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My Wild Life: A Memoir of Adventures within America's National Parks

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Looking back at a wonderful way to make a living
 
Few people have the opportunity to live and work in America's magnificent national parks, let alone in a wide diversity of those great parks. For thirty-two years, beginning when he was hired as a seasonal ranger until he retired in 1989, Roland H. Wauer's career took him to eight national parks, a regional office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Chief of ...
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Looking back at a wonderful way to make a living
 
Few people have the opportunity to live and work in America's magnificent national parks, let alone in a wide diversity of those great parks. For thirty-two years, beginning when he was hired as a seasonal ranger until he retired in 1989, Roland H. Wauer's career took him to eight national parks, a regional office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Chief of the Division of Natural Resources in Washington, DC. 
           In an "inside-out" look at his career, Wauer takes the reader on a wildlife adventure through a number of those parks, documenting his experiences with the birds and other animals in each one. An avid birder, he made significant contributions to what was known about the bird population, and avian habitats and worked on a number of research projects involving mammals, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and other wildlife species.
           Follow along with Wauer as he recalls flying squirrels, great gray owls, and Clark's nutcrakers at Crater Lake; Nelson's bighorns, prairie falcons, LeConte's thrashers, and sidewinders at Death Valley; flammulated and spotted owls at Zion; and mountain lions, javelinas, peregrine falcons, cave swallows, and Colima warblers at Big Bend.
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Ro Wauer is my hero. There are only a few people who have significantly influenced my nearly four decades with the National Park Service (NPS) and Roland Wauer is in the top tier of the list, yet probably does not even know that. His vision and values plus his ability to turn those into actual policy and programs intersected my early years and shaped my entire career path and philosophy of national park protection.
Johnathan B. Jarvis, from the foreword
Library Journal
09/15/2014
Wauer, author of 25 books, began his 32-year career with the National Park Service (NPS) in 1957, when the organization's emphasis was on parking and picnicking. Known for his expertise on birds, and later, butterflies, the author was in the vanguard for the change to a research-based approach to natural resource management of the parks. He worked to preserve the most endangered features and wildlife of places such as Crater Lake, Death Valley, Pinnacles National Monument, Zion, Big Bend, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Wauer writes in a technical style that includes little personal information—much of the book documents the people, conferences, and projects relating to his work—but he also provides interesting or humorous stories in each chapter and descriptions of his special encounters with birds and other wildlife. VERDICT Wauer nudged the NPS toward resource management, but his memoir largely reads like a scientific journal, making his book best suited to those interested in management of the national parks or in the specific areas listed above.—Sally Bickley, William F. White, Jr. Lib., Del Mar Coll., Corpus Christi, TX
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In addition to his career with the National Park Service, Roland H. Wauer is the author of 25 books and more than 180 articles about the natural environment, primarily on birds and butterflies. He lives in Bryan, Texas.
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