Alexander, 77, is recognized for performances in movies (Kramer vs. Kramer), on the stage (Shadowlands) and on television (The Blacklist). She also is a lifelong environmentalist who last fall released Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth, a book on the work being done by scientists around the globe. We recently caught up with Alexander by phone from her home in Nova Scotia and talked books, Mother's Day and creating a worldwide patchwork quilt of sorts. "Mother Earth gives us everything we need in this world to thrive if we take care of her; water gives us life, air gives us breath and soil gives us growth. We haven't treated our bountiful Mother with respect,'' she said. "If each of us protects our own patch where we live by maintaining clean water, air and soil for all the creatures that call it home, including ourselves, that is our patchwork.''
What's on your nightstand?
The Peregrine by J.A. Baker. I love falcons, and this is a book on his observations on the fastest bird in the world. The more you know about the birds, the more it will mean to you. I'm also reading Rachel Carson and Her Sisters by Dr. Robert K. Musil. So often it is the field biologists who are men that we hear about. This is a compilation of stories on women working for the environment.
What books would be good for the younger generation to read, to perk their interest in conservation?
I love reading work done by field biologists, and in my book, I do devote a lot of pages to Alan Rabinowitz. I think his books on jaguars would be good. He walks from Mexico to Argentina on a path that jaguars travel. It's fascinating. I'd also say Jane Goodall's In the Shadow of Man and Dian Fossey's Gorillas in the Mist, and H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is a good one.
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