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For more than 30 years Ted Williams has been hailed as one of the foremost nature writers in the United States, with articles and columns that appear in a wide range of national magazines--from Fly Rod&Reel to Audubon. His eloquent advocacy for a host of environmental and wildlife conservation issues have won him prestigious awards. The National Wildlife Federation presented him with their Conservation Achievement Award; his conservation writing won him the Federal Wildlife Officers Association Award; the ...
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Wild Moments

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Overview

For more than 30 years Ted Williams has been hailed as one of the foremost nature writers in the United States, with articles and columns that appear in a wide range of national magazines--from Fly Rod&Reel to Audubon. His eloquent advocacy for a host of environmental and wildlife conservation issues have won him prestigious awards. The National Wildlife Federation presented him with their Conservation Achievement Award; his conservation writing won him the Federal Wildlife Officers Association Award; the Outdoor Writers Association of America recognized him with their highest honor, the Jade of Chiefs; and the Coastal Conservation Association of New York named him "Conservationist of the Year."

Wild Moments is a collection of Williams's beautifully crafted seasonal observation columns that is sure to be prized by Ted Williams's fans and to attract a broad new readership. The text is complemented by the illustrations of John Burgoyne, himself the winner of more than 150 awards in the United States and Europe.

Williams explains the weather conditions that bring out the brightest reds in autumn leaves, when to watch for the massive migration of northern flickers, how hungry wolf spiders catch their prey, and why American goldfinches wait until July or August to build a nest and start breeding.

Although Williams's home is in Massachusetts, his columns describe the action of the natural world all across North America, with a few forays to other parts of the globe. So readers will learn why there are so many aspens in Yellowstone National Park and the extent of the burrowing owl's habitat (from southwestern Canada to Argentina).

Written in an inviting, accessible, and entertaining style, these brief columns are packed with in-depth information on a broad range of topics. Anyone who loves the natural world will find this book irresistible.
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Editorial Reviews

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Did you know that bumblebees are native to the North American continent—but honey bees are not? Can you name the marsupial with a 12 ½ day gestation period? And, do you know where to get a yummy sapsickle? Within these one hundred and ninety-two pages, are the answers in one-page sketches of beast and bloom that start in winter and move through the seasons. Differing from many nature books, the author covers the Pacific Northwest, the desert southwest through the prairies, the Midwest, and the East Coast. He is intimate friends with damselflies, Jills-in-the-Pulpit, and fairy diddles and he spins images that puts you next to him in the field: "In flight, puffins resemble badly thrown footballs..." While this book is marketed to adults, I can easily imagine sending small ones to the land of sugar plum fairies with images of fairy shrimp, the Leonids, or woolly bears. Williams contributes to Audubon and Fly Rod & Reel magazines and is the author of The Insightful Sportsman. Lastly, if you enjoy nature, how could you not invest in a publisher who announces on the copyright page: "The mission of Storey Publishing is to serve our customers by publishing practical information that encourages personal independence in harmony with the environment." 2004, Storey Publishing, Ages Adult.
—Chris Gill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603424851
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 11/11/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,267,995
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Since 1980, Ted Williams has been editor-at-large at Audubon magazine, writing the acclaimed "Earth Almanac" and "Incite" columns. He is the conservation editor of Fly Rod&Reel and the author of The Insightful Sportsman. Williams lives in Grafton, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Wild Diamond Prose

    One needn't travel to distant worlds to encounter the exotic and astounding. One need only have eyes to see what has been before us all along. Williams is the lens through which we glimse wonders and exquisite beauty still abounding in the often cruelly damaged wild world in which we live. In these brief essays, collected from his Earth Alamnac column in Audubon Magazine, he reveals secrets of the commonplace--creatures and plants we may have glanced at many times without really seeing. The entries are like prose poems in crystalized language which make one stop again and again and say, ah . . . From the sublime: 'sweet pepper bush fills the air with a fragrance that freezes the fleeting hours of August, drugs the droning bee, and transports aging wanderers of the woods to a time when summer never ended and one's only commitments were to fish, frogs, and turtles . . .' to the ridiculous: 'tufts of silk protrude from the sun-split pods (of milkweed) like stuffing from puppy ripped pillows. . .' And don't forget the magic: 'Since this theory (that circular growths of fungus are set by dancing fairy feet) cannot be disproved, why hasten its extinction when you are afield with young companions?' If you know an environmentalist, give her this book. It will cheer her darkest hours and energize her crusade. If you know someone who is not an environmentalist, give her this book. It will convert her as surely as a full-immersion baptism. And keep your own copy to read and re-read . . .

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