American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains

Dan Flores’s American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains is a natural history of six iconic animals species. These include bison, pronghorn, grizzlies, coyotes, wolves, and wild horses. Each chapter goes into great detail about the history and importance of each of these animals. Flores also persuades the reader why we must

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Encounters With the Archdruid by John McPhee

For an environmental book published in the 1970s, Encounters With the Archdruid by John McPhee still is extremely relevant today. Conservationists, preservationists, or environmentalists; whatever term you want to use, people who want to protect the earth will always face opponents. And like any complex issue involving millions of people’s lives, there are no simple

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Leave It As It Is A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness

Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness is a duel adventure of the author, David Gessner, into the past and present. The book is part biography, part travelogue, and all conservation-focused. David Gessner is the author of many books but the only one I read of his prior to this

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Review of American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

American Wolf, written by Nate Blakeslee, is an action-packed story that reads like a novel. This true story follows the lives of some of Yellowstone National Park’s well-known wolves, including O-Six, a particularly popular alpha female. The lives of wolves are as complex and dynamic as they are misunderstood. Most wolf studies prior to reintroduction

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Review of Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the Birth of the New West

George Bird Grinnell (1849-1938) lived in New York but his heart always belonged to the West. His life and career spanned a pivotal time in history, where the old west meets the new west; the end of the frontier. Michael Punke’s book Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, the Battle to Save the Buffalo, and the

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