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Diversity Stories 1

The First Wolf (Finland)

Keywords: wolf, Vainamoinen, Tuoni, deer, predation, predator, prey, diversity

Summary: When the Wizard Vainamoinen made the world, he let the Wizard Tuoni (the lord of the dead) make a creature to chase the deer out of the forests in the winter. Tuoni made wolves, but the magic that he used created wolves that chase deer and "evil creatures," so the First Wolf chased Tuoni all over the world before he escaped.

"Why Is The Wolf Ferocious?" on page 135 in Denise Casey and Tim Clark, Tales of the Wolf (Moose, WY: Homestead Publishing, 1996). 320pp. $14.95. ISBN 0-94397-240-X.

"The Wolf with the Burning Eyes," on page 144 in Norma Livo and George Livo, The Enchanted Wood and Other Tales from Finland (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1999). 199pp. $33.50. ISBN 1-56308-578-X.

Find another version in Kevin Strauss, Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world. (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). 230pp. $35.00pa. ISBN 1-59158-269-5pa.

 

Dutch Nightmare on Elmwood Street (2005 Kevin Strauss)

Keywords: Dutch elm disease, tree, trees, diversity is the key to stability

Summary: This is a narrative account of how Dutch elm disease can change a town. Depending on how old you are, you probably have memories of similar things happening in your community. First the tree leaves turn yellow early. Then leaves don't come back in the spring. Soon the tree-lined streets are just a succession of tree stumps. Luckily, may urban foresters have been smart enough to replant a diversity of trees after this disease outbreak.

Find another version in Kevin Strauss, Tales with Tails: storytelling the wonders of the natural world. (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006). 230pp. $35.00pa. ISBN 1-59158-269-5pa.

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