In Search of the Ca­nary Tree

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home -

BY LAU­REN E OAKES, BA­SIC BOOKS, £20

The yel­low-cedar is mighty and mys­te­ri­ous. Yet its high death-rate in parts of North Amer­ica’s Pa­cific Coast could fore­shadow our own fu­ture as the cli­mate changes. Oakes tells the fas­ci­nat­ing story not only of her field­work, be­set by bears, re­mote ter­rain and food short­ages, but also of how she comes to terms with loss – that of her fa­ther, and Alaskans’ loss of yel­low-cedar trees. Oakes’ writ­ing is po­etic and philo­soph­i­cal; ul­ti­mately, she finds her own way to thrive in the face of our changing fu­ture.

Liz Kalaugher Science writer

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