Acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis has written a vibrant history of the modern conservation movement – told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. For this event, co-sponsored by Boswell Book Company, Michelle Nijhuis will be in conversation with Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.
In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, Nijhuis traces the movement’s history: from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and Bald Eagle to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale.
She describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson as well as lesser-known figures, reveals the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund, explores current efforts to protect species such as the whooping crane, and confronts the darker side of conservation, long shadowed by racism and colonialism.
Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species—including our own.
Michelle Nijhuis is a project editor at the Atlantic, a contributing editor at High Country News, and an award-winning reporter whose work has been published in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. She is co-editor of The Science Writers’ Handbook.
Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who has covered the Great Lakes since 2003. He is the author of the book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. Egan is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Columbia School of Journalism.
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