How the Earthquake Bird Got its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature / Edition 1

How the Earthquake Bird Got its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature / Edition 1

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by H.H. Shugart
     
 

ISBN-10: 030010457X

ISBN-13: 9780300104578

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

Although people have been altering earth’s landscapes to some extent for tens of thousands of years, humankind today is causing massive changes to the planet. Such widespread environmental change is accompanied by accelerating rates of species extinction. In this book, noted ecologist H. H. Shugart presents important ecological concepts through entertaining

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Although people have been altering earth’s landscapes to some extent for tens of thousands of years, humankind today is causing massive changes to the planet. Such widespread environmental change is accompanied by accelerating rates of species extinction. In this book, noted ecologist H. H. Shugart presents important ecological concepts through entertaining animal parables. He tells the stories of particular birds and mammals—the packrat, ivory-billed woodpecker, penguin, dingo, European rabbit, and others—and what their fates reveal about the interactions between environmental change and the extinctions or explosions of species populations.

Change is the root of many planetary problems, but it is also an intrinsic feature of our living planet. Shugart explores past environmental change, discusses the non-existence of a “balance of Nature,” and documents how human alterations have affected plants, soils, and animals. He looks with hope toward a future in which thoughtful people learn—and use—ecological science to protect the landscapes upon which terrestrial creatures depend.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300104578
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2The big woodpecker that was too picky5
3The black-headed bird named whitehead24
4The rat that hid time in its nest45
5The earthquake bird and the possum69
6The most common bird on earth89
7The engineering rodent106
8The fall of the big bird116
9The wolf that was woman's best friend138
10The gentle invader159
11Planetary stewardship178

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How the Earthquake Bird Got its Name and Other Tales of an Unbalanced Nature 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The 'Earthquake Bird' provides a very timely, entertaining and uniquely written explanation for some of the important issues related to changes in the environment. Shugart uses animal 'parables' to describe the fates of certain birds and animals and explain their significance to ecology and conservation. This book is well worth at least a couple of readings!