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BOOK: Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest

Readers of this blog might find interesting this new book from Pacific Northwest author Jack Nisbet, who has written about the nature of the region and naturalist David Douglas: Jack Nisbet, Ancient Places: People and Landscape in the Emerging Northwest (Seattle: … Continue reading

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BOOK: Welcome to Subirdia & lecture video

Connecting to nature is most easily accomplished by simply hanging out in one’s own neighborhood. Traveling distances to local natural areas, state parks, or national lands might bring you the opportunity to encounter interesting wildlife, but one’s own neighborhood hosts … Continue reading

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BOOK: Rails-Trails: Washington & Oregon

Rail-Trails: Washington & Oregon (Birmingham, AL: Wilderness Press, 2015), 168 pp. Publisher’s description This region boasts some of the most rural and unique rail-trails in America, such as the 253-mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail with its remote canyons, mountain vistas, … Continue reading

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BOOK: Toad Weather

Here in the Pacific Northwest, spring is slowly going away and summer, not officially here for another two weeks, has arrived as very warm and sunny days. So, I may be a little late in sharing about this new book … Continue reading

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BOOK: Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World

I love books that combine fun artwork with good information. Here’s a new guide that does just that: Julia Rothman, Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2015, 224 pp). Publisher’s … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: In, by Nikki McClure & Portland book talk on May 30

Readers of this blog know that we love Nikki McClure’s artwork and books. Not only does she live and work in the Pacific Northwest, but her themes revolve around nature. She just published a new book, as author and illustrator, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: All the Wild Wonders: Poems of our Earth

Earth Day was a little over one week ago. At some point on that day, I sat down with my toddler daughter and read to her some poems from the new book* All the Wild Wonders: Poems of our Earth, edited … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Adventure & Portland events in April

Last year we shared about a new book for children from Seattle-based artist Hannah Viano, S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet. Viano’s beautiful paper-cut art combined with learning about Pacific Northwest natural history made for a handsome little … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: How to Raise a Wild Child, by Scott Sampson (and giveaway)

Last year I had the fortune of reading a draft of a forthcoming book about connecting children to nature. Geared toward mentors – be they parents, teachers, or other adults in a child’s life – this book captured for me … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Spring nature book titles from Dawn Publications look at the water cycle, life in the mountains, and bird sounds

I’ve reviewed books from Dawn Publications (Facebook/Twitter/blog) before (see here). Their three new titles for spring are equally as informative, creative, and appealing as previous titles. This publisher produces wonderful books about nature for kids; they are entertaining, beautiful illustrated, and engaging, for … Continue reading

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