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Urbanization and Ecological Change in Milwaukee County

Lawrence A. Leitner, John H. Idzikowski and Gary S. Casper

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/9780226871745.003.0025
Urbanization and Ecological Change in Milwaukee County

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This chapter asks, how has Milwaukee County changed? This area is typical of metropolitan areas elsewhere, where centuries of dense human settlement have eroded natural habitats and the species they supported. It focuses on three major groups: vascular plants, birds, and reptiles and amphibians to consider species losses, current species composition, and future trends. These well-studied groups give us a picture of the dramatic ecological changes that have occurred since European settlement and so serve to reflect how metropolitan areas are changing around the world.

Keywords: vascular plants; birds; reptiles; amphibians; species loss; species composition; ecological changes; metropolitan areas

Chapter.  5841 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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