Sand County Almanac Study Guide
Sand County Almanac Study Guide RNR160
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A Study Guide for A Sand County Almanac A Sand County Almanac is a treasure chest of observations insights and challenges for the future It should be enjoyable as well as informative reading for you This study guide should not detract from that enjoyment but is designed to call certain ideas to your attention Many other points not addressed in the study guide can be gained from careful reading rereading and discussion of the book Answer the questions below to help you prepare for the quiz There often may be no quotrightquot answer and you may not agree with Leopold39s point of view We are more concerned that you be aware of some of the important issues and have given them some thought Chapter Questions Foreword 1 Leopold says that Part II largely concerns quotconservationquot As your read the book particularly Parts 11 and III construct a definition or definitions of conservation NOTE Please read the foreword Jan Feb 2 Leopold often uses an anthropomorphic style to increase the literary quality of his writing It39s not misleading as long as readers recognize anthropomorphism Find the meaning of the word anthropomorphism and give one example of it from the Chapters Jan amp FebAnthropomorphism is giving a human attribute or behavior to a god animal or object JANEX The medow mouse grieving over his ooded tunnrels Febex The good oak climbing the sandhill 3 How does the rate of tree growth as told by Leopold compare to man39s potential for timber removal Tree grows slow over decades Man cuts it down in minutes The tree is historic the man is cutting through centuries of history 4 Why was the hunting described by A L of ducks prairie chickens wild turkey and passenger pigeons probably far more injurious to wildlife populations than the many prior years of hunting by the Indians We were market hunting while the indians took only what they used March April 5 What quotvaluesquot does Leopold see in maintaining viable populations of woodcock Which value do you think is his top priorityHe sees the value of entertainment knowledge gathering He wants to be able to watch the sky dance he doesn t want to kill a lot of them He wants to keep learning about them 6 What do you think Leopold meant when he wrote quot Is education possibly a process of trading awareness for things of lesser worthquotClasses have become so specialized that people are not as generally aware Don t know as much broad topics Don t notice a lot May June 7 How does the information presented about the upland plover indicate that wildlife protection and management must be an international processThey were overhunted and wildlife management stepped in just in time Plover on toast became very popular in Argentine Killed a lot of them and the Plover didn t migrate back in a very large number 8 Why was the small size of the trout caught by A Leopold on his trip to the Alder Fork not an impediment to his enjoyment The chance he took and his memory were his enjoyment not the size of the sh He enjoyed the journey July August 9 Why according to Leopold do we not grieve for the loss of plant and animal species due to human activity We do it for landscaping and so weeds don t overgrow our elds Nobody cares enough People see dieing animals and plants as a nautral process not so much as because of human involvement 10 What might be gained if roadside mowing were abandoned Why isn39t itWe could see what the landscape looked like decades ago and see what the plains used to look like Ex silphiumflower They are seen as weeds and not as bueaty A lot of people don t care about the beauty of the ower its viewed as a weed No distractions for drivers Sept Oct 11 Do you think Leopold39s hunts as described were little enjoyed if few birds were bagged Why He loved his hunts no matter what the joy of being outdoors 12 What are the benefits of tree disease Why might you not reap these benefits from modern tree plantations If a tree dies and falls Food for other animals they could also become homes for animals A tree falling allows more sunlight for other smaller trees If a tree is dying in a plantation they will just remove it it wont help anything 13 What kinds of information can be gained by banding birds Learn where the birds eat sleep migrate and just tracks the birds life Wisconsin 14 What is the quotEocenequot The era where cranes in the marshes of Wisconsin originated 15 Leopold views cranes and their habitats as one of the ultimate quotworks of artquot Compare the time span or time frame in which species developed to the time frame to produce human art When lost which probably represents the greatest loss to man Why A crane would be a greater loss because their evolution took a lot longer than a piece of art took to be created They have faced more threats but still continue to survive They are works of art becauase they and their habitat are constantly changing 16 What is the quotparadoxquot of creating wilderness areas for human recreation By humans being there it is no longer wilderness Everything that was free is now regulated ex how many permits are issued ArizonaNew Mexico 17 How are wolves perceived when quotthinking like a mountainquot How are they perceived by most cattlemen at least in the past Wolves are neccesary for balancing population of deer In terms of thinking like a mountain Cattlemen hate them because they eat their cows Hunters hate them because they are compitition OregonUtah 18 Why does Leopold call cheat grass quotecological face powderquot ie why is the comparison appropriateCheat grass is like make up for the land It covers up land that was over graised Its and invasive speices it grows very fast and its very flamable The grass wreks ecosystem The Upshot 19 What are the 5 components of quotoutdoor recreationquot outlined by Leopold Which are the most sensitive to degradation by mass use Trophies Fresh air Isolation Sense of husbandry perception of nautral resourcespeople trample the land more people more resources used They are all in jeopardy due to high population 20 What is meant by the phrase quotthe sacrifice of one kind of wildlife for anotherquot and quotartificialized management of animalsquot Taking a bigger trout over a smaller trout You don t feel shamed because you don t know how they in uence eachother Artifical Management of animals is the introduction of regulation for the balance 21 Leopold feels that there are at least 3 kinds of value associated with experience that renew our contact with wild things What are they National Heritageseeing an animal as beautiful or having a relationship Ecological Awarnessconservation Sportsmanly eithcal Restraint hunt only ethically use the meat 22 What does Leopold see as the dangers to increase in quotgadgetryquot in outdoor recreationThey take away from the enjoyment of the activity 23 How is the quotconservationistsquot View of Wilderness most different from the pioneers39 Views They think of land as community and something to be respected Consevationisits think of it as just soil 24 What is the problem with thinking of land merely as property Easy to abuse and destroy they don t see the beauty 25 What is the quotland ethicquot The philosophy that guides the actions of humans while using and making changes to the land
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