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Sierra Club Book Club: Ethical Encounters With Animals At Risk

January 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ethical Encounters With Animals At Risk

From the Sierra Club –

We will be meeting to discuss, “Pandas to Penguins: Ethical Encounters with Animals at Risk”, with the author present. She is a fellow Austin Sierra Clubber and will be able to sign your book.

A great place to order it is at:


Or buy it from the author when you come for $22, cash or check only.

Amazon.com describes it as:
“… nature journalist Melissa Gaskill profiles twenty-five species and one endangered ecosystem, highlighting local ecofriendly travel outfitters operating in the area for those seeking out their own enriching personal experience with wildlife. She provides basic information about each animal’s behavior and biology, descriptions of the threats they face, and maps, photographs, and first-person accounts of wildlife watching.

Each species meets three basic criteria: 1) some level of risk to its survival, 2) a reasonably accessible habitat where travelers have a chance to view the animal in the wild in its natural setting, and 3) responsible tourism that directly benefits the animal or its habitat. More than a wildlife bucket list or an exhortation to “see them before they’re gone,” this guide is intended to identify wildlife experiences that can be life changing for people as well as animals. Extinction is tragic but not inevitable…”

An over-arching theme in our discussion will revolve around the sustainability of the ecotourism around these endangered species.
See the Amazon.com link for more information.

February’s book was decided upon at the last meeting and it’s “Coyote America” by Dan Flores. I have been wanting to read this for a while after reading Dan Flores’s book on the natural history of the American great plains. He is a masterful storyteller and explains how resilient this animal is at adapting to places like deserts and other places like Central Park, NY.

After each book club meeting, we discuss and decide the next book club book, so come with suggestions!


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