Naturalists

Beyond the Outer Shores: The Untold Story of Ed Ricketts, The Pioneering Ecologist Who Inspired John Steinbeck by Joseph Campbell Tamm, Eric Enno Raincoast Books 2003

Having forsaken the pursuit of marine biology in California I waded the intertidal of Clayoquot Sound in the early sixties, one of Doc Ricketts haunts. In later years I made my home away from home in a mangrove estuary on the Sea of Cortes where I could revel in the ocean world of Ed (Doc) Ricketts, John Steinbeck’s companion in the “Log From the Sea of Cortes”

In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island; Michael Layland, Touchwood Editions 2019 (the lengthy bibliography covers dozens of references worth pursuing) Leaving no stone unturned cartographer Layland has brought to life a cast of characters a mile long and each one a little masterpiece of story telling

On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (many different versions)

Renaissance Man of Cannery Row: The Life and Letters of Edward F. Ricketts, edited by and with an introduction by Katharine Rodgers, followed by a collection of letters written by Ricketts himself.

The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt’s New World .by Andrea Wulf. New York: Vintage Books. 2015. 576 pages. This is a must read for any naturalist in my opinion. We owe a lot to von Humboldt, and he deserves a place in the limelight along with Darwin and Wallace.

 The Naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia Vol 1 by John Keast Lord ebook Google Books

The Naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia, Volume 2(1866) .by John Keast Lord Paperback 2010 This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.

To Know a River: A Haig-Brown Reader. by Valerie Haig-Brown Jan 1 2000

Above Tide: Reflections on Roderick Haig-Brown. by Anthony Robertson. 1984

In this pioneering study of one of Canada’s most original and overlooked authors, Anthony Robertson outlines the entire range of Roderick Haig-Brown’s output, describing all the notable works and assessing their place in the author’s development. But more than that, Robertson traces the evolution of Haig-Brown’s thought, revealing him as one of the most broad ranging and lucid thinkers to grapple with the problem of European man’s place in the New World.

Hamilton Mack Laing, hunter-naturalist. by Richard Mackie, Sono Nis Press 1985 Peter McAllister writes: As a long time friend and compatriot of Richard’s, commencing with his illustrious expat family rooted in Vernon’s early years I could not overlook Richard’s major contribution to British Columbia’s history. Mack Laing was for Vancouver Island what my 19th century bigger than life naturalist – hunters were to me on the East coast, men who I could relate to for I was from the last generation that inherited as a young teenager in the late forties, a love of nature confusedly mixed with that unbridled hunting instinct.

Heart of the Raincoast: A life story by Alexandra Morton and Billy Proctor 1998 Billy Proctor was born in 1934 and has spent his entire life in a remote coastal community called Echo Bay, BC on an island off northern Vancouver Island. Proctor has always done the time-honoured work of generations of upcoast men—hand-logging, fishing, clam digging, repairing boats, beachcombing.

But Billy eventually began to notice that the thriving runs of Pacific salmon, oolichans, and herring that he remembers from his early years were vanishing—some to near extinction—and he understood that it was time to take action. Heart of the Raincoastis the fascinating story of Billy Proctor’s life, and the wealth of knowledge and understanding that can only be gained from living in such close proximity to nature. The writing is funny, touching and honest—and offers an engaging insider’s view not only of the salmon, whales, eagles and independent people who populate Canada’s wild and lovely coastal rainforest, but on what we need to do to keep it as nature intended





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