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La Vida Nortena (with David Burckhalter and Thomas Sheridan), 1999


For the last quarter century, David Burckhalter has photographed the diverse peoples, cultures, and landscapes of Sonora, Mexico.

These fifty-two black-and-white images are a representative cross-section of Burckhalter’s massive body of work on Sonora’s Indians, Hispanos, and Mestizos who, for hundreds of years, have lived in isolation in Sonora’s high mountains, elevated valleys, desert plains, and coastal beaches. His subjects — men, women, and children — are Seris, Yaquis, Mayos, cowboys, fishermen, farmers, musicians, tavern keepers and patrons, merchants, weavers, and pilgrims.

Essays by Gary Nabhan and Thomas E. Sheridan describe the unique, vivacious cultures of Sonora and explore the value of Burckhalter’s photography to our understanding of the region.

People, Plants and Protected Areas (with John Tuxill), 1998


Conservation of plant resources is often focused on seed banks and botanical gardens. However, the two authors of this volume present a comprehensive conservation strategy that complements this “ex-situ” approach with practical guidance on “in-situ” management and conservation of plant resources.

The book aims to facilitate better management of protected areas and to illustrate new approaches to conservation of plants within their landscapes. It draws on concepts from forestry, the agricultural sciences, anthropology, ethnology and ethnobotany and should be useful to practitioners, academics and policy-makers.

Cultures of Habitat, 1997


Cultures of Habitat, On Nature, Culture, and Story. Nabhan. A mosaic of 24 provocative essays that celebrate the vital connections between the soul, place, and nature.

Nabhan offers numerous real-life examples of places where human populations have sustained native wildlife populations and discusses the factors that contribute to these positive relationships.

Concentrating on “cultures of habitat,” Gary Nabhan also offers examples of how disruptions in natural communities correlate with upheavals in human built communities. This fine collection of writings shows how human quality of life issues are rooted firmly in environmental quality.

The Forgotten Pollinators (with Stephen Buchmann), 1996


In the The Forgotten Pollinators , Stephen L. Buchmann and Gary Paul Nabhan explores the vital relationships between plants and the animals. The authors present a lively and fascinating account of the ecological and cultural context of plant – pollinator relationships.

“In this stunning addition to conservation biology, the authors show that protecting plants without their pollinators is pointless. By remembering the pollinators for us, through affecting personal stories and deep knowledge told in memorable language, Buchmann and Nabhan give the gifts of timely understanding and hope that co-evolved systems might survive in all their complexity and elegance.” -Robert Michael Pyle

The Geography of Childhood (with Stephen Trimble), 1994


The Geography of Childhood, is an insight into how exploration of wild places promotes self-esteem, confidence and caring.

In the words of Barry Lopez, “the support we offer our children in sorting out their relationships with the natural world is crucial to the recovery of a dignified, human relationship with the earth.

A passionate book, filled with the love of two fathers who know how to listen to children – their own and others …every parent, every person should read it.”