Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac

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In this exploration of one of the Earth's last untouched places, Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, award-winning science writer David Pitt-Brooke takes the reader on twelve monthly journeys: chasing storms in January, whale-watching in April, swimming with spawning salmon in October. The result is a beautifully written paean to an extraordinary environment, a natural cathedral.
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Overview

In this exploration of one of the Earth's last untouched places, Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, award-winning science writer David Pitt-Brooke takes the reader on twelve monthly journeys: chasing storms in January, whale-watching in April, swimming with spawning salmon in October. The result is a beautifully written paean to an extraordinary environment, a natural cathedral.
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What Canadian naturalist Pitt-Brooke chases in this paean to Clayoquot Sound, a still pristine patch of Vancouver Island's west coast, is hope--hope that the environmental diversity of that short stretch of natural paradise will survive population pressure, industrial encroachment and logging devastation. In a dozen poetic year-in-the-life chapters, Pitt-Brooke savors nature with Thoreauvian gusto. In January, he seeks out batten-down-the-hatches winter winds. Come April, he's out to sea, eye-to-eye with cavorting whales as they migrate north. June is for walking the intertidal zone, where mollusks and other briny beings thrive and die in the few feet where ocean washes over land; October is for hiking mountain streams, where salmon come home to spawn and black bears come to feed on them. At the close of the year, Pitt-Brooke's quest moves from exuberant physical experience to spiritual and historical reflection, as he searches for signs of ancient human presence on the land and distills the accounts of the European explorers who a scant two centuries ago wrested the land from its original inhabitants. Though the book's emotional focus is on one singular geographical location, it's a clarion call for the preservation of all wild places. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551927718
  • Publisher: Raincoast Book Distribution
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Prologue: Beginnings 1
January: Chasing the Tempest: Who Has Seen the Wind? 9
February: Clear and Cold: A Break in the Storm 33
March: Nature's Plenty: Herring Time 57
April: Thar She Blows!: The Springtime Migration of Gray Whales 81
May: Wind Birds: Mudflats and Shorebird Migration 101
June: Hanging On for Dear Life: The Intertidal Zone 119
July: Through a Glass Darkly: A (Very) Brief Voyage of Oceanic Discovery 139
August: In the Shadow of the Pacific: The Mountains of Clayoquot Sound 157
September: Waste Not, Want Naught: Coastal Temperate Rainforest 181
October: Ring of Bright Water: Bears, Salmon and Wild Rivers 205
November: Day of the Dead: Seeking Y'aq-wii-itq-quu?as (Those Who Were Here Before) 227
December: A Measure of History: In Search of the Recent Past 251
Epilogue: East of Eden 277
Acknowledgments 285
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