When the weathers dips below zero or  there’s nothing to watch on TV,  I recommend reading the following one or more books listed below or  in Good Winter Reads I , then start making plans to  “get outside”.  If you don’t know why or need a nudge, then may I suggest reading:  Wishing you a year of Natured Related Euphoria”.

Natural History
Native Anerican Trail Marker Trees (Marking Paths Through the Wilderness) –  Author: Dennis Downes
Very intersting book about how trees were used by Native Americans to mark significant locations, including trees in Illinois.  The author is from Illinois.

Geology Underfoot in Illinois – Author Raymond Wiggers
Illinois may be the second flatest state in the U.S. but this book explains the rich geological diversity of our state, and some of the interesting land formations right in our backyards.

The Prairie of the Illinois Country – Author Robert Betz

The Phoenix Land: The Natural History of DuPage County – Author Wayne Lampa
Interesting short stories about the DuPage County’s natural history which applies to most other counties in our area.

Exploring Natural Areas in Illinois Guides

Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State – Michael Jeffords and Susan Post

60 Hikes within 60 miles: Chicago – Ted Villaire

Our connection with Nature and Ecology:
Sense of Wonder : Author Rachel Carson
Great book with tips about sharing nature with children based on Rachel Carson’s relationship with her nephew.

Eco Amazons – 20 women Who Are Transforming the World: Author Dora Keehn:
Inspirational stories of women making a difference and how many environmental issues are  linked to social justice issues.   I am fortunate to know many local eco amazons and hope to write about them in my Notebook (blog) someday.

Gardening/Landscaping with Nature and for the Environment
Attracting Native Pollinators (Protecting Norther American’s Bees and Butterflies) – Author:  The Xerces Society Guide, Authors: Mader, Shephard, Vaughan, Black and Lebuhn.
Great Introduction to native pollinators. Most people do not realize the honeybee is not native, and there are many native bees and other native pollintors also needing protection.  Learn why and what you can do to help.