The authors offer a fun-to-read perspective on natural history, ecology as a field of study, and the current environmental issues that face our communities and the world.
This lively and entertaining book provides a fascinating and thought-provoking look at the ecology of animals, plants, and their habitats and promotes awareness of pressing environmental issues. The eight informative chapters deliver effective environmental messages and supply compelling insight into the natural world and the ecologists who investigate its many mysteries.
From a concerned ecological stance, the authors show that human relationship with other organisms and the environment is always complex and can be exhilarating, inspiring, humorous, and irritating, depending on perspectives and circumstances. Writing truly to inform and delight, they give a captivating variety of examples from the natural world in hopes of making readers of all ages more compassionate, more tolerant, and more sensitive to other living organisms and their interrelationships. The book celebrates the intrinsic worth of all plants and animals in order to motivate people in a unified effort to preserve the Earth's rich array of life forms. The preservation of the integrity of our planet's biodiversity is, the authors illustrate, critical to our own survival.
1. Do Trees Own Themselves? Thoughts to Ponder
2. Wanderlust, Cannibals, and Chemical Warfare: Amazing Animal Acts
3. Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road? Research Questions and Occasional Answers
4. Not All the Answers Are Black-and-White: The World of Sight and Scent
5. Ever Smoke a Colorado Toad? On the Lighter Side of Ecology
6. Barbershop Ecology: True Tales Worth Telling
7. In Your Own Backyard: Exploring Nature's Wonders
8. Time to Put Out the Night Light: In Our Opinion
"I really enjoyed Ecoviews: Snakes, Snails, and Environmental Tales. Whit and Anne Gibbons have provided compulsively readable essays, with a southern twist, based on finger-tip intimacy and feel for their subject."—Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University
"Fun, fast, filled with facts and friendly for our fragile planet!"—W. Peter Conroy, Jacksonville State University