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A Natural History of the Chicago Region

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In A Natural History of the Chicago Region, Joel Greenberg takes readers on a journey that begins in 1673 with Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet—the first Europeans known to have visited the Chicago region—and that we're still on today. This is a fascinating story, told with humor and passion, of forests battling prairies for dominance; of grasslands plowed, wetlan ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by University Of Chicago Press (first published July 1st 2002)
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Well, it looks like I'm not going to finish this one, so I might as well right a review. And it might seem strange to give 4 stars to a book that I didn't even finish, but it's not really that kind of a book. It's more of a reference guide to the landscape of Chicagoland, with an emphasis on chronicling the natural history of the land along with preserving the stories of those who, for better and worse, made it what it is today. After reading this, I often stop at some seeming insignificant plac ...more
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I snagglerocked this and a couple other books pertaining to Chicago's natural history because I am a complete ignoramus. It is a sad feature of the modern urban condition to be alienated from the nature of the homeland. Sadder still, perhaps, is choosing to read about it instead of experiencing it, but I am a man of the office, and do not have time to go frolicking and hippeyin
Must-read for conservation minded folk in the Chicago WIlderness area.
prose style historical info on the area, creatures and plants that inhabited our area prior to overdelopment.
Nick Huemmer
Good information and reference for Illinoisians that like nature; geology, ecology, plant science etc. Gets kinda boring though.
This was interesting, but dry at times. Had to fight through parts to read it. There was a lot of great info, but long.
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Joel Greenberg is a research associate of the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum. Author of three books, including A Natural History of the Chicago Region, Greenberg has taught natural history courses for the Morton Arboretum, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden. He helped spearhead Project Passenger Pigeon to focus attention on human-caused extin ...more
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