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A Natural History of the Chicago Region

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  8 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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Lisa Gates
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's weird, and depressing, to read places including Chicago, Calumet, Naperville, and Waukegan described as "beautiful," "wild," and teeming with wildlife. Since we can't see the prairie any more, we can at least read about it.
Hundeschlitten
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Pete
Feb 17, 2009 rated it liked it
I am not sure how to mark books that I partially read, didn't finish, and have no intention of ever finishing. Thoughts?

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
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Leslie
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are like me and always look out of the train window on your way to work and wonder about the birds and plants and land that you see. If you wonder who lives in the rivers and how the rivers got there. If you rejoice to learn the names for grasses. If you notice the one white goose among the Canada Geese at the lake. If you listen for peepers in the spring, and would see a pigeon sheltered on a windowsill eight stories up. If you marvel at gulls. If you notice the heron flying high across ...more
Nick Huemmer
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Good information and reference for Illinoisians that like nature; geology, ecology, plant science etc. Gets kinda boring though.
Terry
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
A wonderfully comprehensive look at the Greater Chicagoland region's flora and fauna and a must for local Naturalists. 17 years in the compilation. A major work!!

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Diana
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Jeremy
Jul 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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