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Posts tagged with "Conservation"

  • Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants
    Jacob Shell


    An unlikely interspecies partnership hints at a potential model for conservation

    In Giants of the Monsoon Forest, Jacob Shell examines the dual world inhabited by a group of elephants in the “Trans-Patkai” region of Asia, an area that spans remote parts of Burma and India and is one of the last densely forested areas on Earth. Part of the human world by day, these elephants, who… Read More
  • The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation
    Alex Dehgan


    Afghanistan’s rich natural heritage shines in an insider’s account of the foundings of its first national parks

    In war zones—where daily life holds existential threats, where people are strafed and hardened by conflict, where securing food and safety is an ever-present priority—why should people care about the elusive beauty of the snow leopard, the hoary majesty of the markhor goat, or the fantastically adorned Marco Polo sheep? Alex Dehgan tackles this question… Read More
  • Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance
    Jane Drake and Ann Love


    Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance

    As the human population grows, we are relentlessly encroaching on the natural habitats that surround us. This book defines and describes the science and process of an increasingly important mechanism for conservation known as “rewilding.” Rewilders, we learn, want to restore habitats to their prehuman states, creating environments that can support native species and give… Read More
  • Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree
    Sally M Walker,


    Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree

    The American chestnut once grew straight, tall, and true in the forests of the United States. Then at the start of the 20th century, a fatal fungus blight disease nearly made this prized tree extinct. But thanks to the persistence of American chestnut lovers and scientists in China, Europe, and America, this iconic tree is… Read More
  • Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking
    Rachel Love Nuwer


    A nuanced treatise on illegal wildlife trade misses some opportunities to advance the conversation

    In a Hanoi restaurant, a cobra lashes its body in a desperate attempt at escape while a waiter expertly slits its belly and extracts its beating heart, sending a stream of blood into a waiting vessel to the delight of the onlooking French diners. This scene hints at one of the factors that drive the… Read More
  • American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
    Nate Blakeslee

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    American Wolf

    Once, while I was watching a wolf with a group of students along a roadside in Yellowstone National Park, a National Park Service Toyota pulled up and one of the most famous wolf watchers stepped out, radio antennae in hand. As we gathered around, Rick McIntyre, a “wolf interpreter” at Yellowstone since 1994, pulled out… Read More
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    Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

    Commercial-scale food production and environmental conservation are often viewed as fundamentally at odds with one another. This documentary, based on the book of the same title by Miriam Horn, challenges that idea by bringing viewers face to face with people who produce our food and whose livelihoods depend on the land and sea. Following a… Read More
  • The Great Monkey Rescue: Saving the Golden Lion Tamarins
    Sandra Markle

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    Age Range: 9 – 12 years Grade Level: 4 – 7 The Great Monkey Rescue is a soberly written yet inspiring guide through the near demise and science-assisted rebound of a squirrel-sized primate known as the golden lion tamarin. The easy-to-digest text is packed with interesting facts and set against vibrant pictures of bright orange… Read More
  • Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction
    Mary Ellen Hannibal


    A citizen scientist delights in the contributions of enthusiastic volunteers

    The bighorn ram lounging on a rock watched as a group of people searched the desert floor. “I hear a signal!” someone shouted. The small group scurried around, never looking up, intent in their search for a radio-collared desert tortoise. This expedition in 1998, sponsored by the Earthwatch Institute, served as my introduction to citizen… Read More