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Frederick C. Selous’s work, written at the urging of President Theodore Roosevelt, contains many of his most keen observations about life and wildlife in Africa. Fascinating not only as a period piece, Selous's thoughts are remarkably prescient about the state of game in Africa even today. Though it was written before the rise of the commercial poaching that has ravaged so much of the continent, the book gives an excellent insight into the need to carefully observe, record, and interpret the ecological signs found in the wild. Easy and lively in style, the tales told within encompass everything from dietary habits of hyena to the effects of sleeping sickness on agriculture.
John Burroughs was a very prolific writer known as the author of more than thirty books and as the founder of a new genre in literature called the nature essay. Born in the Catskill Mountains, from his childhood he was carried away with the beauty of the nature and later depicted it in his novels. The Breath of Life is a bright example of such genre which teaches simple people to love and appreciate nature. Although it was published in 1915 but it does not seem to get old and would be equally interesting for modern readers.
Under the above title, rather more than twenty years ago, Col. Irby produced a modest little octavo volume which at once secured a high position in ornithological literature. It treated of the natural history of the north - western portion of Morocco, from Tangier southwards to a little beyond Larache, and for about twelve miles inland, beyond which excursions were in those days difficult, not to say dangerous; while on the Spanish side the area embraced was far wider, comprising the country between Cadiz, Gibraltar, Malaga, Granada, Cordova, Seville, and down the Guadalquivir to the great marshy delta of that river. Birds, their habits and modification, with the dates of arrival and departure in the case of migrants the results of several years' experience formed the principal feature; but there was a great deal of valuable information about mammals, reptiles, and other subjects in the work, and it became a handbook for the naturalist traveler in the South as much as the book of reference for the student at home.
This book was originally published in 1898. "The Peckhams' observations are precise, and their prose is simple and light. No nature-faking or unfounded anthropomorphism is to be found in their writing. A science classic that can be read with pleasure even today.
Much has been said and written on the subject of conservation and many excellent ideas have been advanced, but as yet too little has been accomplished in the way of practical results. Probably this is due largely to the fact that most people think of conservation as a problem for the federal and state governments, mine owners, great lumber companies, owners of vast tracts of land, and large corporations; and have not realized how much the responsibility for the care of our natural resources and the penalty for their waste rest with the whole people, that every one has a part in this work which has been called ''the greatest question before the American people. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.