Last Updated: March 14, 2024

Alfie and Me by Carl Safina

A moving account of raising, then freeing, an orphaned screech owl, whose lasting friendship with the author illuminates humanity’s relationship with the world.

The Hidden Language of Cats by Sarah Brown

A renowned cat behavior scientist of over thirty years, Dr. Sarah Brown has been at the forefront of research in the field, discovering how cats use tail signals to interact with each other and their owners. Now, she reveals the previously unexplored secrets of cat communication in a book that is both scientifically grounded and utterly delightful. Each chapter dives into a different form of communication, including vocalizations, tail signals, scents, rubbing, and ear movements.

Down From the Mountain: the Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear by Bryce Andrews

The story of a bear named Millie: her life, death, and cubs, and what they reveal about the changing wilds of the American West

George: A Magpie Memoir by Frieda Hughes

George: A Magpie Memoir
by Frieda Hughes

The daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath recalls how she moved to the countryside to start a new life, but instead found herself rescuing a baby magpie and embarking on an unlikely journey toward joy and connection.

Otter Country by Miriam Darlington

Mysterious, graceful, and ever-clever, otters have captivated our imaginations despite the fact that few people have encountered one in the wild. Over the course of a single year, Darlington takes readers on a winding expedition in pursuit of these elusive creatures-from her home in Devon, England, through the wilds of Scotland, Wales, the Lake District, and the countryside of Cornwall. With each encounter, she reveals the scientific, environmental, and cultural importance of this creature and the places it calls home.

Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants by Jacob Shell

In the mountainous rainforests of Burma and India, for more than a thousand years, people here have worked with elephants to log these otherwise impassable forests and move people and goods (often illicitly) under cover of the forest canopy. The relationship between elephant and rider is an intimate one that lasts for many decades.