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Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island

Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island

by Melanie Choukas-Bradley


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'She lets us see the often chaotic and nature-starved modern world through the eyes of our foremost conservation president ...a view that is at once uplifting and provocative, but always fascinating.' Tony Flemming, Geologist and co-author, Geologic Map of the Washington West Quadrangle, Oct 24, 2020Washington D.C. naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley dives into the natural history and beauty of Theodore Roosevelt Island, an island wilderness less than two miles from the White House and a memorial to the United States' foremost conservationist president. In 2016, as the presidential election dealt a body-blow to progressive thinkers in the US, Melanie sought the solace of Theodore Roosevelt Island. In this book she reflects on the inspiring environmental legacy of Roosevelt, and how immersing oneself in nature can help to heal, restore and encourage a person, even in the midst of the strange new reality of a divisive occupant in the White House. Melanie leads the reader along walks and kayak trips around the island, as together with other Washingtonian nature lovers, birders, conservationists, and even descendants of Roosevelt, they find solace in the island's natural wonders, and ponder their nation's future. Includes a foreword by Tom Lovejoy, Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation.

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ISBN-13: 9781789044683
Publisher: Changemakers Books
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 1,161,568
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is an award-winning naturalist writer, teacher and certified forest therapy guide. She has written several books, as well as op-eds for publications including the Washington Post. She leads natural history tours and forest bathing walks for Smithsonian Associates, the Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Naturalist Society, Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island and many other organizations. Her forest bathing walks have been featured on NPR, the Travel Channel, in the National Parks Magazine and at Melanie regularly features on podcasts, radio and television programs. She lives in Washington DC, USA.

Table of Contents

Foreword Thomas Lovejoy 1

Preface 5

Chapter 1 July 2016-Winged Invitation 6

Chapter 2 August-Island Poetry 26

Chapter 3 September -Nature Journaling 47

Chapter 4 October -Island Happy Hour 56

Chapter 5 November-The Kingfisher Court 72

Chapter 6 December-Surreal Solstice 85

Chapter 7 January 2017-Withy Like the Willow 100

Chapter 8 February-Grandmother Sycamore on Little River 123

Chapter 9 March-Phenology Anxiety 135

Chapter 10 April-An Island in Bloom 161

Chapter 11 May-Fledglings 174

Chapter 12 June-Island Forest Bathing 189

Chapter 13 July-Paddling to Shore 203

Acknowledgments 214

Endnotes 217

About the Author 222

Books Melanie Choukas-Bradley 223

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