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Looking at Women

Scott Russell Sanders Indiana University Press ePub

On that sizzling July afternoon, the girl who crossed at the stoplight in front of our car looked, as my mother would say, as though she had been poured into her pink shorts. The girl’s matching pink halter bared her stomach and clung to her nubbin breasts, leaving little to the imagination, as my mother would also say. Until that moment, it had never made any difference to me how much or little a girl’s clothing revealed, for my imagination had been entirely devoted to other mysteries. I was eleven. The girl was about fourteen, the age of my buddy Norman who lounged in the back seat with me. Staring after her, Norman elbowed me in the ribs and murmured, “Check out that chassis.”

His mother glared around from the driver’s seat. “Hush your mouth.”

“I was talking about that sweet Chevy,” said Norman, pointing out a souped-up jalopy at the curb.

“I know what you were talking about,” his mother snapped.

No doubt she did know, since mothers could read minds, but at first I myself did not have a clue. Chassis? I knew what it meant for a car, an airplane, a radio, or even a cannon to have a chassis. But could a girl have one as well? I glanced after the retreating figure, and suddenly noticed with a sympathetic twitching in my belly the way her long raven ponytail swayed in rhythm to her walk and the way her fanny jostled in those pink shorts. In July’s dazzle of sun, her swinging legs and arms beamed at me a semaphore I could almost read.

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9. Ecosystem Functioning: The Basis for Sustainable Management of Terminos Lagoon, Campeche Mexico

John W Day Texas A&M University Press ePub

The Basis for Sustainable Management of Terminos Lagoon, Campeche Mexico

Alejandro Yáñez-Arancibia, John W. Day, Ana L. Lara-Domínguez, Patricia Sánchez-Gil, Guillermo J. Villalobos, and Jorge A. Herrera-Silveira

Terminos Lagoon (Laguna de Términos) is one of the key ecosystems for tropical estuarine and coastal ecology, and over the last 35 years, this ecosystem in the southern Gulf of Mexico has been the focus of national and international attention because of its ecological and economic importance and the actual and potential effects of human activities (Day et al. 2003; Yáñez-Arancibia and Day 2004a, 2004b). Human activities include urban development in sensitive areas, permanent and seasonal agricultural activities in the lowland wetlands, oil and gas activities including dredging and channels, overfishing, deforestation of both freshwater and brackish wetland forests and mangroves, and a shortage of freshwater. Regional location in the southern Gulf of Mexico is indicated in Figure 9.1.

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4. Pete Gunter, “A Sense of One Place as the Focus of Another: The Making of a Conservationist”

Edited by David Taylor University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 4

Pete Gunter

A Sense of One Place as the Focus of Another:

The Making of a

Conservationist

Pete A. Y. Gunter is past president of the Big Thicket Association and currently serves as Big Thicket Task Force Chairman of the Texas Committee on

Natural Resources. He grew up in Houston and Gainesville and has divided his time between writing on environmental issues, teaching philosophy, and writing about the relationship between philosophy and environmental ethics.

Among the products of this latter preoccupation are Texas Land Ethics (1997) with Max Oelschlaeger, plus numerous articles and reviews.

I have been haunted, while writing this paper, by Annie Dillard’s remarks concerning human perception in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. We see the world impressionistically, she admonishes, noting the green fringe of trees, the blue sky, a swatch of grass, a few human figures in the foreground or background. We feel at home in a world which we have constituted for ourselves out of a mixture of impressionistic gloss and sheer familiarity:

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5. The Cow: Livestock and White-Tailed Deer Habitat

Timothy E. Fulbright Texas A&M University Press ePub

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The Cow: Livestock and White-Tailed Deer Habitat

KEY CONCEPTS

▼ Cattle grazing can reduce grass cover and increase forbs in productive plant communities dominated by mid- to tall grasses, but whether or not the increase in forbs may result in improved deer nutritional status or productivity is unclear.

▼ Cattle grazing during winter may reduce forage available to deer, even at moderate stocking rates.

▼ As a general rule, rangelands dominated by native vegetation and grazed by domestic livestock should be managed so that livestock consume 25 percent or less of annual production of herbaceous vegetation to avoid degradation of white-tailed deer habitat and to minimize diet overlap between livestock and deer.

▼ Introduction of exotic deer species is a threat to white-tailed deer populations because exotics are highly competitive with white-tailed deer and can potentially displace them.

