NEW BOOKS: Nature.

The Cold Welcome; The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America by Sam White. Harvard University Press, 2017. When Europeans first arrived in the New World, they faced severe winters and relatively hot summers.

The Long Shadows by Richardf Tucker & Timo Vurisalo. Oregon State University Press, 2017. We are often reminded of the tens of millions who died in WWII. The unprecedented militarization of land, sea, and air by war industries and powerful armaments also devastated ecosystems around the world.

First Impressions; A Reader’s Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest by David Weber & William de Buys. Yale University Press, 2017. The history and culture of the American Southwest through the experiences of explorers, missionaries, and travelers.

The Inner Life of Animals; Love, Grief, and Compassion; Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter Wohlleben. Greystone Books, 2017. The author wrote an earlier book entitled. The Inner Life of Trees.

The Great Apes; A Short History by Chris Herzfeld, et alii Yale University Press, 2017. An exploration of our relationship to and fascination with the great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans.)

Where the Animals Go; Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics by James Cheshire & Oliver Uberti. W.W. Norton, 2017. Naturalists used to have to follow foot prints. Now tagging, drones, etc. have revolutionized this field.

Wild Horse Country; The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang, America’s Horse by David Philipps. W.W. Norton, 2017. A hugely successful immigrant. Mustangs have become symbols of our national liberty. But they are destroying the Southwestern habitat through which huge herds of them thunder.

Wonderlandscape; Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon by John Clayton. Pegasus, 2017. Americans have shaped their national identity around a close association of the land with our national character.

Pine; The Human History of a Tree by Andrew Vietze. Globe Pequot, 2017 paper. A history of the ubiquitous pine tree; its importance in the early American environment.

Venom; The Secrets of Nature’s Deadliest Weapon by Ronald Jenner & Eivind Undheim. Smithsonian, 2017 paper. Jellyfish, snakes, wasps, etc. How their venom is used in predation, defense, competition, and communication.

Bear; Myth, Animal, and Icon by Wolf Storl. North Atlantic Books, 2018 paper. The bear has long been regarded as having great power. Storl tells us about the bear caves of the Neanderthals and the bear-worshipping Siberian tribes of today. And on to our teddy bear a favorite toy associated with President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

Barrier Islands of the Florida Gulf Coast Peninsula by Richard Davis, Jr. Pineapple Press, 2017 paper. Covers the thirty barrier islands along this two-hundred-mile coast.

Other Minds; The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. Thinking; mammals, birds, yes but octopuses?

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