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Nature & Environment


See below for the list of 2024 winners in the NATURE & ENVIRONMENT category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

A Forest Journey: The Role of Trees in the Fate of Civilization
2024 Gold Winner

Author: John Perlin

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 9781938340970

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Originally published in 1986, comprehensive coverage of the major role forests have played in human life. This updated and expanded edition emphasizes the importance of forests in the fight against global warming and the urgency to protect what remains of the great trees and forests of the world.

The Codex of the Endangered Species Act, Volume I: The First Fifty Years
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Lowell E. Baier with Christopher E. Segal

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538112076

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The Endangered Species Act of 1973 is the zenith of environmental laws, representing the highest aspirations of the Green Revolution. The Codex is its definitive 50-year history. It offers a view of what flexible, collaborative, and successful conservation can be, if we choose to overcome politics and work collaboratively.

Glacier Country: Montana's Glacier National Park
2024 Silver Winner

Authors: R.C. "Bert" Gildart, David Alt, C.W. Bucholz, and Bob Frauson

Publisher: Farcountry Press

ISBN: 9781560378112

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Delve into Glacier National Park's wild wonders and rich history, from its icy origins to its diverse wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and human endeavors. Expert insights, archival images, and captivating photography unveil the Crown of the Continent's ecological marvels and enduring allure.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the NATURE & ENVIRONMENT category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Waterfowl of the World
2023 Gold Winner

Author: photography by Gary Kramer, text by Gary Kramer and John Gregory Mensik

Publisher: Sweetgrass Books, an imprint of Farcountry Press

ISBN: 978-1-59152-294-2

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A visual and literary journey in search of all 167 species of ducks, geese, and swans on Earth. Among these are a few on the brink of extinction, like the Madagascar Pocharand and Brazilian Merganser; and those that are struggling, such as the White-winged Duck and Baer's Pochard.

The Book of Nature Connection: 70 Sensory Activites for All Ages
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Jacob Rodenburg

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-86571-971-2

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The Book of Nature Connection is packed with fun activities for using our senses to connect to nature in a deep and nourishing way. From "extenda-ears" and acorn whistles to camouflage games and scent scavenger hunts, enjoy over 70 diverse and incredible sensory nature activities for all ages.

Sweet in Tooth and Claw: Stories of Generosity and Cooperation in the Natural World
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Kristin Ohlson

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 978-1-952338-09-0

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Bestselling author Kristin Ohlson captures stories of generosity in nature. She covers trees and mushrooms, beavers, bees, and more, and profiles the people who learn from them. Ohlson also captures older cultures that recognized the necessary balance between nature’s and human’s needs. Testament to the importance of a healthy biodiversity.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the NATURE & ENVIRONMENT category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Wild Island Nature: Hunting Island State Park and Saint Phillips Island
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Carol Corbin, PhD

Publisher: Lydia Inglett Publishing / Starbooks

ISBN: 978-1-938417-66-5

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Hunting Island State Park and Saint Phillips Island's beaches, lagoons, and forests shift with the twice daily changing of the ocean's tides. Inside the pages of Wild Island Nature, you'll enjoy visual landscapes artistically captured by the area's dedicated photographers who are drawn to these fascinating islands.

Four Fifths a Grizzly: A New Perspective on Nature that Just Might Save Us All
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Douglas Chadwick

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 9781952338014

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Gathered from decades of observing and reporting, Four-Fifths a Grizzly challenges anyone to consider whether we are separate from or part of nature. It approaches nature from a scientific angle, showing that human DNA is not all that different from any other creature. We have a surprisingly close relationship with grizzly bears, sharing 80 percent of our DNA, 60 percent similar to salmon, 40 percent the same as many insects, and 24 percent of our genes match those of a wine grape.

Osprey: The Glorious Pursuit of Unbridled Determination
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Mark Smith

Publisher: Sweetgrass Books

ISBN: 978-1-59152-297-3

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Join award-winning wildlife photographer Mark Smith in this incredible raptor’s showcase of triumphs and failures. Never before has the osprey been captured and portrayed in such epic brilliance with raw animal instinct and calculated grace. These birds of prey will awe the audience in their glorious pursuit of unbridled determination.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the NATURE & ENVIRONMENT category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Mark Kurlansky

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 978-1-938340-86-4

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From Kurlansky, bestselling author of Salt and Cod and many other works, a fascinating tribute to a magnificent species whose cycles of life are entwined with every aspect of nature, and whose survival is inextricably tied to the survival of the planet.

Fossils Inside Out: A Global Fusion of Science, Art, & Culture
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Thomas Wiewandt

Publisher: Wild Horizons Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781879728080

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For non-scientists and scientists alike, this elegantly crafted synthesis covers the past, present, and future of life on Earth––an enticing blend of prehistory, history, ecology, and geology––plus chapters on fossil collecting, imaging technologies, and the art of fossil preparation. Richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, maps, and other artwork. 

Marvelous Microfossils: Creators, Timekeepers, Architects
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Patrick De Wever, foreword by Hubert Reeves, translated by Alison Duncan

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 978-1-4214-3673-9

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Microfossils—the most abundant, ancient, and easily accessible of Earth's fossils—are also the most important. Training a powerful lens on the microscopic wonders of the universe, hundreds of photos, both exquisite and strange, accompany this startling exposé of a secret world invisibly evolving around us for billions of years.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the NATURE & ENVIRONMENT category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness & Save the Planet
2020 Gold Winner

Editor & Contributor: Paul Stamets

Publisher: Earth Aware Editions

ISBN: 978-1-68383-704-6

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Learn about the network under our feet, which has the ability to restore the planet’s ecosystems, repair our health, and resurrect our relationship with nature.

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Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Publisher: WinterBadger Press

ISBN: 978-1-7331044-0-1

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Art and science are seamlessly woven into a stunning coffee table book inspiring hope and action. A thoughtful collaboration of many hearts and minds dedicated to protecting Nature’s beauty.

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A Wholly Admirable Thing: Defending Nature and Community on the South Carolina Coast
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Virginia & Dana Beach

Publisher: Evening Post Books

ISBN: 978-1-929647-41-5

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Stories that showcase the rise of South Carolina’s Coastal Conservation League to one of the country’s most tenacious and innovative conservation groups.

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