Publications & Awards
In recent years, I’ve written quite a variety of books. I’ve always admired wild cats of all kinds, especially tigers, so I enjoyed learning more about them for “Big Cats,” illustrated by vivid watercolors by artist Kendahl Jan Jubb. Kendahl and I have cooperated on many books together, and she is always a joy to work with.
Two favorites that I’ve written were both published in 2004. “The Right Dog for the Job” follows Irah, a wonderful golden retriever who started out as a service dog in training and ended up as a Guide Dog for the Blind. I made many new friends, both canine and human, while working on this project.
For “Garden of the Spirit Bear,” my friend and artist for the book, Deborah Milton, and I traveled around the remote British Columbia coastal islands on the Ocean Light Two, an adventure trip boat that specializes in taking naturalists into the area. We slogged through the dense rainforest in search of bears and really got a feel for this wonderful ecosystem.
I wrote three books to help celebrate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Two of these combined biology with history, “Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark” and “Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark.” The third combined history with information about the United States today, “The Lewis and Clark Trail Then and Now.” In all three books, I stressed that the land the expedition passed through was already inhabited by many Native American tribes, people who knew the land and its living things very very well. What the expedition did was document some of this information for European American science and culture.
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