The Curious Naturalist: Nature's Everyday Mysteries

The Curious Naturalist: Nature's Everyday Mysteries

by Sy Montgomery

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ISBN-13: 9780892725106
Publisher: Down East Books
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Known for her books that illuminate the wonders of nature for both children and adults, Sy Montgomery "is a modern miracle," says Book magazine, "bawdy, brave, inventive, prophetic, hellbent on loving this planet."

Hometown:

Hancock, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1958

Place of Birth:

Frankfurt, Germany

Education:

Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

Table of Contents

Foreword11
Introduction13
Spring
Phantoms of the Woods17
The Mysterious Partnership of the Lichen21
The Beloved Robin's Alter Ego24
Early Spring's Subtle Splendors28
The Blackfly31
The Secret Lives of Worms35
Birds' Nests38
A Porcupine's Private Life42
Athletics and Ardor46
Nature's Lacework49
Croak of the Wild52
Mud-Luscious55
Eating Wild59
Summer
Jellyfish65
Sex and the Single Dragonfly69
Herring Gulls73
Going for the Gold76
Bats79
Messages in Spiders' Webs83
Never Sleep With a Skunk87
Following Firefly Flashes91
Tide Pools94
The Sting97
History in Stone100
Alien Invasion103
Nature's Fireworks107
Autumn
September's Insect Chorus113
Neither Land Nor Water116
Pods119
Black Bear122
Hand-Feeding Wild Birds126
For a Plant, It's a Galling Experience129
Cougars Stage a Comeback132
The Magic of Mushrooms136
In Praise of Flies139
Animals on the Move143
Competing for Color145
Leave It to Beavers148
Chipmunks and Squirrels152
Return of the Wild Turkey155
Winter
Sounds and Silences of December161
Flying Squirrels164
Pines167
When Deer Last in the Dooryard Browsed170
The Ordinary Miracle of Ice173
A Whole Lot of Hooting Going On176
Fox Tracks in Snow179
Birches in Winter182
Cannibal Athletes185
Tales of the Tree Trunks188
A Community of Crows191
Tidal Treasures194
Arctic Visitors198
Stories Written in Snow201
Cold Facts205
Heaven Under Our Feet208
Selected Bibliography211
Index215

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