Habitat Books

So much insightful knowledge is generated by wise people but lost before those who have it, pass on and before those who yearn it, arrive.

Humanity’s greatest missed opportunity is the chasm between the wise and the willing‘.

[Editor 20100905].


 
 
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No time to read books?
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Many claim these days that they don’t have spare time to read books.  Spare time is really there, but it comes down to disciplined time management and people skills of polite delegation, to reveal the gem of spare time. Spare time can be used capriciously, but since it is valuable, prioritising best uses for maximum benefit should reward most.
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Kea (Nestor notabilis)

Parrot native to New Zealand, once slaughtered by colonists in the tens of thousands for its beak.

Read More:  ^http://www.parrotsociety.org.au/articles/art_044.htm

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Why read to learn?

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People who chose to read books to learn knowledge (non-fiction and embedded in fiction) stand to gain from the wisdom of  the experiences and learning of others who have succinctly consolidated their experience in text and photography.    Reading books of concise useful knowledge saves time.  Otherwise one’s learning requires decades of life experiences.   Since mature adult life is short – say 40 years if health permits, books that capture experience  save years on a plate.  But wisdom then is about applying that knowledge – but to do so requires a mature and humble receptiveness.
 
 
So choose books of greatest personal value first, because one is never really sure that spare time can always be there.   The benefits of wisdom are far more than avoiding mistakes, costs and setbacks.   They are knowng what works and what is right and how to defend one’s judgment.
 
There are many witty quotes about wisdom, but this one I found most positive and humbly encourages further learning:
 

‘Wisdom is knowing what to do next; Skill is knowing how to do it, and Virtue is doing it‘.     [ David Starr Jordan]

Who was David Starr Jordan? David Starr Jordan, Ph.D., LL.D. [1851 – 1931] ‘was a leading ichthyologist (fish zoologist) , educator and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and Stanford University.  Jordan was born in Gainesville, New York, and studied at Cornell University, Butler University, and the Indiana University School of Medicine.   He served as President of Stanford University from 1891 to 1913 and during that time also served as a Director of the Sierra Club from 1892 to 1903′ –  perhaps one reason for selecting his quote. [Source: ^http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Starr_Jordan]

The following books are a good start for learning about conservation and more.  They are not exhaustive and relevant valuable additions to the list are welcome.  Titles starting with the word ‘The’ are listed under the second word of the title.
 

 
 
 
 
[Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiacus, ©whitewolfjourneys.com ]
This photo spot is a celebration the editor’s mother’s reverence for owls and her concern for their plight - a view unconditionally shared by the editor.

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‘A wise old owl lived in an oak

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard.

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?’

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…when the owls are gone, how will people read this poem?

