Backtracking: The Way of a Naturalist

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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. Although he lives ...

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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. Although he lives in northern New England, Ted sometimes travels far in his search for a variety of wildlife. The lure of Florida’s Everglades calls him every winter with its legions of tropical birds and animals.

One fall he travels north to Canada’s Machais Seal Island to observe puffins and razorbill auks and is attacked by Arctic terns. Later he gets stranded on Bonaventure Island where he ends up sleeping on top of a colony of Leach’s storm petrels to be awakened by the birds’ nocturnal cooings. Ted Levin’s involvement is different than most outdoor naturalists’. He lives with wild creatures—at one time or another, a fisher, a short-tailed weasel, barred owls, milk snakes, and brown bats—as well as observes them in the wild. Often, the “wild” turns out to be an interstate highway, a crowded beach, or a parking lot. He shows us how accessible the natural world is, that we need look no further than our own backyards to find it.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933392547
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/7/2007
  • Series: Chelsea Green Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
On Call     1
Wantagh: Mandelbaum's Bushes and Beyond     10
In a Vernal Pool     23
Bluebirds     43
The Life and Times of a Short-Tailed Weasel     54
Sources     71
Timber Rattlesnake: Endangered and Unloved     80
The Coming of the Eastern Coyote     93
Fox Watching Off Route 5     108
On Fire Island and Jones Beach: A Dance of Hawks     124
Great Horned Owl: Master of the Night     136
The Wilder Dam Eagle     149
Of Puffins and Petrels     167
Pa-Hay-Okee: River of Grass     177
Wantagh Revisited     197
The Hemlock's Tale     206
Acknowledgments     219
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