Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Nature Conservation. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.   The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening).   In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined “mycorestoration,” as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for bemushroomed generations to come.

  • Author: Paul Stamets
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-1580085793
  • Dimensions: 7.44 x 0.88 x 8.98 inches

                 

2. Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the world's leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence; she's been compared to Rachel Carson, hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound. Her work has influenced filmmakers (the Tree of Souls of James Cameron's Avatar ) and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people worldwide. Now, in her first book, Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths--that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own. Simard writes--in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways—how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies--and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them. Simard writes of her own life, born and raised into a logging world in the rainforests of British Columbia, of her days as a child spent cataloging the trees from the forest and how she came to love and respect them—embarking on a journey of discovery, and struggle. And as she writes of her scientific quest, she writes of her own journey--of love and loss, of observation and change, of risk and reward, making us understand how deeply human scientific inquiry exists beyond data and technology, that it is about understanding who we are and our place in the world, and, in writing of her own life, we come to see the true connectedness of the Mother Tree that nurtures the forest in the profound ways that families and human societies do, and how these inseparable bonds enable all our survival.

  • Author: Suzanne Simard
  • Publisher: Knopf (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0525656098
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches

                 

3. Fantastic Fungi: Expanding Consciousness, Alternative Healing, Environmental Impact // Official Book of Smash Hit Documentary


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

2020 IBPA Awards Winner! “Louie Schwartzberg’s lightly informative, delightfully kooky documentary, “Fantastic Fungi,” offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival.” –Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times “Gorgeous photography! Time-lapse sequences of mushrooms blossoming forth could pass for studies of exotic flowers growing on another planet.”  –Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal The Life-Affirming, Mind-Bending Companion Book to the Smash Hit Documentary FANTASTIC FUNGI  Viewed in over 100 countries and selling hundreds of thousands of tickets on the way to finishing 2019 with a rare 100% Tomato meter rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Schwartzberg’s documentary Fantastic Fungi has brought the mycological revolution to the world stage. This is the film’s official companion book, that expands on the documentary’s message: that mushrooms and fungi will change your life– and save the planet.  Paul Stamets, the world’s preeminent mushroom and fungi expert is joined by leading ecologists, doctors, and explorers such as Michael Pollan, Dr. Andrew Weil, Eugenia Bone, Fantastic Fungi director Louie Schwartzberg, and many more. Together these luminaries show how fungi and mushrooms can restore the planet’s ecosystems, repair our physical health, and renew humanity’s symbiotic relationship with nature.    Join the Movement: Learn about the groundbreaking research that shows why mushrooms stand to provide a solution to environmental challenges, a viable alternative to traditional medicine, and a chance to radically shift consciousness.   Most Comprehensive Fungi book in the world: Admire the astounding, underappreciated beauty with over 400 gloriously-shot photographs of the mycelial world’s most rare and beautiful species in their natural environment.    World’s Leading Fungi Experts: Edited by preeminent mycologist Paul Stamets, who contributes original pieces, Fungi includes original contributions by bestselling author and activist Michael Pollan, alternative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, award-winning nature and food writer Eugenia Bone, Fantastic Fungi director Louie Schwartzberg, and so many more. The book’s roster of experts make this the most comprehensive survey of the diverse benefits and extraordinary potential of these amazing organisms.

  • Author: Paul Stamets
  • Publisher: Earth Aware Editions; Illustrated edition (August 27, 2019)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1683837046
  • Dimensions: 7.75 x 0.9 x 10 inches

                 

4. Of Wolves and Men (Scribner Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

National Book Award Finalist: A “brilliant” study of the science and mythology of the wolf by the New York Times –bestselling author of Arctic Dreams ( The Washington Post ).  When John Fowles reviewed Of Wolves and Men , he called it “A remarkable book, both biologically absorbing and humanly rich, and one that should be read by every concerned American.” In this National Book Award–shortlisted work, literary master Barry Lopez guides us through the world of the wolf and our often-mistaken perceptions of another species’ place on our shared planet. Throughout the centuries, the wolf has been a figure of fascination and mystery, and a major motif in literature and myth. Inspiring fear and respect, the creature has long exerted a powerful influence on the human imagination. Of Wolves and Men takes the reader into the world of the Canis lupus and its relationship to humankind through the ages. Lopez draws on science, history, mythology, and his own field research to present a compelling portrait of wolves both real and imagined, dispelling our fear of them while celebrating their place in our history, legends, and hearts.  This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barry Lopez including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

  • Author: Barry H. Lopez
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; Classic Edition (May 31, 2016)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science & Math

                 

5. We Are Water Protectors


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal #1 New York Times Bestseller Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption ― a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all . . . When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth And poison her people’s water, one young water protector Takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

  • Author: Carole Lindstrom
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; Illustrated edition (March 17, 2020)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Science, Nature & How It Works
  • ISBN: 978-1250203557
  • Dimensions: 10.28 x 0.41 x 10.39 inches

                 



6. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World (The Mysteries of Nature, 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With more than 2 million copies sold worldwide, this beautifully-written book journeys deep into the forest to uncover the fascinating—and surprisingly moving—hidden life of trees. “At once romantic and scientific, Wohlleben's view of the forest calls on us all to reevaluate our relationships with the plant world.”―Daniel Chamovitz, PhD, author of What a Plant Knows Are trees social beings? In The Hidden Life of Trees forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again. Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute

  • Author: Peter Wohlleben
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; First English Language Edition, 8th Printing (September 13, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1771642484
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches

                 

7. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Writing, Travel

                 

8. Underland: A Deep Time Journey


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" ( Wall Street Journal ), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland , he delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself.  In this highly anticipated sequel to The Old Ways , Macfarlane takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time" - the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present - he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlane's own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, artists, cavers, divers, mourners, dreamers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls "the awful darkness within the world."

  • Author: Robert Macfarlane
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Earth Sciences, Geology

                 

9. Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

A New York Times bestseller Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. In this new book, Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard. If you’re concerned about doing something good for the environment, Nature’s Best Hope is the blueprint you need. By acting now, you can help preserve our precious wildlife—and the planet—for future generations.

  • Author: Douglas W. Tallamy
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Illustrated edition (February 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-1604699005
  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.1 inches

                 

10. Mobile Solar Power Made Easy!: Mobile 12 volt off grid solar system design and installation. RV's, Vans, Cars and boats! Do-it-yourself step by step instructions.


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nature Conservation - August 2021

Finally, an easy approach to mobile solar design and installation:-Add a solar system to your RV, Van, Trailer, Car or Boat-Step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow-Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced methods for calculating your solar system. You choose! -Tips and tricks that will save you time and money-You can read this book from start to finish, or use it as a reference-Large, easy to understand picturesAnd much more! I promise that this book will be worth your time, or you will get your money back. There are many solar system books on the market that are just too hard to understand, and impractical. Tired of googling every question you have about setting up your own solar system? Then give this book a chance. It will show you everything that you need to know, from start to finish.

  • Author: William Errol Prowse IV
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (May 15, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1546567110
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.21 x 11 inches