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A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There (original 1949; edition 1987)

by Aldo Leopold

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Title:A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There
Authors:Aldo Leopold
Info:Oxford University Press, USA (1987), Hardcover, 256 pages
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Tags:Nature, Memoir, Nonfiction, Read

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A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (1949)

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A Sand County Almanac

--January Thaw

--Good Oak

--The Geese Return

--Come High Water
--Bur Oak
--Sky Dance

--Back from the Argentine

--The Alder Fork

--Great Possessions
--Prairie Birthday

--The Green Pasture

--The Choral Copse

--Smoky Gold
--Too Early
--Red Lanterns

--If I Were the Wind
--A Mighty Fortress

--Home Range
--Pines above the Snow

Sketches Here and There

--Marshland Elegy
--The Sand Counties
--On a Monument to the Pigeon

Illinois and Iowa
--Illinois Bus Ride
--Red Legs Kicking

Arizona and New Mexico
--On Top
--Thinking Like a Mountain

Chihuahua and Sonora
--The Green Lagoons
--Song of the Gavilan

Oregon and Utah
--Cheat Takes Over


The Upshot

--Conservation Esthetic
--Wildlife in American Culture
--The Land Ethic" ( )
  E.P.G | May 30, 2016 |
Had read this when a grad student. in rereading it I am amazed by Leopold's observations and how he recognized so early on the need for conservation and a land ethic. Sadly, his message has not been universally accepted and implemented as a policy. He would horrified by the current state of affairs. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Leopold's adventures in mid-twentieth century Wisconsin observing life on his farm and in the larger U.S. environment. ( )
  mojomomma | Jun 2, 2015 |
Considered one of the fundamental works in environmental awareness, this book should be read as an alarm - To Those In The 1940s! We have transgressed so many natural laws by now, that the read becomes depressing. If only we had pursued a different path in development that hadn't led to the domination of anything-for-profit mentality, our planet would be far healthier. No, I'm not a Eco-freak. I'm a conservative who believes Capitalism works, but it must be enlightened, not like today's excuse for hyper-wealth status quo. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
I am still lingering over the last few pages of this, but I don't need to completely finish it in order to tell you how amazing it is. Aldo writes so purely about the wilderness, about birds and wildlife, and how much they mean to him and how important responsible conservation should be in our society. When I opened this and read the first few pages, it was like reading so many of my own thoughts printed out in front of me, from his eloquently described personal experiences in nature to his more philosophical thoughts and beliefs. I cringe when I think back to my undergraduate days as a wildlife science major, and remember our one teacher (also my advisor) who told us this was his favorite book and required us to read it, at which point we all groaned and complained about how boring it was and how could this boring old book have any relevance anymore. Ah, the folly of youth, right?! How my path has diverged and come full circle once again! This book never lost its relevance, and reading it now, I practically cried when he bemoans habitat loss in the 1940s, when the situation today is so far beyond dire it's practically hopeless. Unlike my overly emotional reaction, though, Leopold maintain a staid, yet wistful and reluctant pragmatism toward it all, as if he knows it's inevitable what humans will do when left unchecked. He understands that, in the end, economics is always likely to drive the bottom line when it comes to land use, even as he argues for a more holistic view. I am sure that I will be returning to this many more times in the future. ( )
  S.D. | Apr 4, 2014 |
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There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. (Forward)
Each year, after the midwinter blizzards, there comes a night of thaw, when the tinkle of dripping water is heard in the land.
To me an ancient cottonwood is the greatest of trees because in his youth he shaded the buffalo and wore a halo of pigeons, and I like a young cottonwood because he may some day become ancient.
But all conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish.
To see America as history, to conceive of destiny as a becoming, to smell a hickory tree through the lapse of ages--all these things are possible for us, and to achieve them takes only the free sky, and the will to ply our wings. In these things, and not in Mr. Bush's bombs and Mr. DuPont's nylons, lies objective evidence of our superiority over the beasts.
Despite several opportunities to do so, I have never returned to the White Mountains. I prefer not to see what tourists, roads, sawmills, and logging railroads have done for it, or to it. I hear young people, not yet born when I first rode out 'on top,' exclaim about it as a wonderful place. To this, with an unspoken mental reservation, I agree.
It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of the species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of this time, a sense of kinship with fellow-creatures; a wish to live and let live; a sense of wonder over the magnitude and duration of the biotic enterprise. Above all we should, in the century since Darwin, have come to know man, while now captain of the adventuring ship, is hardly the sole object of its quest, and that his prior assumptions to this effect arose from the simple necessity of whistling in the dark.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345345053, Mass Market Paperback)

Published in 1949, shortly after the author's death, A Sand County Almanac is a classic of nature writing, widely cited as one of the most influential nature books ever published. Writing from the vantage of his summer shack along the banks of the Wisconsin River, Leopold mixes essay, polemic, and memoir in his book's pages. In one famous episode, he writes of killing a female wolf early in his career as a forest ranger, coming upon his victim just as she was dying, "in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.... I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view." Leopold's road-to-Damascus change of view would find its fruit some years later in his so-called land ethic, in which he held that nothing that disturbs the balance of nature is right. Much of Almanac elaborates on this basic premise, as well as on Leopold's view that it is something of a human duty to preserve as much wild land as possible, as a kind of bank for the biological future of all species. Beautifully written, quiet, and elegant, Leopold's book deserves continued study and discussion today. --Gregory McNamee

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Presents a collection of nature writings by Aldo Leopold, one of the foremost conservationists of the early twentieth century.

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