THE NATURE BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR JUNE IS UNDER A WHITE SKY:THE NATURE OF THE FUTURE BY ELIZABETH KOLBERT

  The Army Corps of Engineers once boasted of the Mississippi River, “We harnessed it, straightened it, regularized it, shackled it.” This is the reason that southern Louisiana is disintegrating. If control is the problem, then by people’s reasoning, more control must be the solution.Elizabeth Kolbert, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction,…

The Nature Book of the Month for May is The Entangled Life - How Fungi Make our worlds, change our minds, and shape our Future by Merlin Sheldrake

Sue Deadman recommends this book. She is one of Orillia Naturalists’ Club’s  best all round Naturalist, and recently became interested in fungi, as well. Here is her review. ENTANGLED LIFE – How fungi make our worlds, change our minds and shape our futuresBy Merlin Sheldrake Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist with a PhD in tropical…

The Nature book of the Month for April is Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom and Knowledge by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Kyra Howes of the Nottawasaga Conservation Authority and a long time friend of the ONC and the Couchiching Conservancy sends us this report; Braiding Sweetgrass is very aptly named since this book interweaves stories of Indigenous culture, science and botany, and personal stories. The author, Robin Wall Kimmerer, is an excellent storyteller and each of…

THE FEBRUARY NATURE BOOK OF THE MONTH IS SPILLOVER, ANIMAL INFECTIONS AND THE NEXT HUMAN PANDEMIC, BY DAVID QUAMMEN

He has been called “our best science writer”, which is probably true. Reviewed by Nancy Ironside.This may be the toughest, the most unpleasant and the most significant book I have ever read – all 710 pages of it.It is primarily about viruses that have an animal reservoir – zoonotic viruses. Veterinary science and human medicine…

THE DECEMBER NATURE BOOK OF THE MONTH IS THE NEW WILD BY FRED PEARCE

THE NEW WILD; WHY INVASIVE SPECIES WILL BE NATURE’S SALVATION.Nancy Ironside’s take:Ecologists are divided into 2 groups- those who fight the Invasives with all the time and money available, and those who accept the inevitable and think nature and mankind will cope. The second group consider the fight hopeless (Sisyphean), and I belong to the…

September Nature Book of the month is Backwoods of Canada by Catharine Parr Trail

BACKWOODS OF CANADA – by Catharine Parr Traill.(A book review) Dear Aunt Catharine, I read with delight your letters home describing your first two-and-a-half years in “the bush” of Upper Canada. I found the account of the trip in 1832, including your bout of cholera at Montreal, and especially the painful “road” trip to your…

JUNE NATURE BOOK OF THE MONTH-INHERITORS OF THE EARTH by CHRIS THOMAS

This book is chosen by Mary Mick, Life member of ONC.When you think of The Anthropocene, do you focus on all the damage human beings have wrought on the natural world…pollution, climate change, deforestation and, of course, extinction (sometimes referred to as The Sixth Extinction)? Then, you will find Inheritors of the Earth, “provocative” and…