Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.
This winter, U.S. beekeepers lost nearly a quarter of their hives. While Monsanto and other chemical companies shirk blame for this alarming number of bee deaths in the United States, reputable studies show that pesticides share a portion of the guilt for this crime against nature.

Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good square cover Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good
This engaging memoir of personal and political discovery combines reflections on our common heritage with a call to action to preserve an ancient way of life that ultimately matters to us all.
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By nature's amazing alchemy, plants take water and carbon dioxide in, add some sun and create sugars and oxygen. We get to eat and breathe thanks to this process, yet most of us haven't a clue how it occurs.
Crate Full of Ginseng The Story Behind American Ginseng
Few U.S. citizens would recognize the shriveled root of American ginseng, though this potent medicinal plant has been a part of the health practices of the North American continent for generations.
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Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability 
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.

This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

Why We Need Wilderness 
During a nearly 60-year career, Pulitzer-Prize winner Wallace Stegner, known as the Dean of Western Writers, wrote eloquently about the value of wild places.

Raptors, the Sky Masters 
Eagles, hawks and falcons: From their awesome aeronautics to their precise predatory instincts, these birds are the pinnacle of flight.

Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens 
No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.

Barn Owl Magic 
Beautiful and mysterious, barn owls also are prolific predators of rodents.

Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye  
Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.


Wonder Takes Wing: The Amazing Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

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