Bryn Nelson's Flush is #1 when it comes to #2.
I read Emma Marris' Wild Souls in one of my favorite ecosystems and couldn't stop recommending this book to everyone I met.
Beloved Beasts, a new book by Michelle Nijhuis, is a deeply researched history of the U.S. conservation movement.
Favorite blog: The Last Word on Nothing
Thanks to the Biodiversity Heritage Library for the natural history images and to the lovely Sara Prince for the author photo.