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Inspired by the works of Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, and Annie Dillard, Jerry Wilson's eco-memoir Waiting for Coyote's Call covers twenty-five years of trying to live life while leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible. Wilson encourages the reader to think about his or her place in nature as he recounts his own family's experiences on prairie and woodland near the Missouri River in eastern South Dakota. Wilson chronicles his family's building of an eco-friendly solar home and their attempts to restore the plowed-under prairie to its original state. He muses on the beauty and simplicity of nature in contrast to modern lifestyles in which time is ever-more precious and convenience often outweighs other considerations. Taking the reader on midnight rambles through his "Big Woods," Wilson shares his wonder at the creatures that also make their home on the bluff. From his delight in home-grown tomatoes and high-flying Sandhill cranes to concerns about human interaction with the web of life, the stories of Wilson's quarter of a century on the Missouri River bluff spring off the pages of Waiting for Coyote's Call. Fawns leap and turkeys strut past his window as Wilson listens for the plaintive howl of the prairie predator.
In 2000 the African nation of Ethiopia faced a terrible drought. Ten million people were in danger of starving. How did aid groups rescue millions of people from the brink of disaster?
Based on the Grist website (www. grist. org), this compact guide to making environmentally-responsible choices on a daily basis is an irreverent complement to Al Gore's PowerPoint approach. Davis (a writer/editor in Seattle) and Wroth (an environmental writer) discuss sustainable alternatives to everything from autos to dog, diaper, and electronic waste.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the original publication of Thoreau's classic work (which is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3rd ed.), this special edition is published in cooperation with the Walden Woods Project, a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 to preserve the land, literature, and legacy of Thoreau. The text includes a brief introduction by E. O. Wilson. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 11-12 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
In 1845 Henry David Thoreau began a new life, spending most of each week for over two years in a rough hut he built himself on the northwest shore of Walden Pond, just a mile and a half from his home town of Concord, Massachusetts. Walden is Thoreau's autobiographical account of this experiment in solitary living, his refusal to play by the rules of hard work and the accumulation of wealth and, above all, the freedom it gave him to adapt his living to the natural world around him. This new edition traces the sources of Thoreau's reading and thinking and considers the author in the context of his birthplace and his sense of its history - social, economic, and natural. In addition, an ecological appendix provides modern identifications of the myriad plants and animals to which Thoreau gave increasingly close attention as he became acclimatized to his life at Walden. Long-revered by political reformers and environmentalists, Walden is here reassessed by Stephen Fender, whose edition is based on research into the material conditions of Thoreau's life in Concord, and the town's place in the history of mid-nineteenth-century New England. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 11-12 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
First published in 1854, Henry David Thoreau's groundbreaking book has influenced generations of readers and continues to inspire and inform anyone with an open mind and a love of nature. With Bill McKibben providing a newly revised Introduction and helpful annotations that place Thoreau firmly in his role as cultural and spiritual seer, this beautiful edition of Walden for the new millennium is more accessible and relevant than ever. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 11-12 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
An interactive, narrative tone invites readers to walk through America's biomes in this series by award-winning science author Rebecca L. Johnson. Supports the national science education standards Unifying Concepts and Processes: Systems, Order, and Organization; Unifying Concepts and Processes: From and Function; and Life Science as outlined by the National Academics of Science and endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association.
Matilda Joslyn Gage a famous Womans Rights suffragist also wrote many books, speaches, stories and articles.In the 1800's The Walking Fern, is a short story about two young ladies who go out in search of a rare fern, and meet a strange man with a secret past.
Much more than a "how-to" exercise book, the complete guide to walking is an interactive handbook that can make the difference for millions of Americans who struggle with weight loss, health and dietary concerns, stress, and chronic fatigue. Here, Mark Fenton, the nation's foremost expert on walking, offers dozens of realistic solutions to help readers overcome their individual barriers to regular daily activity. As editor at Walking magazine and coach of beginners and world-class athletes alike, Fenton promises to transform readers of all ages from couch potato to athlete in less than one year with this responsible, motivational, and enjoyable prescription to a healthier life.
