Watching, from the Edge of Extinction by Professor Beverly Peterson Stearns, Professor Stephen C.

By Professor Beverly Peterson Stearns, Professor Stephen C. Stearns

During this captivating sequence of interviews with committed those that paintings to save lots of endangered species during the international, an alarming fact emerges: the hindrances of human politics, greed, corruption, folly, and hypocrisy can current as a lot threat to a species' survival as organic reasons. The dramatic classes of this publication shed new gentle at the difficulties of declining species and supply desire that we may possibly but switch their destiny.

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You realize that Hawaii, with the world's most isolated, complex terrestrial ecosystems, possessed just as many species of birds as islands near continents like the West Indies, under natural conditions," she remarks.  They also Page 16 point to the missing factor: evolution on islands can be quite rapid; hence, isolated areas, far from being depauperate, can harbor a wealth of species.  When he contemplates what Hawaii must have been like before the arrival of humans, he imagines big, tame, flightless ducks and ibises.

He focuses now on reintroducing the snails from his captive­breeding program into areas that appear to be perfect habitats but from which all snails have died out.  This type of reintroduction, however, works only in areas surrounded by enough "snail desert" so that Euglandina won't be able to eat its way through to reach it. " Mike relates an incident to illustrate just how complex and crazy the situation may become in the struggle to protect certain animals.

He adds, without much conviction, that there is always a chance someone will "rediscover" it, just as John Sincock once did.  If any more individuals are found from rare species thought to be extinct, he says he will "run it up the flagpole"—give it as much publicity as possible in order to highlight the plight of the extremely rare species in the islands.  Probably the premier example of a flagship species is the giant panda.  He was especially eager to do fieldwork and returned to Honolulu to earn a doctorate in plant ecology at the University of Hawaii.

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