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The Last Butterflies

A Scientist's Quest to Save a Rare and Vanishing Creature

Nick Haddad



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Princeton University Pres
07 June 2019
A remarkable look at the rarest butterflies, how global changes threaten their existence, and how we can bring them back from near-extinction Most of us have heard of such popular butterflies as the Monarch or Painted Lady. But what about the Fender's Blue? Or the St. Francis' Satyr? Because of their extreme rarity, these butterflies are not wel
By:   Nick Haddad
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691165004
ISBN 10:   0691165009
Pages:   264
Publication Date:   07 June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nick Haddad is a professor and senior terrestrial ecologist in the Department of Integrative Biology and the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Twitter @nickmhaddad

Reviews for The Last Butterflies: A Scientist's Quest to Save a Rare and Vanishing Creature

There are heroes in this story, and Haddad does a wonderful job of celebrating them. ---Jonathan Hahn, Sierra This is an unusual, honest and informative book. . . . clearly written and attractively presented. ---John Tennent, Atropos Magazine Haddad eloquently argues that conserving butterflies is not about preserving an organism or habitat in aspic-that way lies stagnation and decline-it's about enabling a dynamic and resilient environment. ---Richard Jones, BBC Wildlife Magazine Haddad is extremely knowledgable about this subject, and is also able to successfully communicate that knowledge to a wider audience ---Harry Siviter, The Biologist Longlisted for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult Science Books The author has devoted his life to butterflies . . . His guiding principle is that humans should not be the cause of the extinction of these extremely rare species by promoting rather than destroying biodiversity - it is a moving personal ecological odyssey. * Paradigm Explorer * Wonderfully informative . . . Haddad has that rare ability to make difficult science accessible to those of us who are not trained in the nuances of ecological quantification and he does so without talking down to us. ---Keith Taylor, WUOM's Stateside A valuable lens on the biodiversity crisis. Yet Haddad does not just gather data on habitat loss and other drivers of decline-although he does that with crystalline acuity. He emphasizes that measures such as restoring ecological systems can protect populations of these fragile 'ambassadors of nature', against the odds. ---Barbara Kiser, Nature A powerful study of what a declining insect population reveals about how we are treating the planet . . . . fine and compelling book. ---Jules Pretty, Times Higher Education We need to do better at embedding nature conservation, knowledge generation, and long-term monitoring as core goals in land management initiatives. The Last Butterflies shares some inspiring examples of how to achieve this. ---Manu. E. Saunders, Trends in Ecology & Evolution

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