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March 2003 BOOK REVIEWS 807 Greenberg describes the special communities of the Chi-
 

Summary: March 2003 BOOK REVIEWS 807
Greenberg describes the special communities of the Chi-
cago region with skill. Each new generation of Chicagoans
needs to hear about the vulnerability of Lake Michigan. How
new species, from the lamprey to the zebra mussel, invade
Lake Michigan via canals and ships is a warning that must
be sounded over and over. New invasions of the lake are still
occurring. The huge marshes of the Calumet and Kankakee
rivers once held innumerable birds and remained a wilderness
far longer than their nearby location would suggest. The
drainage of the Kankakee marsh was completed in 1917. Sur-
prisingly, Greenberg found no records that the people who
hunted and fished in these marshes stood up for them as they
were being drained. Today there is an attempt to rebuild a
small part of the marsh, but although the U.S. Fish and Wild-
life service has authority to establish a refuge in the Kankakee
basin, local opposition has foiled progress.
After completing the description of the communities,
Greenberg marches through taxonomic groups, insects, rep-
tiles and amphibians, birds, and mammals. In the insects we

  

Source: Agrawal, Anurag - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Entomollogy, Cornell University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology