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It is not mere coincidence that two-thirds of the population of British Columbia occupies lands bordering its great inland sea, the Strait of Georgia, and connected waterways collectively known as the North Salish Sea. Averaging forty kilometres in width and stretching some three hundred kilometres from Vancouver and Victoria in the south to Powell River and Campbell River in the north, the North Salish Sea has long sheltered a bounty of habitable lands and rich maritime resources ideal for human settlement. While the region's intricate shoreline of peninsulas, promontories, estuaries and plains has been occupied by human communities for millennia, the last century and a half has been an unprecedented age of rapid colonization, industrialization and globalization. Many books have been written about individual communities and industries around the great waterway, but none have examined the region as a geographical unit with its own dynamic systems, which can best be understood as an interrelated whole. The Strait of Georgia has influenced human affairs, even as people have changed the Strait, in a complex relationship that continues today. British colonization and the commodification of the Strait's resources launched a resource rush around the sea that began in earnest in the decades before the First World War, often at the expense of Indigenous populations. Coal mining developed earliest and grew rapidly. Fishing, lumbering and metal mining were also established by the 1880s and soon experienced exponential growth. From the earliest salmon canneries to today's cruise ship industry, all have depended on the Strait to ensure economic prosperity and the easy movement of people and goods. As competition for space and resources increases, and as the effects of climate change are amplified, the pressure on this ecologically vulnerable area will only intensify. If this precious sea is to be passed to future generations with any semblance of its inherent richness and diversity intact, then it will need to be effectively managed and vigorously defended. The first step is to understand the complex story of the region, making this essential reading not only for history buffs but anyone with an interest in the future of British Columbia.
Salmon gillnetting in the turbulent waters of the Fraser River at the turn of the last century was dangerous, back-breaking work. Skiffs were equipped with a single sail, but most maneuvering had to be accomplished by oars, an almost impossible task against any current or tide. Once towed to the grounds by a cannery tug, the fishermen were on their own for at least twelve hours, casting their 400-metre long nets out and pulling them back by hand. Their only shelter was a partial tent over the bow. Many came to grief on dark, windy nights as they blew out of the main channel to the mudflats of the estuary, or worse, the open waters of the Strait of Georgia.When the powerful Fraser River Canners' Association fixed the maximum price per salmon atcents, fishermen united in their determination to win a decent living. Their strike shut down British Columbia's second-largest export industry and effectively resulted in the imposition of martial law as the canners, frustrated by political deadlock in Victoria, called out the militia without government assent to achieve their ends. The strike has long been understood as a watershed moment in the province's industrial history. In this revealing chronicle, Geoff Meggs shows it was even more thanthat.Otherstrikes in that era may have lasted longer, many were more violent, but none drew such diverse groups-Indigenous, Japanese, white-into an uneasy, short-term but effective coalition. While united by the common goal of economic equality, strikers were divided by forceful social pressures: First Nations fishermen wished to assert their Indigenous rights; Japanese fishermen, having fled poverty in their homeland, were seeking equality and opportunity in a new country; white fishermen were angered by the greed of the tiny clique of wealthy Vancouver industrialists who controlled the salmon industry. This maelstrom came together in Steveston, a ramshackle clapboard and cedar shake cannery boom town that blossomed into one of the province's largest cities for a few hectic months eachsummer.In this compelling account, told with journalistic flair and vivid detail, Meggs leaves no room for doubt: this event markedBC's turn into the modern era, with lessons about inequality, racism, immigration and economic power that remain relevanttoday.
Living alone in the remote wilderness, Chris Czajkowski has given her dogs a rich life, although not without its difficulties. Often residing in areas accessible only by float plane, the dogs have encountered grizzlies and cougars, slept in the snow, hiked with packs of food and equipment, and occasionally gotten themselves into scrapes, such as becoming lost in the wild or falling through ice into a freezing river. In Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga, the gregarious and lovable Harry gives his account of their years together at Nuk Tessli and Ginty Creek. The story includes reminiscences about past dogs in Chris's life, including wise Badger, not-so-bright Sport, beautiful Ginger, and Lonesome, Harry's trail-blazing literary predecessor. Together, they trace Chris's off-the-grid life from a dog's-eye view as she established an ecotourism business, built cabins by hand and scratched out a living for herself and the pack. The book captures the humour and wisdom of a canine perspective in a way that is instantly familiar to anyone who has known and loved dogs. Although Harry does not yearn for city comforts like Lonesome, he is often baffled by Chris's incomprehensible doings and illogical priorities. Full of the irrepressible exploits of Harry and his canine companions, Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga is sure to be a new favourite of animal lovers and anyone who's ever dreamed of packing up and moving far away from city amenities with only a loyal dog for company.
