Spring has returned! With spring comes budding trees, mating birds and bees, blooming wildflowers, and a reason to get outside to enjoy nature. This reading list is a companion for your forays outdoors, where you're guaranteed to lower your anxiety level, as well as an assortment of books about the natural world. Now, go get outside!
Bring this complete field guide with you on your nature visits to identify the birds, mammals, trees, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish, spiders, mushrooms, ferns, rocks, and sky of the Midwest. Detailed descriptions and photographs will help you along the way.
This book by Michigan native Matt Forster is an introduction to 54 wilderness preserves and nature centers throughout Michigan. Be sure to have your Kaufman Field Guide to Nature with you.
Michigan’s Lower Peninsula offers extremely diverse terrain, from beaches that are home to shipwrecks and lighthouses, streams populated with trout, and wildflower and orchid fields to spaces with unusual geological formations, sand dunes, and steep climbs, and beech forests perfect for birding. Each chapter begins with an overview of each hike: the type of hike, total distance, time, difficulty, highlights, maps, and trailhead GPS coordinates. Whether setting out in the Sleeping Bear region to observe shipwrecks, open dunes, and beach walking on the South Manitou Island trail, this guide (with 10 bonus hikes!) is the perfect companion.
Each featured trail is perfect for the urban and suburbanite hard-pressed to find outdoor activities close to home. Every chapter includes up-to-date hike specs, a brief hike description, directional cues, and a detailed map.
If you’re motivated to do something good for the environment, this book is the blueprint you need. It shows how to turn your yard into a conservation corridor that provide for native wildlife.
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Ecologist Enric Sala makes a clear case for why protecting nature is our best health insurance, and why it makes economic sense. He wants to change the world. In this compelling book, he shows us how.
This guide helps us rediscover what our ancestors long understood―that a windswept tree, the depth of a puddle, or a trill of birdsong can help us find our way, if we know what to look and listen for. Adventurer and navigation expert Tristan Gooley unlocks the directional clues hidden in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weather patterns, lengthening shadows, changing tides, plant growth, and the habits of wildlife.
From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.
Master storyteller Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. In this tour of an almost unfathomable world, he describes the fascinating interplay between animals and plants.
Storybook descriptions and surprising facts about their natural history will capture your child’s attention. From opals to orchids and tapirs to toadstools, this beautiful collection brings more than 100 incredible items from the natural world to life. Throughout the pages of this guide to the natural world, you’ll discover the myths and legends of living creatures and minerals.
From the New York Times-bestselling author of "The Hidden Life of Trees" and "The Inner Life of Animals" comes a book for kids ages 8-12 about animals at home and around the world. This wonderful introduction to the animal kingdom features playful questions, fun quizzes, and activities that will help kids study animals in their own backyards—and make the world a better place for them.
Peter Wohlleben makes the case that the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.
An informative illustrated book about eighty of the world’s most important and remarkable trees. Adams investigates those trees that human cultures have found most useful across the world and ages: trees that yield timber and other materials of immense practical value, trees that bear edible fruits and nuts, trees that deliver special culinary ingredients and traditions, and trees that give us dyes, essences, and medicines.
Environmentalist Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. From the trees of Britain, to India's sacred banyan tree, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup.
Professor James Canton spent two years meditating beneath the welcoming shelter of the massive 800-year-old Honywood Oak tree in North Essex, England. While considering the direction of his own life, he began to contemplate the existence of this colossus tree. Standing in England for centuries, the oak would have been a sapling when the Magna Carta was signed in 1215.
Learn what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, this book illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards.
A large-format, beautifully illustrated look at the natural history of birds. "What Is a Bird?" explores all aspects of these remarkable creatures, providing an up-close look at their morphology, unique internal anatomy and physiology, fascinating and varied behavior, and ecology.
A passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, "The Meaning of Birds" muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich.
An exploration of birdsong that blends scientific research with a deep understanding of musical beauty and form. Drawing on conversations with neuroscientists, ecologists, and composers, it is the first book to investigate the elusive question of why birds sing and what their song means to both avian and human ears.
Acclaimed natural history Jon Dunn follows the trail of the remarkable hummingbird all over the world.
In this guide to native wild plants, Martin provides profiles of 85 wild plants and flowers found across North America, each accompanied by illustrated watercolor paintings. With dozens of notes, arrows, and details, each chapter encourages the reader to look at the plants as a naturalist would, opening up a new way of seeing nature. She gives details on where the plants can be found, how they grow, how to identify them, and what natural properties they each have.
An exploration of how plant behavior and adaptation offer valuable insights for human thriving.
Discover what scientists are learning about the behavior, social life, and survival strategies of honey bees living outside the beekeeper’s hive and how wild honey bees may hold the key to reversing the alarming die-off of the planet’s managed honey bee populations.
When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave.
Viewed in over 100 countries and selling hundreds of thousands of tickets on the way to finishing 2019 with a rare 100% Tomato meter rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Louie Schwartzberg’s documentary film "Fantastic Fungi" has brought the mycological revolution to the world stage. This is the film’s official companion book, expanding on the documentary’s message: that mushrooms and fungi will change your life– and save the planet.
If an alien visitor were to collect ten souvenir life forms to represent life on earth, which would they be? This is the thought-provoking premise of The Story of Life in 10 and a Half Species. Each life forms explains a key aspect about life on Earth, from the sponge that seems to be a plant but is really an animal to the almost extinct soft-shelled turtle deemed extremely unique and therefore extremely precious. These examples reveal how life itself is arranged across time and space and how humanity increasingly dominates that vision.
Tramping is a way of approach to nature, to humankind, to a nation, to beauty, to life itself. Originally published in 1926, this guide is for anyone who has dreamed of taking to the road with nothing more than a bag full of essentials and big ideas. It gives guidance on walking, being open to discovery and being kind.
John Muir's successes dot the landscape and are evident in all the natural features that bear his name: forests, lakes, trails, and glaciers. Here are some of Muir's finest wilderness essays, ranging in subject matter from Alaska to Yellowstone, from Oregon to the High Sierra.
Keep this beautiful collection of nature poems for each night of the year by your bedside and enjoy a dreamy stroll through the natural world and its wonders just before you go to sleep.
This is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated.
In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions ― the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual ― became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.
"The Lost Spells" evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds.
"A Cloud a Day" inspires us to keep our heads in the clouds with the 365 gorgeous photographs of cloud formations.