Category: Environment

5 Books to Celebrate World Wildlife Day

Why not take a walk on the wild side? In honor of World Wildlife Day, here are 5 books that celebrate all things wild.

 

 

1. The Jungle Book by rudyard kipling

A classic tale beloved by many, The Jungle Book tells the tale of young Mowgli, a child lost in the jungles of India, who is raised by a pack of wolves. He must learn from the animals how to abide by the laws of the wild jungle in order to survive. This is a classic tale that shows us animals and humans can get along.

 

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2. The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence anthony

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild follows conservationist Lawrence Anthony as he is asked to accept a herd of wild elephants on his reserve in Zululand. Anthony takes the elephants in, though his gut feeling tells him not to, in an effort to save their lives. This book is a heartwarming, humorous tale that follows Anthony’s experiences with this herd of wild elephants.

 

 

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3. Cry of the kalahari by delia and mark owens

Cry of the Kalahari is an autobiographical book following two young, American zoologists, Mark and Delia Owens. It details their experience studying the wildlife in the Kalahari desert in Botswana in the mid-1970s.

 

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4. The Soul of an octopus by syd montgomery

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness details author Syd Montgomery’s fascination and connection with octopuses. It discusses the recent acceptance of the intelligence of octopuses and what they can teach us about consciousness when two different minds meet. 

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5. Of wolves and men by barry lopez

In Of Wolves and Men, Barry Lopez guides us through the world of the wolf and corrects our often mistaken-perception of their place among our shared planet. This book details the wolf’s relationship to man throughout the years and gives us a wonderful insight into this powerful and fascinating species. Lopez paints a compelling portrait of the wolf in this insightful and captivating read.

 

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Racism Stirs the Pot for the Romance Writers Group

The Romance Writers Group or the R.W.A., have lost eight board members and the former president. They have resigned their positions due to their reaction and treatment of a member after that member criticized another member’s book. The member, Courtney Milan, who was a former board member and on the ethics committee, accused another member, Kathryn Lynn Davis, of using racist language in her novel, Somewhere Lies the Moon. Milan went on Twitter to vent her frustrations with the novel.

 

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Milan, who is Chinese-American, took offense to the way Davis described a 19th Century Chinese women in the book. According to Milan, the woman was described as having slanted almond eyes and she was also described as being not only quiet but quiet because that’s how she was raised. Milan believes those descriptions are stereotypes that promote violence against women. Davis, of course, disagreed with Milan and argued that her words were historically accurate based on the years of research she did. So, she complained to the ethics department of the R.W.A, that she is also a member of. According to Milan, the R.W.A doesn’t have an ethics code for social media, especially if it’s not from the R.W.A’s account. Regardless, due to Davis’s complaint, Milan has been suspended from the R.W.A and banned from for life from holding a leadership position of any kind.

 

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Milan, and her friend and fellow R.W.A. member, Alyssa Cole, went to Twitter to vent their frustrations with the group. Milan felt betrayed by their actions towards her. Other romance authors, like Nora Roberts and Cynthia Eden, voiced their opinions in favor of Milan on social media as well. After that, the R.W.A. took back what actions were taken towards Milan, which resulted in the resignation of the eight board members and the former president. Davis even came to Milan’s defense and said the group’s actions exceed the expectations of her complaint. Now, with all the backlash, they are trying to hire members outside of the committee, and are working towards being better in the future.

 

 

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Explore the Great Outdoors With the Help of Our Nonfiction Wildlife Picks!

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today, we’ll be recommending five of the best wildlife nonfiction books to give your motivation to explore the natural world!

 

 

5. ‘The Animal Dialogues’ by Craig Childs

 

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The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs is a thrilling book about the author Craig Childs and his various encounters with grizzly bears, sharks, porcupines, elks, bighorn sheep, and many others. Captured with chilling, intimate descriptions and wry humor, this book is a must read for wildlife fans who want to see tons of varied encounters with dozens of different creatures.

 

4. ‘Field Guide to the natural world of New York City’ by Leslie Day

 

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Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City by Leslie Day showcases the wild world of a place you’d not normally think to look at for diverse wildlife: New York City! The book explores three islands full of different kinds of wildlife at its three rich islands: Manhattan, Long Island, and Staten Island. Written by a real life naturalist, this book sheds light on the real wild side of New York with tips of identifying different animals, plants, and more among the urban sprawl.

 

 

3. ‘Unlikely Friendships’ by Jennifer s. Holland

 

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Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lionness mothers a baby oryx.

Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language. Your heart will expand at seeing this unlikely friendships come to life.

 

2. ‘Wild Justice’ by Marc Bekoff

 

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Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff tells about the morality animals. Are animals capable of complex emotions such as a understanding of justice?

With this book, the author answers yes and showcases many examples to support their argument: a female Gorilla who mourned the death of her beloved child, a rat who refused to push a lever for food when he saw doing so electrocuted his friend, or a wild elephant who paused to care for a younger one after it was injured. This book shows us that, whether we like it or not, animals are more like us than we think.

 

1. ‘Winter World’ by Bernd Heinrich 

 

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Winter World by Bernd Heinrich is all about how animals survive the harsh winters and the process of hibernation. From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter.

Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions. Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich’s Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter’s harsh, cruel exigencies.

 

 

 

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Quiz – Which Troubled Bird Are You?

The Mincing Mockingbird’s Guide to Troubled Birds is one of the most amazing and inexplicable thing I’ve ever read. Those birds have been through some stuff. Which one are you?

 

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