Craddock has taken themes of nature, time, cosmic consciousness, mysticism, transcendentalism, personalism (which Walt Whitman explored in his esteemed volume of poetry Leaves of Grass) and has pursued their meaning with contemporary scientific discoveries. There are tides in nature and tides in human societies, countries, and civilizations that embrace, interact, or reject changing perspectives of nature. Eagles Soar on High Thermals highlights and explores individual and social awareness sown into contemporary and past perceptions of life and nature. The reader will embark upon a fascinating, refreshing journey into nature encompassed within the cosmic galactic to the microscopic ecosystems of life from natural landscapes to human interactive sentiment and viewpoints of lifestyles, merging into mystic perceptions. This is a must-read for inquisitive minds desiring to pursue poetic expression, thoughts engaging with insights into enduring mysteries of life and nature.
In this stunning book, intuition and instinct meet modern science as the therapeutic benefits of being in, on or by the sea are explained and explored, and how, if we look after the oceans they will, in turn, look after us. There is something about the vastness of the oceans, which are significantly larger than the continents combined, that has drawn humans in a significant way since the beginning of coastal communities. Throughout history, people have gravitated to live near the sea, it is part of the survival instinct. Water also has huge cultural and spiritual significance for people through the ages and for centuries we looked to the sand and surf as a fully-stocked medicine cabinet. Despite the widespread intuitive feeling that being by the water makes us happier and healthier, there hasn't been much scientific evidence to quantify this connection. Until now. Environmental psychology is the study of how the natural environment makes us feel, think and behave, and scientists in this area are discovering the tangible benefits of breathing in the fresh sea air.Reasons to spend time by the sea:1. Just looking at the sea can promote reductions in heart rate and improvements in mood.2. The negative ions in sea air accelerate your ability to absorb oxygen, and balance your seratonin levels.3. The bracing climate is especially beneficial to the respiratory organs and the skin, and also improves circulation and strengthens the body's defences.4. Spending time by the sea promotes better mental health.5. When you are by the sea you are more likely to exercise.
Chick MouseBreakfast at the FarmChick Mouse and his new family visit the farm kitchen for breakfast. He shows off his skills when the toast unexpectedly flies out of the toaster, but is saved by his one handed catch in mid-air. An accident after breakfast results in Chick Mouse being bathed in milk! Once dry again, he gets a new extra-long jumper made out of Skaties old sock, to keep him warm.
Fun at the Farm will delight young children and parents alike. Simple and witty rhymes and illustrations full of colour and fun make this is an engaging counting story. Along these pages, the animals have lots of fun and cause more than a little mischief around the farm. Cuddle up and enjoy... and see if you can help the farmer find his missing hat!
It all started one bright day at the beginning of spring. All the animals had come out of hibernation relieved that at long last winter had passed But as all good stories go, all is not well that begins well. It happened that a young worm, Twinny by name, came across a huge, verdant, mysterious rock in the middle of the forest. When she told her parents about her find, they were far from elated. Instead of congratulating young Twinny, they forbade her to go back, warning her that grave danger abounded upon the rock. Now Twinny was faced with a grave dilemma! Were her parents' words true? Was the danger real? Should she go back to the rock? Or should she listen to her parents' words and never return to it ever again?
This book should appeal to a wide range of readers, from those that have spent time working in the bush and can relate to these stories, to those still contemplating a career with wildlife. It should also appeal to the weekend and average armchair conservationist who has probably often dreamt of what it would have been like had he chosen to become a dedicated full time field officer. The book will also help give an insight into what goes on behind the scenes for those visiting a game park for their very first time. It has been written in an easy to read format, divided into individual wildlife adventures based from the authors early beginnings as a Game Ranger at a remote outpost in Northern Zululand to finally becoming Warden of Game Capture. Some of these adventures are funny and some more serious but never routine or mundane however they were always rewarding and gratifying. Enjoy the read!
