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Non-Fiction, 273 pages + 35 pages of acknowledgements, notes, and index
Camping weekends are often the best time to read non-fiction books that include research because you have time to read and digest the information carefully, without distractions.
Our Wild Calling is an interesting blend of first-account stories of wild animal encounters, validated research about animal behavior and relationships, and the history of how people have used and communicated with animals.
Richard Louv blends these elements together to create a narrative of what was, what is, and what may be to come with the relationship between animals (both wild and domestic) and people. He looks at ways we can appreciate their beauty and complexities, while still giving them the space they need to thrive.
Louv also examines how animals have made a significant health impact on people through assistive therapies, and how wild animals are encroaching into more populated suburban and urban areas as we slowly move into their territory.
What I liked best about this book was Louv’s ability to move from technical research from respected institutions to his personal conversations with everyone from his neighbors to wildlife biologists. He was able to weave all of it into a very hopeful, optimistic view of how our relationship with animals can bring about positive results for both of us.
My favorite quote from the book comes at the end:
Louv is no stranger to nature and wildlife. He’s written 10 other nature-focused books, penned numerous articles, co-founded a non-profit, and been awarded the prestigious Audubon Medal “in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of conservation and environmental protection.
If you’re reading our site, it’s likely you enjoy the outdoors and wildlife. Our Wild Calling is most certainly a Recommended Reading for you this camping season!