Tinkering with Eden

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Jillian Middlebrook Bio105 TR 1:00 April 20, 2004 Book Report Tinkering with Eden Tinkering with Eden by Kim Todd was more history-oriented than biology- oriented but interesting and educational nonetheless. Ms. Todd received a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University and went on to receive her Master’s Degree from the University of Montana. She remains living in Montana today. Giving the background of how various outlandish species found their way to America and then set up their niches, the author strolled through creature after creature from the disgustingly creepy sea lamprey to those cute little monkeys humans always wish to have as pets. Giving a more-than-sufficient story for each animal throughout the book, Ms. Todd focuses on how each living thing appeared in America and how its existence in this part of the world has made a difference to the landscape in which it commonly appears. Starting with the emergence of pigeons, the author describes what is visible today —hungry pigeons pecking around for food anywhere and everywhere it’s available. Ms. Todd discusses their colors and how pigeons in certain areas have evolved over time. She attributes their American arrival and specific traits to a span of time in the early 1600s when travelers brought these amusing birds to the States. For years, these birds had been bred as a symbol of loftiness and if a person was wealthy and heralded in
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society, they would own a pigeon house. Pigeons were not allowed to be killed in that time period because they were so important. These same birds three centuries later are simply known as a nuisance. They dirty places like Venice, Italy and New York City. Currently, projects in cities such as those are attempting to raise awareness that these birds are part of our rich history and humans should learn to live alongside them. The next segment described the influence of honeybees within the Virginia Company in the seventeenth century. Including much of the history of John Smith and Pocahontas, the author noted the extreme interest that the colonists had in the honeybee. Since its natural honey seemed so easy to make and then use to spawn growth in the economy, new citizens jumped at the opportunity. At this point in history, a realization was made that some of these exotic new creatures seemed magical and that they could even give humans something to be jealous of. They are not selfish, yet they are very
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