Backtracking: The Way of a Naturalist

Backtracking: The Way of a Naturalist

by Ted Levin, Joan Waltermire
     
 

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"When I come upon an animal's tracks in the woods, I find myself moving back against the animal's direction to trace where it started from," Ted Levin writes in Backtracking: The Way of a Naturalist. He also traces his own development as a naturalist from his boyhood roots on suburban Long Island to his present life in northern New England. Along the way he introduces

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"When I come upon an animal's tracks in the woods, I find myself moving back against the animal's direction to trace where it started from," Ted Levin writes in Backtracking: The Way of a Naturalist. He also traces his own development as a naturalist from his boyhood roots on suburban Long Island to his present life in northern New England. Along the way he introduces us to all sorts of wild creatures-from red-backed salamanders, cicadas, and rattlesnakes to manatees, coyotes, and bald eagles. Backtracking is full of fascinating facts and unusual observations. Levin reveals how accessible the natural world can be; we need look no farther than our own backyards to find it.

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Library Journal
A collection of 16 short essays about wildlife encounters during naturalist Levin's career. Primarily about the Northeast, it includes pieces on amphibian life cycles, snakes, cicadas, predatory birds, coyotes, a captured weasel, and a vacation in the Florida Everglades. Intertwining biological facts, historical data, regional information, personal experience, and a dash of humor, the author presents a strong conservation message. An excellent addition to such high caliber nature writings as Roger Swain's Earthly Pleasures and Field Days: journal of an itinerant biologist. Strongly recommended for collections serving general readers and YAs. Frank Reiser, Biology Dept., Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780930031084
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/1987
Pages:
220

Meet the Author

A former Bronx Zoo zoologist and college professor, Ted Levin is the author of Blood Brook: A Naturalist's Home Ground, Backtracking: The Way of the Naturalist, and Liquid Land: A Journey Through the Everglades, which won the coveted Burroughs Medal in 2004. His writing has appeared in Sports illustrated, Audubon, National Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, and Sierra, among many other publications, and one of his stories was included in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Sport Writing 2003. Levin has been a commentator for Vermont Public Radio since 1997. He lives in Thetford, Vermont.

Joan Waltermire was trained as a biologist as well as an artist and is the curator of exhibits at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont.

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