Wild California: Vanishing Lands, Vanishing Wildlife

Wild California: Vanishing Lands, Vanishing Wildlife

by A. Starker Leopold
     
 

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The universal spread of civilization has encompassed the wildness of California. While some of the original ecosystems have been preserved, others have been reduced to tattered remnants. Rich and varied habitats, with their plants and animals, are gone forever, destroyed by the conversion of valley lands to agriculture, the damming of streams, the cutting of

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The universal spread of civilization has encompassed the wildness of California. While some of the original ecosystems have been preserved, others have been reduced to tattered remnants. Rich and varied habitats, with their plants and animals, are gone forever, destroyed by the conversion of valley lands to agriculture, the damming of streams, the cutting of forests, the paving of meadows. Wild California makes a persuasive argument for identifying and protecting areas of unspoiled California before they disappear.

This is a stunning photographic guide to the six major California regions--from the Sierra Nevada to the desert--and their wildlife. To A. Starker Leopold, conservationist, naturalist, wildlife biologist, and educator, the delicate balance between plants, animals, and humans in each community is precious and fragile. In a highly readable style that mingles authority and eloquence, Leopold reminds us of th aesthetic, educational, and scientific values of undeveloped land.

Tupper Ansel Blake, naturalist and wildlife photographer, has contributed one hundred color images that marvelously convey the special beauties of this state.

Fortunately, the rich legacy of early California can still be found, and Tupper Blake's images with Starker Leopold's words are powerful evidence that this wilderness is worth preserving for future generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520060241
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/09/1987
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
11.02(w) x 14.10(h) x 0.52(d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


A. Starker Leopold was Professor of Zoology and Forestry at the University of California, Berkeley. By the time of his death in 1983, he had become a leading figure in the study of the land and wildlife, receiving honors for his contributions to biological science, conservation, and education. Both The California Quail and Wildlife of Mexico received the Wildlife Publication Award as best book of the year. Tupper Ansel Blake is a professional wildlife photographer. His photographs have been featured in numerous books and in such journals as Audubon, National Geographic, National Wildlife, Smithsonian, and Sierra. Exhibitions of his work have appeared in museums all over the country, including the Smithsonian Institution and the California Academy of Sciences. He has also received the Sierra Club's 1985 Ansel Adams photography award.

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