'Gavin Thurston's book has all sorts of strengths. His camera has captured some of the most eye-catching images of the natural world ever seen on television. And he can write. He brings the process home to us in a style that is modest, down to earth and full of humour. This is one of the best books about filming I've ever read.' MICHAEL PALIN'Gavin's book is extraordinary: his easy prose and gasp-making encounters make for a gripping and very funny read. It's a rollercoaster ride with a complete professional. I loved it.' JOANNA LUMLEY'[Gavin is] a great cameraman with infinite patience, but also a writer with great powers of observation and expression. Brilliant!' ALAN TITCHMARSH***From Gavin Thurston, the award-winning Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II cameraman with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough comes extraordinary and adventurous true stories of what it takes to track down and film our planet's most captivating creatures.Gavin has been a wildlife photographer for over thirty years. Against a backdrop of modern world history, he's lurked in the shadows of some of the world's remotest places in order to capture footage of the animal kingdom's finest: prides of lions, silverback gorillas, capuchin monkeys, brown bears, grey whales, penguins, mosquitoes - you name it he's filmed it.From journeys to the deepest depths of the Antarctic Ocean and the wide expanse of the Saharan deserts, to the peaks of the Himalayas and the wild forests of the Congo, Gavin's experiences describe much more than just the incredible array of animals he's filmed. He invites you to come inside the cameraman's hidden world and discover the hours spent patiently waiting for the protagonists to appear; the inevitable dangers in the wings and the challenges faced and overcome; and the heart-warming, life-affirming moments the cameras miss as well as capture.
This is a true story of an unusual event in my life. I rescued a llama that had been roaming near our home. I spent six months trying to spread the word of this lost animal and trying to gain its trust. Finally, with the help of a stranger who became a good friend, the llama is now safe.
When life gives you lemon, make lemonade. Whenever a door closes, a better one seems to open. My life is a story of big dreams, dreams that come true; of great hopes and deceptions, fears, exile, and broken promises. The story of choices and consequences. Most of all; it is a story of an unconditional love, a continual struggle and a battle to protect lives. The earthquake that hit me was so devastating that everyone, even myself, was convinced that it would kill me. Yet, here I am. I held on to all the love that I have and all the promises I made; I survived. With the beginning of my new journey of saving animal lives, I encountered a friend that ended up being a disaster on my dreams, my dreams that are yet to start.
Alan Adaschiks dream was to visit Alaska; Americas last frontier and a place which abounds with wildlife and unspoiled wilderness. Upon retirement, Al and his wife Gayle sold everything and bought a thirty-seven foot Damon Intruder motor home to make his dream a reality. An Alaskan Adventure is a narrative about Al and Gayles trip which highlights the places they visited and the wonderful things they experienced along the way. An Alaskan Adventure commences in Indiana following a visit with Als relatives who live there. After negotiating the traffic jams of Chicago, Al and Gayle traveled I-94 across the northern Great Plains visiting Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana along the way. Heading north, they visited Glacier National Park and continued on to tour Yoho, Banff, and Jasper national parks in Canada. Afterwards, Al & Gayle picked up the Alaskan Highway which took them to a realization of Als dream. The reminder of the book is about Al & Gayles travels around the Great Alaskan Triangle, a circuit of 900 miles defined by the cities of Tok, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. While negotiating this triangle, Al and Gayles primary goals were to find gold in one of the many streams they crossed and to also find a Wooly Mammoth frozen in a glacier. Toward this end, they took side trips to the White Mountains National Recreation Area, Denali National Park, The Top of the World Highway, and the towns of Homer and Chicken. An Alaskan Adventure is not just a book about touring Alaska. Al is an environmentalist and a theme evident throughout the book is that the beauty we find around us is fleeting and that if we, as a species, continue to over-populate our world, what we see and value so highly is sure to go away.
While living in Thailand, the Brannon children's imaginative interaction with live toads dressed in costume later inspired Janice to follow in their footsteps . . . dressing up toads, then using engaging photos of them to illustrate Tall Toad Tales. Although Discovering a New World parallels Columbus' discovery of America, it introduces a toad's view of that adventure. Janice hopes that her sincere affection for the toad world will be apparent and that readers will be aware that her toad friends were always treated gently and with respect.
It is Stevies fifth birthday and hes waiting for his friends to arrive for his party. As he waits, he begins to wonder does everyone know how hold they are and have a birthday? What about everything outside? Do rocks have birthdays? Does the moon know how old it is? What about birds? Do hippos have birthdays? Or sharks? Or rabbits? Does the sun have a birthday party?Join Stevie as he takes an imaginary trip through Creation to discover just whos having a party!
