Conservation biology: foundations, concepts, applications by Fred Van Dyke

By Fred Van Dyke

Fred Van Dyke’s new textbook, Conservation Biology: Foundations, options, functions, second variation, represents a massive new textual content for somebody drawn to conservation. Drawing on his sizeable adventure, Van Dyke’s organizational readability and readable sort make this booklet a useful source for college students in conservation round the globe.

Presenting key info and well-selected examples, this student-friendly quantity rigorously integrates the technological know-how of conservation biology with its implications for ethics, legislations, coverage and economics.

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9. Aldo Leopold, US conservationist and founder of The Wilderness Society, a chief intellectual architect of the “Wilderness Ideal” in conservation at his “shack” near Baraboo, Wisconsin (USA), where he wrote much of his classic work on land ethics, A Sand County Almanac (Chapter 2). ) by the age of 24. Along with his obvious intellect and energy, both colleagues and supervisors noticed that Leopold displayed even keener interest and insight toward wildlife than he did toward trees, an orientation not unnoticed by his superiors.

The Yellowstone Model, however, was strongly influenced by North American landscape characteristics, as well as by perspectives and prejudices of US culture. The expedition members were primarily concerned with the enjoyment of their fellow citizens, not with the preservation of the Yellowstone Ecosystem. They envisioned a form of “development”, facilitated by the railroad, that would make Yellowstone accessible to millions with relatively little cost or effort. One member expressed these aspirations this way.

2. The Origins of Conservation by the vices of civilization, such as is portrayed in William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where an Arcadian-like realm is ruled by a fairy king and queen. An excellent example of the Arcadian ideal in literature comes from the English poet William Wordsworth, who wrote many poems extolling the beauty and virtues of nature, and the value of living in harmony with it. We can see this in his poem about a shepherd, Michael, of the Lake District in England who lived and worked among Fields, where with cheerful spirits he had breathed The common air; hills, which with vigorous step He had so often climbed; which had impressed So many incidents upon his mind Of hardship, skill, or courage; joy or fear; Which like a book preserved the memory Of the dumb animals, whom he had saved, Had fed or sheltered, linking to such acts The certainty of honorable gain (Wordsworth 1975:63) Although such an idealized view of nature did not stimulate actions or policies that we would today regard as conservation, it did begin to create the perception that humans and nature were meant to live in harmonious relationship, that nature was to be valued for its own sake, not for consumptive or utilitarian purposes.

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