List of Books Chosen for
Conservation Philosophy Reading
Group Meetings


6/7/90 The Outermost House, Henry Beston

8/9/90 New World, New Mind, Robert Ornstein & Paul Ehrlich

10/11/90 Books on the Chesapeake Bay such as: Beautiful Swimmers, Warner; The Bay, Klingel; Bay Country, Horton.

12/6/90 What Are People For?, Wendell Berry

2/8/91 The Dream of the Earth, Thomas Berry

4/4/91 Crossing Open Ground, Barry Lopez

6/13/91 This Incomperable Lande, Thomas J. Lyon, editor

9/23/91 (finish above book)

11/19/91 Black Elk Speaks, John G. Neihardt

1/21/92 The Land of Little Rain, Mary Austin

3/23/92 The Everglades—River of Grass, Marjory Stoneman Douglas

6/2/92 Earth in the Balance, Al Gore

9/9/92 Writings of Wallace Stegner such as: Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, All the Little Live Things, The Spectator Bird

11/3/92 Writings of Annie Dillard such as: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, An American Childhood

1/5/93 The Diversity of Life, Edward O. Wilson

3/15/93 Flowering Earth, Donald Culross Peattie

5/6/93 Assembling California, John McPhee

6/30/93 Tarka the Otter, Henry Williamson

9/9/93 The Last Panda, George B. Schaller

11/3/93 Ulendo, Archie Carr

1/24/94 Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, Mark J. Plotkin

3/28/94 The Natural History of Selborne, Gilbert White

5/17/94 Spring in Washington, Louis J. Halle

6/29/94 Beginning Again, David Ehrenfeld

9/19/94 Confronting Environmental Racism, Robert Bullard, ed.

11/8/94 The Final Forest, William Dietrich

1/11/95 The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner

3/13/95 Walden plus other writings of Henry D. Thoreau

5/3/95 Beautiful Swimmers, William Warner

6/27/95 After the Ice Age, E. C. Pielou

9/12/95 Broadsides from the Other Orders, Sue Hubbell

11/6/95 Gathering the Desert, Gary Paul Nabhan

1/10/96 (January canceled due to snow)

3/19/96 Wake-Robin, John Burroughs

5/8/96 Spell of the Tiger, Sy Montgomery

6/19/96 Our Stolen Future, Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers

9/30/96 Naturalist, Edward O. Wilson

11/18/96 Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey

1/13/97 The Pioneers, James Fenimore Cooper

3/10/97 Betrayal of Science and Reason, Paul and Ann Ehrlich

5/6/97 Under the Sea Wind, Rachel Carson

6/24/97 Ecological Revolutions, Carolyn Merchant

9/15/97 Parrot without a Name, Don Stap

11/24/97 Cape Cod, Henry David Thoreau

1/5/98 House of Light, Mary Oliver

3/3/98 Green Mansions, W. H. Hudson

5/4/98 Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose

6/29/98 The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton

9/28/98 The Ecology of Commerce, Paul Hawken

11/30/98 Cod, Mark Kurlansky

1/25/99 Meadowlands, Bert Sullivan

3/29/99 My Boyhood and Youth and A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf , John Muir

5/10/99 Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America, Richard Nelson

6/28/99 Roughing It, Mark Twain

9/27/99 Rachel Carson, Linda Lear

11/15/99 Travels, William Bartram

1/10/2000 Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier

3/13/00 House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday

5/1/00 Wind, Jan DeBlieu

6/26/00 The Lonely Land , Sigurd Olsen

9/25/00 Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond

11/6/00 The Star Thrower, Loren Eiseley

1/22/01 The Song of the Dodo, David Quammen

3/5/01 The Run, John Hay

5/22/01 Moby Dick, Herman Melville

6/25/01 Turtle Island, Gary Snyder

9/24/01 Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver

11/13/01 The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin

2/4/02 Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams

4/8/02 Stirring the Mud, Barbara Hurd

6/3/02 The Tree Where Man was Born, Peter Matthiessen

7/1/02 Selected Poems, Robinson Jeffers

9/9/02 The Ape and the Sushi Master, Frans de Waal

11/18/02 A Naturalist in Costa Rica, Alexander Skutch

1/13/03 The Eternal Frontier, Tim Flannery

3/3/03 The Unsettling of America, Wendell Berry

5/19/03 The Other Side of Eden, Hugh Brody

6/30/03 Swampwalker’s Journal, David M. Carroll

9/10/03 Far Away and Long Ago, W. H. Hudson

10/14/03 The Shell Collector, Anthony Doerr and Native Tongue, Carl Hiaasen

1/12/04 Consilience, Edward O. Wilson

3/16/04 Songbirds, Truffles, and Wolves: An American Naturalist in Italy, Gary Paul Nabhan