Livestock Grazing and Deer

Most rangelands are grazed by domestic animals, although in recent years livestock have been removed on some private ranches in Texas. About 20 percent of respondents in a recent survey of landowners and hunting lessees in South Texas said livestock have not grazed their lease or ranch in the past three years (Bryant, Ortega-S., and Synatzske, n.d.). Contrasting viewpoints exist among natural resources managers in regard to cattle grazing and white-tailed deer. Aldo Leopold (1933) espoused the view that cattle can be used as a tool to improve deer habitat, although he cautioned that livestock grazing can also destroy habitat. Another, similar view is that cattle grazing and deer are complementary and grazing the two together is more efficient use of rangeland. A third view is that livestock grazing is simply destructive to wildlife habitat. An overall goal of this chapter is to present what is known from the scientific literature regarding livestock grazing and white-tailed deer and allow readers to follow the chain of evidence to develop, change, or reinforce their own view on the topic. Our interpretation of the relevant literature is that production of livestock and of white-tailed deer are compatible land uses only when numbers of each are properly adjusted based on available forage. We focus on seven aspects of livestock grazing in this chapter: (1) diet overlap between deer and livestock; (2) effects of livestock grazing on plant communities; (3) social interactions between deer and livestock; (4) grazing systems and deer; (5) calculation of correct cattle stocking rates to benefit deer habitat; (6) livestock water developments, such as earthen stock ponds, and fencing; and (7) effects of grazing on predation on deer. The effect of exotic ungulates on white-tailed deer is a topic related to livestock grazing. Continued introduction and increase of exotic deer and other ungulates may negatively impact white-tailed deer populations.

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15. Infinite Harm: If We Fail

Paul Walden Hansen Texas A&M University Press ePub

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Infinite Harm

If We Fail

In myriad ways humanity is linked to the millions of other species on the planet. What concerns them, concerns us. The more we ignore our common health and welfare, the greater are the many threats to our own species. The better we understand and the more we rationally manage our relationship to the rest of life, the greater the guarantee of our own safety and quality of life.

—Edward O. Wilson, Harvard professor, Pulitzer Prize winner

Conservation is a test. If we pass we might get to keep the planet.

—Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Florida conservationist

MANY OF THE EARTH’S most distinguished scientists are pessimistic that we humans have any long-term future at all. “Natural systems that support economies, lives and livelihoods across the planet are at risk of rapid degradation and collapse, unless there is swift, radical and creative action to conserve and sustainably use the variety of life on Earth.” That is the principal conclusion of the 2010 Global Biodiversity Outlook, produced by the United Nation’s Environment Program. The report confirms that the world has failed to meet its target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss. It highlights the fact that outreach and engagement are the keys to success: “A key lesson from the failure to meet the 2010 biodiversity target is that the urgency of a change of direction must be conveyed to decision makers beyond the constituency so far involved in the biodiversity convention.” In other words, outreach is key.

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14. Rearing Giants: Kinetic–Dynamic Modeling of Sauropod Bipedal and Tripodal Poses

Nicole Klein Indiana University Press ePub

HEINRICH MALLISON

Because of their large body masses, sauropod dinosaurs must have required enormous amounts of plant matter to support their metabolism, even if one assumes a much lower metabolic rate in adults than in extant mammals and birds. Therefore, their methods of food acquisition are of interest, specifically how they procured a sufficient volume of food without expending unlikely large amounts of energy during feeding. Some, if not all, sauropods supposedly could rear up onto their hindlimbs to access food at heights beyond the reach of other herbivores, increasing their feeding envelopes without requiring energetically more costly locomotion. Kinetic–dynamic modeling in comparison with elephants indicates that at least diplodocids could rear easily and for prolonged times without significant exertion, while brachiosaurids were probably not capable of extended upright feeding. Modeling results also suggest that optimizing body shape for rearing by a posterior shift of the center of mass may be detrimental to locomotory abilities.

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III. Representative Bryophyte and Lichen Species of the Miniature Forests of Cape Horn / Especies Representativas de Briofitas y Liquenes de Los Bosques en Miniaturia del cabo de Hornos

Bernard Goffinet and Ricardo Rozzi and Lily Lewis and William Buck and Francisca Massardo University of North Texas Press PDF

Acrocladium auriculatum (Acrocladiaceae)

Characters for field identification: Plants grow horizontally and form highly branched mats, usually with many sporophytes. The branches are spreading and conspicuously pointed. The leaves are broad and spoon-shaped, with hollow blades and rounded apices. The operculum of the capsules are characteristically white.

