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The Resource Rat island : predators in paradise and the world's greatest wildlife rescue, William Stolzenburg

Rat island : predators in paradise and the world's greatest wildlife rescue, William Stolzenburg

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Rat island : predators in paradise and the world's greatest wildlife rescue
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Rat island
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predators in paradise and the world's greatest wildlife rescue
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William Stolzenburg
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Rat island
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predators in paradise and the worlds greatest wildlife rescue
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eng
Summary
  • "Rat Island rises from the icy gray waters of the Bering Sea, a mass of volcanic rock covered with tundra, midway between Alaska and Siberia. Once a remote sanctuary for enormous flocks of seabirds, the island gained a new name when shipwrecked rats colonized, savaging the nesting birds by the thousands. Now, on this and hundreds of other remote islands around the world, a massive-and massively controversial-wildlife rescue mission is under way.Islands, making up just 3 percent of Earth's landmass, harbor more than half of its endangered species. These fragile ecosystems, home to unique species that evolved in peaceful isolation, have been catastrophically disrupted by mainland predators-rats, cats, goats, and pigs ferried by humans to islands around the globe. To save these endangered islanders, academic ecologists have teamed up with professional hunters and semiretired poachers in a radical act of conservation now bent on annihilating the invaders. Sharpshooters are sniping at goat herds from helicopters. Biological SWAT teams are blanketing mountainous isles with rat poison. Rat Island reveals a little-known and much-debated side of today's conservation movement, founded on a cruel-to-be-kind philosophy.Touring exotic locales with a ragtag group of environmental fighters, William Stolzenburg delivers both perilous adventure and intimate portraits of human, beast, hero, and villain. And amid manifold threats to life on Earth, he reveals a new reason to hope"--
  • "Rat Island rises from the icy gray waters of the Bering Sea, a mass of volcanic rock covered with tundra, midway between Alaska and Siberia. Once a remote sanctuary for enormous flocks of seabirds, the island gained a new name when shipwrecked rats colonized, savaging the nesting birds by the thousands. Now, on this and hundreds of other remote islands around the world, a massive--and massively controversial--wildlife rescue mission is under way. Islands, making up just 3 percent of Earth's landmass, harbor more than half of its endangered species. These fragile ecosystems, home to unique species that evolved in peaceful isolation, have been catastrophically disrupted by mainland predators--rats, cats, goats, and pigs ferried by humans to islands around the globe. To save these endangered islanders, academic ecologists have teamed up with professional hunters and semiretired poachers in a radical act of conservation now bent on annihilating the invaders. Sharpshooters are sniping at goat herds from helicopters. Biological SWAT teams are blanketing mountainous isles with rat poison. Rat Island reveals a little-known and much-debated side of today's conservation movement, founded on a cruel-to-be-kind philosophy. Touring exotic locales with a ragtag group of environmental fighters, William Stolzenburg delivers both perilous adventure and intimate portraits of human, beast, hero, and villain. And amid manifold threats to life on Earth, he reveals a new reason to hope"--
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Chronicles the highly controversial practice of rescuing endangered island species by killing their predators, explaining how rats and other animals introduced to the Bering Sea midway by shipwrecks have decimated native bird populations
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Stolzenburg, William
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333.95/1609142
Index
no index present
LC call number
QL83.2
LC item number
.S76 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Wildlife rescue
  • Predation (Biology)
  • Predatory animals
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Endangered species
  • NATURE / General
  • NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  • Rat Islands (Alaska)
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adult
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predators in paradise and the world's greatest wildlife rescue
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Rat island : predators in paradise and the world's greatest wildlife rescue, William Stolzenburg
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2010051457
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Rat island : predators in paradise and the world's greatest wildlife rescue, William Stolzenburg
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9781608191031
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2010051457
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