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Fire Birds has been racking up terrific reviews and receiving a lot of attention--no surprise given this year's record-breaking heat!

Fire Birds has been racking up terrific reviews and receiving a lot of attention–no surprise given this year’s record-breaking heat!

Greetings readers, educators, nature lovers, and fellow fans of Battlestar Gallactica. I hope you’ve had an amazing summer. If it’s been like ours, you witnessed some mighty extremes. Montana experienced record-shattering high temperatures in June with more meteorological chaos promised ahead. Probably good for sales of my book Fire Birds, but unsettling for the planet and its inhabitants. Nonetheless, I count my blessings every day for all that we have and the people we have to share it with. It inspires me to do my small part to help turn things around.

Alligators, Snakes, and Broken Hearts—Journeys of a Biologist's Son. Heading your way in November!

Alligators, Snakes, and Broken Hearts—Journeys of a Biologist’s Son. Heading your way in November!

Speaking of, it’s been a busy summer on the book front. After years of student requests, I finally did it. I wrote a memoir, Alligators, Snakes, and Broken Hearts—Journeys of a Biologist’s Son. Gotta admit this undertaking proved a tough assignment, figuring out timelines, trying to dredge up long-lost information, and choosing what to include. It also offered me a wonderful chance to reconnect with old teachers, classmates, and friends, and share a story that I hope inspires both young readers and adults. Look for it this November.

Am working on a couple of other exciting projects. See this almost painfully cute gal below? She’s part of a multi-year project by NC State biologist Scott Mills, who has been studying the ability of snowshoe hares to adapt to climate change. I’ve had the good fortune to accompany Professor

Young snowshoe hare, or "leveret", participating in a multi-year study of adaptation to climate change.

Young snowshoe hare, or “leveret”, participating in a multi-year study of adaptation to climate change.

Mills in the field several times during his studies and am thrilled to be sharing his work with young people. More when the book comes out in fall, 2016.

As always, I am staying busy visiting students and teachers during the year. Am kicking off my travels with trips to Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland and, of course, Montana. Want me to drop in on your school? Just shoot me an email at collard@bigsky.net and we’ll figure it out!

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Visiting with some of the awesome students at Taipei American School.

Visiting with some of the awesome students at Taipei American School last fall.

Book Alerts: Both The Governor’s Dog is Missing and Hangman’s Gold are now available as eBooks for the Kindle.

Teacher Alerts: I am planning fall school visits to Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Texas. So far in spring, I plan to visit North Carolina, Virginia, and the DC area. If you’re interested, please shoot me an email at collard@bigsky.net. Also, be sure to share The Nonfiction Minute with your class every day!