Texas Natural History: A Century of Change / Edition 1

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Overview

Donovan Stewart Correll Memorial Award One hundred years ago, Texas was very different. A rural population was spread thinly across the eastern and central parts of the state, and vast lands in the western regions were still undisturbed. Wolves, both gray and red; black bears; black-footed ferrets; cougars; and many other species of wildlife that are now reduced or extinct were common then. In 1905, Vernon Bailey, chief naturalist for the U.S. Biological Survey, published his comprehensive survey of the status of mammals in Texas at that time. Now, nearly one hundred years later, David Schmidly compares Bailey’s report with the status of mammals in the state today. The result is a look back at what has happened to the natural environment in Texas during the twentieth century. Bailey’s 216-page survey report is included as chapter 2. In chapter 3, Schmidly annotates the report, and in the three following chapters he discusses changes in landscapes, land use, and the status of mammals in the last hundred years. The closing chapter looks ahead at the author’s projection into the twenty-first century and coming challenges for wildlife conservation. Photographs from the early years of the twentieth century and maps of the distribution of mammals then and now illustrate the volume, which also contains a cross-reference list of scientific names and common names of mammals and plants and an extensive reference list. This book will give Texans a close and authoritative view of how their land once looked. More importantly, it will tell them what has happened to their wildlife heritage and what they might do to protect it in the future.

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A comparison of the findings of the 1905 survey of the status of mammals in Texas (conducted by the Vernon Bailey, chief naturalist for the U.S. Biological Survey) with current findings. After a reprint of Bailey's 216-page , Schmidly (president, Texas Tech U.) describes Texas's landscapes in 1905, reviews landcover and land-use changes over the following century, and characterizes major changes in Texas mammal fauna. A brief history of the Biological Survey, biographies of surveyors, and an examination of future trends in conservation are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896724693
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,042,163
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 Biological Survey of Texas, 1889-1905 47
Ch. 3 Annotations to the Biological Survey of Texas 267
Ch. 4 Texas Landscapes, 1889-1905 307
Ch. 5 Twentieth-Century Changes in Texas Landscapes and Land Uses 379
Ch. 6 Twentieth-Century Changes in Texas Mammal Fauna 397
Ch. 7 A Look to the Twenty-first Century: Challenges for Wildlife Conservation in Texas 449
Afterword 469
App Scientific and Common Names of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Plants 471
Literature Cited and References 497
Index 513
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