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The Dangerous World of Butterflies

The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists by Peter Laufer, Ph.D.

If you liked The Orchid Thief, you’ll like this journey through the various cohorts Laufer names in the subtitle.  Equally interesting is to contemplate what you think afterwards.  Does it matter if we release “foreign” butterflies at weddings?  Would you make your next trip to South America contingent on a visit to a butterfly farm?  Do you feel an urge to take up a net yourself?  Or, do you believe as some do that nets are unnecessary and binoculars are all that’s required.  The book is accessible, interesting, and who doesn’t love butterflies?

N. B.  (Actually, a phobia about butterflies is explained in the text.)

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Last Child in the Woods

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

With our increasing dependence on social networking and computers, children literally do not stop to smell the roses.

Louv is chairman and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network.  Check it out to see if there are activities happening near your home.  If you don’t have a child of your own, grab a grandchild or borrow one for an afternoon.  Kids sure have a ‘knock your socks off’ way of seeing the natural world.

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