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The Condor's Shadow: The Loss And Recovery Of Wildlife In America
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
Published January 1st 1999 by W.H. Freeman & Company
(first published 1994)
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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
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.
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
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
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
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