Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka

Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka

by Deborah Carr

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Shortlisted, Atlantic Independent Booksellers’ Choice Award

Mary Majka is one of Canada's great pioneering environmentalists. She is best known as a television host, a conservationist, and driving force behind the internationally acclaimed Marys Point Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve on the Bay of Fundy.

Sanctuary gives full expression to the intensely personal story of Mary's life. A daughter of privilege, a survivor of World War II Poland, an architect of dreams, Mary Majka became a passionate environmentalist intent on protecting fragile spaces and species for generations to come. In this amazing story of determination and foresight, Deborah Carr reveals a complex, indomitable, thoroughly human being — flawed yet feisty, inspiring and inspired.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780864927101
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Deborah Carr's articles have appeared in Saltscapes, Progress, Nature Canada, Wildlife Canada, and Homemakers Magazine. As a child, she watched Mary Majka's television show, Have You Seen. Her first home as a married woman was on Caledonia Mountain, where she encountered the formidable Mary Majka more than twenty years ago.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Prelude 17

Chapter 1 Origins 23

Chapter 2 Influences 47

Chapter 3 Surviving 59

Chapter 4 Drifting 77

Chapter 5 Transitions 89

Chapter 6 Aquila 103

Chapter 7 Family 117

Chapter 8 Pioneering 131

Chapter 9 Calidris 159

Chapter 10 Conservation 185

Postlude 223

Acknowledgments 231

Notes 233

Index 239

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"Naturalist, educator, writer, and community activist, Mary Majka has done more to preserve the natural and cultural legacy of the Bay of Fundy than anyone in our time. Sanctuary is an engaging and clear-eyed portrait of her indomitable spirit — a celebration of a courageous life — and an important book." — Harry Thurston, author of Tidal Life

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