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Witness Tree

Witness Tree Author Lynda V. Mapes
ISBN-10 9781632862549
Release 2017-04-11
Pages 240
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An intimate look at one majestic hundred-year-old oak tree through four seasons--and the reality of global climate change it reveals. In the life of this one grand oak, we can see for ourselves the results of one hundred years of rapid environmental change. It's leafing out earlier, and dropping its leaves later as the climate warms. Even the inner workings of individual leaves have changed to accommodate more CO2 in our atmosphere. Climate science can seem dense, remote, and abstract. But through the lens of this one tree, it becomes immediate and intimate. In Witness Tree, environmental reporter Lynda V. Mapes takes us through her year living with one red oak at the Harvard Forest. We learn about carbon cycles and leaf physiology, but also experience the seasons as people have for centuries, watching for each new bud, and listening for each new bird and frog call in spring. We savor the cadence of falling autumn leaves, and glory of snow and starry winter nights. Lynda takes us along as she climbs high into the oak's swaying boughs, and scientists core deep into the oak's heartwood, dig into its roots and probe the teeming life of the soil. She brings us eye-level with garter snakes and newts, and alongside the squirrels and jays devouring the oak's acorns. Season by season she reveals the secrets of trees, how they work, and sustain a vast community of lives, including our own. The oak is a living timeline and witness to climate change. While stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a beautiful and lyrical read, rich in detail, sweeps of weather, history, people, and animals. It is a story rooted in hope, beauty, wonder, and the possibility of renewal in people's connection to nature.



Witness Tree

Witness Tree Author Lynda V. Mapes
ISBN-10 1632862530
Release 2017-04-11
Pages 240
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When our "witness tree" first rooted beside a low stone wall in rural Massachusetts, cars were just appearing on the roads. In the life of this one grand oak, we can see for ourselves the results of one hundred years of rapid environmental change. It's leafing out earlier, and dropping its leaves later as the climate warms. Even the inner workings of individual leaves have changed to accommodate more CO2 in our atmosphere. Climate science can seem dense, remote, and abstract. But through the lens of this one tree, it becomes immediate and intimate. In Witness Tree, environmental reporter Lynda Mapes takes us through a year with the tree in the Harvard Forest. We learn about carbon cycles and leaf physiology, but we also experience seasons of change as people have for centuries, watching for each new bud, and listening for each new bird and frog call. Lynda takes us high into the oak's swaying boughs, cores deep into its heartwood, and digs into its roots and teeming soil. She brings us eye level with garter snakes and newts, and alongside the squirrels and jays devouring the oak's acorns. Though stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a beautiful and lyrical read, rich in detail, sweeps of weather, history, people, and animals. It's an inescapable document of climate change, but also an environmental story rooted in hope, beauty, wonder, and the possibility of renewal in people and the world around us.



Witness Tree

Witness Tree Author Lynda Mapes
ISBN-10 1632862557
Release 2017
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The Witness Tree

The Witness Tree Author Brendan Howley
ISBN-10 9780307369604
Release 2011-04-20
Pages 464
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A political epic based on the early life of Eleanor Dulles–sister of John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State, and Allen Dulles, the first head of the CIA–and the secret beginnings of modern Israel. The Witness Tree interweaves years of classified research by co-author and Nazi war crimes investigator John Loftus with a perilous love story–the result is a sweeping novel of a diplomatic dynasty, born in the hope and treachery that defined the twentieth century. Eleanor Dulles comes from one of the most respected families in America. An economist and a socialist, she is the family rebel–and its last hope for salvation. Her affair with a mysterious younger man leads them into fateful brushes with the Zionist underground and the Soviet Comintern. Eleanor comes to understand her family’s connections to the treasonous Second World War oil business, and the unlikely lovers are led separately from war-torn Europe toward the doorstep of Nelson Rockefeller himself, with profound implications for the future of the Middle East. Part family saga, part political thriller, The Witness Tree imagines the little-known life of a woman who became the conscience of her family with a single, desperate act to redeem the soul of a nation betrayed. From the Hardcover edition.



Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground Author Lynda V. Mapes
ISBN-10 9780295998800
Release 2015-09-14
Pages 288
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In 2003, a backhoe operator hired by the state of Washington to work on the Port Angeles waterfront discovered what a larger world would soon learn. The place chosen to dig a massive dry dock was atop one of the largest and oldest Indian village sites ever found in the region. Yet the state continued its project, disturbing hundreds of burials and unearthing more than 10,000 artifacts at Tse-whit-zen village, the heart of the long-buried homeland of the Klallam people. Excitement at the archaeological find of a generation gave way to anguish as tribal members working alongside state construction workers encountered more and more human remains, including many intact burials. Finally, tribal members said the words that stopped the project: "Enough is enough." Soon after, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe chairwoman Frances Charles asked the state to walk away from more than $70 million in public money already spent on the project and find a new site. The state, in an unprecedented and controversial decision that reverberated around the nation, agreed. In search of the story behind the story, Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes spent more than a year interviewing tribal members, archaeologists, historians, city and state officials, and local residents and business leaders. Her account begins with the history of Tse-whit-zen village, and the nineteenth- and twentieth-century impacts of contact, forced assimilation, and industrialization. She then engages all the voices involved in the dry dock controversy to explore how the site was chosen, and how the decisions were made first to proceed and then to abandon the project, as well as the aftermath and implications of those controversial choices. This beautifully crafted and compassionate account, illustrated with nearly 100 photographs, illuminates the collective amnesia that led to the choice of the Port Angeles construction site. "You have to know your past in order to build your future," Charles says, recounting the words of tribal elders. Breaking Ground takes that teaching to heart, demonstrating that the lessons of Tse-whit-zen are teachings from which we all may benefit.



Elwha

Elwha Author Lynda Mapes
ISBN-10 9781594857355
Release 2013-03-05
Pages 184
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CLICK HERE to download the first chapter from Elwha: A River Reborn (Provide us with a little information and we'll send your download directly to your inbox) A compelling exploration of one of the largest dam removal projects in the world—and the efforts to save a stunning Northwest ecosystem * Co-published with The Seattle Times * 125 color photographs, including rare historic images * Dam removal started in September 2011 while restoration work continues today In the fall of 2011, the Times was on hand when a Montana contractor removed the first pieces from two concrete dams on the Elwha River which cuts through the Olympic range. It was the beginning of the largest dam removal project ever undertaken in North America—one dam was 200 feet tall—and the start of an unprecedented attempt to restore an entire ecosystem. More than 70 miles of the Elwha and its tributaries course from the mountain headwaters to clamming beaches on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Through interviews, field work, archival and historical research, and photojournalism, The Seattle Times has explored and reported on the dam removal, the Elwha ecosystem, its industrialization, and now its renewal. Elwha: A River Reborn is based on these feature articles. Richly illustrated with stunning photographs, as well as historic images, graphics, and a map, Elwha tells the interwoven stories of this region. Meet the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe, who anxiously await the return of renowned salmon runs savored over the generations in the stories of their elders. Discover the biologists and engineers who are bringing the dams down and laying the plan for renewal, including an unprecedented revegetation effort that will eventually cover more than 700 acres of mudflats. When the dam started to come down in Fall 2011—anticipated for more than 20 years since Congress passed the Elwha Restoration Act—it was the beginning of a $350 million project observed around the world. Elwha: A River Reborn is inspiring and instructive, a triumphant story of place, people, and environment striving to come together. Winner of the Nautilus Awards 2014 "Better Books for a Better World" Silver Award!



As An Oak Tree Grows

As An Oak Tree Grows Author G. Brian Karas
ISBN-10 9780698171336
Release 2014-09-11
Pages 32
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This inventive picture book relays the events of two hundred years from the unique perspective of a magnificent oak tree, showing how much the world can transform from a single vantage point. From 1775 to the present day, this fascinating framing device lets readers watch as human and animal populations shift and the landscape transitions from country to city. Methods of transportation, communication and energy use progress rapidly while other things hardly seem to change at all. This engaging, eye-opening window into history is perfect for budding historians and nature enthusiasts alike, and the time-lapse quality of the detail-packed illustrations will draw readers in as they pore over each spread to spot the changes that come with each new era. A fact-filled poster is included to add to the fun.



