Book cover of Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell by Sy Montgomery
Biological Sciences

Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell 

When acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turtles—with wounds so severe that even veterinarians would have dismissed them as fatal—are given a second chance at life. The League’s founders, Natasha and Alexxia, live by one motto: Never give up on a turtle. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creatures in the Natural World by Patrik Svensson
Earth Sciences

The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World

Remarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla. So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the “eel question”: Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether? Even today, in an age of advanced science, no one has ever seen eels mating or giving birth, and we still don’t understand what drives them, after living for decades in freshwater, to swim great distances back to the ocean at the end of their lives. They remain a mystery.   […Learn More]