The Age of Deer by Erika Howsare

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Perhaps the most common complaint about deer is that there are “too many,” but how many should there be? Few people realize that the North American deer population was all but wiped out by the end of the 19th century, so the herds currently bedeviling cities and suburbs aren’t the product of a long natural habitation but were put there deliberately by—us. This is just one of innumerable lenses Howsare turns on the human-deer relationship in this probing, wide-ranging, and timely book. She traces our interactions with deer through myths, history, and art—from buckskin to Bambi; follows today’s hunters and learns how trophies are scored; examines the pros, cons, and means of culling “excess” deer”; counts roadkill and watches what happens to it—all while trying to make sense of our dual instinct both to cherish deer and kill them.

The Age of Deer: Trouble and Kinship with our Wild Neighbors By Erika Howsare Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646221349
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Published: Catapult - January 2nd, 2024

Dispersals by Jessica J. Lee

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Lee’s wide-ranging and thoughtful essays cross personal, cultural, and species boundaries to consider “the question of belonging.” Of Welsh and Chinese descent, Lee, like the plants she focuses on, has called many places—Canada, Britain, Germany—“home”; but, as she notes about wakame seaweed, what does “home” mean if a species has a “global nonnative range”? Can a plant—or a person—be out of place everywhere? And when is something merely a “weed”—and who decides? Looking at plants including sago pondweed, mangoes, tea, heath star moss, and others, Lee traces the legacies of colonialism; probes the rhetoric of plant classification, the purposes of seed banks, the meanings of borders, and much more.


Dispersals: On Plants, Borders, and Belonging By Jessica J. Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646221783
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Published: Catapult - March 12th, 2024

Eat, Poop, Die by Joe Roman

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Roman opens his fascinating look at zoogeochemistry by tracking how seabirds jumpstarted the development of a barren volcanic island into a lush, thriving grassland. Once there was guano, there were insects, plants, more birds, and larger animals, each species consuming and spreading the essential nutrients (nitrogen, carbon, and phosphorus) that then fostered other species. From whales and bison to salmon and sea otters, cicadas, ants, and midges, each creature plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, and as Earth faces the decline of biodiversity Roman presents a chilling picture of what could happen without “the beating heart of the planet.”

Eat, Poop, Die: How Animals Make Our World By Joe Roman, PhD Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316372923
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - November 7th, 2023