Prairie Time: The Leopold Reserve Revisited [NOOK Book]

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In the rush of modern life, we measure our lives by the clock, the calendar, the timetable. But there are older rhythms in nature: the call of chickadees before the first hint of spring, the golden face of a compass plant in July, the first snowfall. These signs mark the passage of time in a world that Aldo Leopold knew well and eloquently described.
     With notebook and camera in hand, John and Beth Ross revisit the Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve in ...

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Prairie Time: The Leopold Reserve Revisited

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Overview

In the rush of modern life, we measure our lives by the clock, the calendar, the timetable. But there are older rhythms in nature: the call of chickadees before the first hint of spring, the golden face of a compass plant in July, the first snowfall. These signs mark the passage of time in a world that Aldo Leopold knew well and eloquently described.
     With notebook and camera in hand, John and Beth Ross revisit the Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve in south-central Wisconsin fifty years after Leopold’s death. Thanks to the efforts of Leopold, his family, and the Leopold Foundation, this once-ruined farmland is now largely restored to a natural state. The Rosses explore the terrain of this sandy land, encounter its natural citizens, and relate life here to its physical underpinnings. Following Leopold’s own practice of phenology, they note the seasonal changes: arrivals and departures of wild geese, the blossoming of the pasque flower at the edge of melting snow, the appearance of monarch butterflies on the milkweed. And further, they seek to find in this landscape an underlying morality, a communion of understanding, a sense of place in the cosmos.
     Beautifully illustrated with color photographs, the book also includes notes on the behavior, habitat, and human interactions with ninety-four species of plants, birds, and other animals found in the reserve. An extensive glossary explains terms from geology, ecology, meteorology, and related life and earth sciences.

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With notebook and camera in hand, the authors revisit the Aldo Leopold Memorial Reserve in south-central Wisconsin 50 years after Leopold's death. They explore the terrain of this sandy land, encounter its natural citizens, relate life here to its physical underpinnings, note the seasonal changes, and seek to find in this landscape an underlying morality and communion of understanding. They also include notes on the behavior, habitat, and human interaction with plants, birds, and other animals. Illustrated with color photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299156633
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1998
  • Series: North Coast Books
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

John E. Ross is professor emeritus in agricultural journalism and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  Beth Ross is a writer and photographer.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue
Land and the Seasons 3
Winter Solstice 5
Vernal Equinox 13
Summer Solstice 20
Autumnal Equinox 26
Fabric of the Land 35
Sand 37
Ice 44
Fire 53
Water 62
Roots and Seeds 73
Phenology 83
Culture of the Land 95
Prairie Time 98
From These Roots 107
Epilogue - Our Cosmic Relative 119
Citizens of the Prairie and Savanna 131
Glossarial Notes 195
North American Geology 219
Index 221
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