Environment

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John Moir

The book tells the story of the race to save our largest bird from extinction. The storyline transports readers deep into the world of the California condor and describes how the condor symbolizes the extinction crisis facing our planet. Moir says he had been writing articles about the condor recovery program for newspapers and magazines for several years. "In 2004, I was asked to do a feature story on the recovery effort for Birding magazine.

Peter Friederici

Peter Friederici, a Flagstaff, Ariz. freelance, profiles some of the dedicated citizens working to return sizable tracts of the American landscape to nature, and to health. He believes a restoration movement is sweeping North America and that it offers a new way for people to coexist with nature — one that is neither domineering nor simplistic, but rather both difficult and deeply rewarding.

Peter Friederici

Peter Friederici, a Flagstaff, Ariz. freelance, wrote this book about people who really care and put their efforts into restoration of ailing Mother Nature. He writes that from the Hawaiian Islands to Appalachia's forests ordinary citizens are changing the way we think about nature. In Chicago and its suburbs, for example, legions of volunteers replant prairies in the shadow of freeways. On a deserted Bermudan island, a man has spent 40 years single-handedly restoring the nesting habitat of a rare seabird.

Susan Schmidt

In 2002, Schmidt circled the Chesapeake in a 22-foot boat for five months and 2,500 miles, retracing Smith's 1608 voyage. Her lecture and book focus on the Bay's ecological history since European Contact and current scientific issues, the Jamestown experience, Native Americans then and now. Creek by creek, the book is a boaters' guide, naturalist's log, and journal of both

Sharon Guynup, Editor

Sharon Guynup, a Hoboken, N.J., freelance, says the Wildlife Conservation Society hired her to create, sell, and launch a State of the Wild book series. Why preach only to the choir? Thus she chose hunting and the wildlife trade as the cover topic for this first volume, which focuses about one-third of content on issues such as the trade in animals for the traditional Asian medicine trade, bycatch, and diseases that could come with a bushmeat dinner (or your new, exotic pet).

Erich Hoyt

What would it be like to be the scientist rather than the science writer? Hoyt started out as a science journalist but in the last few years began to write scientific papers and make presentations at conferences. "I still do some popular writing but increasingly my clips are in conference proceedings or journals," he says.

Edward R. Ricciuti

Ricciuti, a Connecticut freelance, has evidently anticipated recent headlines such as a man who kept an alligator and lion in his New York apartment and the woman who collected tigers in New Jersey. In his book, he not only describes the battles between beasts and humans, he laments wild pets taken into the home means less animals in the wild.

Ed R. Ricciuti

In this book, Ricciuti focuses on the hypocrisy, sentimentalism, and commercialization that pervade today's animal "industry," and he comments on the evolutionary and environmental factors that make animals behave as they do — especially when humans enter and usurp their habitats. Ricciuti ultimately concludes that the darker side of these creatures is something we often bring upon ourselves.