The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills

The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills

by Leslie T. Sharpe


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The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills by Leslie T. Sharpe

A gold medal IPPY Award winner"Apoignant and modern reminder of untamed creatures so close to home." —Sam Roberts,The New York TimesReflections on the private lives of the wild critters of the Catskills, from birds to moths to wild deer, by a lifelong naturalistA red fox stands poised at the edge of a woodchuck den, his ears perked for danger as two pudgy fox cubs frolic nearby. A mother black bear and her cubs hibernate beneath a felled tree. A barred owl snags a hapless cottontail from a meadow with its precise talons. In The Quarry Fox and Other Tales of the Wild Catskills, Leslie T. Sharpe trains her keen eye and narrative gifts on these and other New York wildlife through her tales of close observations as a naturalist living in the Great Western Catskills. The Quarry Fox is the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since John Burroughs invented the genre of nature-writing, in which Sharpe weaves her experiences with the seasons, plants, and creatures with the natural history of each organism, revealing their sensitivity to and resilience against the splendor and cruelty of Nature.Sharpe's frank, scientific observations join with her deeply felt connection to these creatures to instill in readers an appreciation of the undaunted and variegated beauty of the Catskills and camaraderie with its animals. From contemplating the importance of milkweed for monarchs to lay their eggs to reveling in the first steps of a wobbly fawn, The Quarry Fox is a celebration of the natural world and our place in it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468312478
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 633,850
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Leslie T. Sharpe is the former Vice President of the New York City Audubon Society, an environmentalist, and a lifelong naturalist living on Lazy Hawk Mountain in the Great Western Catskills. She has taught writing and editing at Columbia University, New York University and the City College of New York and her book Editing Fact and Fiction: A Concise Guide to Book Editing is still a staple text for writing students.

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