In this Book

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Ecoviews Too examines various human attitudes toward wildlife and the environment, focusing on seasonal occurrences and natural adaptations.

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, particularly holidays and historic events that define a moment when the connection between society and our natural surroundings was fundamentally altered.
 
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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Authors' Notes
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: What Should You Do with a Beached Whale?
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Spring
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  1. Every Day Is April Fool’s for Some Species
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Tips for Earth Day and Proper Environmental Etiquette
  2. pp. 4-6
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  1. Easter Is Associated with Many Plants
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Mothers of Many Animals Are Worthy of Recognition
  2. pp. 10-13
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  1. Some Birds Take Care of Their Siblings
  2. pp. 14-17
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  1. Bumblebees Can Make Honey, Too
  2. pp. 18-21
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  1. We Don’t Need to Kill Carpenter Bees
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. What Should You Do If You Find a Baby Bird?
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. The Mating Game Has Many Rules
  2. pp. 28-30
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  1. Spring Is Also a Time for Making New Year’s Resolutions
  2. pp. 31-34
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  1. Ecological Lessons Are All around Us
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. St. Patrick’s Day Means Snakes Are on the Move
  2. pp. 38-42
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  1. Summer
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. What Can We Learn from Cicada Killers?
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  1. Color Means a Lot in Ecology
  2. pp. 50-55
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  1. Questions about Alligators Never End: Part 1
  2. pp. 56-62
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  1. Questions about Alligators Never End: Part 2
  2. pp. 63-68
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  1. Let’s Go Out in the Swamp Tonight
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  1. “But Poison Ivy, Lord’ll Make You Itch!!”
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  1. Few Folks Get to See a Glossy Strangle a Craw
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  1. I Wish Everyone Could Visit Glacier Bay
  2. pp. 82-85
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  1. Sea Otters Are Unique
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  1. Controlled Access Works Best for Some Parks
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  1. The Badlands Offer an Environmental Paradox
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  1. Maine Has Abundant Opportunities for Nature Watching
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  1. Autumn
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  1. Take a Walk in a Southern Stream
  2. pp. 101-103
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  1. Are Large Black Cats More Than a Halloween Phenomenon?
  2. pp. 104-107
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  1. This Worm Is Creepier Than a Halloween Ghoul
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  1. Halloween Is a Time for Scary Thoughts
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  1. Africa Doesn’t Need Bigfoot
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  1. National Hunting and Fishing Day Is Good for the Environment
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  1. What Are Our Top Ten Environmental Problems?
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  1. Get a Head Start on This Year’s Science Fair
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  1. Predicting Autumn Leaf Colors Remains Unpredictable
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  1. Everybody Recognizes a Hornet’s Nest
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  1. Snakes Are Much in Evidence in Autumn
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  1. Turkeys Are Here to Stay
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  1. Cranberries Are an All-American Treat
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  1. Winter
  2. pp. 145-146
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  1. Is Gift Giving Unique to Humans?
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. Deck Your Halls with Boughs of Holly
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  1. Mistletoe Is America’s Most Popular Parasite
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  1. Where Would You Find Twenty-Two Turtle Doves?
  2. pp. 157-159
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  1. What Is the Story behind Poinsettias?
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  1. Rudolph Is Not a Female Reindeer
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  1. What Is a Groundhog?
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  1. MLK Day Offers Opportunity for Environmental Lessons
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  1. Make Your Environmental Resolutions for the Coming Year
  2. pp. 174-177
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  1. Why Does a Pine Tree Produce Turpentine?
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  1. Why Do Animals Turn White in the Arctic but Not the Antarctic?
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  1. Valentine’s Day Signals the End of Winter Dormancy
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817390839
Related ISBN
9780817358754
MARC Record
OCLC
974190734
Pages
220
Launched on MUSE
2017-03-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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