Baggage Pre-Order Contest

You can’t have too many books about nature, right? And did you know that pre-orders really help books get on to bestseller lists?

With that in mind, we invite anyone who has pre-ordered Baggage by August 9th, 2020 to enter for a chance to win one of the seven nature-inspired books. We’ll pick three winners the next week. Check out the bottom of the page for Terms & Conditions as well as information about the titles you can choose from.



  1. By submitting your receipt in the Baggage Pre-Order Contest Form or via email, you agree to these Terms & Conditions.
  2. Entrants have until August 9, 2020 to purchase and submit their receipt via the Jotform Survey above or emailed to
  3. This promotion is open to entrants who are at least 14 years old as of August 3, 2020.
  4. One entry per purchase.
  5. No entrant may receive more than one prize.
  6. Prizes are non-transferable and non-refundable. No cash alternative is available.
  7. Three separate entries will win (via random picker) their selected nature book, which we will do our best to mail your selected book to you anywhere in the world.
  8. Unsuccessful entrants will not be notified.
  9. We may amend or cancel the promotion at any time for any reason without notice. We may amend these Terms & Conditions without notice by posting changes to them on this website.


My First Book – Life is Good: Conservation in an Age of Mass Extinction

In 2011 , I was lucky enough to publish a series of essays from my time at Mongabay, titled Life is Good: Conservation in an Age of Mass Extinction. The compilation received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. The review praises the book, saying “Overall, the collection manages to raise environmental alarms without falling into hopeless predictions of doom. And Hance urges a knowledge- and science-based approach to conservation, while also exhorting readers to allow themselves to feel a sense of awe when interacting with other creatures.”

Insects are disappearing, and I wrote (a lot) about it

In my four-part series for Mongabay, I interviewed 24 entomologists and researchers on six continents working in over a dozen nations to determine what we know regarding the mass loss of insects across the globe.

Part One – The Great Insect Dying: A global look at a deepening crisis

Part Two – The Great Insect Dying: Vanishing act in Europe and North America

Part Three – The Great Insect Dying: The tropics in trouble and some hope

Part Four – The Great Insect Dying: How to save insects and ourselves