Watching, from the Edge of Extinction by Beverly Peterson StearnsWatching, from the Edge of Extinction by Beverly Peterson Stearns

Watching, from the Edge of Extinction

byBeverly Peterson Stearns, Stephen C. Stearns

Paperback | August 11, 2000

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To those struggling on the frontlines to save endangered plants and animals, the crucial challenge is to confront the biological causes of those species’ decline. But just as threatening to their survival are obstacles erected by human politics, greed, corruption, folly, and hypocrisy. In this mesmerizing book, Beverly and Stephen Stearns tell the stories of people who have worked directly with disappearing species in Europe, Africa, North America, and Oceania. They are stories of passion and commitment, of competence and selflessness. They are also stories that alarm, for even as unheralded heroes are working to reverse what often seems to be a species’ inevitable march toward extinction, incompetent or self-interested parties are often working against them.

The authors interviewed people who work with endangered species as diverse as Mediterranean monk seals, large blue butterflies, African wild dogs, native Hawaiian crows, Texas salamanders, and rare plants on Mauritius. These dedicated individuals, in discussing how they view their work, the problems they encounter, and their thoughts on the broader significance of extinction, reveal that the causes of extinction are unique to each species—sometimes subtle and complex, at other times obvious and simple. Yet an extinction always represents an irretrievable loss of evolutionary potential and a diminishing of the beauty, diversity, and value in our own lives. The dramatic lessons of this book shed new light on the problems of endangered species and offer hope that we may yet change the fate of those species that totter on the edge of extinction.

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Title:Watching, from the Edge of ExtinctionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 11, 2000Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300084692

ISBN - 13:9780300084696

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The eye-opening interviews in this collection, edited by freelance writer Beverly Peterson Stearns and zoologist Stephen C. Stearns, are conducted with people who work to save endangered species throughout the world. Watching, From the Edge of Extinction portrays a terrible scenario in which politics, greed, corruption, stupidity and hypocrisy have posed even greater threats to almost extinct species. This book contains information about such endangered species as the African wild Dogs, the Barton Springs Salamander and the Mediterranean monk seal.