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The Condor's Shadow: The Loss And Recovery Of Wildlife In America

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The vast majority of American forests, prairies, and rivers have been logged, plowed, dammed, and developed. Hundreds of species have vanished completely and many others are now in danger. And yet, in some areas there are more acres of forests now than at the turn of the century and many of our lakes and rivers are cleaner today than they were twenty years ago. What exactl ...more
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Published January 1st 1999 by W.H. Freeman & Company (first published 1994)
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Ashley Kennedy
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This should be required reading for every American. It touches on so many conservation issues in every part of the U.S., along with guidelines for what we can do better in the future to protect our most vulnerable species. It's scientific, but that doesn't mean it's dry. Parts of it will enrage you (did you know the Forest Service LOSES money each year on timber sales? We're cutting down our national forests and it's not even to make a profit-- it's a financial loss. I just can't wrap my brain a ...more
Jon Choi
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Professor Wilcove gives a great overview of the status of conservation in the Americas through the lens of a conservation biologist and ecologist. His book, though now somewhat dated, incorporates textbook ecology with emotive descriptions of American wildlife.
Rrshively
Nov 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Alright, this has been on my list for almost a year, why haven't I finished it? This is an excellent book that everyone should read, especially those who make decisions for our country. The problem is that the ones who most need to read it would not beleive it or take it to heart, espcially if it interfered with their ability to make money or their way of living. This covers the demised or endangerment of species of birds as well as sea turtles, red wolves, black-footed ferrets, bison, ocelot, g ...more
Meagan Oltman
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
An informative must read. It probably should be a required read for everyone. I hope that soon someday that the world's wildlife won't be in extreme peril. Like some of the programs the book talks about. We need to get our act together and start doing better to protect our world and every animal and organism in it. This book states the proof that humans have messed up everything that they have touched with their greediness and selfishness and the meager a lot of times failing attempts to correct ...more
Jason
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good book on the nature of species endangerment and extinction; if you're pretty involved/interested in it already, you probably won't learn a lot of new information, but it would be a good introductory book for anyone else. ...more
Amanda
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fascinating. Awesome read for any outdoor enthusiast or nature lover!
Suzanne
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Interesting, but a little dry and repetitious - like a newspaper article that goes on too long. Probably most interesting for bird-watchers. Not a whole lot of reference to other wildlife.
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