All 2019 Braided River titles are Nautilus Award winners!

Braided River, the conservation imprint of nonprofit publisher Mountaineers Books, is proud to announce that out of more than 550 entries, all four of their 2019 titles were awarded Nautilus Awards. The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World (Braided River, 2019) was also named the Grand Award Winner!
Erika Lundahl Erika Lundahl
Conservation Impact Manager, Braided River
April 29, 2020

Braided River, the conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books, is proud to announce that out of more than 550 entries, all four of their 2019 titles were awarded Nautilus Awards. The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World (Braided River, 2019) was also named the Grand Award Winner, which accompanies a $2500 grant award for the author and photographer. 

“From the salmon of Puget Sound watersheds to the carbon locked in Arctic permafrost, these four books showcase the span and reach of Braided River conservation work. They could not be more worthy and we could not be more proud."
- Tom Helleberg, Publisher of Mountaineers Books

The Nautilus Awards represent Better Books for a Better World. Their core mission is to celebrate and honor books that support conscious living & green values, high-level wellness, positive social change & social justice, and spiritual growth. Previous Nautilus award-winning authors include Barbara Kingsolver, Eckhart Tolle, and Desmond Tutu.

Check out the winning books!

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The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science and a Race to Save the World (Braided River, 2019) is the Nautilus’ Grand Award Winner and Gold Winner in the Ecology and Environment category. This book was created in collaboration with the Woods Hole Research Center, written by Eric Scigliano with photography by Chris Linder. Learn more about the book's author and photographer here.

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Bringing Back the Birds: Exploring Migration & Preserving Birdscapes Throughout the Americas (Braided River 2019) is winner of the Gold Award in the Nature and Animals category. This book was created in collaboration with the American Bird Conservancy, with photographs by Owen Deutsch. Learn more about the book here.

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The Salmon Way: An Alaska State of Mind (Braided River, 2019) with writing and photographs by Amy Gulick is winner of the Silver Award in the Nature and Animals category. Learn more here.

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We Are Puget Sound: Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea (Braided River, 2019) is winner of the Silver Award in the Ecology and Environment category. This book was created in collaboration with Washington Environmental Council, and supported by a coalition of more than 100 regional tribes, businesses, nonprofits, and individuals and includes photographs from more than 20 regional photographers. Join the campaign here.

"For more than a decade, Braided River has merged stunning photography and powerful stories to elevate the profile of critically important conservation issues. This recognition from Nautilus is a testament to the passion, talent and tenacity of our photographers and authors, who are on the frontlines of environmental issues, from the thawing Arctic permafrost to the Salish Sea in our backyard." - Helen Cherullo, Executive Director of Braided River

"The Mountaineers are so proud of our publishing arm. Mountaineers Books and Braided River do conservation education in a way that no other publisher in the country can. These award-winning books help remind us of the power of wildness and the great need for us all to protect it for future generations of mountaineers." - Tom Vogl, CEO of The Mountaineers