October Book Club Selection

In earshot of waterThe Natural History Society Book Club will meet at 3:30 on Monday, October 27, to discuss In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau, by Paul Lindholdt.

Whether the subject is the plants that grow there, the animals that live there, the rivers that run there, or the people he has known there, Paul Lindholdt’s In Earshot of Water illuminates the Pacific Northwest in vivid detail. Lindholdt writes with the precision of a naturalist, the critical eye of an ecologist, the affection of an apologist, and  the self-revelation and self-awareness of a personal essayist in the manner of Annie Dillard, Loren Eiseley, Derrick Jensen, John McPhee, Robert Michael Pyle, and Kathleen Dean Moore.

Exploring both the literal and literary sense of place, with particular emphasis on environmental issues and politics in the Northwest, Lindholdt weds passages from the journals of Lewis and Clark, the log of Captain James Cook, the novelized memoir of Theodore Winthrop, and Bureau of Reclamation records growing from the paintings that the agency commissioned to publicize its dams in the 1960s and 1970s, to tell ecological and personal histories of the region he knows and loves.

In Lindholdt’s beautiful prose, America’s environmental legacies—those inherited from his blood relatives as well as those from the influences of mass culture—and illuminations of  the hazards of neglecting nature’s warning signs blur and merge and reemerge in new forms. Themes of fathers and sons layer the book, as well—the narrator as father and as son—interwoven with a call to responsible social activism with appeals to reason and emotion. Like water itself, In Earshot of Water cascades across boundaries and blends genres, at once learned and literary.

RSVP to Chris for location at JLTnatural@saveland.org.

A Walk through the Tarboo

Join the Natural History Society on Wednesday, September 10, for a walk with naturalists on private property in the lovely Tarboo Valley north of Dabob Bay. We will follow a mile of well-groomed trails through 28 acres of recovering woodland with some trees more than 150 years old. The trails wind through classic Olympic forest, descending to a creek in a steep ravine and rising up to a meadow with views across the valley.

256Bring a snack and water and field guides for plants and animals.

RSVP to Dave and get details about when and where to meet via JLTnatural@saveland.org Restricted to 12 hikers.

September Book Club Selection

Crow PlanetThe Natural History Society Book Club will meet at 3:30 on Monday, September 22, to discuss Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

There are more crows now than ever. Their abundance is both a sign of ecological imbalance and a generous opportunity to connect with the animal world. Crow Planet is a call to experience the wildlife in our midst, reminding us that we don’t have to head to faraway places to encounter “nature.” Even in the cities and suburbs where we live we are surrounded by wildlife such as crows. Through observing them we enhance our appreciation of the world’s natural order, and find our own place in it.

Haupt, a trained naturalist, uses science, scholarly research, myth, and personal observation to draw readers into the “crow stories” that unfold around us every day, culminating in book that transforms the way we experience our neighborhoods and our world.

Please RSVP to Pat at jltnatural@saveland.org for location.

August hike to Lake Angeles

Join the members of the Natural History Society on Friday, August 15, for a hike to an alpine lake in the Olympic Mountains.

The Lake Angeles trail is a 7.4 mile round-trip, with an elevation gain of 2,300 feet. The trail starts just before the entrance to the Olympic National Park on the Hurricane Ridge Road.

Lake AngelesThis hike is limited to 12 people.  Please contact Pat at jltnatural@saveland.org for meeting time and place.

The Lake Angeles trail is a moderate to strenuous hike, so be prepared with plenty of water, food, good footwear, layers of clothes and sunscreen.

To read more about the trail go to: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/seasonal-hikes/hikes/lake-angeles?b_start:int=10

 

August Book Club Selection

MooreThe Natural History Society Book Club will meet at 3:30 on Monday, August 25, to discuss Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, by Kathleen Dean Moore.

In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to learn what the environment could teach her in her time of pain.

This book is the record of her experiences. It’s a stunning collection of carefully observed accounts of her life—tracking otters on the beach, cooking breakfast in the desert, canoeing in a snow squall, wading among migrating salmon in the dark—but it is also a profound meditation on the healing power of nature.

Please RSVP to Pat at jltnatural@saveland.org for location.