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Louisiana crawfish, cheatgrass, Russian thistle, Hottentot figs, rats, and sweet fennel. These and dozens of other seemingly benign flora and fauna have become some of the worst culprits in the destruction of ecosystems and native wildlife in the American Southwest and Baja California.

Although widely publicized threats — such as pollution, land development, changes in the atmospheric condition, fire, and drought — are frequently credited with posing the greatest danger to indigenous animals and plants, invasive species are quickly becoming a far more insidious peril to the survival of native wildlife. A result of both accident and human intervention, the frequency with which exotic species are being introduced into nonnative environments is increasing at an alarming rate.

In Unnatural Landscapes, Ceiridwen Terrill combines lucid science writing with first-person tales of adventure to provide a compelling introduction to invasion ecology and restoration management. Traveling aboard her trusty kyak, The Grebe, Terrill brings readers on a firsthand tour of various "islands" in the Southwest and Mexico — both actual islands and self-contained habitat communities. From the islands of Anaho, Santa Cruz, and Anacapa to Isla Tiburón in the Sea of Cortez, Mexicali irrigation canals, and Pyramid Lake, Terrill takes an in-depth look at the damage that invasive species cause.

Drawing on field observations, research, and interviews with scientists, resource managers, and local residents, this book provides readers with the background and knowledge they need to understand and to begin combating what is quickly becoming the most important environmental crisis facing the fragile ecosystems of the Southwest.

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"Ceiridwen Terrill's journey to the weeds is wholly engaging — reminiscent of John Steinbeck's Log from the Sea of Cortez and Kim Todd's Tinkering with Eden, yet all original in content and style. By personally paddling among several island ecosystems with a strong arm and a trained eye, she takes us deep into awareness of exotic species and their grim legacy, and out again into the grounded hope of restoration." Robert Michael Pyle, author of Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land

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Like John Steinbeck in Log from the Sea of Cortez and Kim Todd in Tinkering with Eden listed in the references, Terrill (environmental journalism, Concordia U., Portland, Oregon) explores the threats posed by non-native plants and animals. Drawing on her field observations in actual and ecological islands in the Southwest US and Baja peninsula, she raises the "messy business" of eradicating invasive species--examples of which are featured in b&w photos. A species list is appended. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Ceiridwen Terrill is an assistant professor at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches literary nonfiction, including environmental journalism and science writing.

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Tom Turner, May 30, 2007 (view all comments by Tom Turner)
We tend to think that habitat destruction is the main threat to rare species, but alien species of plants and animals are just as serious a threat in certain places. Ceiridwen Terrill tracks four groups of scientists as they try to figure out ways to reduce the impact of?if not eradicate entirely?various species of plants and animals that have been introduced usually by accident. Terrill focuses on three sets of islands?one in Pyramid Lake in Nevada, the Midriff Islands in the Gulf of California, the Channel Islands off Southern California, and a reverse island, a desert pupfish pool in the Nevada desert. The writing is informal and engaging, the topic fascinating. Congratulations to the University of Arizona Press, by the way, which has been putting out some pretty fine titles lately, including this slim volume.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780816525232
Author:
Terrill, Ceiridwen
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Foreword by:
Nabhan, Gary Paul
Foreword:
Nabhan, Gary Paul
Author:
Nabhan, Gary Paul
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Island ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Introduced organisms - North America
Subject:
Island ecology - North America
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 6.5 in

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"Review" by , "Ceiridwen Terrill's journey to the weeds is wholly engaging — reminiscent of John Steinbeck's Log from the Sea of Cortez and Kim Todd's Tinkering with Eden, yet all original in content and style. By personally paddling among several island ecosystems with a strong arm and a trained eye, she takes us deep into awareness of exotic species and their grim legacy, and out again into the grounded hope of restoration."
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