Branching Out For Wildlife

 March 18-24 is National Wildlife Week, the National Wildlife Federation’s longest running educational campaign; this year’s theme is “Branching Out for Wildlife,” focusing on the important role of trees for wildlife and people.  Although their aim is to teach kids about wildlife, the Library is a big fan of life-long learning, so I’ve gathered a few recent titles to get you inspired.

If you don’t think nature is your thing, Eric Rutkow offers a unique blend of natural and national history in American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation. From the earliest colonies to our current struggles with climate change, trees have played an important financial, cultural, and environmental role in the development of our nation.

In The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, the Future of Our Forests, and a Radical Plan to Save OurPlanet, Jim Robbins details the story of David Milarch, a tree farmer whose visitation by angels propels his attempt to promote the cloning of ancient trees in an effort to save the planet.
Julie Zickefoose’s Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds, featuring the naturalist’s drawings and watercolors is a more personal account of interactions with nature, as Zickefoose recounts the many songbird rescues she has performed over the decades with affection and immediacy.

If reading about trees and wildlife isn’t enough, search the catalog for the subject: "Gardening to attract wildlife" and get some ideas for making your yard a wildlife refuge.

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