The Condor's Shadow: The Loss and Recovery of Wildlife in America

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W.H. Freeman and Company, 1999 - Nature - 339 pages
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The heir apparent to Peter Matthiessen's 1959 classic Wildlife in America, The Condor's Shadow is a brilliant and compulsively readable study of the state of North American wildlife and what is being done to reverse the damage humans have caused. With equal respect for the smallest feather-mite and the fiercest grizzly, the frailest flower and the statelist redwood, David S. Wilcove illustrates -- in jargon-free, often witty prose -- nature's delicate system of checks and balances, examining the factors that determine a species' vulnerability and the consequences of losing even the tiniest part of any ecosystem. An examination of both the hearth-wrenching failures and stunning successes of our conservation efforts, The Condor's Shadow chronicles the destruction and resilience of our American wilderness and offers and insightful, eloquent overview that will appeal to avid conservationists and recreational nature-lovers alike.

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