360 pages, 10.1 × 7.6 × 1 in
March 28, 2011
Greystone Books Ltd.
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1553658043
ISBN - 13: 9781553658047
Read from the Book
The Great Lakes endure the fate of all familiar features in nature: they are taken for granted equally by those who know them and by those who don't. Like mountain ranges or prairie skies, their size makes us forget they're there; we may cast a glance at them in the morning to make sure the universe is arranged more or less as it had been the previous night, but then we don't think of them for the rest of the day. When I lived in Toronto and visitors asked me how to get to the lakefront, I'd have to think before replying, "Oh yes, go south." When I moved to Kingston, Ontario, and was asked the same question, I'd be turned around: "It's south-no, east!" In Windsor, on the Detroit River, where I was born, it was: "Up that way, north." The simple truth is that, to me, the Great Lakes seem to be everywhere.
I have lived on them all my life, except for a brief period spent in northern Quebec, and even then I felt connected to the Lakes by the St. Lawrence River. Windsor is an upside-down Canadian city: we looked north to the United States. I remember skating on Lake St. Clair, on transparent ice that had frozen so quickly its surface held the shape of waves. I looked down giddily between my skates to see schools of minnows darting among fronds of bottom-anchored plants. I recall swimming in Lake Erie, off Point Pelee, and being taken to visit the bird sanctuary established in Kingsville by the legendary Jack Miner, who saved the threatened Canada goose from extin
Table of Contents
The Freshwater Seas
The Boreal Forest
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest
The Carolinian Forest
Life in the Margins
The Future of the Great Lakes
From the Publisher
Five immense lakes lie at the heart of North America. They comprise the world's largest freshwater system, containing 95 percent of the continent's fresh water, and one-fifth of the planet's total supply. The Great Lakes drainage basin is home to 40 million people and is the hub of industry and agriculture in North America. Its rich mineral deposits and natural resources have attracted and sustained human and wildlife populations for more than ten thousand years.
The Great Lakes: A Natural History is the most authoritative, complete, and accessible book to date about the biology and ecology of this vital, ever-changing lake system. Written by one of Canada's best-known science and nature writers, Wayne Grady this essential resource features superb nature photography and numerous sidebars that focus on specific animal, plant and invertebrate species.
Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Also available in hardcover.
About the Author
Wayne Grady is one of Canada's finest science writers and a Governor General's Award-winning translator. He has authored eleven books of nonfiction, translated fourteen novels, and edited more than a dozen anthologies of short stories and creative nonfiction.
The Great Lakes not only includes a terrific range of information but also, I think, inspires the aspiring bioregionalist-reader to look and think more closely at the relationships between everyday encounters with local flora and fauna…the best parts of the book allow us to catch a glimpse of the rich ecological relations of the watershed, and to consider our everyday actions in light of their inevitable impacts on the water, soil, plants and other animals that compromise the Great lakes – and theirs on usAssociation for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada""...he tantalizes you with a fact that is so intriguing that you really want to keep reading to discover more. For example, did you know that the beaver is the only mammal whose growth is indeterminate? They just keep growing!""Great Lakes For AllA beautifully designed, comprehensive gem of a guide to the ecosystem at the heart of Canada.”The TyeeGrady does a stellar job explaining how every creature from monarch butterflies… to Toronto’s skunks… to the frogs of the boreal forest… play out their chimerical or smelly roles in this vast and layered natural drama. …Threats to the Lakes’ integrity are increasingly met with resistance. If the written work is still meaningful in advancing this crucial resistance, this challenging book should be sent into battle immediately, and given a place on the front lines.”Globe and Mail…Grady writes compellingly about the rocks, forests and creatures of the lakes, as well as the