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The Audubon ark : a history of the National Audubon Society
Graham, Frank, 1925-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.
Physical Description:
ix, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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QL671 .G7 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
QL671 .G7 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Back in the late nineteenth century, conservationists got together and formed the Audubon Society in order to save "pretty birds." It didn't take too long before wiser members realized that the big picture involved not just the pretty birds, but the birds who ate the pretty birds and all the other creatures of nature. The Audubon Ark is a tale of man's discovery of the constant struggle in nature to maintain a balance. It is also a list of the society's projects (the Christmas "bird count," legislation efforts, involvement in environmental calamities), its members (writers, editors, conservationists, game wardens, and reformers), and its organizational evolution. A history of wildlife preservation efforts by private citizens across the country is included. Chapter notes. ~--Cynthia Ogorek

Publisher's Weekly Review

One of the Audubon Society's great achievements was the passage of the Migratory Bird Bill in 1913, giving the federal government responsibility for regulating the hunting of game birds and protecting other migratory species. Organized in 1886 as a small coterie opposed to the indiscriminate slaughter of birds (especially to serve the millinery trade), today the Society has more than half a million members and is a powerful lobby on environmental matters. Field editor of Audubon and author of Since Silent Spring, Graham chronicles growth and changes in the Society as he profiles its leaders and their legacies. The Audubon Society initiated the warden and sanctuary system and programs of nature education for schoolchildren; it has promoted political action and a close working relationship with federal biologists. Graham notes that Audubon became a recognized national organization in the 1940s and was a force for pesticide reform in the '60s. More than a history of the Society, this admirable book traces the expanding environmental movement in the U.S. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This history, originally begun by the late Audubon president Carl Buchheister and then picked up by Graham, field editor of the society's magazine, traces 104 years of the National Audubon Society's wildlife conservation, education, and advocacy. With 550,000 members, a multi-million-dollar annual budget, and substantial land holdings in wildlife sanctuaries and nature centers throughout the nation, today's National Audubon Society is one of the largest middle-of-the-road conservation organizations in the United States. Less radical than Friends of the Earth, yet more politically active than the Nature Conservancy, the Society has undergone upheavels in its structure and programs from time to time. Graham documents these changes, focusing particularly on the mark individuals (members, officers, major donors, and staff scientists) made on the Society. For comprehensive natural history collections in public and academic libraries.-- Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.-Norristown P.L., Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.