2022 Spring Reading List

reading list

If you’re looking to add a few new books to your Spring/ Summer reading list, you’ve come to the right place! Check out the Wetland Knowledge Exchange’s recommendations: 

Newly released (and Upcoming): 


  • A visual exploration of the unique flora and fauna in Ireland’s bogs, wetlands, and eskers through photography by the talented Tina Claffey. Pre-order here. 

An Ecology of Happiness 

  • Eric Lambin draws on case studies from around the world to make a persuasive case for the strong link between healthy ecosystems and human happiness. Get your copy here

Medicines to Help Us: Traditional Metis Plant Use  

  • A unique combination of artwork, Indigenous Traditional knowledge, and Western science that honors the centuries-old healing traditions of Métis women. Get your copy here

Fresh Banana Leaves 

  • An Indigenous environmental scientist breaks down why western conservationism isn’t working and offers Indigenous models informed by case studies, personal stories, and family histories that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors. Get your copy here

Plants, People, and Places 

  • A collection of essays by leading voices in philosophy, Indigenous law, and environmental sustainability that promote more effective and just recognition of the use and care for plants in Indigenous cultures. Get your copy here

Braiding Sweetgrass 

  • Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Robin Wall Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons. Get your copy here

For more Indigenous-Led Conservation readings, check out Youdelis et al. (2021) Indigenous-Led Conservation Reading List here. 


Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants  

  • Douglas Tallamy reveals the link between native plant species and native wildlife and the important steps we can all take to help reverse their declines. Get your copy here

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses  

  • A mix of science and personal reflection by Robin Wall Kimmer that brings attention to this largely unnoticed element of the natural world – mosses. Get your copy here

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard 

  • Douglas Tallamy outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation, showing how homeowners can turn their yards into conservation corridors. Get your copy here. 

The Nature of Oaks 

  • Douglas Tallamy turns his advocacy to one of the most important plant species – the mighty oak tree, explains the web of wildlife they sustain, and shares advice for how to plant and care for an oak. Get your copy here

The Seed Keeper 

  • An award-winning novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakhóta family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most. Get your copy here

Tracks & Signs of Insects and other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species  

  • An invaluable guide for wildlife professionals, naturalists, students, and anyone interested in insects. Get your copy here

This resource list is meant to be a summary of some great publications. This list is not all encompassing nor is it endorsed by the CCLM. For more information, please contact g_boston@ducks.ca