Tom Brown's Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness

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This is the sixth handbook by Tom Brown, Jr., the director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School. Like the other volumes in this popular series, Tom Brown's Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness takes the reader on a fascinating journey into nature's mysteries and magic, and presents a treasure trove of knowledge, insight, and anecdotes. Tom Brown, Jr. shows readers how to open their eyes to the surprising abundance of natural beauty that can be found in the urban and suburban ...

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Overview

This is the sixth handbook by Tom Brown, Jr., the director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School. Like the other volumes in this popular series, Tom Brown's Field Guide to the Forgotten Wilderness takes the reader on a fascinating journey into nature's mysteries and magic, and presents a treasure trove of knowledge, insight, and anecdotes. Tom Brown, Jr. shows readers how to open their eyes to the surprising abundance of natural beauty that can be found in the urban and suburban landscapes of backyards, local parks, highway medians, and even windowsill flower boxes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown, the author of many nature books, discusses familiar wilderness areas but pays most attention to suburban and city ``wildernesses.'' These include abandoned lots, drainage ditches, hedgerows and, particularly, the lawn. This last, he states, actually is ``a sea of life more complicated and intricate than any of our larger realms. . . . It is constantly awash in the motion of life, a grand provider of food, always a source of wonder and beauty.'' Interspersed with his examinations of habitats are descriptions of specific creatures to observe. He notes, for example, that the shrew has a breathing rate of 850 times a minute and eats three to four times its body weight daily, explaining its need to beand its reputation asan efficient, voracious hunter. Brown remains an enthusiastic, infectious observer of nature who will help readers notice more of the world around them. Illustrations not seen by PW. (April)
Library Journal
The ``forgotten wilderness'' of the title can be found simply by looking with a new awareness at lawns, abandoned lots, and parks. Brown shows the reader that there is more wildlife to be found in cities than is commonly thought. Weasels, skunks, foxes, birds, and a number of other animals have all managed to adapt to life near humans. Brown does a fine job of explaining where to find these creatures, describing their habits and favorite haunts. Fans of Brown's other works will enjoy once again the engaging style and captivating tales of a man who lives his life close to nature. Readers are bound to come away with a new appreciation of nature and of the variety of wildlife to be found just outside their doors.Randy Dykhuis, Grace A. Dow Memorial Lib., Midland, Mich.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425097151
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Series: Field Guide Series , #6
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 519,075
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Brown, Jr. began to learn hunting and tracking at the age of eight under the tutelage of an Apache elder, medicine man, and scout in Toms River, New Jersey, and is the author of 16 books on nature. Recently, he was the technical advisor on The Hunted, a major motion picture starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio Del Toro.   In 1978, Tom founded the Tracker School in the New Jersey Pine Barrens where he offers more than 25 classes about wilderness survival and environmental protection.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I Suburban Wilderness 9
Lawns 15
Animal Life 23
Starling 23
Robin 25
Mockingbird 26
Garden spider 27
Wolf spider 29
Grass spider 30
Earthworm 31
Field cricket 32
Bumblebee 33
Little black ant 37
Hedgerows 41
Animal Life 45
Daddy longlegs 45
Millipede 47
Bush katydid 49
Blister beetle 50
Redbacked salamander 52
Garter snake 52
Catbird 54
White-eyed vireo 55
White-throated sparrow 56
Chipmunk 57
Abandoned Areas 59
Abandoned Lots, Old Fields and Roadsides 60
Brush Tangles and Closed Forests 63
Animal Life 66
Voles 66
White-footed mouse 68
Long-tailed weasel 70
Red fox 73
Opossum 75
Meadowlark 77
Grasshopper sparrow 79
Meadow grasshopper 80
Ponds, Streams and Drainage Ditches 83
Animal Life 85
Bluegill sunfish 85
Water strider 87
Back swimmer 88
Painted turtle 90
Dragonfly 91
Pickerel frog 92
Barn swallow 94
Great blue heron 96
Brown bullhead catfish 98
Part II Urban Wilderness 101
Streets 104
Abandoned Lots and Alleys 106
Playgrounds and Parks 110
Waterfronts 112
Animal Life 114
Gray squirrel 114
Little brown bat 117
House mouse 118
Norway rat 120
House sparrow 121
Pigeon 122
House finch 123
Mallard 124
Feral dog 126
Carp 127
Green heron 129
Feral cat 131
Herring gull 132
Part III The Country 135
Fields, Transition Areas, Forests 138
Water Areas 141
Seashores 143
Animal Life 144
Coyote 144
White-tailed deer 147
Striped skunk 150
Pygmy shrew 153
Common mole 155
Red squirrel 156
Eastern screech owl 159
Eastern cottontail 162
Black-and-white warbler 164
Boat-tailed grackle 166
Sparrow hawk 168
Muskrat 171
Porcupine 174
Red-tailed hawk 177
Great horned owl 181
Barn owl 183
Part IV Tracking and Stalking in the Forgotten Wilderness 185
Tracking 187
Where to Find Tracks 187
How to Tell Tracks 189
Signs 192
Stalking and Camouflage 195
Grandfather and the Fisherman 201
Studying Nature 207
Index 211
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