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The pace of conservation

Endangered species need time and science to survive a world altered by human disturbance; Margaret Guthrie reviews "Darwin's Fox and My Coyote"

Margaret Guthrie
Intrigued by an encounter with a coyote while out on horseback near her home in upstate New York, author Holly Menino embarks on an intellectual journey to discover what the coyote is doing there. Eventually, her curiosity leads her to the Channel Islands off the coast of California, to a remote park in Chile, to Panama, and on a coyote trapping expedition with field researchers in New York. Her adventures spring to life in the pages of Darwin's Fox and My Coyote.
On the Channel Islands, Menino shadows a researcher trying to explain the sudden and almost complete disappearance of the island fox, a tiny but voracious predator that once sat atop the islands' food web. In Chile she helps gather data on the elusive Darwin's fox -- so named because Charles Darwin brought one's pelt back from his historic, New World voyage. In Panama, Menino traverses the...
kinkajousDarwin's FoxDarwin's Foxreintroducedmail@the-scientist.comDarwin's Fox and My Coyote.University of Virginia Press(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly indicated that golden eagles were larger than bald eagles. In fact, the birds are roughly the same size. regrets the error.)

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