• Title: What Should a Clever Moose Eat?: Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods
  • Author: John Pastor Bernd Heinrich
  • ISBN: 9781610916776
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • What Should a Clever Moose Eat Natural History Ecology and the North Woods How long should a leaf live When should blueberries ripen And what should a clever moose eat Questions like these may seem simple or downright strange yet they form the backbone of natural history a
    How long should a leaf live When should blueberries ripen And what should a clever moose eat Questions like these may seem simple or downright strange yet they form the backbone of natural history, a discipline that fostered some of our most important scientific theories, from natural selection to glaciation Through careful, patient observations of the organisms that lHow long should a leaf live When should blueberries ripen And what should a clever moose eat Questions like these may seem simple or downright strange yet they form the backbone of natural history, a discipline that fostered some of our most important scientific theories, from natural selection to glaciation Through careful, patient observations of the organisms that live in an area, their distributions, and how they interact with other species, we gain a complete picture of the world around us, and our place in it In What Should a Clever Moose Eat , John Pastor explores the natural history of the North Woods, an immense and complex forest that stretches from the western shore of Lake Superior to the far coast of Newfoundland The North Woods is one of the most ecologically and geologically interesting places on the planet, with a host of natural history questions arising from each spruce or sugar maple From the geological history of the region to the shapes of leaves and the relationship between aspens, caterpillars, and predators, Pastor delves into a captivating range of topics as diverse as the North Woods themselves Through his meticulous observations of the natural world, scientists and nonscientists alike learn to ask natural history questions and form their own theories, gaining a greater understanding of and love for the North Woods and other natural places precious to them In the tradition of Charles Darwin and Henry David Thoreau, John Pastor is a joyful observer of nature who makes sharp connections and moves deftly from observation to theory Take a walk in John Pastor s North Woods you ll come away with a new appreciation for details, for the game trails, beaver ponds, and patterns of growth around you, and won t look at the natural world in the same way again.

    One Reply to “What Should a Clever Moose Eat?: Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods”

    1. Thirty years of experience and fond rambling around the North American woods have gone into John Pastor's book, which engages us by posing seemingly simple queries like the title one, then demonstrates that the answers are more complex. Research carried out by ecology students and others, compared with notes from naturalists and explorers centuries ago, are building a jigsaw puzzle picture into which we are still slotting pieces. Like, the beavers built dams which created ponds that led to meado [...]

    2. I thought when I saw the title of the book, “What Should a Clever Moose Eat?” that I would be treated to a light version of wildlife escapades in the North Woods. It turns out that the book is a scientific treatise of esoteric subjects such as ecosystems, shapes of leaves and trees, food webs, population cycles, foragers and their prey, and examination of fecal pellets. Yikes!Dr. John Pastor is a biologist specializing in Forestry and Soil Science who has taught Mathematical Ecology, Ecosyst [...]

    3. This is a wonderful book. As a fan of Loren Eiseley, John McPhee, and Gerald Durrell, I found this a delightful and informative guide to a part of North America I have known and loved all my life. It's not just the moose --- Pastor guides us through the interdependence of so many parts of this complex and resilient ecosystem. I'm looking forward to his next book!

    4. John Pastor MS’77, PhD’80AuthorFrom the author:How long should a leaf live? When should blueberries ripen? What should a clever moose eat? Ecologist John Pastor answers these questions and more as he explores the natural history of the North Woods in his new collection of essays, What Should a Clever Moose Eat? Beginning with the geological history of the region and moving through the arrival of plants, herbivores, predators, and finally humans, Pastor is a joyful observer of nature who move [...]

    5. I enjoy books about biology and ecobiology greatly. A buzz in the meadows, the name of the shrewd all interesting tales that teach you a lot about nature and the world we live in.This book is more informative than either, and more wast in scope. Perhaps too informative and too vast, for it reads more like an university testbook than a layperson book, which is a pity because it is full of interesting tidbits and information.In short, great if you like the genre but not so much if you prefer a lig [...]

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