the University of Arizona announced plans to build observatories on Mt.
Graham, atop the Pinaleño Mountains, the construction was
seen as a potential threat to an isolated species found only on this
sky island. The Mt. Graham red squirrel was declared
“endangered” by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Legal action required the university to provide funds for research and
monitoring the Mt. Graham red squirrel.
Each chapter tells
a unique story that contributes to the mosaic of natural history
knowledge about the endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel. They reflect
diverse viewpoints on the problems of conserving the habitats and
populations of the squirrel, showing how it was complicated by
perspectives ranging from Native Americans’ concern over
lands to astronomers’ hope for a better view of space, and by
ranging from forestry practices to climate change. Studies of such
factors as squirrel middens, seed hoarding, and nest sites provide
definitive research on the animal.
|This book is derived
a symposium on the Mt. Graham red squirrel and offers a comprehensive
picture of the ecology of this red squirrel and the impacts on its
mountain home. Forty contributors detail studies conducted to
understand the natural history of the creature and the challenges and
changing ecological conditions on Mt. Graham.
to track the squirrel’s population trends, and both Forest
Arizona Department of Transportation activities continue to be
scrutinized by interested parties to determine their impact. This book
represents an authoritative overview of this still-endangered species
and its habitat.