Nature's Ghosts: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology
The rapid growth of the American environmental movement in recent decades obscures the fact that long before the first Earth Day and the passage of the Endangered Species Act, naturalists and concerned citizens recognized—and worried about—the problem of human-caused extinction.
As Mark V. Barrow reveals in Nature’s Ghosts, the threat of species loss has haunted America
- the global awakening that some Americans experienced after early 20th century efforts to negotiate a Migratory Bird Treaty ("Crossing Boundaries" pp. 140-148);
- efforts to understand and prevent extinction of the heath hen ("The Trials and Tribulations of the Heath ...more
Essentially this book chronologically lays out the study of natural history from the earliest European hobbyists and some native cultures to the environmental movement in the 1970s. It only talks briefly about what is being done now.
There are a lot of names, old dead people, and moldy studies on extinct animals, but it is interesting to see the progression and change of attitudes through t ...more
His history of the political machinations behind various conservation movements, ...more