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Habitat Books

In order of Title Authors   [publisher, country code] Year Review
A David Suzuki Collection: A lifetime of ideas David Suzuki, [Allen and Unwin, USA] 2003
A History of the Australian Environmental Movement Drew Hutton, Libby Connors   [Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, UK] 1999
A Long Walk in the Australian Bush William J. Lines 1998
A Million Wild Acres Eric Rolls 1981
A Time to Care: Tasmania’s Endangered Wilderness  (photography) Chris Bell 1980
A Walk in the Rainforest     (photography) Dawn and Clifford Frith 1985
Above Me Only Sky   (with photography) Martin Hawes 1981
Adaptive Environmental Management Catherine Allan (ed.) and George Henry Stankey (ed.) 2009
Affluenza: When too much is never enough Clive Hamilton, Richard Denniss 2005
Amber Forest (The): A Reconstruction of a Vanished World George Poinar Jr., Roberta Poinar 1999
American Wilderness: A New History Michael Lewis (ed.), [Oxford University Press, USA] 2007
An Explorer’s Notebook: Essays on life, history and climate Tim Flannery [The Text Publishing Company, Australia] 2007
An Old Look at Trees: Vegetation of South-Western Australia in Old Photographs Robert Powell, Jane Emberson 1978
Animal Capital – rendering life in biopolitical times Nicole Shukin, [University of Minnesota Press, USA] 2009
Animal Revolution: Changing Attitudes Towards Speciesism Richard D. Ryder, [Berg Publishers, USA] 2000
Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect Marc Bekoff, Foreward by Jane Goodall [Shambhala Publications, USA] 2007
Animals of Ireland (The) Gordon D’Arcy [Appletree Press Ltd, NI] 2008
Antarctica: Securing its Heritage, for the Whole World Geoff Mosley 2007
Artificial Horizon (The): Imagining the Blue Mountains Martin Thomas 2003
Australia Unlimited Edwin (James) Brady 1918
Australia’s Endangered Species      (with photography) Michael Kennedy  (ed.) 1990
Australia’s Mammal Extinctions: A 50,000 year history Chris Johnson 2006
Australia’s Wild Islands Alasdair McGregor, Quentin Chester 1997
Australia’s Wilderness:  Proceedings of the First National Wilderness Conference Geoff Mosley (Ed.), Australian Conservation Foundation  [Australian Academy of Science, AU] 1977
Australian Wilderness Skills Robert Rankin 1983
Back from the Brink: Blue Gum Forest and the Grose Wilderness Andy Macqueen 1997
Battle for the Bush: The Blue Mountains, the Australian Alps and the origins of the wilderness movement Geoff Mosley 1999
Becoming Good Ancestors: How we balance Nature, Community and Technology David Ehrenfeld, [Oxford University Press, USA] 2009
Beyond the Horizon: Exploring Australia’s Wild Places   (photography) Robert Rankin 2002
Beyond the Reach: Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park  (photography) Chris Bell 1990
Beyond White Guilt: The real challenge for black-white relations in Australia Sarah Maddison, [Allen and Unwin] 2011
Big (The) Picture: reflections on science, humanity and a quickly changing planet David Suzuki and David Robert Taylor, [Allen and Unwin] 2000
Birds Around Belfast: A guide for birdwatchers Belfast Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) [RSPB, NI] 1981
Birds of Eucalypt Forests and Woodlands: Ecology, Conservation, Management (text) A. Keast, H.F. Recher, H. Ford, D. Saunders (illustration) D. McFarland, D. Milledge, J. Trompp 1985
Blue Mountains for World Heritage Geoff Mosley 1989
Blue Mountains World Heritage Alex Colley, Henry Gold 2004
Bob Brown of the Franklin River Peter Thompson 1984
Bring Back the Buffalo!: A Sustainable Future for America’s Great Plains Ernest Callenbach [Island Press, USA] 1995
Bringing Back the Bush: The Bradley Method of Bush Regeneration Joan Bradley 1988
Building Nature’s Safety Net: A Review of Australia’s Terrestrial Protected Area System 1991-2004 Paul Sattler, Andreas Glanznig, [WWF,AU] 2006
Burning Bush: A Fire History of Australia Stephen J. Pyne   [Allen & Unwin, AU] 1991
Bush Regeneration: Recovering Australian Landscapes Robin A. Buchanan 1989
Canadian Wildlife and Man Anne Innis Dagg 1974
Cape York Peninsula (A Natural History)    (with photography) Dawn and Clifford Frith, Kerry Trapnell 1995
Caring for Namadgi Science and People:  Proceedings of the NPA Act Symposium National Parks Association 2006
Celebrating Wilderness: Fifth National Wilderness Conference (held at Universty of Technology, Sydney September 2006) The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd 2006
