The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction
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The author visits many places, from Madagascar to Galapagos to Tasmania, and describes the state of certain populations as they're attempting to cope with invasive species - including humans - and changing climates. In some cases we get a detailed history of the colonization of islands by surprisingly diverse and far-flung creatures, including a look at the repopulation of islands stripped by volcanic or other disasters. In other cases, such as that of the dodo, there's a somewhat scanty history of its discovery, use as a food source for meat-hungry sailors, and all-too-quick disappearance - with some amusing speculations as to what it was actually like, given the paucity of specimens.
The book's informative and detailed, but also quite readable, with the author throwing in personal anecdotes and some rather chilling adventures while in search of yet another assailed habitat. A worthwhile reminder of the fragility - and resiliance - of life.
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