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Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Trash Animals, a collection of essays by a wide range of environmental writers, examines relationships between humans and wildlife deemed filthy, feral, unwanted, problematic, invasive or worthless. ... More


Introduction

Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

The first section of Trash Animals gives an overview of the topic of urban wildlife and invasive species. It also gives summaries of the essays included in the text. The introduction also defines ... More


See Gull: Cultural Blind Spots and the Disappearance of the Ring-Billed Gull in Toronto

Gavan P. L. Watson

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0002
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Toronto resident Gavan Watson discusses the natural history of the ubiquitous ring-billed gull in his city. Most Torontoans only call these inland gulls “sea-gulls,” “shit hawks,” or nuisances. ... More


Hunger Makes the Wolf

Charles Bergman

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0003
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In his essay for this collection, first published in his book Wild Echoes, Charles Bergman travels to Alaska and Isle Royale, Michigan to understand the role wolves play in public policy and as ... More


Beauty and the Beast

Catherine Puckett

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0004
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In “Beauty and the Beast,” an essay about the increasingly rare Eastern diamond-back rattlesnake, wildlife biologist, Catherine Puckett, discusses the intolerance her friends, family and neighbors ... More


Managing Apocalypse: A Cultural History of the Mormon Cricket

Christina Robertson

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In her essay, Christine Roberts discusses the history of Mormon crickets, otherwise known as locusts, on the landscape and as symbols in literature. The crickets are often “managed” with toxic ... More


One Nation under Coyote, Divisible

Lisa Couturier

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0006
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In this chapter from her book, The Hopes of Snakes, Lisa Couturier discusses the recent migration of coyotes into the eastern United States, an area they have not previously occupied. While the ... More


Prairie Dog and Prejudice

Kelsi Nagy

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0007
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In this essay, Kelsi Nagy examines the disparity in attitudes over prairie dogs, which wildlife biologists view as an important keystone species and farmers, ranchers and land developers view as an ... More


Nothing Says Trash Like Packrats: Nature Boy Meets Bushy Tail

Michael P. Branch

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

When Michael Branch and his family move into their new house outside of Reno, Nevada they discover packrats have also taken up residence in their home. Through this ordeal, Branch learns about being ... More


Canadas: From Conservation Success to Flying Carp

Bernard Quetchenbach

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0009
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In his essay, “From Conservation Success to Flying Carp,” Bernard Quetchenbach recalls his childhood memories of migrating geese during his adolescence near Buffalo, New York. Quetchenbach examines ... More


The Bard’s Bird; or, The Slings and Arrows of Avicultural Hegemony: A Tragicomedy in Five Acts

Charles Mitchell

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0010
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Charles Mitchell examines the starling’s introduction to America as one man’s attempt to introduce every bird species mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. Since then Starlings have become one of the ... More


Fly-Fishing for Carp as a Deeper Aesthetics

Phillip David Johnson II

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0011
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In his essay for the collection, Phillip David Johnson, II, a long time fly fisherman and former fly fishing guide, discusses the introduction of carp to America, why they fell out of favor with ... More


Metamorphosis in Detroit

Carolyn Kraus

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0012
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Pacifist and single mother, Carolyn Kraus, has her convictions put to the test when her house becomes infested with cockroaches. In this amusing essay, Kraus discusses cockroach biology and cultural ... More


Kach’i: Garbage Birds in a Hybrid Landscape

James E. Bishop

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0013
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

During his time living in Ch’angwon, Korea, James Bishop discovers magpies are revered as symbols of good luck while in America they are considered pests. In his essay Bishop writes about the ... More


Flying Rats

Andrew D. Blechman

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0014
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In this excerpt from his book, Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird, Andrew Blechman discusses the often inhumane or violent pigeon control methods. He discovers ... More


Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?

Bruce Barcott

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0015
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In this article that appeared in the New York Times Magazine Bruce Barcott looks at the controversy over feral cat management. These non-native felines kill millions of birds every year. As habitat ... More


An Unlimited Take of Ugly: The Bullhead Catfish

Kyhl Lyndgaard

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0016
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

In “Midwestern Bullheads” Kyhl Lyndgaard discusses the way aesthetic perceptions of bullhead catfish have determined the way these fish are managed by wildlife authorities and treated by individuals. ... More


A Six-legged Guru: Fear and Loathing in Nature

Jeffrey A. Lockwood

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0017
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Jeffery Allan Lockwood discusses the attributes, both evolutionarily and aesthetically, in his essay “An Authentically Disgusting Six-Legged Guru” about prairie lubber grasshoppers. These ... More


The Parables of the Rats and Mice

Kathleen Dean Moore

in Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680542
eISBN:
9781452947129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680542.003.0018
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

Philosophy professor Kathleen Dean Moore challenges our ethical engagement with the natural world in her essay “The Parables of the Rats and Mice,” taken from her book, Pine Island Paradox. Moore ... More


Backlash, Conflict, and Decline

Alex V. Barnard

in Freegans: Diving into the Wealth of Food Waste in America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816698110
eISBN:
9781452954295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698110.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

Chapter 6 examines how stores, the media, and consumers themselves eventually combined to keep freegans from getting to ex-commodities and to re-spin the fetish of waste. In 2009, store ... More


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