Author Mary Ellen Hannibal was in Tucson for the 5th Annual Tucson Festival of Books and a presentation for Sky Island Alliance. She stopped by the KXCI Studios to talk about what motivated her to write Spine of the Continent: Wildlife from Yukon to Mexico and some of the findings she discovered along the way.
As climate change encroaches, animals and plants around the globe are having their habitats pulled out from under them. At the same time, human development has made islands out of even our largest nature reserves, stranding the biodiversity that lives within them. The Spine of the Continent introduces readers to the most ambitious conservation effort ever undertaken: to create linked protected areas extending from the Yukon to Mexico, the entire length of North America. With blue-ribbon scientific foundations, the Spine is yet a grassroots, cooperative effort among conservation activists- organizations large and small- and regular citizens. The Spine of the Continent is not only about making physical connections so that nature will persist; it is about making connections between people and the land we call home.