The Spine of the Continent

The Spine of the Continent

The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken

Book - 2012
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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 othat lives within them. The Spine of the Continent introduces readers to the most ambitious wildlife cinservation effort ever undertaken: to create linked protected areas extending from the Yukon to Mexico, the entire length of North America. -- Jacket, p. [2]
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780762772148
076277214X
Branch Call Number: 639.9 H196s HOME GARDEN
639.9 H196S 2012
Characteristics: xv, 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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srmechs Aug 02, 2013

An important book -- there is far more to conservation of species than most of us realize, and this book is a good introduction to its complexity. I hope to read it again. It describes the effort to create a highway for wild life to move north from Mexico to Canada as the planet warms. This means protecting land, much of it in private hands, and a wide variety of animals as well. I discovered the importance of large predators to the health of an area, something I feel I should have realized but never have really thought about. How very much there is completely out of my view in spite of my life long interest in science and the widespread reading I've been enjoying as I age. It's the only regret I have -- I always wanted to learn all my life, and I've been closer to that ideal than most people ever get to theirs. But there is still an unknown universe beyond my present horizon.

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Pural
Jun 06, 2013

Interesting read if you have zero knowledge about this idea. However, a quarter of the book is spent on the biography of the scientist that conceived the idea so whether that is a good thing or not you decide. Also expect more of a journalistic approach to the writing rather than a scientific approach.

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