The River of the Mother of God: and other Essays by Aldo by Aldo Leopold

By Aldo Leopold

His identify is inextricably associated with a unmarried work, A Sand County Almanac, a vintage of average heritage literature and the conservationist's bible. This publication brings jointly the simplest of Leopold's essays.

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McIntosh, The Background of Ecology: Concept and Theory (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985). 4. See Flader, Thinking Like a Mountain, for a study of the evolution of AIdo Leopold's attitude toward predators. Donald Worster, Nature's Economy: The Roots of Ecology (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1977), suggests that attitude toward predators is a litmus test for an ecologically informed outlook: "The story of the varmint's changing reputation is thus the story of the movement in American conservation toward an ecological point of view" (261).

While Leopold's enthusiasm in "The Popular Wilderness Fallacy" seems untempered by critical reflection, his thinking about wildlife and wildlife policy appears to be quite perspicacious in most of his other early papers. During his years in the Southwest he published numerous scientific notes and short articles detailing field observations about particular species, usually in the pages of the Condor. "Notes on the Behavior of Pintail Ducks in a Hailstorm" (1919) is an example. In the 1919 essay "Wild Lifers vs.

And when the first stars began to twinkle, it had again receded to a warm glow of embers between black clouds, gradually fading and sinking away. Hardly had the glowing orb of the sun disappeared when the full moon, at first a mere white area against the dark sky began to shed its light over the fields. How much more wan and cold the moonlight is on the gray sea of a late-autumn landscape, than on the dark green grass of only a few weeks before! Nevertheless there is a certain added cheer, and many new beauties brought to view.

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