The Spine of the Continent by Mary Ellen Hannibal
The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken

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As climate change encroaches, natural habitats are shifting while human development makes islands of even the largest nature reserves, stranding the biodiversity within them. The Spine of the Continent profiles the most ambitious conservation effort ever made: to create linked protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico. Backed by blue-ribbon scientific foundations, the Spine is a grassroots, cooperative effort among NGOs large and small and everyday citizens. It aims not only to make physical connections so nature will persist but also to make connections between people and the land. In this fascinating and important account, Mary Ellen Hannibal travels the length of the Spine and shares stories of the impassioned activists she meets and the critters they love.


About Mary Ellen Hannibal

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Mary Ellen Hannibal’s is the author of Evidence of Evolution.  She has written for many publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, and Elle. A 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow, she lives in the California Bay Area.
Published August 6, 2013 by Lyons Press. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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It has its share of odd moments, as when Hannibal compares beaver ponds to the concept of romanticism, or when she asks a scientist who experimented on temperature-intolerant pikas in the 1970s, “How could you fry those bunnies?” The author doesn’t fully explore the opinions of anyone who might o...

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A thoroughly satisfying gem, readers will find themselves in the company of America’s best minds (Jared Diamond, Michael Soule) and heroes (Sherri Tippie), as Hannibal travels through landscapes chronicling the efforts underway to keep North America habitable for the plants and animals that fir...

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Her book explains how and why certain regions were looked at and mapped out to show how wildlife migrate and isolate themselves from area to area to maintain the delicate balance of natural events.

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