Book Reflection: Misty of Chincoteague

Growing up I had a large collection of Marguerite Henry’s horse books: Misty of Chincoteague; Sea Star; Stormy, Misty’s Foal; Black Gold; Justin Morgan Had a Horse; Twilight and others. They, among my Animal Arc and The Saddle Club books, were meant to be stored and never given away because I knew I would love…

Book Reflection: “The Practical Naturalist” by Chris Packham

Your favorite civilian natural science book comes with prerequisites: vivid photos from altocumulous clouds to decomposition fungi, key hiding spots of small insects and charismatic critters, and nontechnical but curiosity-provoking descriptions of ecological concepts–all of which fill The Practical Naturalist. Edited by Chris Packham and written by a team of scientists, this book is detailed…

Book Reflection: “American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree”

The American chestnut tree,¬†Castanea dentata, was one of the first biological icons to be virtually vacated from an integral position in both the environment and American society. We knew little about accidental imports of exotic species, and the introduction of the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica¬†spurred the discussion and action. I was fascinated with the topic when…