Collins Bird Guide Peter Grant 2009
Colonial Earth (The) Tim Bonyhady 2000
Comfort of Water (The): A River Pilgrimage Maya Ward, [Transit Lounge Publishing, Australia] 2011
Coming into the Country John McPhee    [Bantam, AU] 1977
Concepts of Ecology Edward J. Kormondy 1969
Conservation Victories and Battles Yet to Win Vincent Serventy, Patrick W. Medway 2004
Conserving Australia’s Wildlife: The History of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia, Inc. Joan Webb 2002
Consuming Nature: A Photo Essay on African Rain Forest Exploration Anthony L. Rose, Russel A. Mittermieir, Olivier Langrand, Okeame Ampadu-Agyei, Thomas M. Butynski, (photos) Karl Ammann. 2003
Contested Natures Phil Macnaghten and John Urry, [Sage Publications, UK] 1998
Daintree (Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef)     (photography) Leo Meier, Cliff & Dawn Frith (photos), Rupert Russell (text) 1985
Denaturalizing Ecological Politics: Alienation from Nature from Rousseau to Frankfurt School and Beyond Andrew Biro [University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada] 2005
Destination Wildlife: An international site-by-site guide to the best places to experience endangered, rare, and fascinating animals and their habitats Pamela K. Brodowsky and the National Wildlife Federation 2009
Eagle Watchers (The): Observing and Conserving Raptors Around the World Ruth E. Tingay, Todd E. Katzner 2010 >Details
Earth Bob Brown 2009
Earth First      (with photography) Jeni Kendell, Eddie Buivids 1987
Echo in the Wilderness Hesba Fay Brinsmead 1972
Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice: Women Write Political Ecology Ariel Salleh (ed.) [Spinifex Press, North Melbourne, Australia] 2009
Ecological Intelligence: Rediscovering Ourselves in Nature Ian McCallum 2008 >Details
Ecological Pioneers:  A Social History of Australian Ecological Thought and Action Martin Mulligan, Stuart Hill   [Cambridge University Press, UK] 2001
Ecological Process: A Social History of Australian Ecological Throught and Action Martin Mulligan, Stuart Hill 2001
Ecological Systems and the Environment Theodore C. Foin, Jr. 1976
Ecology: Key Concepts in Critical Theory Carolyn Merchant (ed.) [Humanities Press International, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA] 1994
Ecotourism: an introduction, 2nd Ed. David Fennell [Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, Canada] 2003
Elephants on the Edge:  What Elephants Teach Us About Humanity Gay A. Bradshaw PhD.   [Yale College foundation, US] 2009
Encounter with the Archdruid John McPhee 1971
Enduring Wilderness (The):  Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act Doug Scott [US] 2004
Environment in Anthropology: A Reader in Ecology, Culture and Sustainable Living Nora Haenn and Richard R Wilk (editors), [New York University Press, NY, USA] 2006
Environmental Law Handbook: Planning and Land use in New South Wales David Farrier 1988
Enduring Wilderness (The): Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act Doug Scott 2004
Exultant Ark (The): A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure Robert Phillips, [University of California Press, USA] 2011
Fatal Shore (The) Robert Hughes 1988
Fighting Over the Forests Ian Watson 1990
Flora and Fauna Guide to The upper Florentine Valley Miranda Gibson, Lily Leahy 2010
Forests (The) (photography) Matthew Newton and Pete Hay (published by Matthew Newton 2007
Forest Wars (The) Judith Ajani 2007
For the Forests: A history of the Tasmanian forest campaigns Helen Gee 2001
Future Eaters (The) Tim Flannery 1994
Giving Ground: Media and Environmental Conflict in Tasmania Libby Lester [Quintus Publishing, AU] 2007
Global Spin: the corporate assault on environmentalism Sharon Beder 1997
Goanna Jenny Wagner 1989
God’s Earth Paul Collins 1995
Grand Cañon of the Colorado (The) John Muir 1902
Habitat Fragmentation and Landscape Change: An Ecological and Conservation Synthesis David Lindenmayer, Joern Fischer  [CSIRO Publishing, AU] 2006
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad, [Blackwood’s Magazine, Britain] 1899
Hearts and Minds: Creative Australians and the Environment Michael Pollak, Margaret MacNabb 2000
Hearts of Oaks Bill Leitch [Southern Holdings, AU] 2003
Historical Ecology: cultural knowledge and changing landscapes Carole L. Crumley (ed.), [School of American Research, USA] 1994
Horton Hatches the Egg Dr. Seuss 1942
