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American perceptions of immigrant and invasive species : strangers on the land

Author: Peter A Coates
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Sometimes by accident and sometimes on purpose, humans have transported plants and animals to new habitats around the world. Arriving in ever-increasing numbers to American soil, recent invaders have competed with, preyed on, hybridized with, and carried diseases to native species, transforming our ecosystems and creating anxiety among environmentalists and the general public. But is American anxiety over this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter A Coates
ISBN: 0520249305 9780520249301
OCLC Number: 70877930
Description: x, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
1. Strangers and natives --
Knowing nature through nationality --
The naming of strangers --
The alien menace : humanizing nature and naturalizing humans --
2. The avian conquest of a continent --
Transatlantic flights --
Flying feathers --
The stranger finch --
There goes the neighborhood : dispossessing the rightful tenants of land and sky --
Standing up for Poor Jack --
The Cockney cousin --
The successful and exemplary sparrow --
3. Plants, insects, and other strangers in the soil --
Floral menace and floral promise --
Strange fruits : the enrichment of nature --
Determining desirability --
Shutting the door on plant plunderers --
The menace of plant quarantines --
A horticultural Ellis Island --
The rediscovery of native value --
4. Arboreal immigrants --
Natural beauty and foreign beauty --
The glamor of a foreign name --
The tree that grew in Brooklyn (and nearly everywhere else) --
The strange career of the universal Australian --
The tarnished tree : California's raging Eucalyptus controversy --
Eucalyptus eulogy : the natural value of heritage --
Getting back to (lost) nature : restoring original California --
Landscapes of purity and intolerance --
5. The nature of alien nation --
The nature of fear and the greening of hate --
Wilted metaphors and calling strangers names --
Flora and fauna that are here to stay --
The globalization of nature and the universal sparrow --
The historian's contribution --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Peter Coates.
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