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Released by the University of Missouri Press: April 27, 2009

The natives are restless

                                                            ~  Reviews ~  

 ~ Exhibits ~ Book Signings ~
~ Programs~

"This is a beautifully illustrated and informative introduction to the life of Galápagos. It's just the book to get the overall picture, and to use as a guide if the reader is fortunate enough to visit this amazing archipelago."-- Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, and author of Consilience, Biophilia, and many others.

  "I'm often asked by people who are traveling to the Galápagos Islands what book they should read before going. I finally have a good answer. John Hess's book is not just beautifully written. It features spectacular photography--informed by the trained eye of a superb evolutionary biologist--and these images bring the magical plants and animals of this unique archipelago to life."-- Jeffrey P. Bonner, President and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo, and author of Sailing with Noah: Stories from the World of Zoos

"I found the book to be a delight to read, as it brought back so many memories of a place where I worked hard and long, but haven't visited in over a decade. This book will serve to both stimulate folks to visit those islands and remind them of what a special visit they had. It was fun to read, and the pictures are spectacular!"-- John R. Faaborg, Professor of Biological Sciences and author of Ornithology: An Ecological Approach

"Going to the Galapagos is a magical experience. You walk in history, science, and a spiritual connection with other species. No book has captured that sense of magic for me--until now. John Hess' photos are breathtaking, and his words are thoughtful, insightful, and whimsical. Even handling the book and feeling the pages makes you feel good. This is a book for anyone who likes animals, birds, nature, humor, science, and...yes...magic." -- Jeanne Kern, author of Trips and Whales and Puppy dog tales (as Jeanne Bruce )

"In this wondrous volume Hess, Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Central Missouri, vastly expanded and enriched my understanding of ecosystems and of the subtle ways in which they shape the creatures that inhabit them.  In lay-reader-friendly text and more than 150 stunning color photographs we are given intimate glances into the behavior and quirks of dozens of species, some all but unimaginable, including an albatross that takes its egg for a stroll, a seabird that can't swim, and a gull that has learned to fish for squid in the dark. A treasury of enlightenment and a treasure of a book.-- Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael, My Ishmael, Providence, and many others

Hess & Friends review their book    (except for the albatross who, ironically, appears lost)

 April 22, 2009
- *** Book Launch ***

      Gallery of Art & Design
      University of Central Missouri
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 June 25, 2009 - Linda Hall Science Library
                 Kansas City, MO

 July 7, 2009 - Los Alamos National Laboratory
                 Los Alamos, NM

 July 31, 2009- Portland Audubon Society
                 Portland, OR

 August 13, 2009 - Lincoln Wachiska Audubon
                 Lincoln, NE

 Sept. 29, 2009 - Museum of Art & Archeology
                 University of Missouri - Columbia

 October 3, 2009 - Missouri Literary Festival
                 Springfield, MO

 April 18, 2010 - Earth Day at UCM
                 U.of Central Missouri- Warrensburg

 Sept. 20, 2010 - College of the Holy Cross
                 Worcester, MA

 September 8, 2011- Ozark Gateway Audubon
                 Society   Joplin, M0

 October 14, 2011 - The Darwin Project                  Kauffman Performing Arts Center
                 Kansas City, MO

 October 18, 2011 - Morton Arboretum Photo-
                 graphic Society    Lisle, IL

 October 19, 2011 - Lake Forest College
                 Lake Forest, IL

 October 20, 2011 - Wheaton College - Biology
                 Department    Wheaton, IL

 October 25, 2011 - Evanston North Shore Bird
                 Club    Evanston, IL

 November 17, 2011 - Mid-Missouri Artists
                 Warrensburg, MO

 November 19, 2011 - Sons of the American
Revoution    Warrensburg, MO


 August 18, 2012- Folly Theater,  KC, M0 in
                  Concert with Marideth Sisco and
                  the Blackberry Winter Band

 September 20, 2012 - Buckner Nature
                 Center Troy, OH Opening of a
                 Gallery Exhibit favoring the
                 Galapagos experience
                 7:00 PM

September 23, 2012 - Camp Oty'Okwa
                 Two presentations (5:30 & 7:30)
                 Registration ($20) online: