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Illinois Wilds

Michael Jeffords

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ISBN 10: 1582612676 / ISBN 13: 9781582612676
Published by Sports Publishing, Inc.
Condition: VERY GOOD Hardcover
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Title: Illinois Wilds

Publisher: Sports Publishing, Inc.

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:VERY GOOD

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Illinois Wilds is a natural history of the wildlands found in Illinois. This book is a historical depiction of what Illinois was like before settlement by Europeans, and is also a showcase of the remaining natural heritage of the state.

Historical accounts of Illinois described huge trees, vast grasslands and extensive wetlands. The seemingly endless prairies possessed a great of many-hued plants; a traveler could go from central Illinois to Wisconsin and encounter few trees. The prairies were teeming with life - passenger pigeons by the millions, snakes basking along the dusty trail, a myriad of grasshoppers darting through the air like arrows from a medieval army.

Even though the wilderness that was Illinois has long since departed, some wildness yet remains. Illinois' wilds may be as simple as a few violets growing in a lawn, a remnant of an ancient prairie grove, or as complex as hundreds of acres of cypress-tupelo swamp in southern Illinois.

The majority of photographs in this book are of plants and animals that can be used to determine a habitat or simply be seen by the casual visitor. It is the authors' wish that these images not only excite and emotionally involve the viewer, but that they also inspire movement towards a conservation ethic.

About the Author:

Michael Jeffords is currently a professional scientist at the Natural History Survey in Champaign. A graduate of the University of Illinois with an M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology, he is also an associate professor of entomology in the UI College of Agriculture, and the public relations and education liaison for the Survey.

Susan Post is a research biologist with the Center of Economic Entomology at the Illinois Natural history Survey. Her photographs and writings have appeared in The Nature of Illinois and Illinois Steward Magazine, where she is a staff writer. Post is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Entomology.

Kenneth Robertson received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. from Washington University and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. He is a botanist at the Illinois Natural History Survey. He serves as a consultant to the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Plants to the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board.

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