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Resources

places to go, references to read.


An ecoyarden, a native ecosystem with a human component, has an ancient origin, from a time before our species evolved 200,000 years ago. We have forgotten more than we now know about the world's ecosystems and how humans can interact with them.

Below is a list of suggestions for places, books, and other resources for several ecoyarden topics.

Our place in the Universe

Places
A sit spot, a place to contemplate with the ecosystem
Books
The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future. Thomas Berry, New York: Harmony/Bell Tower, 1999
The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era--A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos. Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1992
The Dream of the Earth. Thomas Berry, Berkeley: Counterpoint Press, 2015
Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. E.O. Wilson, Liveright / W.W. Norton, 2016
Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as a Sacred Community.Thomas Berry, edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker Berkeley: Counterpoint Press, 2015
Websites
http://thomasberry.org/ https://eowilsonfoundation.org/


It's about ecosystems (these focus on the North American piedmont bioregion)

Places
Visit native ecosystems in your bioregion. These may include forest types, meadows, prairie, Investigate preserves and conservation areas.
Classes and workshops: Local Universities, community colleges, botanical gardens, parks, conservation organizations, arboreta, and local naturalists provide classes.
Books
Field Guide to the Piedmont: The Natural Habitats of America's Most Lived-in Region, From New York City to Montgomery, Alabama. Michael A. Godfrey, Chapel Hill, UNC Press, 1997
Websites


Getting to know your ecosystems' members, and invasive organisms.

Places
Classes and workshops: Local Universities, community colleges, botanical gardens, parks, conservation organizations, arboreta, and local naturalists provide classes.
Books
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. Lawrence Newcomb, Little, Brown, and Company, 1977
Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. Albert E. Radford, Harry E. Ahles, C. Ritchie Bell, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1968
Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Alan S. Weakley, The University of North Carolina Herbarium, 2015. (pdf file)
A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America.J. Reese Voshell, McDonald & Woodward Pub., 2002
Websites
http://www.carolinanature.com/trees/
http://ncwildflower.org/plant_galleries/checkbox_search
http://www.jeffpippen.com/butterflies/nc-butterflies.htm
http://www.dpughphoto.com/common_butterflies.htm
http://herpsofnc.org/
http://www.carolinanature.com/herps/
http://nc-ipc.weebly.com/piedmont-invasive-plants.html
https://www.invasive.org/insects.cfm


Related disciplines

Places
Books
The One-Straw Revolution. Masanobu Fukuoka, New York: New York Review of Books, 2009
Websites
http://www.onestrawrevolution.net/One_Straw_Revolution/One-Straw_Revolution.html


Ecoyardens

Places
Visit Rock Spring Branch
Activities
Keep a species list
Books
The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future. Thomas Berry, New York: Harmony/Bell Tower, 1999
Websites
This website