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"Geographic isolation has fostered the evolution of many species of birds and plants entirely unique to the Hawaiian Islands, yet these islands are home to three quarters of all of America's extinctions — most of which have been caused by the human introduction of non-native species. Here, Brevard College professor of ecology and environmental science Cabin (Intelligent Tinkering: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice) details the effort to mitigate the destruction wrought by invasive species and to restore natural habits for threatened native species. Even though such a task is daunting, Cabin's tone is hopeful and inspiring, showcasing real and heartening examples of success. Primarily through the use of fences to exclude and eventually eliminate goats, wild pigs, and other alien species, conservation teams have successfully established plantings of native trees and plants, which subsequently sustain the growth of other native flora and encourage the return of native bird species. Cabin raises philosophical questions about what exactly it means to be 'native' or 'natural,' and the difficult issue of prioritizing restoration efforts in a threatened landscape. He also contrasts the value and effectiveness of academic science and theory against the accumulated wisdom of grassroots conservationists with years of experience. The book as a whole is a dynamic exploration of conservation efforts in native habitats. Illus. and maps. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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9780824836931
Author:
Cabin, Robert J.
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press
Subject:
Nature Studies-World Wildlife
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Publication Date:
20130731
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Geographic isolation has fostered the evolution of many species of birds and plants entirely unique to the Hawaiian Islands, yet these islands are home to three quarters of all of America's extinctions — most of which have been caused by the human introduction of non-native species. Here, Brevard College professor of ecology and environmental science Cabin (Intelligent Tinkering: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice) details the effort to mitigate the destruction wrought by invasive species and to restore natural habits for threatened native species. Even though such a task is daunting, Cabin's tone is hopeful and inspiring, showcasing real and heartening examples of success. Primarily through the use of fences to exclude and eventually eliminate goats, wild pigs, and other alien species, conservation teams have successfully established plantings of native trees and plants, which subsequently sustain the growth of other native flora and encourage the return of native bird species. Cabin raises philosophical questions about what exactly it means to be 'native' or 'natural,' and the difficult issue of prioritizing restoration efforts in a threatened landscape. He also contrasts the value and effectiveness of academic science and theory against the accumulated wisdom of grassroots conservationists with years of experience. The book as a whole is a dynamic exploration of conservation efforts in native habitats. Illus. and maps. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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