Habitat: Soil and decaying tree trunks in Nothofagus forests; rocks and live tree trunks in humid

Nothofagus forests

Distribution: Southwestern South America.

Did you know? The characteristic pointed branches have given this moss its generic name

Acrocladium [Acro (tip) + clad (branch)]. The name auriculatum [auricul (auricle) + tum (lobed leaf base)] describes the heart shaped leaves. Many of the names given to bryophytes describe characteristic features of the particular species or genus.

Adam M. Wilson

Lily Lewis

Características para la identificación en terreno: Las plantas crecen horizontalmente formando alfombras muy ramificadas, usualmente con muchos esporofitos. Las ramas se expanden y son notoriamente puntiagudas. Las hojas son anchas y en forma de cuchara, con hojas ahuecadas y

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10. Ray Gonzales, “Tortas Locas” from The Underground Heart

Edited by David Taylor University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 10

Ray Gonzales

Tortas Locas

Ray Gonzalez is the author of nine books of poetry. Turtle Pictures

(Arizona, 2000), a mixed-genre text, received the 2001 Minnesota Book

Award for Poetry. His poetry has appeared in the 1999, 2000, and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry (Scribners) and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses 2000 (Pushcart Press). “Tortas Locas” is taken from his collection of essays, The Underground Heart: A Return to a Hidden Landscape

(Arizona, 2002), which received the 2003 Carr P. Collins/ Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Book of Non-fiction, was named one of ten Best

Southwest Books of the Year by the Arizona Humanities Commission, named one of the Best Non-fiction Books of the Year by the Rocky Mountain

News, named a Minnesota Book Award Finalist in Memoir, and selected as a Book of the Month by the El Paso Public Library. His other non-fiction book is Memory Fever (University of Arizona Press, 1999), a memoir about growing up in the Southwest. He has written two collections of short stories,

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A. Ghost Towns and Mining Camps

Betty Tucker-Bryan University Press of Colorado ePub

Ghost towns and mining camps are numerous in the Death Valley region. To many authorities, the difference between “town” and “camp” is whether or not there was a post office. In either case, these are places where people from diverse backgrounds gathered together to live in hopes of making a living. Often there were commercial businesses such as stores, hotels, saloons, newspapers, and stage lines; services were provided by doctors, barbers, butchers, blacksmiths, and “ladies of the night.” Most of these communities existed for only a few months, but a few persisted for several years. They were exciting places to be, filled with hopes and dreams. Now they are abandoned or are bare shadows of what they once were. Sometimes it is difficult to imagine that a remote and quiet mountain valley was home to hundreds of people. Listen for the echoes. See Map 16 for the locations.

In much the same way that a geologist uses fossils to pinpoint the age of a rock, the explorer can date ghost towns and mining camps by their historical debris—the trash of another era. It is rare to find something like a scrap of newspaper that gives a specific date, but bottles, tin cans, and other items exist by the thousands. Like the index fossils of geology, each type was in use for a specific span of time. By comparing a number of pieces of this litter, one can often date a site to within a handful of years.

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Yahgan Bird Names

Ricardo Rozzi and collaborators University of North Texas Press PDF
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Skunks Welcomed Here

Lynn Marie Cuny University of North Texas Press PDF

Skunks Welcomed Here

It was about the fourth call Wildlife Rescue had received regarding a skunk in trouble. The year was 1977, early summer, and people were just discovering that there was a new organization in San Antonio that was willing to rescue this much-maligned mammal. The first few calls asked us to rescue skunks who had yogurt containers stuck on their heads, but this call was considerably more involved than that.

It seems that there was a mother skunk who had dug her den under a sidewalk near the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio. She could not have chosen a busier site. Because it was near such a popular nightspot and because skunks are nocturnal, we had the perfect recipe for chaos. We contacted the city public works office, asked them to meet us just after sunset, and hoped for the best. The restaurant owners in the area wanted the mother skunk killed. We explained that not only was that not acceptable, but there were babies under that sidewalk who would starve to death without their mom. Saving a protective mother skunk who is inclined to spray at the approach of anyone threatening her young was not going to be easy. Getting to the babies under that horizontal wall of concrete was also going to present some challenges. The owners of the restaurants agreed to give us two days to “get the family out of there.”

