Book Club: Being Caribou

Male caribou with big antlers strutting across a meadow

Grab an ice cold drink and settle into your lawn chair: it’s the Terra Informa Summer Book Club! You’re invited to read along with us and share comments or reviews via email, twitter or on facebook. This month, Yvette Thompson leads a discussion on Karsten Heuer’s non-fiction book, Being Caribou.

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Book Club: Being Caribou

This past month, we read Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer. It tells the story of Karsten and his wife Leanne Allison on their journey to document the migration of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. And it all takes place amidst of the controversy over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Listen in on the book club discussion, and grab a copy of your own to enjoy this summer. In addition to the full length book, Being Caribou also comes in a children’s version and was made into a documentary film. Find the print versions at your local community library and watch the documentary online courtesy of the National Film Board.

Read this for July 23: The Year of the Flood/For the Birds

Terra Informa’s reading club pick for July is a pair of books by Canada’s Margaret Atwood – master of sharp words and cautionary tales.

The Year of the Flood is the second book in the Maddaddam series that began with Oryx & Crake. The series explores dark truths about human nature, genetic manipulation, and a world where ChickieNobs and rakunks portend a new age for humanity. Following our joyous accident of reading both an adult and kids’ book in June, we’re also reading Atwood’s children’s fable For the Birds.

Read along, and let us know what you think by July 23! Email us at or tweet us @terrainforma to let us know what you think of either of the books. Leave us your phone number and we’ll give you a call.

What’s Happening

Great Canadian Beaver Pond Voyage/Excursion au pays des castors

An interpretive guided walk puts you in a beautiful, pristine nature reserve featuring Mactaquac Provincial Park’s remarkable chain of beaver ponds. Join in hands-on activities introducing wetland wonders nestled in our Acadian forest. The gentle wheelchair accessible trails allow folks of all ages and abilities to enjoy the experience.

Every Wednesday in June, July and August from 11am – 12:30pm. Tour begins at the Mactaquac Park Administration building (1256 Route 105). Provided as a free public service by New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage, and Culture.

Wilderness Skills Intensive Weekend

Join Sticks and Stones Wilderness School’s Skeet Sutherland as he takes you on a crash course of wilderness and survival skills! Friday, July 4 to Sunday July 6 in Toronto.

The basic human needs in any situation are Shelter, Water, Fire, and Food. In this weekend workshop, participants learn how to turn a stressful survival situation into a wilderness living adventure.

Participants will learn how to locate natural materials for building Shelters, how to locate and sanitize Water, to make Fire by friction (bow-drill/hand-drill), to learn about various North American Plants (where they grow, how to harvest and process them), and to harvest animals in energy-efficient ways.

Bon Portage Island Clean-Up

Saturday July 5, 2014, Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia: Join us as we roll up our sleeves and don our gloves, and work to remove washed up litter from Bon Portage Island’s shoreline. This is your chance to contribute to the stewardship of this amazing and ecologically rich place, which was is protected in partnership Acadia University. Rain date: July 12. Space is limited so please register: alice (at) or 902-425-5263.

Laura’s “You can eat that?!” Wild Edible Adventure

Saturday July 5, 2014 in Gardenton, New Brunswick. Get ready for a fun adventure in wild edible plant identification, harvesting and preparation! These one-day workshops will give you the confidence you need to incorporate a variety of common wild edibles into everyday meals. With Laura’s guidance, you will prepare a full-course meal with a variety of wild edibles that you gathered, yourself! (As many as 14 species of plants have been gathered by a single class!)

Class size is limited to 12 to maximize your hands-on experience! Cost: $130 (save $20 by registering 30 days in advance).

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