Ernest Thompson Seton

Ernest Thompson Seton was a Canadian naturalist, speaker, and author of numerous books on the outdoors and its inhabitants.

An army of pigeons flew overhead due north. The flocks seemed only about twenty deep, but extending east and west as far as could be seen, fading into a smoky line on each horizon . . .
Trail of an Artist-Naturalist, 1940.

In the center of the mound is the burrow, It goes very nearly straight down; that is, every Prairie-dog's burrow is a plunge hole - a sheer drop for rapid escape from danger. Lives of Game Animals, 1925 - 1927.

The wolverine is a tremendous character. No one can approach the subject of his life and habits, without feeling the same sort of embarrassment one would feel in writing of Cromwell or Tamerlane. Here, we know, is a personality of unmeasured force, courage, and achievement, but so enveloped in mists of legend, superstition, idolatry, fear, and hatred, that one scarcely knows how to begin or what to accept as fact. Ibid.

A land of great plenty is this Alaska of the Bears. Foods of a thousand kinds are lavishly strewn, to be had for the gathering. So that when November comes with chilly nights, with ice-bound brooks, with hillside spreads of food no longer available, the Big Bear is fat; and, knowing when to quit, he seeks him out A den. Ibid.

Higher and higher they (mule deer) rose each time; gracefully their bodies swayed
inward as they described a curve along some bold ridge, or for a long space the white bannerets seemed hanging in the air, while these wingless birds were really sailing
over a deep gully . . .
Life Histories of Northern Animals, 1909.

On the ground the Porcupine's best speed is slow, but it is fast compared with its movements in the branches. Here it goes about like a sloth, when it does move, often spending days in a single tree. Ibid.

The Fisher is a true marten, endowed with all the tricks, activity, and the peculiarities of the race. It is probably our most active arboreal animal. The Squirrel is considered a marvel of agility, but the Marten can catch the Squirrel and the Fisher can catch the Marten, so that we have here a scale of high-class agility, with the Fisher as superlative. Ibid.

A Jack-rabbit running from its enemy ordinarily covers eight or nine feet at a bound, and once in five or six bounds, it makes an observation hop, leaping, not along, but high in the air, so as to get above all herbage and bushes and take in the situation. Animal Heroes, 1905.