Caring for and Healing the Earth


The Earth Manual
by Malcolm Magolin
ISBN 0-930588-18-5, published by Heyday Books
This book's subtitle says it all: "How to work on wild land without taming it".   235 Pages, with many explanatory diagrams.   Excellent!
Helping Nature Heal
A Whole Earth Catalog, edited by Richard Nilsen
ISBN 0-89815-425-1, published by Ten Speed Press
Full of articles, photographs, and stories about Caretaking.  Includes mini-reviews of related books.
Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching
by David Foreman
Please note that a lot of the activities described in this book are highly illegal. The listing of this book here does not imply that Earth Caretaker or the Webmaster advocate such activities! As it says in the forward, "For entertainment purposes only"!
The One Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming
by Masanobu Fukuoka

"On this planet we do not have something we can call Nature any more. We have lost it. We do not have Nature we can go back to. What we must do is search for Nature. But human knowledge cannot do it. We can only ask Nature. So we, and especially seed companies in the world, should collect all kinds of seeds on the planet, and offer them to God, Nature and pray. This kind of attitude toward Nature is necessary. Of course, even if we pray, God will not say anything. We may not be inspired, either. But the plants which start growing are God's answer. Nature will teach you." - M. Fukuoka

Woodlot Management



The Dying of the Trees
By Charles Little
Care of the Wild: First Aid for Wild Creatures
by William J. Jordan & John Hughes
ISBN 0-299-13184-X, published by The University of Wisconsin Press
Although you obviously can't learn wildlife rehabilitation from a book, this book gives a good overview of first aid for wild creatures.
Living With Wildlife: How to Enjoy, Cope with, and Protect North America's Wild Creatures Around Your Home and Theirs
by The California Center for Wildlife, with Dianan Landau & Shelley Stump
ISBN 0-87156-547-1, published by Sierra Club Books
This book identifies and describes more than 100 species of wildlife, explains how wildlife-human interactions can lead to conflicts, and offers advice on how to resolve them.
Peterson’s Field Guide "Birding By Ear"

"This is a wonderful set of tapes (or CDs) designed to help one to learn to distinguish birds by their songs. Unlike other bird song audio’s, it groups birds by similarity of song rather than by the normal taxonomic organisation and points out the similarities and differences between the calls, much like Peterson's Field Guide to the Birds would point out the physical differences between similar appearing birds. There are separate editions for the East and West. An excellent way to become more familiar with the sounds of birds, and not have to rely on actually seeing them to know which birds are inhabiting an area." Reviewed by Bill Sydor

American Wildlife & Plants: A Guide to Wildlife Food Habits
by Alexander C. Martin, Herbert S. Zim, Arnold L. Nelson
ISBN 0-486-20793-5, published by Dover
This book details the use of plants by birds and mammals of the United States and Canada. It first lists, for each bird and animal, what plants they each eat. It then lists, for each plant, what birds and animals eat it. An excellent reference. 
By Daniel Quinn
"I have read all of Daniel Quinn's books: Ishmael, The Story of B, My Ishmael, Providence, Beyond Civilization, After Dachau, The Man Who Grew Young.
I can honestly say that I think Daniel Quinn's books will save the world. And by "world" I mean human biosphere. The world will continue with or without humans as we all know.
Quinn brings something out in the reader that has been there since we have walked this earth.
Ishmael (Quinn's fictional character) doesn't preach to us, and doesn't give us (the reader) the "final" solution or program to solve all of our problems. What he does do is challenge each and everyone one of us to rethink our cultural myths that has been instilled in our minds since we were born. Ishmael paints a beautiful picture on how things came to be the way they are. And than leaves it up to the reader to take the knowledge he has been given to do what he wants with it. Caution! You will never see our world and culture the same again.
To anybody who has followed the teachings of Grandfather (Tom Brown's Mentor), and who wishes they could have the same kind of teacher. Ishmael is it! Ishmael may not teach you how to track, listen to birds, or view nature, but he uses the same kind of teaching method Grandfather did. The reader is than forced to answer questions that have been brewing inside since we were infants.
What Ishmael brought forth in me was simple. We are not humanity, humans were not created flawed, our way is not the ONE right way to live, and we weren't created to be rulers of this world. We are just a part of the sacred process of life.
If any reader gets done reading this book and wants to seek out "like minded" people, the Ishmael website and guestbook ( is the place to do it. Thousands of "like minded" people visit there everyday to share new ideas and here new ones.
If the world is gonna be saved. It will be saved by changed minds with a new vision." (Reviewed by Curt)
Kinship With All Life
by J. Allen Boone
"Is communication with animals possible? In a book that has changed many people's lives, including my own, the author writes of his relationship with an amazing dog named Strongheart. By allowing the animal to become his teacher, he slowly learns how to engage in a two-way exchange with Strongheart and, eventually, with all animals.
The book follows the day-by-day discoveries that Boone makes in his quest to be able to "talk" with Strongheart. Recognising the dog as an equal being with admirable qualities and abilities, the writer builds "a bridge" across which communication becomes possible.
In addition to Strongheart's story, the book contains experiences with such diverse beings as rattlesnakes, horses, and a house fly named Freddie. A second book, The Language of Silence, picks up where Kinship ends, sharing Boone's experiences with a monkey named Joe, pack rats, gophers, and other animals." Reviewed by Cindy Kamler
The Hopi Survival Kit
by Thomas Mails

