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By Peter S. Alagona

Completely researched and finely crafted, After the Grizzly strains the historical past of endangered species and habitat in California, from the time of the Gold Rush to the current. Peter S. Alagona exhibits how scientists and conservationists got here to view the fates of endangered species as inextricable from ecological stipulations and human actions within the locations the place these species lived.

Focusing at the tales of 4 high-profile endangered species—the California condor, wilderness tortoise, Delta smelt, and San Joaquin package fox—Alagona bargains an soaking up account of ways american citizens built a political procedure able to generating and maintaining debates within which imperiled species function proxies for broader conflicts concerning the politics of position. The problem for conservationists within the twenty-first century, this ebook claims, might be to redefine habitat conservation past secure wildlands to construct extra various and sustainable landscapes.

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Mega-expectations 15 Fig. 5. Osage orange tree planted at St. Peter’s Church (formerly the garden of Bernard McMahon; see Chapter 2) in Philadelphia. This tree, along with several similar ones in the background, is reputed to have been planted from seeds or cuttings sent back by Lewis. Photo by author. from these same specimens (fig. 5). Offspring of the Philadelphia Osage orange trees eventually even made it to England, thanks to the efforts of David Douglas, the famous naturalist sent to North America by the Horticultural Society of London (later named the Royal Horticultural Society) to collect plants for English gardens.

C h a pt e r 2 v Flagship Species L ewis and Clark discovered several new plants that stand out as particularly appropriate icons of the Expedition. 1 Following close behind is Calochortus elegans (cat’s ear or elegant mariposa lily), which qualifies as symbolic because it represented a new genus that contains some of the most strikingly beautiful and varied plants in the West. Finally can be added Philadelphus lewisii (Lewis’s mock orange) and Mimulus lewisii (Lewis’s monkey-flower), partly for aesthetic reasons, but also because of the use of Lewis’s name for the specific epithet lewisii.

Plants presumably responded with increased photosynthesis and productivity. More food, bigger animals. 24 If such high levels were present earlier, dur‑ ing the reign of dinosaurs, then dino-plants would have had prolific productivity. So if big worked in the Pleistocene and before, why is small better now? Answer: us again, at least in some cases. Humans are a powerful selective force for small size in animals. Smaller sizes lead to shorter life cycles and earlier sexual maturity, which results in an improved ability to withstand the pressure of heavy predation.

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