Over the river and through the woods: you will love every twist and turn this book takes in an engaging “road trip” through roads’ ecological impacts on animal behavior, evolution, ecosystem dynamics, and the very spirit of what it means to be human. Crossings unpacks the origins of road ecology as a way to quantify road-killed birds and animals, carefully tracing its progression to modern efforts to rethink and reimage roads, infrastructure, and human behavior.

Goldfarb focuses each chapter of the book on a different impact or influence roads have on wildlife and ecosystems. The journey begins with mule deer migrations in Wyoming, where the “moving fence” of roadways disturb ancient migration pathways, spurring the calls for rethinking roads with wildlife in mind for the first time. The next chapters bring you to the urban wildlands of Southern California, where mountain lions are the stars of the most ambitious wildlife...

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