"New in '97…includes Hopi prophecies, guideline for living in balance (as given to the Hopi 1000 years ago by the Creator), and an invitation to work with them in ceremony, prayer, and simplified lifestyles." Reviewed by Dale McMillan

The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss

A modern fable about what happens when greed dictates the fate of nature.

The Man Who Planted Trees
by Jean Giono
A Language Older Than Words
by Derrek Jensen

"Derrick Jensens book and his website are totally amazing. Derrick uses his experience as a abused child to compare it to the destructiveness of our culture. And how the effect of the macrocosm of our culture trickles down to microcosm in our relationships. Beware: dangerous reading ahead! If this book don't wake you up, I don't know what will." (reviewed by Curt)

Caretaking Stories and Experiences
Don Coyote
by Dayton O. Hyde
ISBN 0-345-34704-8, published by Ballantine Books, 1986.
"Dayton Hyde is a cattle rancher in the Klamath River area of Oregon. His uncle, from whom he bought the ranch, didn't kill coyotes, so neither does he. But he doesn’t know much about these much-aligned, persecuted predators until a wary friendship begins between him and a young male coyote. The Don, as Hyde comes to call him, had dug in under a broken-down tractor, Big Alice, where the rancher could often find him.
As the relationship grows and deepens, his family teases him and some of his neighbours threaten him, but Hyde develops a growing awareness of the role that predators play in maintaining the natural balance. He begins to think about the "old days" on the ranch when he was a teenager. He compares some of the things the old-time ranch hands had taught him with the ranching practices of the present: ". . . I became aware of some differences between me and the ranchers around me. . .Since Don Coyote had come into my life, my attitudes toward the land had changed. . .they figured we humans had dominion over the land while I felt we had a responsibility for it for the soil; for every plant, bird, and animal that shared this planet with us; for the rivers, and for the air."
As Hyde's thinking changes and his awareness grows, he learns more about coyotes by raising some pups, manages his water differently, goes back to native grasses, and even re-creates an ancient lake by building an earthen dam. After months of hard work by him and his family, Hyde notices the changes on his land. His cattle are flourishing. Bird life becomes abundant; there are fish in the lake and bald eagles in the trees. Coyotes keep down the ground squirrels and voles, and ducks, meadowlarks, foxes, and flickers control the grasshoppers. Natural marshes and ponds retain the sun's heat and fight off damaging frosts. "Nice things were happening. For the first time I could see a system working on the land. Nature was beginning to achieve some sort of equilibrium. We were at peace with the land, working with Nature instead of attacking her head on."
Dayton Hyde writes with insight, humour and compassion. He draws a vivid picture of his land and the creatures with whom he shares it. He takes us along the path he travels; we share his discoveries and his sorrows. If a reader does not yet see herself (or himself) as a caretaker, this book just might start a transformation." Reviewed by Cindy Kamler
Trust Us, We're Experts! - How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future
by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber 
The following review is from the Nov/Dec 2001 issue of Worldwatch magazine:
"Have you ever wondered how a handful of industry-paid scientists have been so effective at generating public skepticism about the work of hundreds of scientists supporting climate-change scenarios? Or why the sale of genetically modified foods was approved in the United States without any serious research on the long-term health and environmental risks? How about why the tobacco industry was able to get away with lying about the deadly nature of cigarettes for so long?
Trust Us, We're Experts,
by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber of the Center for Media and Democracy unearths the answers to these and many other questions, and brings to light the techniques that corporations use to manipulate the public and influence the findings of scientists. This book is required reading for anyone serious about finding the facts buried under the constant barrage of public relations hype that dominates today's fast-paced, media-saturated environment."

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