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Walden warming : climate change comes to Thoreau's woods

Author: Richard B Primack
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Author Richard B. Primack uses conservation movement icons Thoreau and Walden to track the effects of a warming climate on a smaller scale-- Concord's plants and animals. The meticulous natural history notes that Walden made over 100 years ago are transformed through the equally meticulous work of Primack from charming observations into scientific data sets. Over the course of a decade of research and observation,
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Named Person: Henry David Thoreau; Henry David Thoreau
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Primack
ISBN: 022627229X 9780226272290
OCLC Number: 890757497
Description: x, 253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Borneo to Boston : We find Thoreau's records ; "A self-appointed inspector" ; On thin ice ; Ice at Walden Pond --
A hard rain : Nor'easters in New England ; What would Thoreau have done? --
Thoreau, scientist : Thoreau as a scientific observer ; Deciphering Thoreau's journals ; Decoding the data ; Our fieldwork begins --
Phantom plants : Revolutionary viewpoint ; "Terror" on the tracks ; Pink lady's slipper orchid: a sing of warmer times ; Mercury rising ; Thoreau's mantle passes to Hosmer ; Heat islands ; Plants respond to temperature ; Timing matters ; Thoreau's records and today's climate --
Wild apples and other missing flowers : Form common to rare to vanished ; Finding the missing wildflowers ; Vanishing orchids and missing mints ; Species loss and climate change in Concord ; Why do flexible species succeed? ; How fast is Concord losing species? ; Ray Angelo gets mad ; Did we forget about deer? --
The strife in loosestrife : The net loss of species ; The McGrath farm ; Any new species? ; Minot Pratt's introductions ; Taking action --
The message of the birds : Springtime bird arrivals ; Finding bird arrival data ; Thoreau's birds ; Modern records ; How good are the data? ; What do the bird data show? ; Climate change and many other factors --
Birds in the mist (net) : What the Manomet data showed ; How do changes in population size affect bird data? ; Birds and climate: what drives arrival times? ; A farm diary ; Earlier appearance of spring activity ; Putting it all together ; Feathered ghosts --
Bees and butterflies : The helpful honeybee ; The forgotten bees ; We shift to butterflies ; Sharon Stitchter's butterfly data ; The great northward expansion ; The Massachusetts Butterfly Club ; Elfins and hairstreaks: a natural experiment --
From insects to fish to people : Warming water at Walden ; The value of fishing ; Margaret's approach to fishing ; Eating smaller fish and krill --
Clouds of mosquitoes : Mosquitoes and climate change research ; Mosquitoes and Eastern equine encephalitis ; Catching mosquitoes ; Mosquitoes connect birds and people ; Spraying to control mosquitoes ; The importance of insects --
The frog chorus : Trouble for turtles ; Too dry or too wet: changing rainfall and amphibian life cycles ; Salamanders in Eastern Massachusetts ; Salamanders in the Hammond Woods ; Salamanders at the golf course ; The future of amphibians in Concord's woods --
Running in the sun and rain : Athletic endeavor and climate change ; Does a warming climate affect the Boston Marathon? ; The other side of Heartbreak Hill --
A new Earth : An alternative future ; Is climate change really happening in Concord ; The world is changing for the worse ; What do we need to do? ; Can Thoreau show us a better path? ; Living simply in Japan ; Thoreau's advice to modern Americans --
Afterword : Citizen science : Getting started ; Joining with others ; My own journal --
Appendix : Species mentioned.
Responsibility: Richard B. Primack.

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