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Nature Wars: the Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds

Elizabeth E. Rowley Lecture
10/23/2013 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Statler Hall Auditorium, Cornell University
Jim Sterba, Acclaimed Journalist & Author

For 400 years, European settlers plundered the North American landscape of forests and wildlife so that by the late nineteenth century only remnants remained. Then, in the twentieth century, an incredible turnaround took place. Today, more people live in closer proximity to wild animals, birds, and trees in America than anywhere on the planet at any other time in history. This should be wonderful news. Unless, perhaps, you are one of four thousand drivers who will hit a deer today.  In his “Nature Wars” talk, Jim Sterba tells the story of how how children stopped turning over rocks in streams and got their ideas about nature and wildlife from anthropomorphized images served up in films and TV shows. These images sharpened their instincts to save their favorite critters – such as deer, geese, and birds -- from human harm. Award-winning journalist and reporter Jim Sterba pulls back the curtain on how well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to grow out of control, touching off disputes that have divided neighborhoods, polarized communities, and wreaked havoc on local politics.

Tompkins County Deer Management Panel Discussion Video
Jim Sterba also participated in a public Deer Management Panel Discussion sponsored by Cornell Plantations and Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future about coordinated deer management within Tompkins County. The moderated panel discussion, held on Thursday, October 24, was free and open to the public.

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