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The curious naturalist : nature's everyday mysteries

Author: Sy Montgomery
Publisher: Camden, ME : Down East Books, ©2000.
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"Our lives are surrounded by ordinary miracles, everyday mysteries. To find them, all you need to do is indulge your senses. Follow the scent of earth outdoors on a cool, wet morning in spring. On a hot August afternoon, go down to the local pond and watch dragonfly larvae crawl out of their skins. On a still December night, let the moonlight call you outdoors to listen to the wind sigh in the pines. Book
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Montgomery, Sy.
Curious naturalist.
Camden, ME : Down East Books, ©2000
(DLC) 00043113
(OCoLC)44313408
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sy Montgomery
ISBN: 9781608934348 1608934349
OCLC Number: 894557055
Notes: First work originally published: Nature's everyday mysteries. Shelbourne, Vt. : Chapters Pub., ©1993, in series: The Curious naturalist series.
Second work originally published: Seasons of the wild. Shelburne, Vt. : Chapters, ©1995, in series: The Curious naturalist series.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (221 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: SPRING --
Phantoms of the woods --
The mysterious partnership of the lichen --
The beloved robin's alter ego --
Early Spring's subtle splendors --
The blackfly --
The secret lives of worms --
Birds' nests --
A porcupine's private life --
Athletics and ardor --
Nature's lacework --
Croak of the wild --
Mud-lucious --
Eating wild --
SUMMER --
Jellyfish --
Sex and the single dragonfly --
Herring gulls --
Going for the gold --
Bats --
Messages in spider's webs --
Never sleep with a skunk --
Following firefly flashes --
Tide pools --
The sting --
History in stone --
Alien invasion --
Nature's fireworks --
AUTUMN --
September's insect chorus --
Neither land nor water --
Pods --
Black bear --
Hand-feeding wild birds --
For a plant, it's a galling experience --
Cougars stage a comeback --
The magic of mushrooms --
In praise of flies --
Animals on the move --
Competing for color --
Leave it to beavers --
Chipmunks and squirrels --
Return of the wild turkey --
Winter --
Sounds and silences of December --
Flying squirrels --
Pines --
When deer last in the dooryard browsed --
The ordinary miracle of ice --
A whole lot of hooting going on --
Fox tracks in snow --
Birches in winter --
Cannibal athletes --
Tales of the tree trunks --
A community of crows --
Tidal treasures --
Arctic visitors --
Stories written in snow --
Cold facts --
Heaven under our feet.
Other Titles: Nature's everyday mysteries
Responsibility: Sy Montgomery.

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"Our lives are surrounded by ordinary miracles, everyday mysteries. To find them, all you need to do is indulge your senses. Follow the scent of earth outdoors on a cool, wet morning in spring. On a hot August afternoon, go down to the local pond and watch dragonfly larvae crawl out of their skins. On a still December night, let the moonlight call you outdoors to listen to the wind sigh in the pines. Book jacket."--Jacket.

Boston Globe nature columnist discusses the lovelorn messages sent by singing insects on autumn evenings, the messages contained in spiderwebs, the effects of winter snow on the way sound travels, the way all life depends on the unusual structure of water, and much more. Most fun is the author's description of ways to interact with other creatures (e.g., teaching wild birds to eat out of your hand).

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