All About Nature

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more books? Is another one to be more environmentally aware? Then why not combine the two and read more about nature. Check out these interesting books about nature and its inhabitants. Granted not all of these books focus on what we can do to fix the environment. In fact most do not, but they all stress the importance of the life around you.

Big Lonely Doug by Harley Rustad 

The “Big Lonely Doug” tells the story of a twenty story tall Douglas fir, one of Canada’s largest trees, that was saved from logging in BC. The author explores controversial issues such as the logging industry, preservation, ecotourism, and First Nations land and resource rights.

 

The Truth about Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke

Okay, so this book does not have much to do with conservation of animals. But it does highlight the unique qualities that each of these organisms have that have allowed them to survive. This quirky read delves into rumors that have consistently plagued these misunderstood animals. Cooke does an expert job of demystifying these stereotypes with wry humor, making this a very amusing read.

 

 

Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?  by Frans de Waal 

“Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?” takes a more serious look at the intelligence of animals. This engaging and informative read teaches you more about animal cognition and social structures, but also how humans can learn from them.

 

 

 

 

Lab girl by Hope Jahren

“Lab Girl” is a memoir about Jahrens’ life and her love of plants and nature. It moves from her childhood, to schooling, to setting up her own lab and the struggles she encounters along the way. This absorbing read will resonate with readers, which at its’ core tells the story of survival, whether it’s human or plant.