September 2022–February 2023 Book Club Selections


September 26.   A World on the Wing: the global odyssey of migratory birds by Scott Weidensaul.  “In vivid prose that conjures up the rich spell of each landscape, Scott Weidensaul takes us on exhilarating expeditions that crisscross the globe and travel deep into the heart of nature. For lifelong experts and backyard birders alike, he’s a superb guide to the winged marvels that share our planet and our lives.” (Diane Ackerman).  Discussion led by Diane McDade.  Meet at Illahee Preserve 3:30-5.


October 24.  Not on my Watch: how a renegade whale biologist took on governments and industry to save wild salmon by Alexandra Morton.    Morton has been called “the Jane Goodall of Canada” because of her passionate thirty-year fight to save British Columbia’s wild salmon.  Her account of that fight is both inspiring in its own right and a roadmap of resistance.  Discussion led by Oma Landstra.

November 28.  Spineless, the science of jellyfish and the art of growing a backbone by Juli Berwald.  “Berwald’s engaging book is part memoir, part pop science, weaving together stories of her own twisting academic path along with fascinating, vivid details about the delicate creatures.”  NY Times.  Discussion led by Nan Evans.

December 26.  Walking in the Beauty of the World by Joe Arnett. Joe has been a professional botanist and teacher in the Northwest for over twenty years. This collection of 24 essays describes wild – and not so wild – places, personal knowledge of the plants, and wider topics of a human relationship with nature.  Discussion led by Kathy Darrow.   

Note:  this book is not available in local libraries.  Kathy is organizing a bulk order to minimize shipping costs.  Cost is $8 which includes tax but doesn’t include shipping, and all net proceeds are donated by Joe to the Native Plant Society. Contact

January 23, 2023. The Treeline: the last forest and the future of life on Earth by Ben Rawlence.  Rawlence visits various locations in the North to report on the state of forests, the predicament of the indigenous locals in the face of climate change, and much more. His grasp of the science relevant to his tale is amazingly strong and broad.  He spends extended time with visionary bio scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger.  Discussion led by Noreen Parks.

February 27, 2023.  The End of Ice: bearing witness and finding meaning in the path of climate disruption by Dahr Jamail.  Finalist for the 2020 PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.  “Filled with vivid evocations of the natural world, Jamail’s deep love of nature blazes through his crisp, elegant prose, and he ably illuminates less-discussed aspects of climate disruption.” Kirkus Reviews.  Discussion led by Linda Rhines.