Sand County Almanac Essay

Journal of the History of Biology

Description: The Journal of the History of Biology is devoted to the history of the biological sciences, with additional interest and concern in philosophical and social issues confronting biology. While all historical epochs are welcome, particular attention has been paid in recent years to developments during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The journal serves both the working biologist who needs a full understanding to the historical and philosophical bases of the field and the historian of biology interested in following developments in the biological sciences.

Coverage: 1968-2014 (Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 47, No. 4)

Moving Wall: 3 years (What is the moving wall?)

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ISSN: 00225010

EISSN: 15730387

Subjects: History of Science & Technology, History, Philosophy, Humanities

Collections: Arts & Sciences V Collection


Aldo Leopold, thought of as the father of wildlife conservation, is best known as the author of the 1949 book A Sand County Almanac. Leopold articulates an unprecedented idea called “land ethic” which upholds the right of the soils, waters, animals, and plants to a life in a natural state. While it does not prevent the misuse of these resources, it does assert that the ecosystem only works as a whole, and all components of it are equally important. Leopold uses both illustrative descriptions of nature and the interactions within it, and anecdotes from his own life to argue for conservation and social consciousness towards the natural world. He strings his story through the forests and the rivers, using the drama of nature to illicit concern for the environment. Leopold writes for the average citizen, because he realizes that only collective change will be successful. Leopold suggests that because conservation is a harmony between man and nature, the human race will self-destruct if nothing is done to preserve the whole community. 

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