Okoboji Wetlands

Okoboji Wetlands : A Lesson in Natural History

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Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa is the jewel of the Iowa Great Lakes. A region of wetlands formed by prairie potholes, the area is rich with lakes, sloughs, fens, creeks, prairies, and kettleholes - providing homes for myriad birds, fish, amphibians, and other animals as well as recreation opportunities for hunters, fishers, boaters, hikers, and naturalists. In this readable, well-researched, and beautifully illustrated volume, Michael Lannoo presents an extensive natural history of Okoboji and its cherished wetlands that examines the world of our grandparents, compares it to today's world, and extrapolates to the world of our grandchildren. By highlighting wetland animals, especially the salamanders, toads, and frogs that thrive there, he promotes Okoboji's ecosystems as symbols of the worldwide crisis of pollution, declining biodiversity, and habitat mismanagement. Cautiously optimistic, he suggests directions for wetland management intended to preserve and restore this fragile area.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 160.8 x 234.2 x 17mm | 303.91g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 16 photos, 29 black and white photos, 22 drawings
  • 0877455333
  • 9780877455332

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an important and unique book a fascinating introduction to the natural history of the Iowa Great Lakes region and human impact, both intended and otherwise, on it. "Okoboji Wetlands" can be read and enjoyed by a resident or visitor to this ecologically important region. Arnold van der Valk, director, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory" Lannoo has both a very broad and a deep understanding of the animals and plants of the Iowa Great Lakes region. This book will appeal to a wide audience ranging from scientists and educators to an interested general public. James J. Dinsmore, Iowa State University" ."..an important and unique book...a fascinating introduction to the natural history of the Iowa Great Lakes region and human impact, both intended and otherwise, on it. "Okoboji Wetlands" can be read and enjoyed by a resident or visitor to this ecologically important region."--Arnold van der Valk, director, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory "Lannoo has both a very broad and a deep understanding of the animals and plants of the Iowa Great Lakes region. This book will appeal to a wide audience ranging from scientists and educators to an interested general public."--James J. Dinsmore, Iowa State University "Lannoo has both a very broad and a deep understanding of the animals and plants of the Iowa Great Lakes region. This book will appeal to a wide audience ranging from scientists and educators to an interested general public."-James J. Dinsmore, Iowa State University "...an important and unique book...a fascinating introduction to the natural history of the Iowa Great Lakes region and human impact, both intended and otherwise, on it. "Okoboji Wetlands" can be read and enjoyed by a resident or visitor to this ecologically important region."-Arnold van der Valk, director, Iowa Lakeside Laboratoryshow more

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