Secret Go the Wolves
The new born wolf cubs were wrapped in their mother’s gory hide when RD Lawrence found them stowed in the Cree Indian’s canoe. Then began an amazing adventure for Lawrence, wife Joan, and their malamute dog, Tundra, as they raised the wolves in secret until their return to the wild.
RD Lawrence’s first novel, Cry Wild, is the remarkable saga of a family of timber wolves that roam the untamed wilderness of North America’s forestland. Seen through the eyes of Silverfeet as the young pup grows to maturity, the wolf family endures the harsh privations of winter, the attacks of predator animals and the roaring inferno of forest fire that brings about Silverfeet’s fateful encounter with man. Cry Wild evokes a genuine love for all living creatures and clearly proclaims that one of them, the wolf, is more sinned against than sinner.
The North Runner
In The North Runner, RD Lawrence tells the story of the adventures he experienced in the British Columbia wilderness with Yukon, a half wolf, half-Alaskan malamute, and the building of trust between man and dog. A nature classic.
The Ghost Walker
During three seasons in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains, RD Lawrence observed (and was observed by) a puma in its remote natural habitat. His endearing story describes the special relationship between man and wild animal, and of his own survival alone in a perilous and unforgiving wilderness. But foremost, The Ghost Walker is a story of a patient and dedicated pursuit to understand the elusive puma and its place in the environment.
The White Puma
RD Lawrence’s moving novel about a predator animal that has been so mercilessly hunted as to be at risk of extinction describes human carelessness and greed, and the struggle for life from the cat’s point of view. The result is a gripping tale of the hunted turning on the hunters.
In Praise of Wolves
Can wolves teach us humans valuable lessons about ourselves? RD Lawrence believes they can, and that wolves provide a much closer model of human behavior than do primates. Told through anecdotes and personal observations of wolves in the wild and in captivity, he demolishes old myths about wolf aggression and upholds the wolf and the wolf pack as the ultimate stabilizer of nature demanding our respect.
Believing that biologists must show the relationships between sharks and other marine animals in their environment to truly understand them, RD Lawrence takes us into his own world of close and personal encounters with “the most physically perfect of all life forms.” The result is a scientific study that reads like a fast-paced novel.
Wildlife in North America: Birds
Intended to complement standard guidebooks, “Wildlife in North America: Birds” is filled with RD Lawrence’s personal anecdotes of the characters and habits of commonly-seen North American birds, including an encounter with 38 bald eagles. More than 80 black and white photos by leading wildlife photographers augment his lively, personable and very readable prose. A delightful guide.
Wildlife in North America: Mammals
A vividly written book that belies its dry title, RD Lawrence draws the reader into the lives of the many mammals he encountered and observed along North America’s game trails: opossum, mole, bear, coyote, moose, musk-ox among others. By Lawrence’s intimate knowledge and affectionate telling, the reader is led to a deeper understanding of the wilderness and its inhabitants. “Wildlife in North America” Includes 65 black and white photographs.
While canoeing in the wilds of Ontario, RD Lawrence comes across a small bundle of fur about to be attacked by a swooping hawk. The bundle turns out to be a tiny frightened beaver kit, the size of the naturalist’s hand. In this true story of nurture and love, instinct and survival, RD Lawrence and “Paddy” form a unique relationship before the beaver is drawn toward the lake and his own kind.
Wildlife in Canada
True to his belief that natural history should be easy to understand and non-clinical, RD Lawrence’s first book marked (in the words of the publisher) a “New approach in natural history.” New also? The he tells us about each animal’s daily routines from their point of view while sharing beautiful descriptions of their wilderness habitats. For, as Lawrence wrote: “To know the animals one must also know the land.” This fusion of knowledge and insight separated Lawrence from other nature writers of his day – and to this day creates a page-turner of a book.