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Among Whales. By Roger Payne. Sharing his scientific observations in spellbinding detail, Payne brings vividly to life the awesome presence of these great, noble, and desperately threatened creatures. A work of biology, of philosophy, and most certainly of literature, Among Whales is more than a book about whales. It is also a journey of the heart, a journey of discovery about the larger questions of life on earth. More… | Roger Payne EcoSpeakers Info >>

Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight. By Paul Ehrlich. The world's leading experts synthesize current knowledge of butterflies to show how the study of these fascinating creatures as model systems can lead to a deeper understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes in general. Twenty-six chapters cover the uses of butterflies in the study of behavior, ecology, genetics and evolution, systematics, and conservation biology. An exciting new perspective of butterflies as a comprehensive model system for all the sciences concerned with biodiversity and its preservation. More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

Canoeing a Continent: On the Trail of Alexander Mackenzie. By Max Finkelstein. Using Mackenzie's journals and his own journal writings, Finkelstein creates a view of the land from two vantage points. He retraced the route of Alexander Mackenzie across North America from Ottawa through to Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, and then he paddled the Blackwater, Fraser and Peace Rivers. This route is the most significant water trail in North America, and perhaps the world. As Kindle | More... | Max Finkelstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

Collaborative Planning for Wetlands and Wildlife. Edited by Douglas R. Porter and David A. Salvesen. Proposes guidelines for more effective planning, and presents case studies that demonstrate how different communities have creatively reconciled conflicts. As Kindle | More...

The Curious Naturalist. By Jennifer G. Ackerman. In tours of North American ecosystems – from backyards to woodlands, from grasslands to sandy shores – renowned naturalists and photographers show how to understand these systems. More...

Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History Of America's Wetlands. By Ann Vileisis. The disappearing wetlands that once spread so abundantly across the American continent serve an essential ecological function. Vileisis discusses the many factors that influence patterns of their use – ideology, economics, law, perception, art – and examines the complicated interactions among those factors that have resulted in our contemporary landscape. A fascinating look at how Americans have thought about wetlands from colonial times through the present day. A synthesis of social and environmental history. As Kindle | More… | Ann Vileisis EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. By Amy Stewart. In a witty, offbeat style, Amy Stewart takes us on a subterranean adventure and introduces us to our planet's most important gatekeeper: the humble earthworm. It's true that the earthworm is small, spineless, and blind, but its effect on the ecosystem is profound. With Darwin as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the earthworm's astonishing realm, talks to oligochaetologists who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex web of life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. As Kindle | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

Ecological Diversity in Sustainable Development: The Vital and Forgotten Dimension. By Chris Maser. Apart from the beauty diversity brings to our lives, it is also absolutely necessary to the sustainability of life itself. Planners tend to ignore ecological diversity because they don't understand it. This book tackles the problems of how we can maintain sustainable diversity in both the Earth's ecosystems and in our cultural systems. It explains how natural and cultural diversity have been reduced by altering the linkages between climate, soil, water, air, forests, animals, and people. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

Endangered Rivers and the Conservation Movement: The Case for River Conservation. By Tim Palmer. Based on careful research and hundreds of interviews, this information-packed narrative is regarded as a classic. The first edition is now updated and includes two new chapters that chart the course of conservation during the past twenty years and explore how the movement will likely change in the future. This book will fascinate all who care about rivers, and it will engage those who seek to understand environmental history, resource management, and the evolution of programs in response to changing needs. As Kindle | More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Entering the Watershed: A New Approach To Save America's River Ecosystems. By Bob Doppelt et al. Recommends a comprehensive new approach to river protection and restoration based on principles of watershed dynamics, ecosystem function, and conservation biology. It describes in detail the existing level of damage to rivers and species, analyzes flaws and gaps in existing policy, provides the framework necessary to develop new policies, outlines the scientific underpinnings and management strategies needed, and makes specific policy proposals. More… | Bob Doppelt EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Four Seasons of Kansas. By Daniel Dancer and William Least Heat-Moon. In this beautiful volume, Dancer has assembled a portrait of Kansas in its many different lights… a sunflower field at dawn, a rural Main Street in the eerie, greenish light of a summer storm, a nighttime prairie fire, and a dusty stretch of prairie in the hot light of midday. In full-color photographs, he moves through the four seasons, capturing first the vast, spare grandeur of prairie and sky, then focusing closer, to illuminate the more intimate pieces of the landscape –the icy fur of a buffalo in winter, a gravestone nearly overgrown by prairie grass. More… | Daniel Dancer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Fragile Dominion. By Simon Levin. Our planet is losing its biological diversity, with frightening implications for our future. This important book draws on the science of complexity to shed light on maintaining biodiversity. More...

