The Songs of Trees

By David George Haskell,

Book cover of The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature's Great Connectors

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WINNER OF THE 2018 JOHN BURROUGHS MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING NATURAL HISTORY WRITING

“Both a love song to trees, an exploration of their biology, and a wonderfully philosophical analysis of their role they play in human history and in modern culture.” —Science Friday
 
The author of Sounds Wild and Broken and…

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Haskell uses ultrasensitive microphones to record the sounds that trees make. We learn the sounds of trees in distress, trees living their daily lives, and trees responding to the passing seasons. This book made me look at trees and forests in an entirely new way and helped me to imagine all the unseen and unheard activities going on around me. It’s like spying on the trees and learning their fascinating secrets.

From Ellen's list on trees, living and dead.

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