Best Environmentalist & Naturalist Biographies Books
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1. Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
Author: by Suzanne Simard
Knopf (May 4, 2021)
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the foresta moving, deeply personal journey of discoverySuzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she’s been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound.
Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls of James Cameron’s Avatar) and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide. Now, in her first book, Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths-that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.
2. The Appalachian Trail: A Biography
Author: by Philip D'Anieri
The Appalachian Trail is America’s most beloved trek, with millions of hikers setting foot on it every year. Yet few are aware of the fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who helped bring it to life over the past century.
The conception and building of the Appalachian Trail is a story of unforgettable characters who explored it, defined it, and captured national attention by hiking it. From Grandma Gatewooda mother of eleven who thru-hiked in canvas sneakers and a drawstring duffleto Bill Bryson, author of the best-selling A Walk in the Woods, the AT has seized the American imagination like no other hiking path.
The 2,000-mile-long hike from Georgia to Maine is not just a trail through the woods, but a set of ideas about nature etched in the forest floor. This character-driven biography of the trail is a must-read not just for ambitious hikers, but for anyone who wonders about our relationship with the great outdoors and dreams of getting away from urban life for a pilgrimage in the wild.
3. Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
Author: by Ben Montgomery
Chicago Review Press
2014 National Outdoor Book Award Winner in History / Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail.
By September 1955 she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, sang America, the Beautiful, and proclaimed, I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it. Driven by a painful marriage, Grandma Gatewood not only hiked the trail alone, she was the first personman or womanto walk it twice and three times.
At age seventy-one, she hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity, and appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter. The public attention she brought to the trail was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.
4. A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey
Author: by Jonathan Meiburg
A fascinating, entertaining, and totally engrossing story. David Sibley, author of What It’s Like to Be a Bird Utterly captivating and beautifully written, this book is a hugely entertaining and enlightening exploration of a bird so wickedly smart, curious, and social, it boggles the mind.
Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Bird Way As curious, wide-ranging, gregarious, and intelligent as its subject.Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 An enthralling account of a modern voyage of discovery as we meet the clever, social birds of prey called caracaras, which puzzled Darwin, fascinate modern-day falconers, and carry secrets of our planet’s deep past in their family history.
In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were “tame and inquisitive … Quarrelsome and passionate,” and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle.
Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it. Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg takes up this chase.
5. The Puma Years: A Memoir
Author: by Laura Coleman
Little A (June 1, 2021)
June 1, 2021
In this rapturous memoir, writer and activist Laura Coleman shares the story of her liberating journey in the Amazon jungle, where she fell in love with a magnificent cat who changed her life. Laura was in her early twenties and directionless when she quit her job to backpack in Bolivia.
Fate landed her at a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of the Amazon jungle where she was assigned to a beautiful and complex puma named Wayra. Wide-eyed, inexperienced, and comically terrified, Laura made the scrappy, make-do camp her home. And in Wayra, she made a friend for life.
They weren’t alone, not with over a hundred quirky animals to care for, each lost and hurt in their own way: a pair of suicidal, bra-stealing monkeys, a frustrated parrot desperate to fly, and a pig with a wicked sense of humor.
The humans too were cause for laughter and tears. There were animal whisperers, committed staff, wildly devoted volunteers, handsome heartbreakers, and a machete-wielding prom queen who carried Laura through. Most of all, there was the junglelyrical and aliveand there was Wayra, who would ultimately teach Laura so much about love, healing, and the person she was capable of becoming.
6. Happy Mindset Little Journal: Kids Interactive Journal Prompts and Daily Activities to Help Children Develop a Growth Mindset. Colorful, Self-Learning and Fun! (Ages 6-12)
Author: by Claudia Liem
PLEASE NOTE:Amazon’s Look Inside feature is only available on desktop. Using this feature, you will be able to see inside the Journal, its beautiful design and its attributes. Also, parents will have some great insights about how their children think and the choices they make.
About this item:This growth mindset inspired journal is designed to encourage boys and girls with developing their self-confidence and positivity. The Happy Mindset Little Journal includes inspirational activities, quotes, inquisitive questions, creative illustrations, and writing prompts. By working through the journal and practicing these skills we teach children to train their brains how to embrace challenges.
In doing so, we show them that failing and making mistakes are just part of the process to achieving success. Your child will learn how to: Develop a growth mindset Express feelings and identify emotions Have a positive outlook on life Be persistent Understand it is ok to make mistakes Believe they can always improve Be grateful Accept that everyone is different Better understand themselves Grow up to be a mentally stronger adultSCIENCE-BACKED RESEARCH BASED ON WELL DOCUMENTED FINDINGS Dr Carol S.Dweck.
7. Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures Farming the Ocean to Fight Climate Change
Author: by Bren Smith
JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER IACP Cookbook Award finalistIn the face of apocalyptic climate change, a former fisherman shares a bold and hopeful new vision for saving the planet: farming the ocean. Here Bren Smithpioneer of regenerative ocean agricultureintroduces the world to a groundbreaking solution to the global climate crisis.
A genre-defining climate memoir, Eat Like a Fish interweaves Smith’s own lifefrom sailing the high seas aboard commercial fishing trawlers to developing new forms of ocean farming to surfing the frontiers of the food movementwith actionable food policy and practical advice on ocean farming.
Written with the humor and swagger of a fisherman telling a late-night tale, it is a powerful story of environmental renewal, and a must-read guide to saving our oceans, feeding the world, andby creating new jobs up and down the coastsputting working class Americans back to work.
