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Overview

Our lives are surrounded by ordinary miracles, everyday mysteries. To find them, all you need to do is indulge your senses. Follow the scent of earth outdoors on a cool, wet morning in spring. On a hot August afternoon, go down to the local pond and watch dragonfly larvae crawl out of their skins. On a still December night, let the moonlight call you outdoors to listen to the wind sigh in the pines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892725106
  • Publisher: Down East Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Sy Montgomery
Sy Montgomery
Known for her books that illuminate the wonders of nature for both children and adults, Sy Montgomery "is a modern miracle," says Book magazine, "bawdy, brave, inventive, prophetic, hellbent on loving this planet."

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Montgomery, she revealed a few fun anecdotes:

"My companion pig, Christopher Hogwood, age 12, lost 60 pounds on his new diet and now weighs in at a trim 690 pounds."

"My first known act of Eco-Conscience: I was sent home from kindergarten for biting a little boy who had pulled the legs off a daddy longlegs. I would do it again today."

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    1. Hometown:
      Hancock, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 7, 1958
    2. Place of Birth:
      Frankfurt, Germany
    1. Education:
      Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Introduction 13
Spring
Phantoms of the Woods 17
The Mysterious Partnership of the Lichen 21
The Beloved Robin's Alter Ego 24
Early Spring's Subtle Splendors 28
The Blackfly 31
The Secret Lives of Worms 35
Birds' Nests 38
A Porcupine's Private Life 42
Athletics and Ardor 46
Nature's Lacework 49
Croak of the Wild 52
Mud-Luscious 55
Eating Wild 59
Summer
Jellyfish 65
Sex and the Single Dragonfly 69
Herring Gulls 73
Going for the Gold 76
Bats 79
Messages in Spiders' Webs 83
Never Sleep With a Skunk 87
Following Firefly Flashes 91
Tide Pools 94
The Sting 97
History in Stone 100
Alien Invasion 103
Nature's Fireworks 107
Autumn
September's Insect Chorus 113
Neither Land Nor Water 116
Pods 119
Black Bear 122
Hand-Feeding Wild Birds 126
For a Plant, It's a Galling Experience 129
Cougars Stage a Comeback 132
The Magic of Mushrooms 136
In Praise of Flies 139
Animals on the Move 143
Competing for Color 145
Leave It to Beavers 148
Chipmunks and Squirrels 152
Return of the Wild Turkey 155
Winter
Sounds and Silences of December 161
Flying Squirrels 164
Pines 167
When Deer Last in the Dooryard Browsed 170
The Ordinary Miracle of Ice 173
A Whole Lot of Hooting Going On 176
Fox Tracks in Snow 179
Birches in Winter 182
Cannibal Athletes 185
Tales of the Tree Trunks 188
A Community of Crows 191
Tidal Treasures 194
Arctic Visitors 198
Stories Written in Snow 201
Cold Facts 205
Heaven Under Our Feet 208
Selected Bibliography 211
Index 215
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