Author Janie Chodosh Speaks At Nature Center

Janie Chodosh’s new book, Wild Lives, shares stories of hope for the future of important ecosystems across the globe. Photo by Anne Staveley

PEEC News:

Though our rapidly changing climate is challenging many animal species, there is still hope—people across the globe are working to keep our ecosystems in balance for future generations. Author Janie Chodosh will share stories during her talk 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Her new book, Wild Lives, which contains exclusive interviews of 20 conservationists, will also be available for purchase at the nature center.

Wild Lives features 20 of the world’s leading conservationists, who share their stories in exclusive interviews. Conservationists in the book include Rick O’Barry, former Flipper trainer turned international dolphin advocate; Beverly and Dereck Joubert, National Geographic filmmakers and big cat experts; George Schaller, famed field biologist and author; Paul Hilton, award-winning wildlife photographer; and Laurie Marker, cheetah expert. Chodosh will read an excerpt from her book, discuss the work of some of the conservationists, answer questions, and sign books.

Chodosh’s life work and passion has been a mix of natural history, conservation, and writing. She earned a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Montana and has worked as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park, wilderness guide for the Colorado Outward Bound School, trip leader for the Montana Natural History Center, and as the state education director for the New Mexico chapter of the National Audubon Society. She is currently involved with elephant conservation in Assam, India. She has two novels in the Faith Flores Science Mysteries: Death Spiral (2014, Poisoned Pen Press) and Code Red (February 2017, Poisoned Pen Press). Chadosh lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, daughter, stepson, and dog, Bryn.

This talk and book signing will take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. It is free to attend, and no registration is required. Wild Lives, Chodosh’s latest book, will also be available for purchase at the nature center. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call (505) 662-0460.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit