In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Lauren E. Oakes (Author), Ellen Archer (Narrator), Hachette Audio (Publisher)



The surprisingly hopeful story of one woman’s search for resiliency in a warming world

Several years ago, ecologist Lauren E. Oakes set out from California for Alaska’s old-growth forests to hunt for a dying tree: the yellow-cedar. With climate change as the culprit, the death of this species meant loss for many Alaskans.

Oakes and her research team wanted to chronicle how plants and people could cope with their rapidly changing world. Amidst the standing dead, she discovered the resiliency of forgotten forests, flourishing again in the wake of destruction, and a diverse community of people who persevered to create new relationships with the emerging environment. Eloquent, insightful, and deeply heartening, In Search of the Canary Tree is a case for hope in a warming world.

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Product details
Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 8 hours and 27 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Hachette Audio Release Date: November 27, 2018
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English, English

Amazon Customer Review:

By Richard J. Nevle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and informative read
November 27, 2018
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading this book! Ecologist Lauren Oakes takes the reader on a moving journey to understand the causes of the decline of a tree—the yellow cedar in Southeast Alaska—and what the loss of this species means for the Alaskans whose lives are bound to it in myriad ways. Through Lauren’s story, we are drawn into the mind and heart of a sensitive, intelligent young woman as she comes into her own as a scientist. We learn from her about forest ecology and climate science as she takes us into her classrooms and then tromps through the cold, wet forests of Alaska—right along with her team of spunky, adventurous field hands. We learn from the people she interviews—natural resource managers, foresters, indigenous Alaskans, and other ecologists as we come to understand their deep connections to the Alaskan wilderness—and what they have to teach Lauren about holding grief and love at the same time. As Lauren begins to sleuth out the causes of yellow cedar’s demise, she must confront her own grief, first as she discovers the extent and speed with which the yellow cedar has retreated from its historic range, and then again when her own father dies unexpectedly. Ultimately, though, Lauren buoys us with her indefatigable spirit as she finds a way to hold hope close in a world ravaged by climate change—and uncover what actions she can take in the face of this enormous challenge. In Search of the Canary Tree is a hero’s journey. It is a way forward for all those seeking to make sense of a world full of loss, yet one that is still so full of hope and wild wonder.


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