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Conservation Book Club - December 2018

Conservation Book Club

Love reading? Love nature? Then consider joining our Conservation Book Club! The group decides where and when to meet and which compelling books to discuss in the future. This book club meets quarterly. We discuss local and planet-wide conservation issues and are inspired by our readings, personal experiences, and good conversations.

The next meeting of this book club will be on Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30 pm. We will be meeting at a private home in Ashland for a discussion of Beast in the Garden: The True Story of a Predator's Deadly Return to Suburban America by David Baron.

This is a free club and all are welcome. By the way, finishing the selected book is not a requirement for attendance!

Come join us!

We receive a 20% discount from Bloomsbury Books for our book selections. For details about the discount and to sign-up to receive email notifications about book club meetings, contact Kristi at or 541.482.3069 Ext 105. review:

"The Beast in the Garden" suggests a more disturbing explanation, beyond humans' ever deeper expansion into prime puma country. In his first book, Baron, a longtime science reporter for National Public Radio, argues that there's nothing natural about the predation of Homo sapiens by cougars. Rather, humans are unwittingly teaching mountain lions to be more of a threat to us.”

"The Beast in the Garden" is told like a whodunit, in reverse. From the beginning, we know the identity of the killer: a 100-pound adult male mountain lion spotted near the eviscerated corpse of an 18-year-old jogger in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Denver in 1991. Baron sets out to uncover how and why an animal known to biologists to be nocturnal and elusive, likely to flee if and when it is seen, came to pounce upon a high school student out for a run during fifth period, just after a lunch of pepperoni pizza at the local 7-Eleven”

Earlier Event: November 10
Wild Mushrooms of the Rogue River Preserve
Later Event: February 19
Conservation Book Club - February 2019