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Get outside! Plant a garden! Explore nature! But before you go, prepare ahead with some reading on the great outdoors.


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A Daytripper's Guide To Manitoba

- by Bartley Kives

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Sandwiched between North Dakota and Nunavut, Manitoba has never been the busiest chunk of tourism real estate in North America. To independent travellers, this is a good thing: Canada's undiscovered province offers uncrowded beaches, innumerable lakes and unlikely cultural attractions, especially in the gritty/cool capital, Winnipeg. A Daytripper's Guide to Manitoba is the only comprehensive travel handbook to the -province and an indispensable tool for visitors from abroad, Canadians passing through and Manitobans who want to get to know their own backyard. This fourth edition is packed with new attractions such as Winnipeg's Inuit Art Gallery and cool new accommodations from Wasagaming to Winnipeg Beach. And since you've been cooped up a little more than usual as of late, this new edition has even more information about hiking, paddling and camping. Get the straight goods on cities, towns and natural attractions in every corner of the province and northwestern Ontario, compiled by one of Manitoba's most tenacious independent travellers, journalist Bartley Kives. Stuff your face with a fat boy, Winnipeg's famous burger. Eyeball turn-of-the-last-century architecture. Commune with nature in wild areas that still feel wild. And forget what you think you know about the Canadian prairies - the only thing flat about Manitoba is the Trans-Canada Highway.

What a Mushroom Lives For

- by Michael J. Hathaway

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How the prized matsutake mushroom is remaking human communities in China--and providing new ways to understand human and more-than-human worlds

What a Mushroom Lives For pushes today's mushroom renaissance in compelling new directions. For centuries, Western science has promoted a human- and animal-centric framework of what counts as action, agency, movement, and behavior. But, as Michael Hathaway shows, the world-making capacities of mushrooms radically challenge this orthodoxy by revealing the lively dynamism of all forms of life.

The book tells the fascinating story of one particularly prized species, the matsutake, and the astonishing ways it is silently yet powerfully shaping worlds, from the Tibetan plateau to the mushrooms' final destination in Japan. Many Tibetan and Yi people have dedicated their lives to picking and selling this mushroom--a delicacy that drives a multibillion-dollar global trade network and that still grows only in the wild, despite scientists' intensive efforts to cultivate it in urban labs. But this is far from a simple story of humans exploiting a passive, edible commodity. Rather, the book reveals the complex, symbiotic ways that mushrooms, plants, humans, and other animals interact. It explores how the world looks to the mushrooms, as well as to the people who have grown rich harvesting them.

A surprise-filled journey into science and human culture, this exciting and provocative book shows how fungi shape our planet and our lives in strange, diverse, and often unimaginable ways.

An Immense World

- by Ed Yong

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Enter a new dimension--the world as it is truly perceived by other animals--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author of I Contain Multitudes.

"A stunning achievement, steeped in science but suffused with magic."--Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Gene


The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every kind of animal, including humans, is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of our immense world.


In An Immense World, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Ed Yong coaxes us beyond the confines of our own senses, allowing us to perceive the skeins of scent, waves of electromagnetism, and pulses of pressure that surround us. We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires, turtles that can track the Earth's magnetic fields, fish that fill rivers with electrical messages, and even humans who wield sonar like bats. We discover that a crocodile's scaly face is as sensitive as a lover's fingertips, that the eyes of a giant squid evolved to see sparkling whales, that plants thrum with the inaudible songs of courting bugs, and that even simple scallops have complex vision. We learn what bees see in flowers, what songbirds hear in their tunes, and what dogs smell on the street. We listen to stories of pivotal discoveries in the field, while looking ahead at the many mysteries that remain unsolved. 

Funny, rigorous, and suffused with the joy of discovery, An Immense World takes us on what Marcel Proust called "the only true voyage . . . not to visit strange lands, but to possess other eyes."

Finding the Mother Tree

- by Suzanne Simard

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A world-leading expert shares her amazing story of discovering the communication that exists between trees, and shares her own story of family and grief.

Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence who has been compared to Rachel Carson, and whose work has influenced James Cameron and Richard Powers.
 
In Finding the Mother Tree, Simard brings us into her world and shows us that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life, and that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks. Trees perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviours, recognize neighbours, and remember the past. They have agency about the future, elicit warnings and mount defenses, and compete and cooperate with one another just like humans do. At the centre of this vast network are the Mother Trees: mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain those that surround them.

Simard uses her own journey to demonstrate that scientific inquiry exists beyond data and technology, that it is about understanding who we are and our place in the world. Through Simard's life we see that the Mother Tree that nurtures the forest the way that families and communities influence human societies, and how these inseparable bonds enable all survival.