8. Desert Solitaire
Author: by Edward Abbey
Hailed by The New York Times as a passionately felt, deeply poetic book, the moving autobiographical work of Edward Abbey, considered the Thoreau of the American West, and his passion for the southwestern wilderness. Desert Solitaire is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey.
The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces, from dealing with the damage caused by development of the land or excessive tourism, to discovering a dead body. However Desert Solitaire is not just a collection of one man’s stories, the book is also a philosophical memoir, full of Abbey’s reflections on the desert as a paradox, at once beautiful and liberating, but also isolating and cruel.
Often compared to Thoreau’s Walden, Desert Solitaire is a powerful discussion of life’s mysteries set against the stirring backdrop of the American southwestern wilderness.
9. The Sunset Route: Freight Trains, Forgiveness, and Freedom on the Rails in the American West
Author: by Carrot Quinn
The unforgettable story of one woman who leaves behind her hardscrabble childhood in Alaska to travel the country via freight traina beautiful memoir about forgiveness, self-discovery, and the redemptive power of nature, perfect for fans of Wild or Educated.An urgent read.A courageous life.
Quinn’s story burns through us and bleeds beauty on every page. No lvarez, author of Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen LandAfter a childhood marked by neglect, poverty, and periods of homelessness, with a mother who believed herself to be the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary, Carrot Quinn moved out on her own.
She found a sense of belonging among straight-edge anarchists who taught her how to traverse the country by freight trains, sleep in fields under the stars, and feed herself by foraging in dumpsters. Her new life was one of thrilling adventure and freedom, but still she was haunted by the ghosts of her lonely and traumatic childhood.
The Sunset Route is a powerful and brazenly honest adventure memoir set in the unseen corners of the United Statesin the Alaskan cold, on trains rattling through forests and deserts, as well as in low-income apartments and crowded punk housesfollowing a remarkable protagonist who has witnessed more tragedy than she thought she could ever endure and who must learn to heal her own heart.
10. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman–Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual
Author: by Yvon Chouinard
In this newly revised 10th anniversary edition, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc. Shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.
From his youth as the son of a French Canadian handyman to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.”This is the story of an attempt to do more than change a single corporation-it is an attempt to challenge the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis.” -From the Foreword by Naomi Klein, bestselling author of This Changes Everything
11. The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild (Elephant Whisperer, 1)
Author: by Lawrence Anthony
St. Martin's Griffin
Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to animal conservation, protecting the world’s endangered species. Then he was asked to accept a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand. His common sense told him to refuse, but he was the herd’s last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn’t take them.
In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.
The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Anthony’s experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, Anthony’s unrelenting efforts at animal protection and his remarkable connection with nature will inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.
12. Walden and Civil Disobedience
Author: by Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau reflects on life, politics, and society in these two inspiring masterworks: Walden and Civil Disobedience. In 1845, Thoreau moved to a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity, Thoreau reaped from the land both physically and mentally, and pursued truth in the quiet of nature.
In Walden, he explains how separating oneself from the world of men can truly awaken the sleeping self. Thoreau holds fast to the notion that you have not truly existed until you adopt such a lifestyleand only then can you reenter society, as an enlightened being.
These simple but profound musingsas well as Civil Disobedience, his protest against the government’s interference with civil libertyhave inspired many to embrace his philosophy of individualism and love of nature. More than a century and a half later, his message is more timely than ever.
With an Introduction by W.S. Merwin and an Afterword by Will Howarth
13. A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future
Author: by Sir David Attenborough
Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Science & Technology Book of the Year* In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, award-winning broadcaster and natural historian shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future.See the world.
Then make it better.I am 93. I’ve had an extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world – but it was an illusion.
The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day – the loss of our planet’s wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future.
It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake – and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited.
14. The Genius of Birds
Author: by Jennifer Ackerman
Lovely, celebratory. For all the belittling of bird brains,’ [Ackerman] shows them to be uniquely impressive machines … New York Times Book Review A lyrical testimony to the wonders of avian intelligence. Scientific AmericanAn award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures.
According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent.
At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures. Ackerman is also the author of Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast.
15. The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog (The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone, 1)
Author: by Rick McIntyre
The powerful origin story of one of Yellowstone’s greatest and most famous wolves. Washington PostBook One in The Alpha Wolves of Yellowstone Series. Book Two, The Reign of Wolf 21, is available now. Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolvesbut park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s.
Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. Wolf 8 struggles at firsthe is smaller than the other pups, and often bulliedbut soon he bonds with an alpha female whose mate was shot.
An unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully, and even defending his family from the wolf who killed his father. But soon he faces a new opponent: his adopted son, who mates with a violent alpha female.
Can Wolf 8 protect his valley without harming his protg? [The Rise of Wolf 8] is a goldmine for information on all aspects of wolf behavior and clearly shows they are clever, smart, and emotional beings. Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today
16. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Author: by Andrea Wulf
The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural worldand in the process created modern environmentalism. NATIONAL BEST SELLEROne of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the YearWinner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The James Wright Award for Nature Writing, the Costa Biography Award, the Royal Geographic Society’s Ness Award, the Sigurd F.
Olson Nature Writing AwardFinalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Kirkus Prize Prize for Nonfiction, the Independent Bookshop Week Book AwardA Best Book of the Year: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, Nature, Jezebel, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, New Scientist, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard, The SpectatorAlexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries forever changed the way we understand the natural world.