I can’t say enough good things about The Natural Histories Project / Natural History Network, birthed out of a series of workshops to initiate dialogue between ecologists, geologists, educators, university presidents, and artists about the re-imaging of natural history. The audio and video clips of different perspectives on natural history are fantastic. But what really caught my eye was the Journal of Natural History and Experience, in particular the ongoing series of “101 Natural History Books That You Should Read Before You Die.”
So far, the (early) list includes the following.
The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck
A Naturalist on a Tropical Farm by Alexander Skutch
The Art of Falconry by Frederick von Hohenstaufen
Field Notes on Science and Nature by Michael Canfield
The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
The Naturalist on the River Amazons by Henry Walter Bates
Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinocital Regions of America by Alexander von Humboldt
It’s a great list so far (myself only having read, and only then in part, half of these). Having a community-agreed upon canon of works to read, or a reading list to guide you in general, is always welcome. Like having a steady professor-friend by your side to offer advice only an insider would harbor.