The Company We Keep: America's Endangered Species
National Geographic Society, 1996 - Science - 157 pages
This magnificently illustrated book explores the diverse and threatened worlds of more than 950 American species protected by the controversial Endangered Species Act. From such majestic beasts as the grizzly bear and the whooping crane to tiny but equally irreplaceable creatures like the freshwater mussel, The Company We Keep is a sweeping panorama of America's natural treasure - its wildlife - and a provocative look at the way we can preserve it.
Douglas Chadwick, a leading wildlife conservationist, and award-winning photojournalist Joel Sartore have created a volume in the finest tradition of the National Geographic Society: informed, informative, and visually stunning, packed with dozens of full-color photographs, dramatic satellite images, and a unique ten-page foldout illustration depicting all species classified as endangered throughout the United States. A separate section is devoted to arresting photographs and detailed profiles of many imperiled life-forms, ranging from the Florida panther to the El Segundo blue butterfly, and including birds, flowers, fish, and more.
Also examined are three major ecosystems - the Pacific Northwest, the southwestern desert, and southern Florida. How are urbanization, deforestation, and other human activities damaging or destroying them? Chadwick reviews the history of conservation efforts, discusses today's bitter debate on the impact of the Endangered Species Act, and looks to the future of American environmentalism.
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The company we keep: America's endangered speciesUser Review - Book Verdict
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the most powerful and controversial pieces of environmental legislation ever passed in the United States. In a brief text with more than 70 photographs, wildlife biologist Chadwick (The Fate of the Elephant, LJ 10/15/92) and wildlife photographer Sartore profile 17 species protected by the ESA, including the bald eagle, the green sea turtle, and the El Segundo blue butterfly. They also include a photographic essay about three threatened ecosystems--the Pacific Northwest, the desert Southwest, and Florida--stressing the need to consider ecosystems (including their human members) as a functioning whole. Writing in the popular, nontechnical style of National Geographic magazine, Chadwick examines the scientific, political, social, and ethical questions surrounding the ESA, offering a balanced and realistic discussion that is neither overly optimistic nor pessimistic. Sartore's photography is of the superior quality we have come to expect of that magazine. A highlight is the ten-page gatefold illustration that depicts the more than 950 species and subspecies classified as endangered in the United States today. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.--Bruce D. Neville, Univ. of New Mexico Lib., Albuquerque