Hemlock

Hemlock Author Anthony D'Amato
ISBN-10 9780300179385
Release 2014-04-29
Pages 336
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An appreciation of the beautiful, iconic, and endangered Eastern Hemlock and what it means to nature and society



Song of the Tree Frogs

Song of the Tree Frogs Author J.W. Kitson
ISBN-10 9781683506065
Release 2017-11-07
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After a gruesome murder, Phillip must finally face Michael alone for the first time in several months. His greatest fear is whether he can find any forgiveness for the years he remained silent, allowing his younger brother to suffer at the hands of Tony, their sadistic father. Years before the killing, Tony accidentally discovers a letter written to his wife, proving that she had a passionate relationship with someone named Samuel. This forces him to consider the humiliating possibility that Michael may not be his son. Consumed with rage, Tony's only ambition is to destroy the possible evidence of his wife’s affair. When Michael is nearly sixteen years old, he becomes the victim of a cruel, senseless prank, which leaves him barely alive. While sitting alone in the hospital with his brother, Phillip is tormented by reoccurring memories he can’t seem to escape, and just when he realizes the hopelessness of his life without Michael, Samuel—the man who wrote the letter to the boys’ mother—arrives at the hospital. Samuel soon finds himself confronted with the terrifying reality that he may have missed his only chance to meet the young man he suspects is his son. Regardless of the fierce risks to his own family, Samuel—along with his heroic wife—refuse to abandon the boys to their barbaric life. These courageous outsiders quickly realize that Phillip and Michael have only known hatred in their lives, and they want nothing more than to offer the brothers a chance to learn that love conquers all things—a reality Phillip must embrace if he is ever going to make peace with Michael, and himself, especially after the brutal death that changed everything.



Razor Clams

Razor Clams Author David Berger
ISBN-10 9780295741437
Release 2017-09-18
Pages 224
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In this lively history and celebration of the Pacific razor clam, David Berger shares with us his love affair with the glossy, gold-colored Siliqua patula and gets into the nitty-gritty of how to dig, clean, and cook them using his favorite recipes. In the course of his investigation, Berger brings to light the long history of razor clamming as a subsistence, commercial, and recreational activity, and shows the ways it has helped shape both the identity and the psyche of the Pacific Northwest. Towing his wife along to the Long Beach razor clam festival, Berger quizzes local experts on the pressing question: tube or gun? He illuminates the science behind the perplexing rules and restrictions that seek to keep the razor clam population healthy and the biomechanics that make these delicious bivalves so challenging to catch. And he joyfully takes part in the sometimes freezing cold pursuit that nonetheless attracts tens of thousands of participants each year for an iconic �beach-to-table� experience.



Season of Secrets

Season of Secrets Author Sally Nicholls
ISBN-10 9781407132785
Release 2012-03-01
Pages 272
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On a wild and stormy night, Molly runs away from the place where her dad has sent her while he sorts things out at home, after the death of her mother. In the howling darkness, she sees a desperate figure running for his life from a terrifying midnight hunt. He has come to help her. But why? And who is he? The chase for the truth is on... Season of Secrets weaves the tale of a heartbroken child and an age-old Pagan legend into a haunting story of love, healing and wild magic.



Witness Essentials

Witness Essentials Author Daniel Meyer
ISBN-10 9780830810895
Release 2012-02-27
Pages 230
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We know the radical difference the gospel of Jesus Christ makes, and we want others to know of it. So often, though, we feel that we are inadequate to the task. The Bible studies, exercises and readings in Daniel Meyer's new book will deepen your faith and equip you to minister to others with a new sense of confidence and calling.



