Following the Water

Author: David M. Carroll
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547069647
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The MacArthur award-winning author of The Year of the Turtle and Swampwalker's Journal presents a latest collection of pen-and-ink-illustrated reflections on the ecology of wetland creatures, in a volume that traces the life cycles of such subjects as hawks, tree frogs, and rare wood and spotted turtles.

From Ground Water to Grass Roots

Author: Walter Hampton Baily
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479784362
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Walter Baily, born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, was a signalman aboard a minesweeper in WWII. After the war, he attended Temple University and Bryn Mawr College, still later received a doctorate from the School of Social Services of Catholic University of America. He studied serious family abuse and neglect, especially sexual abuse, at the Family Division of the Sociology Department, University of New Hampshire. Baily and his wife, Thelma Falk Baily, also a social worker, wrote a book on child welfare services, then conducted a three region and five state analysis of emotional abuse and neglect. Initially employed in public health, mental health, services to children and community planning, he along with his wife, joined together for seventeen years to assist public and NGO agencies in the revision of policies and services to protect children. Retiring at age seventy, Baily, who has two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren, has shifted his interests to environmental issues. He became a member of the Green Mountain Conservation Group, comprised primarily of six towns in the Ossipee Watershed in New Hampshire. Those towns, either adjacent to or near the border with Maine, provide a range of activities to protect surface waters and the major aquifer in the Watershed. The educational programs of the Green Mountain group enable Baily to volunteer later with the Parsonsfield, Maine Planning Board to do the needed research to write a regulatory water ordinance for the town. Now in his eighties, Baily lives on an old farm and finds pleasure in caring for a certified tree farm.

Self Portrait with Turtles

Author: David M. Carroll
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618565849
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Discusses the role of nature in shaping the attitudes of David Carroll, naturalist and author, and recounts his artistic training, his time as a teacher, and the key encounters with turtles that influenced him.

Trout Reflections

Author: David M. Carroll
Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9780312141424
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Naturalist David Carroll leads readers through the yearly cycle of the trout and introduces them to the flora and fauna that inhabit its watery world. The reader sees what takes place beneath a river's surface, experiences the thrill of fishing on opening day, and joins Carroll as he keeps various "appointments with the seasons". 63 illustrations. 12 watercolors.

The Year of the Turtle

Author: David M. Carroll
Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9780312147723
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Acclaimed naturalist David M. Carroll guides readers through the yearly cycle of the freshwater turtle. With lyrical yet factual prose observations, Carroll also includes more than 100 of his carefully executed full-color drawings.

Swampwalker s Journal

Author: David M. Carroll
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780547526379
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Winner of the John Burroughs Medal: An “admission ticket to a secret corner of the world” (Bill McKibben). Naturalist David Carroll has dedicated his life to art and to wetlands. He is as passionate about swamps, bogs, vernal ponds, and the creatures who live in them as most of us are about our families and closest friends. He knows frogs and snakes, muskrats and minks, dragonflies, water lilies, cattails, sedges—everything that swims, flies, trudges, slithers, or sinks its roots in wet places. In this “intimate and wise book,” Carroll takes us on a lively, unforgettable yearlong journey, illustrated with his own elegant drawings, through the wetlands and reveals why they are so important to his life and ours—and to all life on Earth (Sue Hubbell). “Carroll covers four seasons of wading through marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens. [His] eye for detail serves him well, whether he’s spying on a tiny garter snake struggling to suck down a much larger wood frog or watching a raccoon savagely digging a turtle out of its shell.” —Entertainment Weekly “In my pantheon of nature writers, David Carroll walks on water.” —Robert Michael Pyle

Flotsam

Author: David Wiesner
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547759304
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A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and to keep. Each of David Wiesner's amazing picture books has revealed the magical possibilities of some ordinary thing or happening--a frog on a lily pad, a trip to the Empire State Building, a well-known nursery tale. In this Caldecott Medal winner, a day at the beach is the springboard into a wildly imaginative exploration of the mysteries of the deep, and of the qualities that enable us to witness these wonders and delight in them.

The Origins of Creativity

Author: Edward O. Wilson
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
ISBN: 1631493191
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An eloquent exploration of creativity, The Origins of Creativity grapples with the question of how this uniquely human expression—so central to our identity as individuals and, collectively, as a species—came about and how it has manifested itself throughout the history of our species. In this profound and lyrical book, one of our most celebrated biologists offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and the sciences: what they offer to each other, how they can be united, and where they still fall short. Both endeavours, Edward O. Wilson reveals, have their roots in human creativity—the defining trait of our species. Reflecting on the deepest origins of language, storytelling, and art, Wilson demonstrates how creativity began not ten thousand years ago, as we have long assumed, but over one hundred thousand years ago in the Paleolithic age. Chronicling this evolution of creativity from primate ancestors to humans, The Origins of Creativity shows how the humanities, spurred on by the invention of language, have played a largely unexamined role in defining our species. And in doing so, Wilson explores what we can learn about human nature from a surprising range of creative endeavors—the instinct to create gardens, the use of metaphors and irony in speech, and the power of music and song. Our achievements in science and the humanities, Wilson notes, make us uniquely advanced as a species, but also give us the potential to be supremely dangerous, most worryingly in our abuse of the planet. The humanities in particular suffer from a kind of anthropomorphism, encumbered by a belief that we are the only species among millions that seem to matter, yet Wilson optimistically reveals how researchers will have to address this parlous situation by pushing further into the realm of science, especially fields such as evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and anthropology. With eloquence and humanity, Wilson calls for a transformational "Third Enlightenment," in which the blending of these endeavors will give us a deeper understanding of the human condition and our crucial relationship with the natural world.

A Buzz in the Meadow

Author: Dave Goulson
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 1250065895
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A CONSERVATIONIST'S DEEPLY PERSONAL AND FASCINATING REFLECTION ON OWNING AND REVITALIZING A FARM IN RURAL FRANCE A Sting in the Tale, Dave Goulson's account of a lifetime studying bees, was a powerful call to arms for nature lovers everywhere. Brilliantly reviewed, it was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for the best nonfiction book of the year, and debuted the already renowned conservationist's ability to charm and educate, and tell an absorbing story. In A Buzz in the Meadow, Goulson returns to tell the tale of how he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France. Over the course of a decade, on thirty-three acres of meadow, he created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive. But other creatures live there too, myriad insects of every kind, many of which Goulson had studied before in his career as a biologist. You'll learn how a deathwatch beetle finds its mate, why butterflies have spots on their wings, and see how a real scientist actually conducts his experiments. But this book is also a wake-up call, urging us to cherish and protect life in all its forms. Goulson has that rare ability to persuade you to go out into your garden or local park and observe the natural world. The undiscovered glory that is life in all its forms is there to be discovered. And if we learn to value what we have, perhaps we will find a way to keep it.