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Books cover the stewardship of natural areas and the protection and restoration of habitats, species, and whole ecosystems. Focuses include wildlands, arctic and high mountain areas, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, endangered species, outdoor adventure and ecotourism. Books also include photographic presentations of the natural world.

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Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance. By Bill Birchard. A comprehensive manual on how to build a footpath to withstand 8 million boots a year, to rest lightly on the land, to preserve natural resources, and to allow a true backcountry experience – all at the same time. It is addressed to those who work on the Appalachian Trail – 4,500 volunteers putting in more than 185,000 hours a year – but is used by trail-builders around the world. Illustrated with more than 50 photographs and 100 explanatory drawings, it includes design and construction specifications and lists of tools and suppliers. More… | Bill Birchard EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Appalachian Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance

At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks. By Peter Bronski. In the tradition of Eiger Dreams, In the Zone: Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World, and Not Without Peril, comes a new book that examines the thrills and perils of outdoor adventure in the “East’s greatest wilderness,” the Adirondacks. More than just a recounting of tragedy in the wilderness, At the Mercy of the Mountains is an affirmation of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity, and an insight into why misadventure happens in the first place – and how to avoid it. More… | Peter Bronski EcoSpeakers Info >>

       At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks

The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds. By Paul Ehrlich. The most complete and authoritative reference book about the birds of North America. For each of the 646 species of birds that breed in North America, The Birder's Handbook will tell you where the bird nests, how many eggs the bird lays, and how the young are cared for. It also describes food preferences, foraging habits, displays and mating, wintering, conservation status, and more. In addition, The Birder's Handbook contains some 250 short essays covering all aspects of avian natural history. More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds

Blue Mind: The Surprising Science. By Wallace 'J' Nichols. Why are we drawn to water? Why does being near it set our minds and bodies at ease and make us happier and healthier? Blue Mind revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing a remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, Nichols shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. As Kindle | More… | Wallace 'J' Nichols EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Blue Mind: The Surprising Science

Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight. Edited by Paul Ehrlich et al. 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 >>

       Butterflies: Ecology and Evolution Taking Flight

Conservation Biology For All. By Paul Ehrlich. Provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science. Covers topics such as balancing conservation and human needs, climate change, conservation planning, designing and analyzing conservation research, ecosystem services, endangered species management, extinctions, fire, habitat loss, and invasive species. There is now an urgent need to educate the next generation of scientists in developing countries so that they will be able to protect their natural resources. Habitat loss is particularly acute in these areas, and they have the greatest species diversity. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Conservation Biology For All

Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment. By Jacques Leslie. The 45,000 dams in the world have altered the speed of the planet's rotation, the tilt of its axis, and the shape of its gravitational field. This book examines the emerging crisis over dams and the world's water through the lives of three people: the world's foremost anti-dam activist; an American anthropologist; and an Australian water manager. Each of these portraits shows how dams seduce national leaders with seeming bounties of water and power but end up producing blights on the citizenry and landscape. As Kindle | More... | Jacques Leslie EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment

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 | More… | Amy Stewart EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

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 >>

       Ecological Diversity in Sustainable Development: The Vital and Forgotten Dimension

The Environmental Destruction of South Florida: A Handbook for Citizens. By Ross McCluney. A collection of essays about the environmental problems of South Florida as of 1971, including chapters on environmental activism by James and Polly Redford, Joe Browder, and Judith Wilson of the National Audubon Society. A chapter by naturalist Frank C. Craighead, Sr. provides early glimpses of South Florida before it became inundated with people and technology. More… | Ross McCluney EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Environmental Destruction of South Florida: A Handbook for Citizens

Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest. By Chris Maser. This classic work traces an old-growth forest in Oregon's Cascade Mountains from its fiery birth in the year 987 to the present, when logging threatens it and its inhabitants. A unique "biography" of an ecosystem, Forest Primeval encompasses a thousand years of natural history and evolution. It portrays a diverse fabric of plants, animals, and microorganisms working in unison. Arguing that our survival is intertwined with the forests, it makes the case for the immediate global implementation of restoration forestry. More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest

