Aliens in the backyard: plant and animal imports into America

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Some 10,000 alien plants and animals live in North America. While environmentalists almost universally decry the invasion of non-native species, Leland suggests that the stories of how these plants and animals have reshaped the landscape are as much a part of the continent's history as that of presidents and politics.
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subject_facetAlien plants
Alien plants -- United States
Biological invasions
Biological invasions -- United States
Electronic books
Introduced animals
Introduced animals -- United States
NATURE -- Animals -- Wildlife
NATURE -- Essays
NATURE / Animals / Wildlife
SCIENCE -- Microscopes & Microscopy
SCIENCE / Microscopes & Microscopy
United States
title_displayAliens in the backyard : plant and animal imports into America
title_fullAliens in the Backyard : Plant and Animal Imports Into America Leland, John.
Aliens in the Backyard [electronic resource] : Plant and Animal Imports Into America Leland, John.
Aliens in the backyard : plant and animal imports into America / John Leland
Aliens in the backyard : plant and animal imports into America [electronic resource] / John Leland
Aliens in the backyard [electronic resource] : plant and animal imports into America / John Leland
title_shortAliens in the backyard
title_subplant and animal imports into America
topic_facetAlien plants
Animals
Biological invasions
Electronic books
Essays
Introduced animals
Microscopes & Microscopy
NATURE
NATURE / Animals / Wildlife
SCIENCE
SCIENCE / Microscopes & Microscopy
Wildlife