With gripping narrative power, The Condor's Shadow traces the ways in which human greed and ignorance have wreaked havoc on our ecological landscape.
The heir apparent to Peter Matthiessen's 1959 classic Wildlife in America, The Condor's Shadow is a brilliant and compulsively readable study of the state of North American wildlife and what is being done to reverse the damage humans have caused. With equal respect for the smallest feather-mite and the fiercest grizzly, the frailest flower and the stateliest redwood, David S. Wilcove illustratesin jargon-free, often witty prosenature's delicate system of checks and balances, examining the factors that determine a species' vulnerability and the consequences of losing even the tiniest part of any ecosystem. An examination of both the heart-wrenching failures and stunning successes of our conservation efforts, The Condor's Shadow chronicles the destruction and resilience of our American wilderness and offers an insightful, eloquent overview that will appeal to avid conservationists and recreational nature-lovers alike.
...this is an extremely informative and thought-provoking book for both initiated and neophyte conservationists. Wilcove's style is clear and unencumbered by scientific jargon, and complex ecological phenomena are outlined with great accuracy. The Condor's Shadow should serve as a useful introduction to the dynamics of wildlife resource conservation, and perhaps an aid to developing one's own land ethic as well.