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1923 Dune Acres and Ogden Dunes

Kenneth J. Schoon Quarry Books ePub

Dune Acres and Ogden Dunes are built on the sand dunes immediately south of the present shoreline. Had Indiana’s northern boundary not been moved north by ten miles when Indiana became a state in 1816, most of Ogden Dunes and all of Dune Acres would today still be in Michigan.

The two communities are incorporated towns, each extending from the lakeshore to about the South Shore Railroad and Route 12. The building of the railroad in 1906–1908 increased awareness and interest in this lakeshore area, but it was the building of the Dunes Highway (Route 12) that really made it possible for these two communities to get started.

Two of the first people living in the Dune Acres area, arriving long before the town was even planned, were Chicagoans William and Flora Richardson. They built a small hut (replaced later by a modern home) at what later became the western part of the town, and they would come out to the dunes on weekends. Intensely fond of the dunes and their wildlife, they slowly built up a large collection of books about nature. William, an amateur photographer, took more than eight thousand photographs of plants and animals in the Duneland area. When the Richardsons died, they left their collection to the Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, research, and the preservation of the natural history and ecology of the southern Lake Michigan region. For many years, the organization maintained a lending library and distributed environmental education materials from the Richardson home.

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Spring in Duneland

Kenneth J. Schoon Quarry Books ePub

The first green sprouts.

Tom Dogan

May apples emerge from beneath leaf clutter. Ron Trigg

Spring greenery. (below) Ron Trigg

Chellberg Farm yard in early spring. Jim Rettker

Charlotte and Herb Read on an April walk through the Cowles Bog area. (above) Jon L. Hendricks for The Times of Northwest Indiana

The two-story Bailly log cabin. (facing) Michael Kobe

In the longer days of March and April, with most weeks a bit warmer than the ones before, Duneland awakes from its winter sleep, and bits of green can be found along the forest floor.

At first unrecognizable, the plants soon develop leaves that aid in their identification, and the color of the woods and wetlands begins to change from brown to green.

Soon the grass is green, but the trees are still bare …

… then the treetops begin to show a hint of green

Chellberg Spring. Pete Doherty, Doherty Images

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14. Lowell Lebermann—In Praise of Friendship

George Lambert Bristol Texas A&M University Press ePub

CHAPTER 14

Lowell Lebermann—In Praise of Friendship

Lowell Lebermann and I should have met in late 1976 or 1977, discussed the fact that both of us were considering running for state treasurer of Texas, then walked away. But there was chemistry between us that immediately transcended our differences. We decided without conversation that we wanted to be friends. Somehow the treasurer’s race would take care of itself.

It was not actually the first time that Lowell and I had met. We had known each other casually at the University of Texas. We had certainly visited during his tenure on the Austin city council and at political events. As Democrats, Lowell and I ran in the same circles. But it was that meeting about the treasurer’s race that sealed the deal. As I remember it, we struck a Faustian bargain. Once we decided who would run, assuming both of us did not decide to run, the other would serve as campaign chair or finance chair, or both.

Shortly after this conversation Lowell called and asked if I would go to Victoria, Texas, with him to see Mr. Tom O’Connor. Lowell had been married to his daughter Louise, but the two had recently divorced. Lowell seemed to think that the O’Connors, who are some of the wealthiest people in Texas, would still be supportive of his politics. So off we flew.

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7. Moving into My Mountains

George Lambert Bristol Texas A&M University Press ePub

CHAPTER 7

Moving into My Mountains

I’m sure to some sophisticates the scene, freeze-framed from behind, would have looked like an Edward Hopper or Norman Rockwell painting: a boy silhouetted in the door frame and an Olympia beer sign blinking in the window, while lights from the jukebox cast an eerie blue into the night and human forms milled about in shadows. Perhaps a darting figure would also have been seen within: working behind the bar was a woman, the manager and soul of the place then and for years to come. Freda Otsby was the patron saint of the Glacier Park trail crew until her death some forty years later, even though she would go on to be an outstanding public school teacher.

I spotted her and went up to the bar to get directions to the park headquarters. I must have said that I was on the trail crew, because she shouted out, “Bruce and Doug, he’s one of yours!” Out of the mass of humanity appeared two young men, Bruce Murphy and Doug Medley, who instantly took me under their wings. After introductions, they got me a beer. I was too young to buy, by a couple of months—it was June 1961 and I wasn’t yet twenty-one—although it didn’t seem to matter. In turn they introduced me to others who would be working on trails, blister rust control, and construction. Little did I know then that my budding friendship with Bruce and Doug would grow to span over half a century.

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