How the earthquake bird got its name and other tales of an unbalanced nature /

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Author / Creator:Shugart, Herman H. (Herman Henry), 1944-
Imprint:New Haven : Yale University Press, c2004.
Description:xii, 227 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Animals -- Anecdotes.
Ecology.
Global environmental change.
Animals.
Ecology.
Global environmental change.
Anecdotes.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/5574086
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ISBN:030010457X (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [185]-217) and index.
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In 11 essays, Shugart (Univ. of Virginia) details how human lack of ecological understanding has caused the loss of many species and may eventually result in humans' own demise. Shugart believes that people's failure to recognize that nature is dynamic is at the root of the many ecological disasters that have taken place since the human species became "domesticated." He begins each chapter with a short excerpt; e.g., chapter 1 begins with a quote about the lark spoken by Petruchio in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. As the chapters progress, the excerpts are devoted to human interactions with animals more than to animals themselves. Chapter facts are fully footnoted, with references in a separate notes section organized by chapter. The book is illustrated mostly by drawings, many of which are by Audubon. Some of the animals covered are the ivory-billed woodpecker, penguins, the African quela, the beaver, the wolf, and the European rabbit. Topics discussed include domestication, extinction, and habitat change via fragmentation. The comparison between the American passenger pigeon and the African quela provides insight into how birds with large populations can have different end points--extinction for the pigeon and continued existence for the quela. This book is a delight to read and very thought provoking. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. L. T. Spencer Plymouth State University

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