The Incomparable Honeybee & the Economics of Pollination. By Reese Halter. How honeybees have shaped our planet for the past 110 million years. Describes their importance in pollinating more multi-billion-dollar crops and plants than any other living group. Explains how humans and honeybees have been inextricably linked since prehistoric times. Includes many interesting and humbling facts. For example, bees can count, they can vote, and honey has potent medicinal properties. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and even antiseptic functions. As Kindle | More... | Reese Halter EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Incomparable Honeybee & the Economics of Pollination

The Insatiable Bark Beetle. By Reese Halter. Beetles are killing billions of mature conifers throughout western North America and around the world. In areas where cold temperatures have in the past prevented these insects from thriving, our once-healthy but now water-starved trees are becoming more and more vulnerable. With parts of both our environment and our economy at stake, this book provides information on the types of beetles involved, descriptions of the ecosystems they inhabit, and a look at the future humanity may face if climate change continues to drive the spread of bark beetles. As Kindle | More… | Reese Halter EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Insatiable Bark Beetle

Life, The Wonder Of It All. By Chris Maser and Reese Halter. A journey through the biophysical principles that govern all of life. The book begins with “The Law of Cosmic Unification,” which choreographs the ever-changing dance of life. A chapter is included for each of the biophysical principles, and each explains how that particular principle governs life. The final chapter is a discussion of “the commons.” It presents the commons as a living trust of which the adults of the world are the trustees and the children are the beneficiaries, not only of the commons but also of all life - and the wonder of it all. As Kindle… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >> | Reese Halter EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The World Is In My Garden: A Journey Of Consciousness

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 >>

       Luminous Mountains: The Sierra Nevada of California

Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future. By Dan Chiras. This comprehensive book describes the ecological principles, policies, and practices required to create a sustainable future. It emphasizes practical, cost-effective, sustainable solutions that make sense from social, economic, and environmental perspectives. A focus on sustainable development puts readers in touch with one of the most significant shifts in thinking and action in environmental and resource management. Intended for those interested in gaining a basic knowledge of natural resources and conservation. More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future

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 >>

       Nature's Keepers: The Remarkable Story of How the Nature Conservancy Became the Largest Environmental Group in the World

On Arctic Ground. By Debbie S. Miller. With more than 150 photos by outstanding photographers, this photo-essay book is the first to describe the wildlife, wilderness, paleontology and cultural history of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Reserve represents the largest block of public land remaining in America, a region larger than the state of Maine. It is adjacent to the Arctic Ocean – a region experiencing rapid changes because of global warming. This is a timely book about a controversial subject: Should we be developing fossil fuels in sensitive areas most impacted by global warming? More… | Debbie S. Miller EcoSpeakers Info >>

       On Arctic Ground

Pacific High: Adventures In The Coast Ranges From Baja To Alaska. By Tim Palmer. On a crisp January morning, 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 >>

       Pacific High: Adventures In The Coast Ranges From Baja To Alaska

Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom. By Chris Palmer. A veteran producer and film educator, Palmer looks past the headlines about TV host Steve Irwin’s death by stingray and filmmaker Timothy Treadwell falling prey to his beloved grizzlies, to uncover a more pervasive and troubling trend toward sensationalism, extreme risk-taking, and even abuse in wildlife films. He tracks the roots of this trend to the early days of the genre, and he profiles a new breed of skilled, ethical filmmakers whose work enlightens as well as entertains, and who represent the future that Palmer envisions for the industry he loves. As Kindle | More… | Chris Palmer EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom

Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: How Forests Function. By Chris Maser. 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 >>

       Trees, Truffles, and Beasts: How Forests Function

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. In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists explain how the millions of species living on Earth – some microscopic, some obscure, many threatened – not only help keep us alive but also hold possibilities for previously unimagined products, medicines, and even industries. Innovative approaches to the discovery of pharmaceuticals as well as the ever-growing importance of ecological restoration are also covered. As Kindle | More… | Paul Ehrlich EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Wild Solutions: How Biodiversity is Money in the Bank

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