Library Journal - Library JournalWhen she's not trekking off to places like India to study tigers (Spell of the Tiger, LJ 1/95), Montgomery enjoys writing a "Nature Journal" column for the Boston Globe. This is the second collection of her columns (after Nature's Everyday Mysteries, Chapters, 1993). Arranged in four seasonal sections, these essays examine many facets of New England natural history, from plant galls and pine trees to black flies, herring gulls, and bats. An essay on mountain lions reports a possible comeback in the East, while a piece on robins offers a fresh look at this familiar bird. Only the essay on deer falls flat; she understates the damage they do to the landscape and does not mention that they carry the tick that causes Lyme disease. Otherwise, the only fault of these essays is their brevity. Maybe next time she will consider expanding some of her columns instead of just reprinting them in book form. Recommended primarily for regional collections.-Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., Va.
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