Good day –
The time has come. This is the last post about some of my favorite nature books. And there is no theme; there is a little bit of everything.
1 – The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating – by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Delightful, contemplative, and scientific – this short read will leave you thinking about snails for a long time.
2 – Never Cry Wolf: The Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves – by Farley Mowat
You can’t go wrong with anything written by Farley Mowat. I enjoyed this book both for the content and the author’s writing style. It’s campy at times and that is amusing to me. You’ll have more compassion for wolves by the time you finish.
3 – Our Living Ancestors: The History and Ecology of Old-growth Forests in Wisconsin (And Where to Find Them) – by John Bates
This book is a great resource if you’re interested in old-growth forests (now and in the past) and the ecosystems they create for other living things. The first half of the book describes how Wisconsin got to this point – only about 1% of the remaining forest has never been logged – and details areas of importance. I learned so much, such as 1) Niagara Escarpment white cedar trees in Door County are up to approximately 600 years old (and possibly older), 2) Trout lilies only grow in colonies that are centuries old, and 3) Nearly 700 State Natural Areas (SNA) protect over 75 natural communities. The second half of the book details – with maps and pictures as well – the 50 best sites in Wisconsin for old-growth trees. Fantastic.
4 – Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic – by Jennifer Niven
I enjoy reading true stories of man/woman vs. the environment, and this book did not disappoint. Ada and four men spend a year on an island in the Arctic. They all undergo growth through multiple challenges, especially Ada. There’s plenty of drama, too.