ALICE HENDERSON NEWSLETTER APRIL 2020

Photo from my travels: Glacier National Park, Montana

Photo by Alice Henderson


LATEST PUBLISHING NEWS


UPCOMING RELEASE

The first book in the new Alex Carter suspense series will be out in October 2020. The series features a wildlife biologist who courts trouble as she saves endangered species . . . and a mysterious killer who buries his dead in the land she helps preserve—a fast-paced, action-driven tale of suspense with the atmosphere and propulsive tension of works by Jane Harper, C. J. Box, William Kent Krueger, and Nevada Barr.


Authors Share How Apocalyptic
Fiction Can Be an Antidote to Panic

Looking for something to lift your spirits in this challenging time? I’m honored to have contributed some thoughts to this article in The Portalist, which asked authors how we can maintain hope in dark times. Read it here.


The Library Journal’s Preview of Upcoming Thrillers

I’m in good company this month, listed in the Library Journal with other writers of suspense. Take a sneak peek at some great upcoming novels here.


WILDLIFE NEWS

WOLVERINES IN THE NEWS

With fewer than 300 wolverines left in the lower 48, conservation groups once again sued U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to review the science and grant wolverines protected status under the Endangered Species Act. In 2016, a federal judge ordered USFWS to examine requests to list the species, but there has been no forward movement, hence the new suit.

For more information, see the press release here.

Photo by Vincent van Zalinge on Unsplash

SPECIES SPOTLIGHT

VAQUITAS

The world’s most endangered marine mammal, a small porpoise called the vaquita, has only 10 individuals left on the planet. Illegal gill nets, set out by poachers to catch another endangered species, the totoaba fish, entangle the rare vaquita. Sea Shepherd, a non-profit organization, patrols the waters of the Upper Gulf of California in an effort to remove the gillnets, but it’s a dangerous and difficult process to find the hidden nets. The gillnet fishing must be stopped or this magnificent species will vanish.

If you’d like to read more about Sea Shepherd’s mission to save the vaquita, visit them here.

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash


INTERESTING WILDLIFE FACT

The hyrax is the closest living relative to the elephant, and is also related to manatees and sea cows. Vegetarians, they live in twenty-five countries in Africa in a variety of habitats ranging from savanna to rainforest to alpine zones at altitudes as high as 14,000 feet. They make a variety of interesting vocalizations.

Hyrax photo by Captureson Photography on Unsplash/Elephant photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash


GREEN TIP

The monarch butterfly is an amazing species that makes an epic yearly journey from the northern U.S. and Canada into central Mexico. Millions used to make this migration, and millions overwintered in groves in California. But now the monarch is experiencing a drastic population reduction, with an 80% drop in Mexico and a 90% drop in those California sites. But you can help! Monarchs require milkweed to raise their colorful caterpillars. If you plant milkweed native to your area, along with other plants they rely on for nectar, you can help these beautiful butterflies.

Read more about monarchs here.

You can find references for native plants here.

Photo by Erin Wilson on Unsplash

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Speaking of monarchs, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation has a wonderful Western Monarch Milkweed Mapping program. Just photograph milkweed plants and monarchs and submit your photos. This can help identify important areas of conservation for the species.

Read more about the program here.

Photo by Justin DoCanto on Unsplash


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