This is a true story about a naughty dog named Kuba and his specialfriendship with a wild donkey named Irene. It demonstrates thatfriendship isnt defined by similarities but by trust. It also shows howpredicting behavior or stereotyping based on things such as species or race orgender can have unexpected outcomes.
It started with the yellow jacket wasp I found in the street. Even though it was dead, it had such an animated quality, almost cartoon-like. I carefully cradled it in my hand and was immediately inspired to paint it. Soon cicada were emerging, leaving their scarab-like shell behind. Dragonflies were hovering about my head. My insect treasures mounted; firefly, butterfly, beetle, ladybug and more, arousing my inner scientist. The local library and bookstore provided my trove of compelling facts and educational information. A journal of bugs and insects took shape. What followed was a selection of bugs from a to z. I wanted to hold a special book in my hand recognizing the beauty of nature. So I created my own, Abecedarian Insectarium, Bugs and Insects A to Z.
An inspiring and uplifting memoir about one small-town teacher's eye-opening travels around the world and his relentless efforts to rescue a chimp in danger.As a child, Spencer Sekyer's world was a simple one. He grew up in a small town, where many of his days were spent hunting in the woods and pursuing his dream of becoming a professional athlete. But when his athletic career ended, he found himself seeking new goals. Spencer returned to school and became a teacher. Realizing he still had much to learn about the world, Spencer set out to explore its most dangerous areas. He traveled to Sierra Leone to volunteer in a local school, followed by trips to the West Bank, Afghanistan, and Haiti. Each time, Spencer returned home a little wiser, a little more emotionally mature, and a little more ready to give back to a world that had given him so much. In Duhok, Kurdistan, Spencer's journey took a new turn. After stumbling into a local zoo, Spencer formed an unlikely bond with Manno, a young chimpanzee who had been kidnapped from his family in central Africa and sold into captivity. Determined to get Manno back to his home, Spencer began to investigate the shadowy, dangerous world of global animal trafficking. Facing resistance at every turn, and with ISIS closing in on Duhok, Spencer finally set in motion an international effort to get his friend to safety, before it was too late. Bursting with compassion, inspiration, and courage, Saving Manno is a testament to the fact that every one of us has the power to change lives and make the world a better place.
Callie is the main character. She is a beautiful calico cat who is always doing something comical, quirky, or mischievous. Her amazing adventures will take children and the young-at-heart on a journey of excitement, and who knows where she will lead you next! Humorous and gentle, Callie has you wrapped around her paw from the get-go! Come join in Miss Callies amazing adventures and bask in the fun!
This book is about polar bears which are an endangered specie. Climate change in the Arctic sea is damaging the environment in which the polar bears live. The polar bears habitat is slowly warming up and they have less ice on which to sit and hunt. The polar bears have to travel a longer distance to find solid for resting. All of these changes are making life for the polar bear difficult.
Polar bears are truly majestic animals: the largest land-dwelling carnivore on earth, these white-furred, black-skinned giants can measure up to three meters in length and weigh up to fifteen hundred pounds. They are also iconic in other ways. They are a symbol of the climate change debate, with their survival now threatened by the loss of Arctic ice, and their images decorate fountains and the cornices of buildings across the world. They sell cold drinks. They feature in children's books, on merry-go-rounds, and under the arms of weary toddlers heading for bed. Their pelts were once highly prized by hunters, and live captures became attractions in zoos and circuses. Stuffed bears still haunt museums and stately homes.In this natural and cultural history of the polar bear, Margery Fee explores the evolution, species, habitat, and behavior of the animal, as well as its portrayal in art, literature, film, and advertising. Illustrated throughout, Polar Bear will beguile anyone who loves these outsize, beautiful, seemingly cuddly, yet deadly carnivores.
Our fear and fascination with wasps set them apart from other insects. Despite their iconic form and distinctive colors, they are surrounded by myth and misunderstanding. Often portrayed in cartoon-like stereotypes bordering on sad parody, wasps have an unwelcome and undeserved reputation for aggressiveness bordering on vindictive spite. This mistrust is deep-seated in a human history that has awarded commercial and spiritual value to other insects, such as bees, but has failed to recognize any worth in wasps.Leading entomologist Richard Jones redresses the balance in this enlightening and entertaining guide to the natural and cultural history of these powerful arthropod carnivores. Jones delves into their complex nesting and colony behavior, their fascinating caste system, and their major role at the center of many food webs. Drawing on up-to-date scientific concepts and featuring many striking color illustrations, Jones pushes past the sting, showing exactly why wasps are worthy of greater understanding and appreciation.