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Assembling the Puzzle

Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

in The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780226871714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.003.0001
Assembling the Puzzle

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Wisconsin is changing. The past is gone, except as captured in memories, records, and artifacts. The present is measurable, but rapidly fading into the past. To understand the present, in ecology as in other endeavors, we need history. This book provides background and historical context for understanding the ecological changes that surround us. It aims to use knowledge about the state's natural history to evaluate the changes these habitats and species are undergoing. The nature of ecological change and the reasons behind the decision to focus the current study on Wisconsin are discussed.

Keywords: Wisconsin; environmental change; natural history; habitats; species; ecological change

Chapter.  4632 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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