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Two in the Far North [NOOK Book]

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This enduring story of life, adventure, and love in Alaska was written by a woman who embraced the remote Alaskan wilderness and became one of its strongest advocates. In this moving testimonial to the preservation of the Arctic wilderness, Mardy Murie writes from her heart about growing up in Fairbanks, becoming the first woman graduate of the University of Alaska, and marrying noted biologist Olaus J. Murie. So begins her lifelong journey in Alaska and on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where along with her husband ...
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Overview

This enduring story of life, adventure, and love in Alaska was written by a woman who embraced the remote Alaskan wilderness and became one of its strongest advocates. In this moving testimonial to the preservation of the Arctic wilderness, Mardy Murie writes from her heart about growing up in Fairbanks, becoming the first woman graduate of the University of Alaska, and marrying noted biologist Olaus J. Murie. So begins her lifelong journey in Alaska and on to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where along with her husband and others, they founded The Wilderness Society. Mardy's work as one of the earliest female voices for the wilderness movement earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882408637
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Sales rank: 715,328
  • 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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Table of Contents

Preface — 9, Foreword by Terry Tempest Williams — 11, Part One—Fairbanks — 17, 1 To The North — 19, 2 Freeze-Up — 31, 3 The Town — 35, 4 Winter — 40, 5 Mail Day — 49, 6 Spring — 51, 7 Summer — 58, 8 The Trail — 63, 9 And Over the Mountain — 76, Part Two—The Upper Koyukuk — 83, 10 Home to Romance — 85, 11 Anvik — 96, 12 Nulato — 100, 13 Willow River — 113, 14 Alatna — 120, 15 “And Beyond” — 126, 16 Bettles — 136, 17 One Day of It — 147, 18 On the River Ice —153, 19 Wiseman — 169, 20 The Mountains — 178, 21 Southward — 194, Part Three—The Old Crow River — 207, 22 Tanana and Yukon — 209, 23 The Porcupine — 221, 24 The Old Crow — 227, 25 By Main Strength — 233, 26 Geese — 240, 27 Downstream — 247, Part Four—Sheenjek — 257, 28 North Again — 259, 29 At Lobo Lake — 269, 30 Both Sides of the River — 283, 31 Up the Valley — 293, 32 Tundra and Mountain — 301, 33 Caribou — 312, 34 To the Head of the River — 321, 35 Autumn in August — 331, Part Five—Return to the Mountains — 341, Again North — 343, Sheenjek Again — 346, Part Six—Afterward — 351, About the Author — 373
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    Excellent, Moving, Very Detailed!

    This is by far one of the best books I have ever read! Mardie Murie is an inspiration to all who love nature and life. Her husband Olaus and his research along with involvement in the Nature Conservancy have helped to create many protected areas we enjoy today. Mardie writes of their adventures in Alaska with details vivid enough to make you feel you are there with her. A book to savor every word.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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