Canadian Outdoor Survival Guide

- by Duane S. Radford

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This book is straightforward, practical guide for taking care of yourself (and others) in a survival situation with crucial, basic survival skills required for an emergency situation during all four seasons in all wilderness areas of Canada. Objectives: o Understanding the importance of being prepared o Learning basic short-term bushcraft skills o Types and use of tools, equipment, strategies and techniques required for successful survival (and rescue) in the wilderness. Readers will learn essential wilderness survival skills for each region of Canada and learn about environmental hazards such as; weather, predators and regional terrain, emergency first aid, search and rescue. Filled with useful illustrations and diagrams, the Canadian Survival Guide will provide instruction on such outdoor survival techniques as shelter construction/location, fire making, water requirements and acquisition, signaling, hunting and trapping techniques, animal signs and identification, fishing, gathering, foraging for berries and wild edibles and plant identification. Whether you find yourself stranded in the dense rainforests of British Columbia or on the tundra of Northern Canada, the Canadian Survival Guide will get you out in one piece.

Field Notes on Listening

- by Kit Dobson

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At the start of a new Star Wars movie Kit Dobson suddenly realized his daughter had never truly seen the night sky. From then on he began to think seriously about how little we, as humans, interact with the natural world and how that has changed our place within it. Written in elegant sections, Field Notes on Listening starts at Dobson's kitchen table, a family heirloom, and wends through time and space, looking at his family's lost farm, the slow violence of climate change and loss of habitat.

Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World

- by Barry Lopez

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NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE o A "lyrical" (Chicago Tribune) final work of nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams and Horizon, a literary icon whose writing, fieldwork, and mentorship inspired generations of writers and activists.
 
"Mesmerizing . . . a master observer . . . whose insight and moral clarity have earned comparisons to Henry David Thoreau."--The Wall Street Journal

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022--Lit Hub, BookPage


An ardent steward of the land, fearless traveler, and unrivaled observer of nature and culture, Barry Lopez died after a long illness on Christmas Day 2020. The previous summer, a wildfire had consumed much of what was dear to him in his home place and the community around it--a tragic reminder of the climate change of which he'd long warned.

At once a cri de coeur and a memoir of both pain and wonder, this remarkable collection of essays adds indelibly to Lopez's legacy, and includes previously unpublished works, some written in the months before his death. They unspool memories both personal and political, among them tender, sometimes painful stories of his childhood in New York City and California, reports from expeditions to study animals and sea life, recollections of travels to Antarctica and other extraordinary places on earth, and meditations on finding oneself amid vast, dramatic landscapes. He reflects on those who taught him, including Indigenous elders and scientific mentors who sharpened his eye for the natural world. We witness poignant returns from his travels to the sanctuary of his Oregon backyard, adjacent to the McKenzie River. And in prose of searing candor, he reckons with the cycle of life, including his own, and--as he has done throughout his career--with the dangers the earth and its people are facing.

With an introduction by Rebecca Solnit that speaks to Lopez's keen attention to the world, including its spiritual dimensions, Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World opens our minds and souls to the importance of being wholly present for the beauty and complexity of life.

"This posthumously published collection of essays by nature writer Barry Lopez reveals an exceptional life and mind . . . While certainly a testament to his legacy and an ephemeral reprieve from his death in 2020, this book is more than a memorial: it offers a clear-eyed praxis of hope in what Lopez calls this 'Era of Emergencies.'"--Scientific American

The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi

- by Keith Seifert

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"Fans of Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life and Suzanne Simard's Finding the Mother Tree will enjoy Seifert's latest... A perspective-shifting guide to our microfungal matrix."--Kirkus 
Even though we can't always see them, fungi exist all around us. From forests and farms to food and medicine--and even our homes and bodies--fungal connections shape how we live. In this illuminating book, readers will "discover how these marvels of nature enrich (and sometimes threaten) our lives."(Peter Wohlleben, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees)
Esteemed career mycologist Keith Seifert reveals the important role that microscopic fungi, including yeasts, molds, and slimes, play in our lives, all while remaining invisible to the naked eye.  Divided into sections, each one exploring a different environment where fungi thrive, The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi introduces readers to the fascinating world of mycology, with information on: 

How fungi are at the heart of life-changing medical breakthroughs, including the development of antibiotics such as penicillin and organ transplant drugs. Where fungi live in our homes and how they influence our health, from our gut to our scalps. How fungi add important vitamins to our diet and make our favorite foods and drinks possible, including wine, cheese, chocolate, and beer. The essential role fungi are playing in innovative technologies, such as creating alternative energy sources, reducing plastic pollution, cleaning up toxins from oil spills, and even building architecture for a Mars colony.Despite their many benefits, we hold a precarious relationship with fungi: fungal diseases lead to over 1 million deaths each year, and they have played a destructive role in disasters ranging from the Irish Potato Famine to possibly even the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Hidden Kingdom of Fungi urges us to better understand our relationship with fungi--and to plan our future with them in mind--while revealing their world in all its beautiful complexity.

