In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World by Lauren E. Oakes

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This was an interesting book about a Scientist who has a little bit different view on the changing of the climate.   Lauren Oakes spent years studying one tree species and this is her adventure and the conclusion she came to along the way!

At one point, Lauren ended up in Alaska to hunt for the dying tree species called the yellow cedar.  In some places she discovered that with the changing weather, these trees were dying off and not growing back at all.  She interviews locals who uses these trees to make a living.  It was interesting to hear why these locals thought the tree population was declining, some said logging and some said climate change.

Now, I know there is a lot speculation and negative talk about climate change, which is why I really liked this book.  Lauren actually discovers that there is a resiliency of forgotten forest, some that are flourishing in the wake of the changing temperatures.  Some plants are thriving and growing in this circle of life and the people around them are creating new relationships with the emerging environment.

So yes this is in part a story about how climate change is effecting the plant life, but it’s also a lesson in resilience of plants, people and the natural world.

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