Ecoviews Too: Ecology for All Seasons (Paperback)
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Ecoviews Too examines various human attitudes toward wildlife and the environment, focusing on seasonal occurrences and natural adaptations, in an engaging and informative manner.
Whit Gibbons and Anne R. Gibbons’s Ecoviews Too: Ecology for All Seasons is based on the popular weekly column “Ecoviews,” published by numerous newspapers for more than thirty years. A follow-up to Ecoviews: Snakes, Snails and Environmental Tales, this lively and entertaining book provides a fascinating and thought-provoking look at the ecology of animals, plants, and their habitats, and promotes awareness of pressing environmental issues.
Because nature, in all its myriad and amazing manifestations, can be enjoyed all year round, this collection is conveniently divided into four sections paralleling the seasons and tracking the adaptations and responses of wildlife to the relentless changes that occur at any location over time. The ecological vignettes focus on seasonal happenings in the cycle of life. The authors not only draw parallels between the natural world and human activities but also highlight unique behaviors of various plant and animal species. They often use humor to get across their message regarding the need to protect our native species and the habitats they depend on for survival.
An intriguing and captivating publication, Ecoviews Too is comprised of fifty informative essays that address ecological topics such as camouflage and mimicry, hibernation and estivation, the human need to encounter scary animals, the mysteries of plant dormancy in winter, the comeback of the wild turkey coinciding with the decline of bobwhites, the chemistry behind the color change in fall leaves, and the top ten environmental problems facing the world today. Educating, entertaining, and delighting a general audience, especially those with an interest in nature, Ecoviews Too provides a useful resource for students and scientists alike.
About the Author
Whit Gibbons is a professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina. He is the author of more than a dozen popular and scientific books on the reptiles and amphibians of the United States, including Their Blood Runs Cold and Poisonous Plants and Venomous Animals of Alabama and Adjoining States. He is the coauthor of Ecoviews: Snakes, Snails, and Environmental Tales.
Anne R. Gibbons was a freelance editor and indexer until her retirement in 2014. She has worked for Columbia University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, the University of New Mexico Press, and the University of Alabama Press, among others. She is the coauthor of Ecoviews: Snakes, Snails, and Environmental Tales.
"I enjoyed this entertaining book immensely and would recommend it both to those who are ecologists and those who are not. It is more important for this volume to reach nonscientists. The introduction to the collection ends with the statement that the goal of the book is to 'encourage, maybe even inspire, others to appreciate natural habitats and the native wildlife that populate them'. May this message be loudly heard throughout the world."—Quarterly Review of Biology
“Ecoviews Too is an excellent collection of essays on ecology, natural history, and conservation, but with an abundance of philosophy and humor.”
—Robert W. Hastings, author of The Lakes of Pontchartrain: Their History and Environments