The ultimate manual for wilderness travelers and campers, "Walking Softly in the Wilderness" is the groundbreaking guide that first taught backpackers how to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience that leaves nature undisturbed. In recent years backpacking gear and practices have undergone many changes, and all are noted and expertly evaluated by author John Hart in this new edition. Covering the latest in "ultralight" gear choices, as well as down-loadable maps, portable GPS devices, and the world of online information, Hart is a sure-footed guide to this changing scene.
The nineteen essays in this important collection explore the New England wilderness including the Green and White Mountains and Maine - and also such a far-flung diversity of subjects as assassinations, dogs, jury duty, mountain lions, power, fame, women's liberation, life in New York City, boxing, freight cars, and much more.
One of the most amazing survival stories ever told -- journalist Jennifer Woodlief's gripping account of the deadliest ski-area avalanche in North American history and the woman who survived in the face of incalculable odds.
For generations, the Ojibwe bands of northern Wisconsin have spearfished spawning walleyed pike in the springtime. The bands reserved hunting, fishing, and gathering rights on the lands that would become the northern third of Wisconsin in treaties signed with the federal government in 1837, 1842, and 1854. Those rights, however, would be ignored by the state of Wisconsin for more than a century. When a federal appeals court in 1983 upheld the bands' off-reservation rights, a deep and far-reaching conflict erupted between the Ojibwe bands and some of their non-Native neighbors. Starting in the mid-1980s, protesters and supporters flocked to the boat landings of lakes being spearfished; Ojibwe spearfisher-men were threatened, stoned, and shot at. Peace and protest rallies, marches, and ceremonies galvanized and rocked the local communities and reservations, and individuals and organizations from across the country poured into northern Wisconsin to take sides in the spearfishing dispute. From the front lines on lakes to tense, behind-the-scenes maneuvering on and off reservations, The Walleye War tells the riveting story of the spearfishing conflict, drawing on the experiences and perspectives of the members of the Lac du Flambeau reservation and an anthropologist who accompanied them on spearfishing expeditions. We learn of the historical roots and cultural significance of spearfishing and off-reservation treaty rights and we see why many modern Ojibwes and non-Natives view them in profoundly different ways. We also come to understand why the Flambeau tribal council and some tribal members disagreed with the spearfishermen and pursued a policy of negotiation with the state to lease the off-reservation treaty rights for fifty million dollars. Fought with rocks and metaphors, The Walleye War is the story of a Native people's struggle for dignity, identity, and self-preservation in the modern world. Larry Nesper an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape: Vermont's Champlain Valley and New York's Adirondacksby Bill Mckibben
The acclaimed author of The End of Nature takes a three-week walk from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks and reflects on the deep hope he finds in the two landscapes. Bill McKibben begins his journey atop Vermont's Mt. Abraham, with a stunning view to the west that introduces us to the broad Champlain Valley of Vermont, the expanse of Lake Champlain, and behind it the towering wall of the Adirondacks. "In my experience," McKibben tells us, "the world contains no finer blend of soil and rock and water and forest than that found in this scene laid out before me--a few just as fine, perhaps, but none finer. And no place where the essential human skills--cooperation, husbandry, restraint--offer more possibility for competent and graceful inhabitation, for working out the answers that the planet is posing in this age of ecological pinch and social fray." The region he traverses offers a fine contrast between diverse forms of human habitation and pure wilderness. On the Vermont side, he visits with old friends who are trying to sustain traditional ways of living on the land and to invent new ones, from wineries to biodiesel. After crossing the lake in a rowboat, he backpacks south for ten days through the vast Adirondack woods. As he walks, he contemplates the questions that he first began to raise in his groundbreaking meditation on climate change, The End of Nature: What constitutes the natural? How much human intervention can a place stand before it loses its essence? What does it mean for a place to be truly wild? Wandering Home is a wise and hopeful book that enables us to better understand these questions and our place in the natural world. It also represents some of the best nature writing McKibben has ever done.
