature Category of the Independent Press Awards .

A professor emeritus in the UND Biology Department, Seabloom updated the book, published by North Dakota State University Press, in 2019 because of rapidly occurring changes in North Dakota mammal species, including the first wolverine to be documented in the state in more than a century . The wolverine, which was shot in April 2016 by a rancher in McKenzie County, was later found to have a radio transmitter that had been implanted in 2008 after the animal was captured south of Yellowstone National Park .

The first edition of “Mammals of North Dakota” was published in 2011, and the second edition became available in March 2020. John W. Hoganson and William F. Jensen also contributed to the book.

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“I was trying to bring everything up to date in 2011, and I thought, ‘Well, this is it,’ ” Seabloom told the Herald in a February 2020 interview . “It never even dawned on me at the time that there would be enough changes to justify another edition of the book just eight years later.”

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Seabloom, of Grand Forks, said he learned about the Independent Press Awards recognition Friday, April 23, from NDSU Press publisher and editor Suzzanne Kelley.

“I had no idea that such competitions existed, much less nominations made by my publisher, NDSU Press,” he said.

The book also is a finalist in the Midwest Book Awards’ Nature Nonfiction category, in which winners will be announced Sunday, June 27, Seabloom said. In addition, the book’s cover, designed by Deb Tanner, is a da Vinci Eye Finalist for Cover Design in the 2021 Eric Hoffer Awards, and the book’s foreword is a finalist in the 2021 Ford Indies Finalists category for Regional Adult Nonfiction.

The awards and recognition the book has received came as a surprise, Seabloom said.

“I originally thought the book might be of interest to students, natural history buffs and wildlife professionals,” he said. “But now that favorable reviews have occurred in the literary world, perhaps it might be of interest to the general public as well.”

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“Mammals of North Dakota, Second Edition,” retails for $42 and is available through Amazon, NDSU Press and independent bookstores; ndsupress.org.

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Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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