The Company We Keep: America's Endangered Species

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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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Photographer Amy Shapira returned to the same remote cove in the Alaskan wilderness for six consecutive summers amassing over 7,500 images for this book. Several of her photographs have been featured on a PBS documentary and many have been published in magazines and newspapers. Amy is deeply dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of North Americas grizzly bear habitat. She resides in Carbondale, Colorado with her husband Israel and their 3 dogs.
Douglas H. Chadwick is a biologist who has studied animals around the world. He has written nine books and hundreds of articles about nature for popular magazines such as "National Geographic," Fascinated by grizzly bears for most of his grown-up life, Douglas and his wife reared two children in a remote cabin on the edge of Glacier Park, and had grizzlies for close neighbors for years. Today Doug still lives close to bears in Whitefish, MT.

Joel Sartore is an acclaimed nature photographer and his 20 years in the field include 14 with the National Geographic Society. His assignments have taken him everywhere from the Amazon rain forests to Alaska to Yellowstone Park.

Billie W. Kapp, a Social Studies consultant for the Connecticut Geographic Alliance, acted as chief educational consultant for this atlas. She is a PIER Fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and the recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

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