The Tree Book

- by DK

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The secret world of trees is revealed in this beautiful and absorbing guide to the giants of the plant world.




 

Trees occur naturally throughout the world and have been a part of human history almost as long as humans have existed. Used for shelter, tools, fuel, and food, they also help supply the atmosphere with oxygen and form astonishingly diverse ecosystems, as well as some of the world's most beautiful landscapes. Now the intricate world of leafy woodlands and abundant rainforests is revealed in this extensive visual guide to trees, exploring their key scientific traits and their ecological importance, as well as their enduring significance in human history and culture. From ancient oaks and great redwoods to lush banyans and imposing kapoks, The Tree Book reveals the anatomy, behaviors, and beauty of these incredible plants and habitats in detail. 

Combining natural history and a scientific overview with a wider look at the history, uses, symbolism, and mythology of trees, this book is a new kind of guide to these fascinating organisms.




 

Garden Stories

- by Diana S. Tesdell

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A gorgeously jacketed hardcover anthology of short stories from around the world that celebrate gardens and gardeners

Gardens have been fruitful settings for stories ever since Adam and Eve were ejected from Paradise. This delightfully wide-ranging collection brings together all sorts of tales of the tilled earth, featuring secret gardens, enchanted gardens, gardens public and private, grand and humble.
 
Spectacular gardens are viewed from the perspective of a snail in Virginia Woolf's "Kew Gardens" and from that of a sheltered teenage girl in Katherine Mansfield's "The Garden-Party." The family in Doris Lessing's "Flavours of Exile" hauls succulent vegetables and fruits from the rich African soil, and Colette in "Bygone Spring" luxuriates in extravagantly blooming flowers. Children discover their own peculiar paradises in Sandra Cisneros's "The Monkey Garden" and Italo Calvino's "The Enchanted Garden," while adult gardeners find things that move and haunt them in William Maxwell's "The French Scarecrow" and Jamaica Kincaid's "The Garden I Have in Mind."
 
Gardens of the imagination round out the anthology: the beautiful but fatal garden of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter," the crystal buds of J. G. Ballard's "The Garden of Time," ravenous orchids in John Collier's "Green Thoughts," and Matsudo Aoko's "Planting," in which a young woman plants each day whatever she has been given--roses and violets, buttons and broken cups, love and fear and sorrow. Garden Stories is an abundant crop of entrancing stories and the perfect gift for gardeners of all kinds.

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A Trillion Trees

- by Fred Pearce

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"A vivid, important, and inspiring book."-- Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction and Under a White Sky

"Eloquently mulls the ecological dynamics of forests as well as the social, economic, cultural, and political forces that determine their fate."--LA REVIEW OF BOOKS

A powerful book about the decline and recovery of the world's forests--with a provocative argument for their survival.

In A Trillion Trees, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce takes readers on a whirlwind journey through some of the most spectacular forests around the world. Along the way, he charts the extraordinary pace of forest destruction, and explores why some are beginning to recover.

With vivid, observant reporting, Pearce transports readers to the remote cloud forests of Ecuador, the remains of a forest civilization in Nigeria, a mystifying mountain peak in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and the boreal forests of western Canada and the United States, where devastating wildfires are linked to suppressing the natural fire cycles of forests and the maintenance practices of Indigenous peoples. 

Throughout the book, Pearce interviews the people who traditionally live in forests. He speaks to Indigenous peoples in western Canada and the United States who are fighting to control their traditional forested lands and manage them according to their traditional practices. He visits and speaks with Nepalese hill dwellers, Kenyan farmers, and West African sawyers who show him that forests are as much human landscapes as they are natural paradises. The lives of humans are now imprinted in forest ecology. 

At the heart of Pearce's investigationis a provocative argument: planting more trees isn't the answer to declining forests. If given room and left to their own devices, forests and the people who live in them will fight back to restore their own domain.