Hot Air:  How Nigh is the End? Julianne Schultz (Ed.)   [Griffith Review – Winter 2006 Issue, Griffith University, AU] 2006
How the Rich are Destroying the Earth (Translated from French) Herve Kempf [Finch Publishing, Sydney] 2009
Humanity: Footprint, Momentum, Impact and our Global Environment Walter K. Dodds, [Columbia University Press, NY, USA] 2008
In Search of Sustainability (Eds) Jenny Goldie, Bob Douglas, Bryan Furnass [CSIRO Publishing, AU] 2005
Into Brown Bear Country William A. Troyer 2005
Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests Anna Krien 2010
Jarrah Forest (The): A Complex Mediterranean Ecosystem B. Dell, J.J. Have, N. Malajczuk (eds.) 1989
Kakadu Country     (with photography) Michael Kennedy, Peter Jarver 1988
Kakapo: Rescued from the brink of extinction Alison Ballance 2010
Kimberley (The): Horizons of Stone Alasdair McGregor, Quentin Chester 1993
L’Homme Spatial: la construction sociale de l’espace humain Michel Lussault, [Éditions du Seuil, France] 2007
Land of the Sun Edwin James Brady 1924
Last Days of a Wilderness Percy Trezise 1973
Life of Mammals (The) Sir David Attenborough  [David Attenborough Publications Ltd, UK] 2002
Lion Dierdre Jackson    [Reaktion Books, UK] 2010
Little Book of Trees Joanna Karmel (compiler)   [National Library of Australia, Australia] 2010
Loving Nature: towards an ecology of emotion Kay Milton [Routledge, London, UK] 2002
MacDonnell Ranges (The)       (with photography) Henry Gold (photos), Frank Rigby (text) 1973
Man who planted trees (The) Jean Giono [The Harvill Press, UK] 1996
Mother/Nature: Popular Culture and Environmental Ethics Catherine M. Roach [Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, USA] 2003
Myles and Milo Peter Meredith 1999
Mountains of California John Muir 1894
Mountain After Another Arthur Groom 1949
My Side of the Mountain Jean Craighead George [Puffin Books, USA] 1959
Myles Dunphy Selected Writings Patrick Thompson 1986
Nature and Power: a global history of the environment Joachim Radkau (German Historical Institute) translated from German), [Cambridge University Press, USA] 2002
Nature of Australia       (photography) John Vandenbeld 1988
New South Wales National Parks Establishment Plan 2008 NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change  [NSW Government, AU] 2008
New Zealand’s Wilderness Heritage Les Molloy and Craig Potton 2007
Noblest Stone (The): Carnarvon National Park   (photography) Chris Bell 1995
Noosa Story (The)      (with photography) Nancy Cato 1979
Nature First: Outdoor Life of the Friluftsliv Way Bob Henderson and Nils Vikander (editors), [Natural Heritage Books, Toronto, Canada] 2006
On Our Watch: The Race to Save Australia’s Environment Nicola Markus [Melbourne University Press, Australia] 2009
On the Edge Robert Milliken (text), Lorrie Graham (photos) 1992
On the edge of wilderness : wild places near Brisbane  (photography) Robert Rankin 1983
One for the Master Dorothy Johnston 1997
Open Air Essays William J. Lines 2001
Our Final Century Martin Rees  [Heinemann, AU] 2003
Our Wilderness: America’s Common Ground Doug Scott 2009 >Details
Outdoor Companion (The): An Environmental Handbook for Surviving and Enjoying the Outdoors Quentin & Jonathan Chester 1991
Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth Catriona MacGregor [Beyong Words, Oregon] 2010
People Policy: Australia’s Population Choices University of Sydney 1996
Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good Jonathan Balcombe [Palgrave Macmillan, Britain] 2007
Poor Fellow My Country Xavier Herbert 1975
Population Bomb Paul R. Ehrlich 1968 >Details
Prehistoric Native Americans and Ecological Change: Human Ecosystems in Eastern North America since the Pleistocene Paul A. Delcourt and Hazel R. Delcourt, [Cambridge University Press, USA] 2004
Primal Places: Tasmania  (photography) Chris Bell 2002
Pure State of Nature (The): sacred cows, destructive myths and the environment David Horton [Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia] 2000
Pursuing Giraffe: A 1950’s Adventure Anne Innis Dagg  [Wilfred Laurier University Press, CA] 2006
Range Upon Range: The Australian Alps      (photography) Harry Nankin 1987
Red Cedar in Australia Vani Sripathy (Ed.)   [Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, Australia] 2004
Reimagining Political Ecology Aletta Biersack and James B. Greenberg (editors) [Duke University Press, Durham, NC, USA] 2006
Re-wilding North America Josh Donlan 2005