5/17/04 Idle Days in Patagonia, W H Hudson

6/22/04 Song of the World Becoming, Pattiann Rogers

9/15/04 English Passengers, Matthew Kneale

11/16/04 A Naturalist in Costa Rica, Alexander Skutch

1/31/05 Emerson: The Mind on Fire, Robert Richardson

3/29/05 Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin

5/23/05 The Naturalist in La Plata, WH Hudson

6/20/05 The Land of Little Rain, Mary Austin

9/13/05 Two in the Far North, Margaret Murie

11/14/05 Collapse, Jared Diamond

1/23/06 Winter, Rick Bass and Winter World, Bernd Heinrich

3/21/06 North with the Spring, Edwin Way Teale

5/24/06 Hampshire Days, W. H. Hudson

6/26/06 Chesapeake Bay Blues, Howard Ernst and Bay Country, Tom Horton

9/26/06 Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner

11/6/06 Darlington’s Fall, Brad Leithauser

1/23/07 The Winter Beach, Charlton Ogburn

4/16/07 Coming into the Country, John McPhee

6/5/07 Beatrix Potter, Linda Lear

6/27/07 Organic Inc., Samuel Fromartz

10/1/07 Blue Latitudes, Tony Horwitz

11/26/07 Wild America, Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher

1/29/08 Return to Wild America, Scott Weidensaul

3/24/08 Eating Stone, Ellen Meloy

5/27/08 Nurture: Poems, Maxine Kumin

6/23/08 A Naturalist and Other Beasts, George Schaller

9/23/08 Killing Mr. Watson, Peter Matthiessen

11/17/08 In the Dust of Kilimanjaro, David Western

1/26/09 A Primate’s Memoir, Robert Sapolsky

3/30/09 The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen

5/18/09 Arte de Pajaros/Art of Birds, Pablo Neruda

6/30/09 Where the Wild Things Were, William Stolzenburg

9/8/09 The Wilderness World of John Muir, ed. by Edwin Teale

11/16/09 The Wild Places, Robert Macfarlane

1/25/10  Devil in the Mountains, Simon Lamb

3/23/10   The Snoring Bird, Bernd Heinrich

5/17/10   Our Choice, Al Gore

6/29/10  1491, Charles Mann

9/21/10   Selected Poems, A.R. Ammons

12/14/10  The Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway

1/25/11  Searching for Yellowstone, Paul Schullery

3/22/11  The Great Plains, Ian Frazier

5/25/11  Chrysalis, Kim Todd

6/27/11  Wapiti Wilderness, Margaret and Olaus Murie

9/20/11  The Tiger, John Vaillant

11/21/11  Wolf Willow, Wallace Stegner

1/30/12  Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner

3/26/12  Montana: High, Wide and Handsome, Joseph Howard

5/21/12  The River of Doubt, Candice Millard

7/9/12  1493, Charles Mann

 9/24/12  The View from Lazy Point, Carl Safina

12/4/12  The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan

1/28/13  This House of Sky, Ivan Doig

3/26/13  Dancing at the Rascal Fair, Ivan Doig

5/28/13   Nature and the American, Hans Huth

9/23/13  My Boyhood and Youth, John Muir

12/9/13   Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, Barbara Novak

1/27/14  The First Frontier, Scott Weidensaul

3/31/14  Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

5/19/14  Seasons at Eagle Pond, Donald Hall, and A Naturalist Buys
an Old Farm
, Edwin Way Teale

7/1/14  The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, Bruce Barcott

9/29/14  The Condor’s Shadow, David Wilcove

11/10/14  The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert

2/2/15  The Tapir’s Morning Bath, Elizabeth Royte

3/23/15  Walden Warming, Richard Primack

5/18/15  Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver

6/22/15  H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald

9/28/15  No Way Home, David Wilcove

11/16/15  The Outermost House, Henry Beston and The Primal Place, Robert Finch

2/1/16  Ring of Bright Water, Gavin Maxwell

3/xx/16  “Merchants of Doubt” the movie (at meeting) (but a good idea: read the book first!)

5/23/16 Steller’s Island, Dean Littlepage

6/27/16 The Appalachians, Maurice Brooks

9/26/16 The Invention of Nature, Andrea Wulf

11/28/16 The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery

1/23/17 Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, Frans De Waal

3/27/17 Oak: the Frame of Civilization, William Bryant Logan

5/22/17 Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, Peter Godfrey-Smith

7/17/17 The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, Peter Wohlleben

9/25/17 The Narrow Edge: a Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey. Deborah Cramer

11/20/17 I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong

1/22/18 The Great Warming, Brian Fagan

3/19/18 The Winter Beach, Charlton Ogburn

5/21/18 Lab Girl, Hope Jahren

6/25/18 Notes from the Shore, Jennifer Ackerman

9/24/18 The Evolution of Beauty, Richard Prum

11/26/18 The World in a Grain, Vince Beiser

1/28/19 The Natural History of Selborne, Gilbert White

3/28/19 The Feather Thief, Kirk Johnson

6/3/19 The Revolutionary Genius of Plants: a New Understanding of Plant Intelligence and Behavior, Stefano Mancuso

7/1/19 Nature Cure, Richard Mabey

9/23/19 Mama’s Last Hug, Frans De Waal

11/25/19 Freckles, Gene Stratton-Porter and Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman

1/27/20 Horizon, Barry Lopez

3/23/20 The Book That Changed America, Randall Fuller

5/18/20 A Life in Nature, Napier Shelton

6/29/20 Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

7/27/20  A Life in Nature, Napier Shelton

8/31/20   Semiosis by Sue Burke

9/29/20  Eager: The Surprising Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, Ben Goldfarb

10/26/20  The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird, Joshua Hammer

11/30/20  Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, Bathsheba Demuth

12/28/20  The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlock the Secrets of the World’s Favorite Insect, Wendy Williams

2/1/21  Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind, Robert Richardson

2/22/21  Refuge: an Unnatural History of Family and Place, OR Erosion: Essays of Undoing, Terry Tempest Williams

3/29/21  The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, J. Drew Lanham

4/26/21  Vesper Flights, Helen Macdonald