Eager – The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb is, as the title declares, full of surprises. Beavers, those large, dam building mammals in the rodent family are not what you’d ever expect to be glamorous or captivating. But in many ways they are both. Through all my years
The Man Who Loved Birds is the extensively researched biography of Dr. Frank M. Chapman, a pioneering ornithologist from the late 19th century into the mid-20th century. Written by James T. Huffstodt, The Man Who Loved Birds is a fun read about a fascinating ornithologist that many birders may only know of him from starting
Conversations With Birds by Priyanka Kumar is a fun collection of essays about the author’s birding adventures. Born in India, Kumar moved to the United States and then lived in several states before landing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A lover of outdoors, it took her longer to form a deep connection to birds, to
I discovered Richard Louv because of his wildly important book, Last Child in the Woods. Then I read The Nature Principle and Vitamin N. His 2019 book, Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs continues to promote and persuade a love for nature and a love for nature education.
Birds and Us: A 12,000-Year History From Cave Art to Conservation by Tim Birkhead takes you on a journey beginning before recorded history to present-day worries of species decline. (VERIFY WHERE HE ENDS) My historical interest of birds usually begins with John James Audubon, but the chapters on cave art, mummified Sacred Ibis in Egypt,
It has been five years since I reviewed the American Prairie. At that time, they were known as American Prairie Reserve. The name may have changed, but the goal of creating a continuous, massive prairie ecosystem has stayed the same. In five years, the land protected by American Prairie has grown by almost 100,000 acres
To celebrate our one-year anniversary of dating, my boyfriend and I planned a camping trip to southern Illinois. We wanted to visit locations like Snake Road, Heron Pond, and Trillium Trail, all within the massive Shawnee National Forest. Here is how our trip went. Arrival We left at 5:40 in the morning and drove the
The weather was finally nice again this past weekend, so to enjoy the sun and the wildlife it brought with it, we went hiking in our local area and photographed what we saw. Birds were not especially active when we went, although we did see two Red-tailed Hawks, some Turkey Vultures, some woodpeckers, and many,