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Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway

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Seeking Refuge examines the development and management of refuges in the wintering range of migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway from Mexico to Alaska, the westernmost of four major migration routes in North America.

"Wilson provides a rich analysis of land and water use; waterfowl migration and conservation; biologists, wildlife agents, and hunters; and the transformation of multiple landscapes. His thoughtful study also enhances our appreciation of the remarkably resilient birds, whose semiannual migrations...

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Overview

Seeking Refuge examines the development and management of refuges in the wintering range of migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway from Mexico to Alaska, the westernmost of four major migration routes in North America.

"Wilson provides a rich analysis of land and water use; waterfowl migration and conservation; biologists, wildlife agents, and hunters; and the transformation of multiple landscapes. His thoughtful study also enhances our appreciation of the remarkably resilient birds, whose semiannual migrations continue to lift our spirits." -Science

"By looking to the past, Wilson helps us peer into the future, as we try to imagine the consequences of our efforts and proposals to engineer our way out of the latest environmental crisis." -American Scientist

"Essential reading for all who are interested in the protection of wildlife that must survive within intensely transformed landscapes." -Environmental History

"This thoughtful and engaging book blends agricultural history, environmental history, ecology, and historical geography into a compelling narrative that traces the co-evolution of waterfowl management and irrigated agriculture." -Agricultural History

"For anyone who has followed the ongoing disputes on water allocations in the Upper Klamath Basin, Seeking Refuge... is a book to devour." -Klamath Basin Herald and News

"This compelling story of action and reaction that saved numerous species of migratory ducks and geese is detailed and easy to read." -Wildlife Activist

Robert M. Wilson is associate professor of geography at Syracuse University.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The ultimate value of this book lies in its empathetic illumination of the complexities of human-environment relationships, thoroughly documenting how they have been manipulated over time yet also seeking clarity and inspiration for the future. I highly recommend it to anyone who cares for the past, present, and future of the American West." -Craig S. Revels, Journal of Historical Geography, November 2013
BC Studies - Gary Kaiser

Wilson puts the biological problems within the context of a long history of competing land-use interests, water entitlements, and overlapping mandates of powerful federal agencies.... This is a very clearly written book that deals concisely with a hundred years' worth of complex confrontations and conflicts...

Journal of Historical Geography - Craig S. Revels

"The ultimate value of this book lies in its empathetic illumination of the complexities of human-environment relationships, thoroughly documenting how they have been manipulated over time yet also seeking clarity and inspiration for the future. I highly recommend it to anyone who cares for the past, present, and future of the American West.

Agricultural Histor - Mathew Klingle

This thoughtful and engaging book blends agricultural history, environmental history, ecology, and historical geography into a compelling narrative that traces the co-evolution of waterfowl management and irrigated agriculture... points to how agricultural historians can and should make room for wild nature.

Oregon Historical Quarterly - James C. Bartonek

Whether readers' partiality tends toward politics, water management, agriculture, wildlife conservation, or history, all will find something of interest and hopefully learn from the past how to better manage these varied and valuable resources in the future.

Environmental History - Philip Garone

... essential reading for all who are interested in the protection of wildlife that must survive within intensely transformed landscapes.

Choice

In Seeking Refuge, Wilson seamlessly fuses geography and cultural, political, and environmental issues related to land use patterns and wetland management.... [T]he content is easy to understand, not overly technical, and presented in a logical chronological progression. While this is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students, it is also useful for anyone with an interest in migratory birds and wetland management as well as those interested in US environmental issues and environmental history.

Science

Seeking Refuge approaches the region at several scales simultaneously. As a result, Wilson provides a rich analysis of land and water use; waterfowl migration and conservation; biologists, wildlife agents, and hunters; and the transformation of multiple landscapes. His thoughtful study also enhances our appreciation of the remarkably resilient birds, whose semiannual migrations continue to lift our spirits.

American Scientist

This concise, understated, well-crafted work allows readers to reach their own conclusions…. Wilson suggests that wildlife habitat cannot truly be restored to its original state. Like it or not, when we try to save nature we inevitably change it. This is true on the planetary scale and the local scale. By looking to the past, Wilson helps us peer into the future, as we try to imagine the consequences of our efforts and proposals to engineer our way out of the latest environmental crisis.

Klamath Basin Herald and News

For anyone who has followed the ongoing disputes on water allocations in the Upper Klamath Basin, Seeking Refuge… is a book to devour.

Wildlife Activist

This compelling story of action and reaction that saved numerous species of migratory ducks and geese is detailed and easy to read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295992112
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2012
  • Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Wilson is associate professor of geography at Syracuse University.

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Wilderness on Wings William Cronon vii

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction 3

1 The Wetland Archipelago 16

2 Elusive Sanctuaries 34

3 Places in the Grid 65

4 Duck Farms 99

5 Refuges in Conflict 132

Epilogue 165

Citation Abbreviations 173

Notes 175

Bibliography 215

Index 237

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