The Naturalist's Companion: A Field Guide to Observing and Understanding Wildlife

The Naturalist's Companion: A Field Guide to Observing and Understanding Wildlife

by Dave Hall
The Naturalist's Companion: A Field Guide to Observing and Understanding Wildlife

The Naturalist's Companion: A Field Guide to Observing and Understanding Wildlife

by Dave Hall

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Overview

"The Naturalist’s Companion is an essential read for anyone who wants to enhance their wildlife observation skills." ― Seattle Book Review

  • Practical guidance on how to achieve a deeper level of nature observation
  • From the co-founder of Primitive Pursuits, renowned nature awareness program
  • Provides concrete tools for improving the depth and quality of outdoor experiences

The Naturalist’s Companion fills an important void in outdoor education by teaching readers how to become more learned and patient observers and, ultimately, more proficient naturalists.

Through exhaustive time in the field, author Dave Hall has developed a comprehensive understanding of nature awareness and refined his skills to enhance any time spent outdoors and to foster closer, more respectful encounters with wildlife. Through personal anecdotes and detailed explanations, Hall teaches the principles and ethics of stealth walking, calling, tracking, interpreting basic animal behavior, and much more. Each chapter concludes with a list of exercises, prompting readers to study and put these skills into use, while introductory sections discuss gear, safety, ethics, and thoughtful engagement.

The Naturalist’s Companion will deepen readers’ connection with the outdoors and help them to establish and maintain consistent, intimate, and informed wildlife observations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680515763
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 08/17/2022
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 604,881
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dave Hall is the founder of Primitive Pursuits, a youth-focused nature awareness program offered in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, New York. He has worked as a naturalist and guide in Massachusetts and New York and has served as an instructor with the Adirondack Mountain Club, the State University of New York at Cortland, Cornell Outdoor Education, and Ithaca College. Dave is co-author of Winter in the Wilderness: A Field Guide to Primitive Survival Skills and lives in Willseyville, New York, with his family and two dogs. Visit Dave online at www.davehalloutdoors.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Observe Wildlife? 9

1 Preparing to Observe Wildlife 17

2 Invisibility and Movement 35

3 Use of the Senses 59

4 Animal Language and Behavior 73

5 Animal Vulnerabilities 107

6 Tracks and Sign 123

7 Galling and Influencing Animals 141

8 Urban Wilderness and Backyard Awareness 157

9 Spontaneous Acceptance 171

10 Reconnecting with Nature 187

Acknowledgments 193

Sources and Resources 195

Index 197

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