The Old Oak Tree s Last Dream

The Old Oak Tree s Last Dream Author Hans Christian Andersen
ISBN-10 1480019267
Release 2012-10-02
Pages 28
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Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet noted for his children's stories. These include "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Snow Queen," "The Little Mermaid," "Thumbelina," "The Little Match Girl," and "The Ugly Duckling." During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide, and was feted by royalty. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films. -wikipedia



Chasing Monarchs

Chasing Monarchs Author Robert Michael Pyle
ISBN-10 9780300206593
Release 2014-04-29
Pages 336
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DIVAlthough no one had ever followed North American monarch butterflies on their annual southward journey to Mexico and California, in the 1990s there were well-accepted assumptions about the nature and form of the migration. But to Robert Michael Pyle, a naturalist with long experience in monarch conservation, the received wisdom about the butterflies’ long journey just didn’t make sense. In the autumn of 1996 he set out to uncover the facts, to pursue the tide of “cinnamon sailors” on their long, mysterious flight. Chasing Monarchs chronicles Pyle’s 9,000-mile journey to discover firsthand the secrets of the monarchs’ annual migration. Part road trip, part outdoor adventure, and part natural history study, Pyle’s book overturns old theories and provides insights both large and small regarding monarch butterflies, their biology, and their spectacular migratory travels. Since the book’s first publication, its controversial conclusions have been fully confirmed, and monarchs are better understood than ever before. The Afterword for this volume includes not only updated information on the myriad threats to monarch butterflies, but also various efforts under way to ensure the future of the world’s most amazing butterfly migration./div



Trees

Trees Author Tony Rodd
ISBN-10 0520256506
Release 2008
Pages 304
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Beautifully illustrated and designed, this gorgeous reference book explores the world of trees from every perspective--from the world's great forests to the lifespan of a single leaf. Arresting color photographs of a wide variety of trees and close-ups of many of their remarkable features provide an enormous amount of information in a highly accessible format. The volume illustrates how trees grow and function, looks at their astounding diversity and adaptations, documents the key role they play in ecosystems, and explores the multitude of uses to which we put trees--from timber and pharmaceuticals to shade and shelter. A highly absorbing read cover to cover or dipped into at random, Trees: A Visual Guide delves into many specific topics: the details of flowers, bark, and roots; profiles of favorite trees; how animals and insects interact with trees; trees in urban landscapes; the role trees play in our changing climate; deforestation and reforestation; and much more. With clear diagrams, illustrations, and intriguing sidebars on many featured topics, this unique volume is a complete visual guide to the magnificence of the arboreal world.



The Last Witness from a Dirt Road

The Last Witness from a Dirt Road Author Bill Hunt
ISBN-10 1419618830
Release 2005-10-03
Pages 264
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A moving coming-of-age story, written, possibly by one of the last of Southerners to grow up on a working sugar plantion. Told through the eyes and voice of the young son of the white overseer, this is a unique and heartfelt remembrance of events past, and a portrait of a time and place on the cusp of dramatic change. It's the 1940s and Billy lives on Shirley Plantation near the small town of Bunkie, Louisiana. Effortlessly, he moves back and forth across the lines of segregation, while navigating a whites-only life at church and school, then returns to the lively black community on the plantation. But slowly, surely, he begins to lose his childhood innocence, at the same time, he sees the different way which society treats whites and blacks. Mag, a black woman who is like a second mother, is forced to leave the plantation when she looses her field-worker man to a younger woman. From that day on, her empty hosue in the workers' Quarters is a reminder of how fast everything is changing in his small world, which he loves. A rare snowstorm on Thanksgiving Day brings out the difference between his life in the "Big House," to the life lived by the plantation workers in the row of small houses along the dirt road. Billy struggles to find meanings in their lives, and bridge the separation between his life and lives of the black workers as best he can. While this way of life has faded into history, his memories of that life have not. A stunning portrait of life in a unique era that will never be again, eloquently told by a man who lived it.



A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

A Sand County Almanac  and Sketches Here and There Author Aldo Leopold
ISBN-10 019505928X
Release 1989
Pages 228
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Approaches the prevalent issues in ecology from an aesthitic viewpoint, stressing the beauty and balance of nature