By Kelby Ouchley
Louisiana's bayous and their watersheds teem with cypress timber, alligators, crawfish, and lots of different existence varieties. From Bayou Tigre to part Moon Bayou, those slow streams meander via lowlands, marshes, or even uplands to dominate the state's panorama. In Bayou-Diversity, conservationist Kelby Ouchley finds the bayou's elaborate net of plant life and fauna.Through a suite of essays approximately Louisiana's common historical past, Ouchley info an grand array of vegetation and animals present in the Bayou country. Baldcypress, orchids, feral hogs, eels, black bears, bald eagles, and cottonmouth snakes reside within the good over four hundred bayous of the sector. jointly, Ouchley's vignettes painting brilliant and complicated habitats. yet human interplay with the bayou and our position in its survival, Ouchley argues, will confirm the way forward for those tricky ecosystems. Bayou-Diversity narrates the tale of the bayou one wildflower, one creature at a time, in flip illustrating the larger photograph of this valuable and bothered Louisiana panorama.
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Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country by Kelby Ouchley