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As climate change encroaches, animals and plants around the globe are having their habitats pulled out from under them. At the same time, human development has made islands out of even our largest nature reserves, stranding the biodiversity that lives within them. The Spine of the Continent introduces readers to the most ambitious wildlife conservation effort ever undertaken: to create linked protected areas extending from the Yukon to Mexico, the entire length of North America.
This movement is the brainchild of Michael Soulé, the founder of conservation biology and the peer of E. O. Wilson and Paul Ehrlich, who endorse his effort as necessary to saving nature on our continent. With blue-ribbon scientific foundations, the Spine is as yet a grassroots, cooperative effort among conservation activists—NGOs large and small—and regular citizens.
The Spine of the Continent is not only about making physical connections so that nature will persist; it is about making connections between people and the land we call home. In this fascinating and important book, Mary Ellen Hannibal travels the length of the Spine, sharing stories about the passionate, idiosyncratic people she meets along the way—and the critters they love.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Mary Ellen Hannibal’s most recent book is Evidence of Evolution. She has written for many publications, including The San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and Elle magazines, and extensively for environmental nonprofits. She is a 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow.
Table of Contents
Part I America's Next Best Idea
Chapter 1 Bear with Me 3
Chapter 2 They Paved Paradise 19
Chapter 3 Reptile Brain 30
Chapter 4 The Disappearance 41
Chapter 5 A Science of Love and Death 52
Chapter 6 The Real Work 61
Chapter 7 Triple Crown 72
Part II Cores, Carnivores, and Corridors on the Spine
Chapter 8 Leave It to Beaver 91
Chapter 9 Holy Cow 118
Chapter 10 Not Hunting 136
Chapter 11 Take It from the Top 149
Chapter 12 Wolf Sign 162
Chapter 13 Borderline 175
Chapter 14 There Ought to Be a Law 195
Part III Congratulations, You've Won Climate Change
Chapter 15 Picka Pika 213
Chapter 16 Eyes in the Sky 232
Chapter 17 Welcome Home 238