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Great Non-fiction Books About Nature

Thanks to the spread of civilization and advances in technology, there are very few areas left on the planet that are truly unexplored. However, it wasn’t that long ago when people discovered new places or even lived out in the wild. Fortunately, many of these people wrote books about their experiences, which makes for fascinating reading. A lot of these books are now in the public domain, which makes it possible to read about their encounters with nature without having to spend anything. So, if you would like to learn more about nature, but don’t have the time or finances to go on a trip of your own, then these non-fiction books offer a great escape.

A-Birding on a Bronco

by Florence A. Merriam

If you are an avid birdwatcher or simply interested in this hobby, then A-Birding on a Bronco by Florence A. Merriam is a must read. What makes this book particularly fascinating is that Florence was one of the first people to study bird by observing their behavior instead of collections or skins like other experts. This book is her memoir about the numerous trips that she took in the late 1800’s to study birds at a California ranch.

The Discovery of Yellowstone Park

by Nathaniel Pitt Langford

One of the best ways to learn about history is by reading the eyewitness accounts from the people who actually lived through it, which is what makes The Discovery of  Yellowstone Park such a great read. This is not just a dry retelling of historical facts, but a gripping tale that is told with a lot of enthusiasm. Anyone who is familiar with the first national park in the United States will enjoy reading what it was like to see it for the first time.

Edge of the Jungle

by William Beebe

William Beebe has won over many readers with his writing about animals and nature, including president Theodore Roosevelt, who frequently praised his books. Edge of the Jungle was published in 1921 and contains a series of essays written by the explorer. Most of them relate to the jungle surrounding a tropical research station that was located in Kartabo, Guyana, which was known as British Guiana back then.

In The Catskills: Selections from the Writings of John Burroughs

by John Burroughs

John Burroughs was not only an American naturalist, but also a nature essayist and this book contains eight of his essays. He grew up on a farm in the Catskill Mountains, and the passion that he had for this region is clear in his writing. The essays in this book deal with different topics, from foxes and birds to camping, but all of them are descriptive and entertaining.

Wild Life on the Rockies

by Enos Abijah Mills

Enos Abijah Mills was referred to as the “Father of Rocky Mountain National Park” by some newspaper due to how hard he lobbied for the park. In fact, one of the lakes within the park has been named Mills Lake in his honor. Mills was an avid naturalist, but also a good author and wrote many books about nature. Wild Life on the Rockies was one of his earliest books and features lots of great stories about the beauty of the mountains and his personal experiences in the area.

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