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The Ptarmigan’s Dilemma

The Ptarmigan's Dilemma by John Theberge and Mary Theberge
Apr 05, 2011 | 416 Pages
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    Apr 05, 2011 | 416 Pages

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    Mar 16, 2010

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The Ptarmigan’s Dilemma is a gem. I can’t praise it highly enough. It’s lucid, deep, moving, smart. It’s become my must-have bedside book, whose wisdom ends one day and begins the next. I passionately love it.” 
— Alanna Mitchell, author of Sea Sick

“Anyone who thinks a scientific understanding of nature takes the beauty and mystery out of life, should read this book! And here’s a hint — the ptarmigan’s dilemma is also yours and mine, because misjudgment about living within our environmental limits can mean death for the bird, and us.” 
— Monte Hummel, President Emeritus, WWF-Canada.

“This book can be savored for both its passionate accounts of the natural world and the informative discussion of the principles that underlie life’s order and regulation. Highly recommended for all lovers of nature.”
— Library Journal


Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize FINALIST 2010

Table Of Contents

Prologue: A Twig in an Eddy
Part 1: Species Adapting, Adjusting
1 Where the Wood Duck Got Its Beauty
2 Big Elk, Little Elk
3 Dawn Chorus
4 The Perfect Moose
Part 2: Populations: Slaves to the Rules
5 Give Me Land, Lots of Land
6 High-Stakes Living
7 Ten Thousand Reindeer
8 Labrador Wild
9 All Individuals Are Not Created Equal
Footnote: What About Humans?
Part 3: Ecosystems: Wildly Active
10 War on the Shrub- Steppe
11 Behind the Scenes
12 Team Play
Part 4: Prospects
13 Out of the Slag Heap of Nature
14 The Ptarmigan’s Dilemma
15 Let There Be Life
Epilogue: Crouching on the Highest Step

From the Hardcover edition.

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