In the Spirit of Wetlands

Reviving Habitat in the Illinois River Watershed
Author: Text by Clare HowardPhotographs by David Zalaznik
Stories of recovery and restoration, illustrated with eighty beautiful photographs
Paper – $19.95
eBook – $14.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 07/05/2022
Series: 3 Fields Books
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About the Book

Individuals from all walks of life have devoted their time, energy, and money to restoring the state's lost wetlands. Clare Howard and David Zalaznik take readers into the marshes, bogs, waterways, and swamps brought back to life by these wetland pioneers. Howard’s storytelling introduces grassroots conservators dedicated to learning through trial and error, persistence, and listening to the lessons taught by wetlands. They undertake hard work inspired by ever-increasing floods and nutrient runoff, and they reconnect the Earth’s natural rhythms. Zalaznik's stunning black and white photos illuminate changes in the land and the people themselves. Seeds sprout after lying dormant for one hundred years. Water winds through ancient channels. Animals and native plants return. As the forgiving spirit of a wetland emerges, it nurtures a renewed landscape that alters our view of the environment and the planet.

An inspiring document of passion and advocacy, In the Spirit of Wetlands reveals the transformative power of restoration.

About the Author

Clare Howard is a journalist and member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. David Zalaznik is a photojournalist formerly at the Peoria Journal Star and the Lincoln Courier. He is the author of Life along the Illinois River.

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“The stories illustrated in this great work are inspiring profiles of pioneers who are taking up the cause of wetland restoration. These guardians are immersed in a cause that affects every living thing in one way or another and should compel all readers to action.”--Doug Schoenrock, President, Ducks Unlimited