The Endangered Species Road Trip

The Endangered Species Road Trip

A Summer's Worth of Dingy Motels, Poison Oak, Ravenous Insects, and the Rarest Species in North America

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Bill Bryson meets John Vaillant in this life list quest to see the rarest species in North America.

Crammed into a minivan with wife, toddler, infant, and dog, accompanied by mounds of toys, diapers, tent, sleeping bags, and other paraphernalia, Cameron MacDonald embarks on a road trip of a lifetime to observe North America's rarest species. In California, the family camps in the brutally hot Mojave, where he observes a desert tortoise--"the size and shape of a bike helmet and the colour of gravel" sitting motionless in the shade of a scrubby sagebush. In Yellowstone, after driving through unseasonal snow, he manages to spot a rare black wolf and numerous grizzlies, which, unfortunately, call forth a crowd of "grizzly gawkers." The journey takes the MacDonald family from British Columbia, along the west coast of the U.S., through the Southwest and Florida, up the east coast of the U.S., and finally to eastern Canada and then back home to BC.

Along the way, MacDonald offers fascinating details about the natural history of the endangered species he seeks, as well as threats like overpopulation, commercial fishing, and climate change that are driving them towards extinction.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Greystone Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9781553659358
Branch Call Number: 917 MACDO
Characteristics: 216 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.


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WCLSSumasLibrary Apr 30, 2015

Interesting concept for a road trip! The basic information regarding some endangered species of North America and the field of conservation biology was enlightening. I felt the tone of the book was a bit condescending in some areas, and some of the adventures the family experienced were not really book-worthy material. A fairly quick, easy-read if you're looking for a "reality-tv type" book.


Oct 15, 2013

I loved going along for the ride (minus the poison oak) and learning about conservation biology along the way. The book manages to be both a light, fun read and full of thorny issues about the rapidly changing ecological balance in North America.

Oct 13, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.I felt quite involved as the trip went on.The author also fitted in a lot of information on various animals, plants etc.which i always enjoy.
i would like to read more books by this writer.

Sep 16, 2013

When I reserved this book I didn't pay attention and didn't realize it was about a family with small children trying to see endangered species. (I was more interested in the road trip aspect.) This book is kind of ok.. other times it is like being forced to watch somebody's home movies/slide show. Not interested to hear about diaper changes or toddler tantrums.

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May 01, 2019

laurenn812 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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