In honor of Earth Day, we’re celebrating the wonders of nature with these three books:

A Sting in the Tale
by Dave Goulson

Why might the demise of the bumblebee pose a threat to human beings?

One of the United Kingdom’s most respected conservationists and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Goulson combines light-hearted tales of a child’s growing passion for nature with a deep insight into the crucial importance of the bumblebee. He details the minutiae of life in the nest, sharing fascinating research into the effects intensive farming has had on our bee population and the potential dangers if we are to continue down this path. The Sting in the Tale is a fascinating travel memoir that will alter the way you think about the bumblebee. 

The Sixth Extinction
by Elizabeth Kolbert

How does the role of man-made climate change threaten to eliminate 20-50 percent of all living species on earth within this century?

New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, a New York Times bestseller, is a book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. 

Bug Music
by David Rothenberg

How does the music of insects provide a soundtrack for humanity?

In the spring of 2013 the cicadas in the Northeastern United States emerged from their seventeen year cycle—the longest gestation period of any animal. In listening to cicadas, as well as other humming, clicking, and thrumming insects, Bug Music is the first book to consider the radical notion that we humans got our idea of rhythm, synchronization, and dance from the world of insect sounds that surrounded our species over the millions of years over which we evolved.