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New book celebrates refuges

Smithsonian Press is pleased to announce the publication of the Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges.

The book, by Eric Jay Dolin, with photographs by John and Karen Hollingsworth, coordinates with the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and makes a very worthy companion.

From the cypress swamps of Okefenokee to the marshes of San Francisco Bay, America’s most treasured natural habitats have been protected as National Wildlife Refuges for one hundred years.

Initiated in 1903 when Theodore Roosevelt signed a proclamation preserving Florida’s Pelican Island as the first of 538 National Wildlife Refuges, they now occupy an incredible 95 million acres of the American landscape.

Linking his text with the stunning photographs of John and Karen Hollingsworth, Dolin draws on the rich history surrounding the refuges to reveal an interconnected story of people and nature.

Dolin explores how the fledgling conservation movement found in Teddy Roosevelt a champion who set in motion one of the greatest conservation movements the world has ever seen.

Following his lead, seventeen U.S. presidents – against a backdrop of two world wars, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War – signed proclamations, resulting today in an incredibly diverse and biologically rich refuge system that helped earn the United States its reputation as a leader in global conservation.

Eric Dolin is the author of four books including The Duck Stamp Story. John and Karen Hollingsworth have worked as a team photographing refuges for a variety of publications including National Geographic and Field and Stream.

208 pages; 9 x 10 inches; 40 b/w photographs; 200 color photographs, hardcover. Order from Sam Houston Duck Co.

$39.95 plus $3 shipping.

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