Two in the Far North

Two in the Far North

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by Murie
     
 

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This autobiography by the "mother of the American environmental movement" is compelling, and insightful into the long 101 year life of an ordinary woman who accomplished extraordinary things.See more details below

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This autobiography by the "mother of the American environmental movement" is compelling, and insightful into the long 101 year life of an ordinary woman who accomplished extraordinary things.

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ISBN-13:
9780882408637
Publisher:
Graphic Arts Books
Publication date:
06/01/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
232,302
File size:
3 MB

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Day came sparkling clear, calling to us, and before the waterfront had come to life we laced up our hiking boots, took a sackful of mousetraps, some rolled oats for bait, and the shotgun, and went swinging up the grassy old winter road south of the village. As we followed this road for several miles through the spruce woods, now aflame with high-bush cranberries, I had my first lesson in being a filed assistant to a naturalist. I learned where to look for mouseholes and feeding places and was shown their tiny runways, like an intricate street system for fairies. What delightful discoveries can be made beneath a mossy stump or under the dese mat of water rushes! I and never seen a mousehole before; the unknowing eye is unable to se. In addition to his main assignment, studying the life history of the caribou, Olaus was interested in learning all he could about the distribution of several species of meadow vole, the red-backed mouse, the bog lemming, and the brown lemming. I had never known there were so many kinds of mice; I had known only the kitchen-cupboard ones. Nor had I known that these were true wild animals, which ranged throughout the wilderness and belonged there, nor that to the scientist these little creatures are interesting and important, for they have a relationship to bigger creatures and to the land and are part of the great chain of life

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