Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope

David Moskowitz (Author)
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2018 Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner in Animals & Nature 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Silver Winner in Ecology & Environment 2019 Banff Mountain Book Competition Special Jury Mention
"Through discussion of the geologic history of the region -- and the plants, animals and cultures that evolved from it -- Moskowitz shows how the mountain caribou represents issues facing threatened ecosystems everywhere. He advocates for reevaluating entirely how we conceive of species and ecosystems, to better understand and own our place within them."--Crosscut Caribou Rainforest doesn't tell an easy story, ask easy questions, or pretend that there are easy solutions to the possible extinction of the last mountain caribou herds found in Canada and the United States. There are fewer than twenty animals left in the last US herd. Yet what Caribou Rainforest does--with photographs, words, and science--is explain why this is happening, so that as a community we don't repeat our mistakes, even when our intentions are good.
Author David Moskowitz has studied and photographed these caribou extensively in order to understand their plight. He hasn't found villains, but rather climate change, predators, recreationists, settler colonialism, industrial logging, mineral extraction, and a perfect confluence of factors that have worked against this fragile species and the fragile environment upon which it relies.

The story of this iconic animal and stunning landscape provides an example of shifting conservation challenges and tactics in the twenty-first century. Mountain caribou have been identified as an "umbrella species" by conservationists, meaning that protecting their habitat also helps preserve many other species who depend on the same ecosystem. The discussion topics are controversial and wrenching--upending the forestry economy of the region, exterminating wolves (who also struggle to survive) to protect the caribou, limiting recreational access to critical habitat, respecting the rights of indigenous peoples. The issues are contentious, but the opportunity to craft solutions still exists.

If we do in fact lose the caribou, the task then pivots to how we can protect what remains of this rare rainforest ecosystem. In Caribou Rainforest, the author searches for lessons that can turn despair into hope: their story can become the inspiration and catalyst for committed change.

To learn more about Braided River and its mission: inspiring people to protect wild places through images and stories that change perspectives, please visit www.braidedriver.org

Product Details

Price
$29.95
Publisher
Mountaineers Books
Publish Date
October 11, 2018
Pages
192
Dimensions
10.2 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 2.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781680511284

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About the Author

David Moskowitz works as a biologist, photographer, and outdoor educator. He is the author of two books, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. He has contributed to a wide variety of wildlife studies in western North America, focusing on using tracking and other non-invasive methods to study wildlife ecology and promote conservation. David's extensive experience includes training mountaineering instructors for Outward Bound, leading wilderness expeditions throughout the western United States and in Alaska, teaching natural history seminars, and as the lead instructor for wildlife tracking programs at Wilderness Awareness School. He lives in Winthrop, Washington.

Reviews

A fine coffee-table tome about a rich and threatened ecosystem.--Kirkus Reviews
[David Moskowitz] examines why the loss of the Pacific Northwest's inland rainforest means more than the loss of these ungulates.--Heather Hansman "Outside "
Caribou Rainforest is a thorough account of where the species stands today amidst shifting 21st century pressures and challenges. Moskowitz extensively tracked, photographed and studied the caribou in their own precarious ecosystem in the northeast corner of Washington state in order to paint a full picture of the species' uncertain future and to consider conservation solutions that may prevent their story from becoming a norm.--Beau Iverson "Seattle Magazine "
[Caribou Rainforest] highlights this unique subspecies and the complex melange of cultural, economic and environmental issues that pushed the mountain caribou to the brink of extinction. In that difficult mix, [Moskowitz] also finds beauty and possibility for change. Moskowitz explores what dangers threaten the species and how solutions can be crafted to benefit them, their habitat, and the other species dependent on the same rare rainforest ecosystem -- including humans.--Jaymi Heimbuch "Mother Nature Network "
Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope is an astonishingly beautiful coffee table book about the mountain caribou, a reclusive animal on the edge of extinction.... Gorgeous and thought-provoking, Caribou Rainforest is highly recommended for both public library and personal collections, and makes an excellent giftbook for nature lovers everywhere.--Midwest Book Review
David Moskowitz has done a magnificent job describing and photographing this incredible country. He conveys the gentleness of the caribou. Two mountain lions rub noses. He can even make a snail look beautiful.... This book is an education and feast for the eye.--Joel Connelly "SeattlePI "
Through discussion of the geologic history of the region -- and the plants, animals and cultures that evolved from it -- Moskowitz shows how the mountain caribou represents issues facing threatened ecosystems everywhere. He advocates for reevaluating entirely how we conceive of species and ecosystems, to better understand and own our place within them.--Hannah Weinberger "Crosscut "
As [caribou] numbers diminish in keeping with other once abundant wildlife, David Moskowitz has chosen to keep a permanent record of their way of life in a book filled with glorious images.--Manhattan Book Review
In this new book from biologist, outdoor educator, and photographer David Moskowitz, the story of the possible extinction of the last mountain caribou herds found in Canada and the United States is told. It's a story of heartbreak, hope and of learning with room for redemption.--Tom Bihn Gift Guide
Lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, the book offers beauty both grand and intimate.... Deeply felt, richly reported, "Caribou Rainforest" demands our reckoning with truths both beautiful and hard.--Lynda V. Mapes "The Seattle Times "
In Caribou Rainforest: From Heartbreak to Hope, biologist David Moskowitz mixes descriptions of caribou and their ecosystem with the history of industrial logging, climate change and habitat loss. Moskowitz's photographs are real treasures -- precious glimpses of the vanishing mountain rainforest. Moskowitz looks with clear eyes at the mountain caribou's dire state.--Nick Bowlin "High Country News "