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Naming Nature: A Seasonal Guide for the Amateur Naturalist
     

Naming Nature: A Seasonal Guide for the Amateur Naturalist

by Mary Blocksma
 
An illustrated, seasonal introduction to Great Lakes Nature for anyone who'd like to become better acquainted.

If, like author Mary Blocksma, you wish you knew more about the Great Lakes woods and lake country you think of as God's country, this is the book for you. Upon her return from California to Michigan, Blocksma made a simple New Year's resolution: to

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An illustrated, seasonal introduction to Great Lakes Nature for anyone who'd like to become better acquainted.

If, like author Mary Blocksma, you wish you knew more about the Great Lakes woods and lake country you think of as God's country, this is the book for you. Upon her return from California to Michigan, Blocksma made a simple New Year's resolution: to take four or five walks a year, and each time identify one new thing. Before long, she was on familiar terms with most of what she saw.

In Great Lakes Nature, Blocksma shares her discoveries in an evocative and inspiring journal, accompanied by excellent tips on how to tell her finds from similar species. This is a guide for the amateur who, until now, has found nature identification intimidating; the expert who knows wildflowers but not birds, or birds but not trees; and the armchair explorer yearning for a walk on the wild side.

Great Lakes Nature offers a positive approach to environmental awareness. "Familiarity breeds intimacy, and intimacy, concern," writes Blocksma in her introduction. "Entering the woods was like moving into a neighborhood where I knew almost no one. Now I have befriended so many inhabitants that if any of them moved away, I would know and feel bereft."

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This delightful book, written by a former librarian and the author of Reading the Numbers ( LJ 4/1/89), consists of 365 vignettes, one for each day of the year. January 1 describes the author's New Year's resolution to learn the names of what she observes, thereby becoming more acquainted with her natural surroundings. Each new day brings trips to the beach, forest, meadow, pond, back porch, and more. Blocksma's style is engaging, enchanting, and informative. While her book is not quite a field guide, it contains enough facts, descriptions, and details to enhance the use of any guide. Readers will learn how to use field marks, range maps, and precise comparisons to sort out and identify birds, turtles, trees, butterflies, and more. A ``guide to guides'' critiques various books and suggests how to decide which ones to buy for the home. Practicing amateur and armchair naturalists will relish this book. Warmly recommended for public libraries.-- Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140153798
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1992
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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