Saving the Gray Whale
People, Politics, and Conservation in Baja California
More than a study of conservation politics, Dedina's book puts a human face on wildlife conservation. The author lived for two years with residents of Baja communities to understand their attitudes about wildlife conservation and Mexican politics, and he accompanied many in daily activities to show the extent to which the local economy depends on whalewatching. "It is ironic," observes Dedina, "that residents of some of the most isolated fishing villages in North America are helping to redefine our relationship with wild animals. Americans and Europeans brought the gray whale population to the brink of extinction. The inhabitants of San Ignacio Lagoon and Magdalena Bay are helping us to celebrate the whales' survival." By showing us how these animals have helped shape the lifeways of the people with whom they share the lagoons, Saving the Gray Whale demonstrates that gray whales represent both a destructive past and a future with hope.
"Both informative and instructive and leaves the reader with considerable optimism about the future of the gray whale in Baja California and a broad-based Mexican conservation movement." —Environmental History
"If you love the Baja Peninsula and/or gray whales or cared about the recently finished battle to save Laguna San Ignacio from development by Mitsubishi, then this book is a 'must read.' . . . This book is rich with narrative description and personal passion." —Journal of Environment and Development