Tinkering With Eden

Tinkering With Eden

A Natural History of Exotics in America

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
A fascinating natural history of non-native species currently living and thriving in America focuses on the various experiments, most well-intentioned, that introduced many foriegn life forms to the continent.

Norton Pub
A bewitching look at nonnative species in American ecosystems, by the heir apparent to McKibben and Quammen. Mosquitoes in Hawaii, sea lampreys in the Great Lakes, mountain goats in the Olympic Mountains of Washington State--not one of these species is native to the environment in which it now flourishes, sometimes disastrously. Kim Todd's Tinkering with Eden is a lyrical, brilliantly written history of the introduction of exotic species into the United States, and how the well-meaning endeavors of scientists, explorers, and biologists have resulted in ecological catastrophe. Todd's amazingly assured voice will haunt her readers, and the stories she tells--the astronomer who unleashed the gypsy moth in a botched effort to breed the silkworm, the druggist who brought starlings to America because he wanted the landscape to feature every bird mentioned by Shakespeare--will forever change how we see our increasingly afflicted landscape and its unanticipated inhabitants. Todd promises to become one of our new century's freshest voices, and Tinkering with Eden will delight, instruct, and astonish.

Book News
Todd, the recipient of the PEN/Jerard Award for this book while it was a work-in-progress, recounts how some of the approximately 4,500 exotic insects, mammals, and plants have been introduced to North America, occasionally for the better (such as with the Vedalia ladybug) but more often wreaking destruction on native species. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
When Europeans arrived in North America they saw, on the one hand, a paradise, and on the other, a place that needed some work. Far from home and seeking to recreate the landscapes they'd left behind, or determined to improve on what they found, they introduced to their new terrain an amazing array of exotics - plants and animals not native to this continent.
Take the countless pigeons that flutter around our nation's cities in dirty masses. We can blame their ubiquitous presence on seventeenth-century explorers from France, where the birds were treasured as a sign of nobility. Or take the flocks of starlings that descend on fields of grain and pick them clean. In 1890, Shakespeare enthusiast Eugene Schieffelin decided to introduce every bird in Shakespeare's works to New York City's Central Park, including starlings. Some two hundred million now fly throughout North America, aggressively driving out native birds from coast to coast.
Kim Todd brings us these tales and others, portraying their humor, their science, and their hard lessons in brilliant, lyrical prose. More than 4000 exotic birds, insects, fish, mammals, and other creatures live in the United States, sometimes slipping in unnoticed, sometimes causing ecological catastrophe. This book, detailing some of their stories, will entertain, enlighten, and change the way we think about nature.

Baker
& Taylor

A natural history of non-native species of animals currently living and thriving in America focuses on the various experiments, most well-intentioned, that introduced many foreign life forms to the continent.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393048605
0393048608
Branch Call Number: 591.6 TOD
Characteristics: viii, 302 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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