Written by: Jeninaah Hamilton 


Spotlighting Environmental Novels: 

The Lives of Bees:

The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild. By Thomas D. Seeley. This novel explores the complex behavioural, social and survival dynamics of bee colonies and how wild bees living in managed colonies are in crisis. The novel explains how honey bees that live in nature differ from honey bees that are kept by beekeepers. Seeley demonstrates a new approach to beekeeping (Darwinian Beekeeping) which allows honey bees to use the survival skills they have used for the last thirty million years, and to evolve solutions to the new challenges faced today in our world. Seeley provides a way to use the principles of natural selection to guide their practices, and gives insight on a new vision of how beekeeping can better align with the natural habits of the honey bees. 



The Journeys of Trees by Zach St. George.

Forests are one of nature’s many beauties, and anytime a tree dies, new ones sprout! When new trees grow in the same direction, the whole forest begins to migrate at quick rates! Today, however, many obstacles have come up such as deforestation, invasive pests transported through global trade, and especially our climate changing at a faster rate than usual! This novel includes a mixture of science reporting and travel writing as it explores the evolution of forests by spotlighting five specific trees: giant sequoia, ash, black spruce, Florida Torreya, and Monterey pine. Journalist Zach St. George, pays visits to forests across continents, finding fossil records proving the presence of ancient forests in Alaska. His journey is also in the woods with activists, biologists, and foresters and plays an important role to advocate for the unforeseeable future of our environment.




The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees By Douglas W. Tallamy

Douglas W. Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he taught insect-related courses for over 40 years. His New York best-selling book is Nature Best Hope which did amazing and resulted in Tallamy releasing another novel called Nature of Oaks. Tallamy brings attention to the most important species of the plant kingdom – the mighty oak tree! Oaks sustain a web of wildlife such as providing food for woodland creatures like badgers, deer, squirrels, and wild boars. This novel highlights the changes these trees experience during each season and each month. Tallamy also discusses practical advice about how to plant and care for an oak, along with locations where you can find the best oak trees. The Nature of Oaks will inspire you to treasure these trees and to act to nature and protect them. 


For more information about these novels and also other great environmental novels, please visit this webpage:https://bookmarks.reviews/50-of-the-best-new-nonfiction-books-about-the-natural-world/

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