Life on the Edge: A Guide To California's Endangered Natural Resources: Wildlife

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Discusses California's eleven bioregions, describes each endangered species, and covers such topics as butterfly poaching

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This is an extraordinary book, delivering a somber appraisement in an exceptionally attractive and imaginative format. The introduction describes California's 11 bioregions, the impact of development, and conservation legislation. Each phylogenetic section (mammals, birds, fish, etc.) begins with a Native American legend or legends and an interview with an appropriate expert concerning wildlife management and public awareness of wildlife endangerment. Each endangered species is then described in engaging, nontechnical writing, including estimates of remaining populations, significant threats to survival, and current conservation and recovery measures; map insets show range and distribution. A pleasing profusion of sidebars and short essays covers such diverse topics as observations by nineteenth-century travelers, the consequences of oil spills and water diversions, the DDT disaster, and butterfly poaching. Copious photos and illustrations (462 total, 342 in color), although available for review in photocopies only, will undoubtedly make this intrinsically important book a visual pleasure as well. Brenda Grazis

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More than 500 color pages packed with memorable images from famous photographers accompanies a fine review of California's endangered wildlife, with interviews with wildlife experts and essays on the subject supplementing a fine historical and scientific review. An excellent, basic reference, this surpasses almost all other efforts in the subject area, providing the latest research. -- Midwest Book Review

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