2023 Holiday Picks - Natural World


Natural World

Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe by Carl Safina. When ecologist Carl Safina and his wife, Patricia, took in a near-death baby owl, they expected that she'd be a temporary presence. But Alfie's feathers were not growing correctly, requiring prolonged care. As Alfie grew and gained strength, she became a part of the family, making a home for herself in the backyard. Carl and Patricia began to realize that the healing was mutual; Alfie had been braided into their world, and was now pulling them into hers.

Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell by Sy Montgomery. When naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turtles are given a second chance at life. The League lives by one motto: never give up on a turtle. But why turtles? What is it about them that inspires such devotion? Sy turns to these little understood yet endlessly surprising creatures to probe the eternal question: how can we make peace with our time?

A Wild Promise: An Illustrated Celebration of the Endangered Species Act by Allen Crawford and Terry Tempest Williams. Acclaimed artist Allen Crawford beautifully illustrates over 80 animals that embody the spirit, legacy, and commitment of the Endangered Species Act. In his trademark inventive style, Crawford's full-color illustrations and illuminated text create a vibrant tapestry of our nation's habitats-oceans, mountains, deserts, wetlands, prairies, forests-and the varied species that call these places home. A Wild Promise brings critical urgency and inspiration, lending voice and spirit to all endangered species.