Wildlife Confessional


Kick It in the Ice Hole & Other Stories

The Wildlife Confessional anthology is a window into the wildlife profession, a career peopled by state and federal biologists, game wardens, land managers, consultants, students, professors, interns, researchers, students, and the community of peers who have built their careers (and sometimes, their lives) around working with wildlife. The authors whose stories have been collected here represent men and women from all walks of wildlife biology and take place across North and Central America, from the Gulf of Alaska to San Ignacio, Belize; from the tropics of the Hawaiian Islands to the deserts of Arizona; and in the desert springs, coastal bluffs, national parks, stock ponds, pickup trucks, traplines, doctors’ offices, rooftops, outhouses, and bombing ranges scattered everywhere in between.

Includes contributions by published authors Marcy Cottrell Houle (Wings for my FlightOne City’s Wilderness and The Prairie KeepersSecrets of the Grasslands), J. Drew Lanham (The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature and “9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher,” featured in Orion Magazine in 2013), and Matthew Bettelheim (illustrated children’s book Sardis and Stamm).

The Wildlife Confessional’s account of Dr. Charles Jonkel’s work with polar bears – “Kick It in the Ice Hole” – is based on the oral histories collected by the Great Bear Foundation about polar bear pioneer Jonkel and his life and compliments their 2017 big screen documentary Walking Bear Comes Home: The life and work of Chuck Jonkel, which was released at the 2017 International Wildlife Film Festival.


Kick It in the Ice Hole & Other Stories

published by The Wildlife Society – Western Section

illustrated by Ivan Parr

paperback, 5.5 x 8.25, 204 pages

b/w illustrations

Retail Price: $16.99

ISBN: 978-1947848788

Publication Date: December 10, 2019


About the Authors: Edited by Thomas A. Roberts (author of Painting the CowsAdventures in Conservation) and Matthew P. Bettelheim (author of Sardis and Stamm), with contributions by Dr. Charles “Chuck” Jonkel • Brian Cypher • Katie Quint • Brianna Williams • Joseph Drake • Jeff A. Keay • Ivan Parr • Thomas A. Roberts • Darren J. H. Sleep • Matthew Bettelheim • Marcy Cottrell Houle • J. Drew Lanham • Eric Lund

About The Wildlife Society – Western Section: Published by the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, a non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. The Wildlife Confessional was conceived by members of The Wildlife Society to serve three primary purposes: (1) to record the oral histories, memories, and experiences of wildlife professionals in a way that promotes collegiality and camaraderie; (2) as a recruiting tool to educate and attract students to enter the field of wildlife biology and join The Wildlife Society, and; (3) to apply money raised through book sales to support student involvement in the society by funding scholarships, grants, and training opportunities.  https://tws-west.org.


Ordering Information:

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