The Wild Places

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Author: Robert Macfarlane

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847081592

Category: Nature

Page: 352

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Are there any genuinely wild places left in Britain and Ireland? Or have we tarmacked, farmed and built ourselves out of wildness? In his vital, bewitching, inspiring classic, Robert Macfarlane sets out in search of the wildness that remains.

For the Wild Places

Profiles In Conservation

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Author: Janet Trowbridge Bohlen

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610913997

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 228

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For the Wild Places profiles five of the unsung heroes of the new discipline of conservation biology -- the front-line soldiers of the conservation movement who have dedicated their lives to saving endangered species and habitats. In addition to describing the day-to-day activities of the scientists, author Janet Bohlen explores the wider issues that are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of conservation efforts. In the course of her travels, she came to appreciate the complex interaction of local and global needs, and the reality of the political and social context in which all such efforts take place. In describing the scientists, their lives, and their work, she effectively conveys the fundamental importance and ever-present challenge of a life devoted to protecting the environment.

The wild places

a photographic celebration of unspoiled America

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Author: Milton Rugoff

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 258

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Dreaming of Lions

My Life in the Wild Places

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Author: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603586857

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has spent a lifetime observing other creatures and other cultures, from her own backyard to the African savannah. Her books have transported millions of readers into the hidden lives of animals—from dogs and cats to deer and lions. She’s chronicled the daily lives of African tribes, and even imagined the lives of prehistoric humans. She illuminates unknown worlds like no other. Now, she opens the doors to her own. Dreaming of Lions traces Thomas’s life from her earliest days, including when, as a young woman in the 1950s, she and her family packed up and left for the Kalahari Desert to study the Ju/Wa Bushmen. The world’s understanding of African tribal cultures has never been the same since. Nor has Thomas, as the experience taught her not only how to observe, but also how to navigate in male-dominated fields like anthropology and animal science and do what she cared about most: spending time with animals and people in wild places, and relishing the people and animals around her at home. Readers join Thomas as she returns to Africa, after college and marriage, with her two young children, ending up in the turmoil leading to Idi Amin’s bloody coup. She invites us into her family life, her writing, and her fascination with animals—from elephants in Namibia, to dogs in her kitchen, or cougars outside her New England farmhouse. She also recounts her personal struggles, writing about her own life with the same kind of fierce honesty that she applies to the world around her, and delivering a memoir that not only shares tremendous insights, but also provides tremendous inspiration. Dreaming of Lions, originally published in hardcover as A Million Years With You, is slightly updated and includes a powerful new afterword by the author.

The Back of Beyond

Travels to the Wild Places of the Earth

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Author: David Yeadon

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780060922740

Category: Travel

Page: 449

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An author of travel guides describes his experiences in thirteen "wild places"--little-known spots that are often inaccessible, frequently inhospitable, and rarely reached by tour groups

All the Wild and Lonely Places

Journeys In A Desert Landscape

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Author: Lawrence Hogue

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597263368

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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"All the wild and lonely places, the mountain springs are called now. They were not lonely or wild places in the past days. They were the homes of my people." --Chief Francisco Patencio, the Cahuilla of Palm Springs The Anza-Borrego Desert on California's southern border is a remote and harsh landscape, what author Lawrence Hogue calls "a land of dreams and nightmares, where the waking world meets the fantastic shapes and bent forms of imagination." In a country so sere and rugged, it's easy to imagine that no one has ever set foot there -- a wilderness waiting to be explored. Yet for thousands of years, the land was home to the Cahuilla and Kumeyaay Indians, who, far from being the "noble savages" of European imagination, served as active caretakers of the land that sustained them, changing it in countless ways and adapting it to their own needs as they adapted to it.In All the Wild and Lonely Places, Lawrence Hogue offers a thoughtful and evocative portrait of Anza-Borrego and of the people who have lived there, both original inhabitants and Spanish and American newcomers -- soldiers, Forty-Niners, cowboys, canal-builders, naturalists, recreationists, and restorationists. We follow along with the author on a series of excursions into the desert, each time learning more about the region's history and why it calls into question deeply held beliefs about "untouched" nature. And we join him in considering the implications of those revelations for how we think about the land that surrounds us, and how we use and care for that land."We could persist in seeing the desert as an emptiness, a place hostile to humans, a pristine wilderness," Hogue writes. "But it's better to see this as a place where ancient peoples tried to make their homes, and succeeded. We can learn from what they did here, and use that knowledge to reinvigorate our concept of wildness. Humans are part of nature; it's still nature, even when we change it."

Place of the Wild

A Wildlands Anthology

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Author: David Clarke Burks

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1559633425

Category: Nature

Page: 340

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Where and what is the place of the wild? Is the goal of preserving biodiversity across the landscape of North America compatible with contemporary Western culture?Place of the Wild brings together original essays from an exceptional array of contemporary writers and activists to present in a single volume the most current thinking on the relationship between humans and wilderness. A common thread running through the volume is the conviction that everyone concerned with the natural world -- academics and activists, philosophers and poets -- must join forces to re-establish cultural narratives and shared visions that sustain life on this planet.The contributors apply the insights of conservation biology to the importance of wilderness in the 21st century, raising questions and stimulating thought. The volume begins with a series of personal narratives that present portraits of wildlands and humans. Following those narratives are more-analytical discourses that examine conceptions and perceptions of the wild, and of the place of humanity in it. The concluding section features clear and resonant activist voices that consider the importance of wildlands, and what can be done to reconcile the needs of wilderness with the needs of human culture.

Strangers in the Wild Place

Refugees, Americans, and a German Town, 1945-1952

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Author: Adam R. Seipp

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253006775

Category: History

Page: 285

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"This book examines the experiences of ethnic Germans fleeing the Russian advance into Eastern Europe, German civilians seeking refuge from bombed-out urban areas, non-Germans liberated from concentration camps or compulsory labor facilities, refugee bureaucrats from both Germany and the United Nations, American soldiers and erstwhile occupiers, and the community of Wildflecken itself"--Jacket.

Scotland

The Wild Places

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Author: Colin Prior

Publisher: Constable Limited

ISBN: 9781841193151

Category: Travel

Page: 192

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This collection of panoramic images from award-winning photographer Colin Prior offers a unique visual record of Scotland's wild places. The stunning images take as their starting point the solstices of mid-summer and mid-winter, when the sun lies furthest from the celestial equator, and autumnal and vernal equinoxes, when the sun crosses the celestial equator. Each seasonal shift in the position of sunrise and sunset results in an otherworldly transformation of the landscape. Using a special panoramic camera, and often shooting at the magical hours of dusk and dawn, he captures those rare moments when composition, light, and color combine to extraordinary effect.

Islands of fire, islands of spice

exploring the wild places of Indonesia

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Author: Richard Bangs,Christian Kallen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: N.A

Category: Travel

Page: 226

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From cities to rain forests, the vast cultural and environmental diversity of the world's fifth largest nation is captured in one volume

Ivory, Apes & Peacocks

Animals, adventure and discovery in the wild places of Africa

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Author: Alan Root

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448161037

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Alan Root is one of the great wildlife pioneers. His unmatched experience of East African wildlife and his appetite for risk have made him a world-class naturalist and film-maker. Ivory, Apes & Peacocks tells the story of his life’s work, from his arrival in Kenya as a young boy to the making of his game-changing films. From a hot-air balloon Alan was the first to track the wildebeest migration; then he flew it over Kilimanjaro. He filmed inside a termite mound and dived with hippos and crocodiles. In this extraordinary memoir we look at Africa’s wonders through the eyes of a visionary, live through hair-raising adventure and personal sorrow, and also bear witness to a natural world now largely lost from view.

Earthborn

In Celebration of Wild Places

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Author: John Beatty

Publisher: Random House (NY)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 110

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State of the Wild 2010-2011

A Global Portrait

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Author: Eva Fearn

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610911580

Category: Nature

Page: 264

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State of the Wild is a biennial series that brings together international conservation experts and writers to discuss emerging issues in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. Each volume in the series combines evocative writings with a fascinating tour of conservation news highlights and vital statistics from around the world. One-third of each volume focuses on a topic of particular concern to conservationists. This 2010–2011 edition considers how destabilization and war affect wildlife and wild places. Only recently has the international community begun to appreciate the cost of conflict—simmering tension, war, and reconstruction—on the natural world. This special section examines the role that conservation plays in the context of human conflict considering issues such as, Can the work of saving wildlife and wild places help ameliorate tensions? Can conservation deepen political understanding? Can conservation help in post-conflict situations? The book’s twenty essays are intermixed with poetry and beautiful photos that capture our connection to the wild. State of the Wild’s accessible approach educates a wide range of audiences while at the same time presenting leading-edge scientific overviews of hot topics in conservation. Uniquely structured with magazine-like features up front, conservation news in the middle, and essays from eminent authors and experienced scientists throughout, this landmark series is an essential addition to any environmental bookshelf.

Return of the Wild

The Future Of Our National Lands

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Author: Ted Kerasote

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597263191

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 225

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As individuals and as a nation we believe that if we recycle and buy fuel-efficient cars we have done our part to protect the environment. Yet an important element is missing. If we don't conserve the still-undeveloped places of the earth, human life will be disconnected from its fellow animals and torn from its roots. Humans will still exist, but as Ted Kerasote explains in his insightful introduction, "we'll be like potted trees in the foyers of great skyscrapers -- alone and not part of a wider forest."Our efforts to recycle and conserve energy must be augmented with advocacy for the protection of wild spaces, and Return of the Wild is an important underpinning for that endeavor: a guide through the issues of the day, a history, a forum for debate, a source of information. Sponsored by the Pew Wilderness Center, the book brings together leading thinkers and writers to examine why nature in its most untrammeled state is vitally important to all of us; what currently threatens wild country; and what can be done not merely to conserve more of it, but also to return it to our lives and consciousness.Contributors including Vine Deloria, Jr., Chris Madson, Mike Matz, Richard Nelson, Thomas M. Power, Michael Soule, Jack Turner, and Florence Williams consider a wide range of topics relating to wildlands, and explore the varied economic, spiritual, and ecological justifications for preserving wilderness areas. The book also features a completely new four-color mapping of the remaining roadless areas on federal lands, as well as the National Wilderness Preservation System, now measuring 106 million acres, in which much of this roadless land could one day be included.This first annual edition is both an inspiring and thoughtful introduction to wilderness subjects for the general public and an invaluable reference for legislators, the media, and conservation organizations. It is an essential new contribution to wilderness preservation efforts.

The Atlas of Wild Places

In Search of the Earth's Last Wildernesses

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Author: Roger Few

Publisher: Checkmark Books

ISBN: 9780816031689

Category: Science

Page: 240

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Shows and describes wilderness areas in the Polar regions, North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia

A Road Runs Through it

Reviving Wild Places

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Author: Thomas Reed Petersen

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781555663711

Category: Nature

Page: 227

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This book explores what many consider to be the most important issue in the re-wilding of America today-roads. Not highways, but the 500,000 miles of roads built on federal forest lands to access natural resources and then abandoned when the resources were removed.

Britain and Ireland's Best Wild Places

500 Ways to Discover the Wild

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Author: Christopher Somerville

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780713999679

Category: Great Britain

Page: 544

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"A journey of discovery through Britain and Ireland, taking in 500 wild places in fields and green lanes, in forests and mountains and on lonely coasts." -- Back cover.