Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest

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Scientist-explorer Bruce Beehler takes us on ten expeditions to remote tropical rainforests in this exhilarating book. He describes the wonders of the rainforest, the surprises that awaited him there, and the wisdom of the native peoples. Beehler concludes with important reflections on why thriving rainforests are so vital to the health of our planet and how we can better manage them for everyone's benefit.

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Overview

Scientist-explorer Bruce Beehler takes us on ten expeditions to remote tropical rainforests in this exhilarating book. He describes the wonders of the rainforest, the surprises that awaited him there, and the wisdom of the native peoples. Beehler concludes with important reflections on why thriving rainforests are so vital to the health of our planet and how we can better manage them for everyone's benefit.

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Editorial Reviews

Roger Pasquier
“Bruce Beehler offers an excellent explanation of why tropical forests are important and how they are studied. Few scientists have worked in so many rain forests around the world.”—Roger Pasquier, Environmental Defense
David S. Wilcove
“Bruce Beehler has devoted his life to studying and protecting the tropical forests of the world-—from Panama to Papua New Guinea. In Lost Worlds, he writes about his adventures with uncommon wisdom and wit. The result is a fascinating mix of scientific discovery, autobiography, and environmental advocacy.”—David S. Wilcove, Professor of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Thomas E. Lovejoy
“This is a marvelous account of rain forest field biology and conservation. It captures the life of modern day conservation field biologists unlike any other book I know of.”—Thomas E. Lovejoy, The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
Meg Lowman
“I was riveted by this book. What E.O. Wilson conveys for the insect world, Bruce Beehler accomplishes for rainforest birds.”—Meg Lowman, author of Life in the Treetops and It’s a Jungle Up There
Conservation Magazine - Margaret Pizer
"[Beehler's] memoir vividly describes the forests and wildlife that are his passion while offering an unromantic view of how 'environmental carpetbaggers' like himself work—warts and all."—Margaret Pizer, Conservation Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300122282
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce M. Beehler is senior research scientist in the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International. He is an internationally known ornithologist and leader of natural history expeditions, and his books include The Birds of Paradise, Birds of New Guinea, and A Naturalist in New Guinea.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 In the Rainforest 4

2 In the Zone and on the Plantation 30

3 On the Trail of Ripley and Ali 54

4 Wallace's Promised Land 84

5 Biodiversity and Intrigue across the Inner Line 105

6 Forest Gardens 128

7 Local People Really Do Count 155

8 Pitiful Scraps of Forest 181

9 Lemurs, Vangas, Chameleons, and Poverty 199

10 The Lost World 221

Epilogue 249

Bibliography 253

Index 255

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