International Day for Biological Diversity

By Colleen Rowe | May 20 2022 | Science, Technology, Engineering & MathematicsEnvironmental Science

International Day for Biological Diversity is meant as a day to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This year’s theme is “building a shared future for all life.” We encourage educators who are interested in spreading awareness of biodiversity issues in their classrooms to browse our book list, which offers a range of the various plants, animals, and environments that depend on biodiversity. We also recommend educators take a look at our full list of biology titles

Finding the Mother Tree
Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
978-0-525-56599-4
From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery.
$17.00 US
Jun 21, 2022
Paperback
384 Pages
Vintage

The Loneliest Polar Bear
A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World
978-1-9848-2633-6
The heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of an abandoned polar bear cub named Nora and the humans working tirelessly to save her and her species, whose uncertain future in the accelerating climate crisis is closely tied to our own
$28.00 US
Mar 23, 2021
Hardcover
288 Pages
Crown

Life on the Rocks


American Wolf
A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
978-1-101-90280-6
Now in paperback, the intimate, the riveting story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.
$17.00 US
Jul 31, 2018
Paperback
320 Pages
Crown

The Future of Life
978-0-679-76811-1
One of the world’s most important scientists, Edward O. Wilson is also an abundantly talented writer who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. In this, his most personal and timely book to date, he assesses the precarious state of our environment, examining the mass extinctions occurring in our time and the natural treasures we are about to lose forever.
$16.95 US
Mar 11, 2003
Paperback
256 Pages
Vintage

E. O. Wilson: Biophilia, The Diversity of Life, Naturalist (LOA #340)
978-1-59853-679-9
A landmark collected edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and world-renowned biologist, illuminating the marvels of biodiversity in a time of climate crisis and mass extinction.
$45.00 US
Mar 23, 2021
Hardcover
1150 Pages
Library of America

Stronghold
One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon
978-1-9848-0171-5
"This book isn't just about fish; it's about life itself, and the fragile, unseen threads that connect all creatures." --Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice and Blood and Thunder
$18.00 US
Feb 02, 2021
Paperback
368 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

Eat Like a Fish
My Adventures Farming the Ocean to Fight Climate Change
978-1-101-97432-2
In the face of apocalyptic climate change, a former fisherman shares a bold and hopeful new vision for saving the planet: farming the ocean. Here Bren Smith—pioneer of regenerative ocean agriculture—introduces the world to a groundbreaking solution to the global climate crisis.
$17.95 US
Mar 27, 2020
Paperback
320 Pages
Vintage

The Forest Unseen
A Year's Watch in Nature
978-0-14-312294-4
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award“Injects much-needed vibrancy into the stuffy world of nature writing.” —Outside, “The Outdoor Books That Shaped the Last Decade”The biologist and author of Sounds Wild and Broken combines elegant writing with scientific expertise to reveal the secret world hidden in a single square meter of old-growth forestIn this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.Each of this book's short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home.Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Haskell is a perfect guide into the world that exists beneath our feet and beyond our backyards.
$17.00 US
Mar 26, 2013
Paperback
288 Pages
Penguin Books

Advocating for the Environment
How to Gather Your Power and Take Action
978-1-62317-617-4
What can any one of us--as ordinary citizens--really do about climate change? A lot!
$19.95 US
Jul 13, 2021
Paperback
368 Pages
North Atlantic Books

Entangled Life
How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures
978-0-525-51032-1
A mind-altering look at the secret life of fungi and the extraordinary way they shape our world from a lively young Cambridge scientist.
$18.00 US
Apr 13, 2021
Paperback
368 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

The Songs of Trees
Stories from Nature's Great Connectors
978-0-14-311130-6
The author of the The Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature's most magnificent networkers -- trees
$18.00 US
Apr 03, 2018
Paperback
304 Pages
Penguin Books

Desert Notebooks
A Road Map for the End of Time
978-1-64009-471-0
Layering climate science, mythologies, nature writing, and personal experiences, National Magazine Award winner Ben Ehrenreich presents a stunning reckoning with our current moment and with the literal and figurative end of time--"a beautiful meditation on adapting to future cataclysm" (Publishers Weekly).
$16.95 US
Jul 06, 2021
Paperback
336 Pages
Counterpoint