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something--and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans. . . . This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman's passion, vision, and determination inspired great change. Includes an author's note.
A shadowy backlash against environmentalists has begun to emerge in America, the most visible element of which calls itself the "Wise Use" movement. Among its stated goals are the unregulated use of timber, oil, gas, minerals, and range land, and the abolition of all environmental laws and agencies.
Adapt, or face extinction. The golden toad used to inhabit the cloud forests of Costa Rica, but when the weather became too warm and dried up the pools where its eggs hatched, the golden toad disappeared. It has not been seen in more than twenty years. This amphibian is just one of several species in A WARMER WORLD, a thought-provoking and informative account of how global climate change has affected wildlife over the past several decades. Species by species, acclaimed nonfiction children's author Caroline Arnold describes how warmer weather alters ecosystems, forcing animals to adapt or become extinct. Arnold's clear and straightforward text is complemented by Jamie Hogan's collage-style illustrations. Reminiscent of a nature journal, the book will inspire readers to start their own research into this significant global issue. A glossary and listing of websites and books for further exploration is included.
In Waste Trading among Rich Nations, Kate O'Neill asks why some industrialized nation voluntarily imports such wastes in the absence of pressing economic need. She focuses on Britain as an importer and Germany as an exporter and also looks at France, Australia, and Japan.
Apples aren't just good for keeping doctors at bay, they also make for a tasty snack. Readers will explore the life of apple trees from their beginnings as seeds to the fruit they produce. Colorful photographs show the growth of an apple tree in perfect detail. Readers even learn how bees play an important part in growing apples.
From humble bulbs, some of the most beautiful flowers burst forth with showy flowers of six petals each. There are now over 3,000 registered varieties of tulips. With the help of vibrant photographs and fun facts, readers explore the way tulips grow into the beautiful plants seen in flower shops and gardens around the world Picture descriptions present.
Do you know . . . * if wolves live near you? * how wolves say hello? * how big a wolf paw is? * the way wolves cool off? * how they play? * how they hunt? Read this book and become an expert on wolves! Pull Ahead books are both fun and challenging. You'll want to read them all!
Beckoned by its alluring landscape, Jim Arnosky describes the desert's most famous residents -- Gila monsters, snakes, lizards, and a variety of birds of prey. A keen observer, he also spies some creatures that may surprise readers: the desert deer, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep. Arnosky adds a wealth of enlightening facts about desert creatures to make this a fascinating record of the American southwest.
WATER: USE LESS-SAVE MORE THE CHELSEA GREEN GUIDES-A NEW SERIES OF POCKET-SIZED BOOKS TO HELP SAVE THE EARTH! Did you know that Americans now use 127 percent more water than we did in 1950? Or that about 95 percent of the water entering our homes goes down the drain? Our population is growing, our climate changing, and our lifestyles demand more and more water. This book includes one hundred tips for conserving water in the home and garden. Following just a few will reduce your consumption of water, save money, and save the environment. This book gives you 100 water saving tips for the home and garden - from simple things like having a shower instead of a bath, to more drastic measures like installing a rainwater harvesting system. If each one of us does just one of them, we can help reduce the likelihood of water shortages both now and in the future
In his award-winning book WATER, Marq de Villiers provides an eye-opening account of how we are using, misusing, and abusing our planet's most vital resource. Encompassing ecological, historical, and cultural perspectives, de Villiers reports from hot spots as diverse as China, Las Vegas, and the Middle East, where swelling populations and unchecked development have stressed fresh water supplies nearly beyond remedy. Political struggles for control of water rage around the globe, and rampant pollution daily poses dire ecological theats. With one eye on these looming crises and the other on the history of our dependence on our planet's most precious commodity, de Villiers has crafted a powerful narrative about the lifeblood of civilizations that will be "a wake-up call for concerned citizens, environmentalists, policymakers, and water drinkers everywhere" (Publishers Weekly).
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