Riders in the Chariot Patrick White 1961
Reimagining Political Ecology Aletta Biersack and James B. Greenberg, editors [Duke Publishing, Durham, North Carolina, USA] 2006
Ring of Bright Water (film) Jack Couffer (writer/director) 1969
River Runs Free (The): Exploring & Defending Tasmania’s Wilderness Geoff Law, [Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, Australia] 2008
Rural Landholders’ Guide to Environmental Law in NSW  (Ed.2) Environmental Defenders’s Office  [AU] 2008
Sacred Balance (The): A Visual Celebration of Our Place in Nature David Suzuki, Amanda McConnell, Maria DeCambra [Douglas & McIntyre, USA] 2004
Sand County Almanac (A) Aldo Leopold 1949
Sand Forest (The) Hesba Fay Brinsmead 1985
Saving the Rainforest: The NSW Campaign 1973-1984 James G. Somerville 2005
Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals Jonathan Balcombe, foreword by J. M. Coetzee [Palgrave Macmillan, Britain] 2011
Should Trees Have Standing? – Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects Christopher Stone 1972
Silent Spring Rachel Carson 1962 >Details
Simply Peter Dombrovskis   (photography) (Peter Dombrovskis) 2006
Sitting on Penguins Stephen Murray-Smith 1991
Sleepers Wake     (Ed.4) The Hon. Barry Jones AO 1995
Snowy River Story: The Grassroots Campaign to Save a National Icon Claire Miller 2005
Social Behaviour of Older Animals (The) Anne Innis Dagg  [The John Hopkins University Press, CA] 2009
South-West Book (The): A Tasmanian Wilderness Helen Gee, Janet Fenton, Greg Hodge 1978
South West Tasmania   (photography) David Neilson 1975
Speciesism, Painism and Happiness: A Morality for the Twenty-First Century Richard D. Ryder, [Societas Imprint Academic, Britain] 2011
Steep Trails California, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, the Grand Canyon John Muir 1918
Stickeen John Muir 1909
Storm Boy Colin Thiele 1963
Story of My Boyhood and Youth (The) John Muir 1913
Stradbroke Dreamtime Oodgeroo Nunukul 1972
Tasmanian Mammals: A Field Guide Dave Watts 2008
Tasmanian Wilderness Battles: A History Greg Buckman 2008
Tasmanian Wilderness Experience (A) Dennis Harding 1998
Taxing Air : Facts & Fallacies about Climate Change Prof Bob Carter, with Bill Kininmonth, Martin Feil, Stewart Franks, Bryan Leyland [Kelpie Press, Australia] 2013
Terania Creek: Rainforest Wars Nigel Turvey 2006 >Details
They All Ran Wild: the story of pests on the land in Australia Eric Rolls 1977
This Tired Brown Land Mark O’Connor 1998
Toxic Fish and Sewer Surfing Sharon Beder 1989
Travels in Alaska John Muir 1915
Treading Softly: paths to ecological order Thomas Princen, [MIT Press, USA] 2010
Understanding the Social Dimensions of Sustainability Jesse Dillard, Veronica Dujan and Mary King (editors), [Routledge, UK] 2009
Valley of the Giants (The): A Guide to Tasmania’s Styx River Forests Bob Brown 2001
Victoria’s Alps        (photography) Harry Nankin 1983
Walden; or, Life in the Woods Henry David Thoreau 1854
Watershed: Deciding Our Water Future Tricky Fullerton  [ABC Books, AU] 2001
Ways of the Bushwalk (The): On Foot in Australia Melissa Harper (UNSW Press, AU) 2007
Weathermakers (The): The History and Future Impact of Climate Change Tim Flannery 2005
Where to see Wildlife in Tasmania Dave Watts, Cathie Plowman [Jacana Books, AU] 2008
White Eye Blanche d’Alpuget 1993
Wholeness Principle (The)  (Ed.2) Anna Freifeld Lemkow 1995
Wild: An Elemental Journey Jay Griffiths, [Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books, England] 2006
Wild Calling Quentin Chester 1998
Wild Forest: Endangered Tasmania (photography) Rob Blakers (editor) [The Wilderness Society (Tasmania) Inc. 2008
Wild Foresting: Practising Nature’s Wisdom Alan Drengson, Duncan Taylor 2009
Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals Marc Bekoff, Jessica Pierce, [The University of Chicago Press Books, USA] 2009
Wild Places Peter Prineas (text), Henry Gold (photos) 1983
Wild Places: Wilderness in Eastern New South Wales Peter Prineas (text), Henry Gold (photos) 1997
Wild Rivers Bob Brown (text), Peter Dombrovskis (photos), Peter Jackson (illustrations) 1983
Wildcat Robert Francis Brissenden 1991
Wilderness Light : Photographing Australia’s Wild Places   (photography) Robert Rankin 1993
Wilsons Promontory (Coastal Wilderness)    (photography) David Neilson 1996
Women Who Changed The World Pier 9, [Murdoch Books, AU] 2006
World (The) Without Us Alan Weisman, [Picador, NY, USA] 2007
Yosemite (The) John Muir 1912