A Naturalist in Florida: A Celebration of Eden

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Archie Carr (1909-1987) was an eminent naturalist, writer, conservationist, and world authority on sea turtles. Throughout his life he wrote on many aspects of natural history, but he was particularly entranced by the wildlife and ecosystems of Florida, where he lived for more than fifty years. This captivating book-a collection of essays on Florida-provides memorable details and anecdotes about the flora, fauna, and humans that have inhabited this colorful landscape.

Carr describes the eating rituals of the snakebird; the personality, courtship, and copulation of box turtles; the way skinks (a type of lizard) use their tails when foraging; and the characteristics of Spanish moss. He ponders why fish migrate to create "jubilees" in certain streams, the effects of disappearing ponds on the plants and animals that live in them, and the captivating activities of alligators and alligator snapping turtles. Carr's essays, many but not all previously published in such magazines as Audubon, Field and Stream, and Wildlife Conservation, are a kind of testimony to and celebration of an exuberant natural landscape that is now seriously threatened.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Essays celebrating the ecosystems of Florida by late conservationist Carr. (Dec.)
Chronicles the pioneering work of the eminent conservationist, Archie Carr. Gives the reader a new perspective on nature and wildlife, offering hope for the future of the environment without downplaying the destruction which has occurred. Entertaining and insightful. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300068542
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Archie Carr was professor of zoology at the University of Florida. During his illustrious career he won numerous awards and honors, including the Elliott Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the Borland Award of the National Audubon Society, and O. Henry Award for short-story writing. His many books include Ulendo: Travels of a Naturalist In and Out of Africa, So Excellent a Fishe, and The Windward Road, which won the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing. He is well known for his work with sea turtles.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Edward O. Wilson
Wewa Pond
The Bird and the Behemoth
Sticky Heels
A Florida Picnic
All the Way Down upon the Suwannee River
Suwannee River Sturgeon
An Introduction to Herpetology in Florida
Florida Vignettes
Tails of Lizards
Alligator Country
A Subjective Key to the Fishes of Alahua County, Florida
Hound Magic
Carnivorous Plants
The Cold-blooded Fraternity
Living with an Alligator
The Moss Forest
In Praise of Snakes
The Landscapes of Florida
Armadillo Dilemma
Water Hyacinths
The Gulf Island Cottonmouths
A Dubious Future
Eden Changes

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