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Of Men and Marshes (Bur Oak Book)

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Standing with such environmental classics as Loren Eiseley’s The Immense Journey, his friend and mentor Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, and Joseph Wood Krutch’s The Voice of the Desert, Paul Errington’s Of Men and Marshes remains an evocative reminder of the great beauty and intrinsic value of the glacial marshland. Prescient and stirring, steeped in insights from Errington’s biological fieldwork, his experiences as a hunter and trapper, and his days exploring the marshes of his rural South Dakota childhood, this vibrant work of nature writing reveals his deep knowledge of the marshland environments he championed.
 
Examining the marsh from a dynamic range of perspectives, Errington begins by inviting us to consider how immense spans of time, coupled with profound geological events, shaped the unique marshland ecosystems of the Midwest. He then follows this wetland environment across seasons and over the years, creating a compelling portrait of a natural place too little appreciated and too often destroyed. Reminding us of the intricate relationships between the marsh and the animals who call it home, Errington records his experiences with hundreds of wetland creatures. He follows minks and muskrats, snapping turtles and white pelicans, red foxes and blue-winged teals—all the while underscoring our responsibility to preserve this remarkable and fragile environment and challenging us to change the way we think about and value marshlands.
 

This classic of twentieth-century nature writing, a landmark work that is still a joy to read, offers a stirring portrait of the Midwest’s endangered glacial marshland ecosystems by one of the most influential biologists of his day. A cautionary book whose advice has not been heeded, a must-read of American environmental literature, Of Men and Marshes should inspire a new generation of conservationists.  

Synopsis:

This classic of twentieth-century nature writing, a landmark work that is still a joy to read, offers a stirring portrait of the Midwest’s endangered glacial marshland ecosystems by one of the most influential biologists of his day. A cautionary book whose advice has not been heeded, a must-read of American environmental literature, Of Men and Marshes should inspire a new generation of conservationists.  

About the Author

A professor of wildlife biology at Iowa State University, Paul L. Errington (1902­–1962) was listed by Life magazine in 1961 as one of the top ten naturalists of his day. In addition to Of Men and Marshes, Muskrats and Marsh Management, and Muskrat Populations, he was the author of some 200 scientific articles and three posthumous books: Of Predation and Life, The Red Gods Call, and A Question of Values. In 1962 he received the Wildlife Society’s Aldo Leopold Award for his contributions to wildlife conservation. Wildlife biologist H. Albert Hochbaum (1911–1988) directed the Delta Waterfowl Research Station from 1938 to 1970; he was the author and illustrator of The Canvasback on a Prairie Marsh, Travels and Traditions of Waterfowl, and To Ride the Wind. Formerly a wildlife biologist, Matthew Wynn Sivils is now an associate professor of Englishat Iowa State University, where he teaches courses in environmental literature, nineteenth-century American literature, and literature and science.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609381189
Author:
Errington, Paul
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Bur Oak Book
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 illustrations, 5 bandw photos
Pages:
178
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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This classic of twentieth-century nature writing, a landmark work that is still a joy to read, offers a stirring portrait of the Midwest’s endangered glacial marshland ecosystems by one of the most influential biologists of his day. A cautionary book whose advice has not been heeded, a must-read of American environmental literature, Of Men and Marshes should inspire a new generation of conservationists.  

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