Essay about Sand County Almanac

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A Sand County Almanac
A Book Investigation
Section I: The Almanac 1) Which is the birth year of mercy for all things natural, wild, and free? Why does Leopold give it that name? * The year 1865 is the birth year of all things natural, wild, and free. Leopold gives it this name because in that year, John Muir offered to buy from his brother, who then owned a farm 30 miles East of Leopold’s oak, a sanctuary for wildflowers that had gladdened his youth. His brother declined but could not suppress the idea. (February, pg. 17) 2) According to Leopold, which has greater value – things hoped for… or things assured? * The disappointment that Leopold feels on the autumn mornings the covey-chorus are silent shows that things hoped
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(April, pg. 28) 15) To Leopold, under what conditions did autumnal pine needles become bluer and the red carpet become redder? * The autumnal pine needles become bluer and the red carpet of dewberry becomes redder when a chorus of quail song burst forth hardly a stone’s throw away. 16) How does Leopold outwit the great trout at the Alder Fork? What was “big” about the trout caught that day? * Leopold outwits the great trout at the Alder Fork by walking upstream, dropping his dry fly into the stream at his feet and pay out line to let it drift towards the trout who is waiting around the bend in a hole under the Alder canopy. What was big about the trout caught that day was the chance. (June, pgs. 42-43) 17) What are the fundamentals of animal economics? * The fundamentals of animal economics are how big is a home range at various seasons, what food and cover must it include, when and how is it defended against trespassing and whether ownership in an individual, family, or group affair. (December, pg. 86) 18) Who were the ‘Class of 1937’? * Seven banded chickadees made up the ‘Class of 1937’ including bird #65290. (December, pg. 94) 19) What is the best definition of a conservationist? * The best definition of a conservationist is written not with a pen but with an axe. It is a matter of what a man thinks about while chopping, or while deciding what to chop. Someone who is humbly aware that with each stroke he is writing his
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