Wildlife Book Club

Every other month, the Center selects a book related to wildlife, ecology, or natural history to read and discuss.

The text-based bi-monthly sessions take place on the Critter Cam moderated discussion. Simply select any of our Critter Cam pages and click on the moderated discussion on the right-hand side of the page.  There is no video or audio of the book club; simply read along and type your thoughts and reactions about the book.  Anyone is welcome to join - whether you've read the book or not!

December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern

For our next meeting, join the Wildlife Center of Virginia in reading Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell by Sy Montgomery. 

Previous Wildlife Book Club Meetings:


An Immense World by Ed Yong [February 2023] 
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt [April 2023] 
The Accidental Ecosystem: People and Wildlife in American Cities by Peter S. Alagona [June 2023]
What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. [August 2023] Looking to purchase this book? It's available in the Wildlife Center's online shop! 
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach [February 2023] 
The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think by Jennifer Ackerman [April 2022] 
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson [June 2022] 
Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America by William Stolzenburg [August 2022]
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams [October 2022] 
The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees by Douglas W. Tallamy [December 2022] 


Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy [February 2021]
The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycker [April 2021]
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer [June 2021]
Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer [August 2021]
The Overstory by Richard Powers [October 2021]
Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake [December 2021]


How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals by Sy Montgomery [February 2020]
Two in the Far North by Margaret Murie [April 2020]
What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World by Jon Young [June 2020]
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens [August 2020]
Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey [October 2020] 
Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World by Todd McLeish [December 2020]


Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb [December 2019] 
Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery by Jennie Erin Smith [October 2019] 
Spiders: Learning to Love them by Lynne Kelly [August 2019]
Eye of the Albatross by Carl Safina [June 2019] 
The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke [April 2019]
Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben [February 2019]


Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird by Katie Fallon [December 2018]
Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us by Tai Moses [October 2018]
Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur by Carl Safina [August 2018]
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson [June 2018]
Watership Down by Richard Adams [April  2018]
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald [February 2018]


Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog, Adder's Fork and Lizard's Leg: The Lore and Mythology of Amphibians and Reptiles by Marty Crump [December 2017]
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores [October 2017]
Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators by William Stolzenburg [August 2017]
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery [June 2017]
Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists by Dyana Furmansky [April 2017]
The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes by Lucy H. Spelman and Ted Y. Mashima [February 2017]


Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal [December 2016]
The Secret Lives of Bats by Merlin Tuttle [October 2016]
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver [August 2016]
The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey by Deborah Cramer [June 2016]
The Wilderness World of John Muir by John Muir [April
Gifts of the Crow by John Marzluff and Tony Angell [February 2016]


The Great Penguin Rescue by Dyan deNapoli [December 2015] 
The Bees by Laline Paull [October 2015]
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold [August  2015]
Plastic Ocean by Charles Moore [June 2015]
Red-tails in Love by Marie Winn [April 2015] 
Winter World by Bernd Heinrich [February 2015]


Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat [December 2014]
Silence of the Songbirds by Bridget Stutchbury [October 2014]
Smiling Bears by Else Poulsen [August 2014]

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