Forest Walking

- by Peter Wohlleben

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Awaken your senses and learn how to be a forest detective--with Peter Wohlleben, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees.
"This book will fast-track you into the joys of spending time amongst the trees."--Tristan Gooley, author of The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs and How to Read Water
"You'll be changed after reading this fine and enchanting book."--Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods





When you walk in the woods, do you use all five senses to explore your surroundings? For most of us, the answer is no--but when we do, a walk in the woods can go from pleasant to immersive and restorative. Forest Walking teaches you how to get the most out of your next adventure by becoming a forest detective, decoding nature's signs and awakening to the ancient past and thrilling present of the ecosystem around you.
What can you learn by following the spread of a root, by tasting the tip of a branch, by searching out that bitter almond smell? What creatures can be found in a stream if you turn over a rock--and what is the best way to cross a forest stream, anyway? How can you understand a forest's history by the feel of the path underfoot, the scars on the trees along the trail, or the play of sunlight through the branches? How can we safely explore the forest at night? What activities can we use to engage children with the forest?
Throughout Forest Walking, the authors share experiences and observations from visiting forests across North America: from the rainforests and redwoods of the west coast to the towering white pines of the east, and down to the cypress swamps of the south and up to the boreal forests of the north.

With Forest Walking, German forester Peter Wohlleben teams up with his longtime editor, Jane Billinghurst, as the two write their first book together, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Together, they will teach you how to listen to what the forest is saying, no matter where you live or which trees you plan to visit next.

Outdoor Kids in an Inside World

- by Steven Rinella

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER o The "imperative call to action" (Nick Offerman) for parenting tough, curious, and competent kids who feel at home in the outdoors, from the New York Times bestselling author and host of the TV series and podcast MeatEater

"A revelation for families struggling to get kids to GO OUTSIDE, or to just stop using the darn smartphone."--Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Hunt, Gather, Parent


In the era of screens and devices, the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors, and children are no exception. Not only does this phenomenon have consequences for kids' physical and mental health, it jeopardizes their ability to understand and engage with anything beyond the built environment. 

Thankfully, with the right mind-set, families can find beauty, meaning, and connection in a life lived outdoors. Here, outdoors expert Steven Rinella shares the parenting wisdom he has garnered as a father whose family has lived amid the biggest cities and wildest corners of America. Throughout, he offers practical advice for getting kids radically engaged with nature in a muddy, thrilling, hands-on way, with the ultimate goal of helping them see their own place within the natural ecosystem. No matter their location--rural, suburban, or urban--caregivers and kids will bond over activities such as: 
o Camping to conquer fears, build tolerance for dirt and discomfort, and savor the timeless pleasure of swapping stories around a campfire. 
o Growing a vegetable garden to develop a capacity to nurture and an appreciation for hard work. 
o Fishing local lakes and rivers to learn the value of patience while grappling with the possibility of failure.
o Hunting for sustainably managed wild game to face the realities of life, death, and what it really takes to obtain our food. 

Living an outdoor lifestyle fosters in kids an insatiable curiosity about the world around them, confidence and self-sufficiency, and, most important, a lifelong sense of stewardship of the natural world. This book helps families connect with nature--and one another--as a joyful part of everyday life.

Camping Games & Activities

- by DK

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A book-and-card collection of 50 fun outdoor challenges to make any family camping trip one to remember, whatever the weather.

Ranging from the silly to the sublime, once you've tried any of the 50 challenges in this brilliant book-and-card set, it will become a must-pack for all family camping trips.
 
Featuring 50 boredom-busting ideas, never struggle for something to do on your next camping break with this collection of brilliant challenges. Not only will the cards keep the kids active, engaged, and laughing day or night and whatever the weather, the games are fun for grown-ups to play, too. 
 
Challenge themes covered include look-and-find, creative, active, LOL, and more, with each one only ever needing equipment regularly taken on a camping trip or items you can easily find in nature. So whether it's going on a creepy crawly hunt, taking part in the sleeping bag triathlon, or trying to sing your favorite song around the campfire with eight marshmallows shoved in your mouth, kids and adults are going to love taking part.

Monumental Manitoba

- by Meghan Kjartanson

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From Flintabbaty Flonatin to Gimli's mighty Viking, the Glenboro camel to Morden's monstrous mosasaur, Meghan Kjartanson sets out to follow the stories of Manitoba's statues. Featuring over 60 sites of interest, Kjartanson charts an all-ages adventure tracking prairie giants, roadside attractions, and important landmarks, including fire hydrants and golf balls, sturgeons and sunflowers, and, of course, Manitoba's provincial "bird"--the mosquito. Explore the diverse characters and communities at the centre of Canada with this info-packed guide of hidden gems, fun facts, and larger-than-life legends and get to know Monumental Manitoba.

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