Gardeners of Eden: Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature. By Dan Dagget. An exploration of how a new kind of environmentalism is being born among those who see themselves, and their skills, as part of the ecosystem, part of nature. As an alternative to the "leave it alone" approach, the perspective of this book is that human use and ecological restoration can often go together. More…

The Global Commons. By Susan J. Buck. Considers the history of human interactions with each of the global commons areas and provides a concise yet thorough account of the evolution of management regimes for each area. As Kindle | More...

Handbook for Restoring Tidal Wetlands. Edited by Joy B. Zedler. Provides a broad-based compilation of case studies and principles to guide the management of tidal restoration sites. Covers a full range of topics including the conceptual planning for coastal wetlands restoration, strategies for the manipulation of hydrology and soils, the reestablishment of vegetation and assemblages of fishes and invertebrates, and the process of assessing, monitoring, and sustaining restored wetlands. As Kindle | More...

Healing Power of Forests: The Philosophy Behind Restoring Earth's Balance with Native Trees. By Akira Miyawaki and Elgene O. Box. Describes the successful techniques used to restore depleted forests, whether near factory sites, parking lots, or even the Great Wall of China. It challenges us to plant "native forests of native trees." More...

The Heart of America: Our Landscape, Our Future. By Tim Palmer. In this portrait of America at the turn of the 21st century, Palmer reminds us that the heart of our country is the land. Not only does land lie at the center of our country's culture and ecological health, but it forms the basis of our economy and a source of national pride. More... | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Inside the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest: Exploring the Heart of Central Africa. By Francesca Lyman. Follows a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers as they search for the elusive lowland gorilla, rare birds, leopards, a universe of insects, not to mention the powerful elephants for whom the forest is named. More... | Francesca Lyman EcoSpeakers Info >>

Luminous Mountains: The Sierra Nevada of California. By Tim Palmer. An evocative portrait of the whole Sierra Nevada range. Award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer captures the dazzling variety and enchantment of this revered and exquisite place, revealing the essence of the Sierra in a way that has never been done before. With 135 stunning photographs and engaging text, he guides us through the stormy white depths of winter and into ancient green forests suffused with life. With knowledge gleaned from decades of experience, he writes of the intricate workings of nature. More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. By Debbie S. Miller. An appeal for the preservation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, potentially threatened by oil and gas development. A resident of Alaska, the author draws on her thirteen years traveling extensively in the Refuge, exploring this unique, magical, and expansive territory from its coastal plain to its mountains, glaciers and rivers. She weaves together personal anecdotes, chilling adventures, wildlife observations, and Native issues to describe vividly the wonders of this preserve. As Kindle | More… | Debbie S. Miller EcoSpeakers Info >>

Naked in the Woods: Joseph Knowles and the Legacy of Frontier Fakery. By Jim Motavalli. Joseph Knowles was a ex-Navy man, friend of the Sioux, and onetime hunting guide who stepped nearly naked into the woods to live off the land. From 1913 to 1916, his dispatches to the world - alternating accounts of bear clubbing and quiet contemplation, written in charcoal on pieces of birch bark - set off major newspaper wars, exploiting readers' fears of modernization. Did Knowles really survive for months at a time in the untamed wilderness? Part adventure story, part cultural investigation, Naked in the Woods reveals a new dimension of our natural history. More… | Jim Motavalli EcoSpeakers Info >>

Nature's Keepers: The Remarkable Story of How the Nature Conservancy Became the Largest Environmental Group in the World. By Bill Birchard. With more than $3.7 billion in assets and annual revenue of $800 million, the Nature Conservancy has generated staggering growth that would be the envy of any business. Nature's Keepers goes behind the scenes and details its inner workings. Highlighting the efforts of nine extraordinary leaders, Nature's Keepers examines the organization's culture, management, strategy and decisions, and the courageous and ingenious individuals who have dedicated their lives to conservation. As Kindle | More… | Bill Birchard EcoSpeakers Info >>

The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands. By Nathan Freeman Sayre. Demonstrates how livestock ranching and conservation values can be compatible, and how ranchers and environmentalists can work together to benefit rangelands. It describes the practices of these "new ranchers" in relation to recent models and knowledge in range science and ecology. Six ranches are profiled, and they demonstrate that these new ranching practices are economically practical and have far-reaching benefits for land, people, and wildlife. More...

On the Wings of Checkerspots: A Model System for Population Biology. Edited by Paul Ehrlich and Ilkka Hanski. Ilkka Hanski, a leading thinker in metapopulation ecology, studies checkerspot butterfly populations in Finland. Paul Ehrlich, a leading ecologist and conservation biologist, investigates checkerspot butterfly populations in California. This book reports on and synthsizes the major long-term research of both on the population biology of checkerspot butterflies. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

Orbit. By Jay Apt et al. Orbit offers unprecedented access to spectacular NASA space photography. It contains natural color photos shot by astronauts with hand-held cameras from inside the low-flying shuttle. More...

Pacific High: Adventures In The Coast Ranges From Baja To Alaska. By Tim Palmer. On a crisp January morning, the first day of a new year, writer Tim Palmer and his wife set out on a nine-month journey through North America's coastal mountains high above the Pacific. Pacific High recounts that adventure, interweaving tales of exploration and discovery with portraits of the places they visited and the people they came to know along the way. Palmer captures the brilliant wonders of nature, the tragedy of irreversible loss, and the hope of everyone who cares for this extraordinary but threatened edge of North America. As Kindle | More… | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Paddling The Boreal Forest: Rediscovering A.P. Low. By Max Finkelstein and James Stone. Tells the story of following the path of one of Canada's "iron men", Albert Peter Low, who explored the vastness of Northern Quebec's boreal forest at the end of the 19th Century. This region has captivated avid canoeists for generations. The book describes Low's journey based on his own records, and then it recounts the authors' attempts to retrace the trail he followed. Using archival sources, oral history and personal experience, they tell the story and, in the process, reveal the environmental issues now facing this wilderness. As Kindle | More… | Max Finkelstein EcoSpeakers Info >>

Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. By Lester Brown. Sustaining our early twenty-first century global civilization now depends on shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system. Plan B has three components: (1) a restructuring of the global economy so that it can sustain civilization; (2) an all-out effort to eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and restore hope in order to elicit participation of the developing countries; and (3) a systematic effort to restore natural systems. More…

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. By Lester Brown. In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Kindle | More…

Restoring Nature: Perpectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Edited by Paul H. Gobster and R. Bruce Hull. Explores the difficult questions that arise during the planning and implementation of restoration projects in urban and wildland settings. It examines moral and ethical questions regarding the practice of restoration, conflicts over how nature is defined and who should be included in decisions about restoration and management, and how managers can make restoration projects succeed given the various constraints that need to be considered. Suggests ways in which restoration conflicts might be resolved, and provides examples of stewardship that show how volunteers and local residents can help restore environments. More...

River Restoration: Managing the Uncertainty in Restoring Physical Habitat. Edited by Stephen Darby and David Sear. Provides a systematic overview of the issues involved in minimizing and coping with uncertainty in river restoration projects. Defines the various sources of uncertainty in restoration projects and shows how these appear at the design, construction and post-construction phases in a project's life cycle. Offers a rational theoretical analysis of the problem while providing practical guidance in managing the different sources of uncertainty. More...

Rivers of America. By Tim Palmer. Photographed from the shore, from his canoe and raft, from skis on top of the ice, from mountaintops and airplanes overhead, and from the current itself by wading in as deep as he could go. In vivid detail, Palmer shows the true nature of our watery network, from Maine to California, from Florida to Alaska. More... | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

Seeds of Another Summer. By Beth Powning. At once resonant and new, Seeds of Another Summer is a soulful exploration of the connection between humans and the earth, and of the everlasting search for the spirit of home in nature. More...

Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: How Forests Function. By Chris Maser, Andrew W. Claridge, and James M. Trappe. This book makes a compelling case that there's much more to forests than meets the eye. Comparing forests in the Northwestern United States and the Southeastern mainland of Australia, it shows how easily observable species – trees and mammals – are part of a complicated structure that includes fungi, lichens, and organisms invisible to the naked eye. It shows that forests are far more complicated than most of us think, and that while simplistic policies will not save them, understanding their biophysical interconnections just might. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Twilight of the Wild. By Rusty Johnson. Rusty Johnson writes about his life long experiences raising wild and endangered species, as well as his travels studying animals and unusual societies throughout the world. Whether about hand-raising a condor, monitoring an actively volcanic island, or documenting the dwindling elephant herds in southern Africa, he subtly develops an understanding of our natural world and its unfamiliar civilizations. As Kindle | More... | Rusty Johnson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Wild Solutions: How Biodiversity is Money in the Bank. By Paul Ehrlich and Andrew Beattie. We are only beginning to understand that ecological health depends on the diversity of nature. Humans directly benefit from the services that millions of species provide, whether appreciated or not. To remove those species, the authors argue, is akin to squandering a carefully built and irreplaceable fortune. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness. By Tim Palmer and William Neill. Winner of The Director's Award from the Director of the National Park Service for the outstanding publication of the year. A collection of remarkable pictures and text celebrating the awesome beauty of one of America's greatest national parks. More... | Tim Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

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