Choosing Wildness: My Life Among the Ospreys

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Greystone Books, a division of D&M, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
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In Choosing Wildness, Claude Arbour describes his unusual life on a wilderness lake in northern Quebec amidst a lively community of wild birds and animals. In vibrant, moving prose, he documents his personal journey from high school dropout to noted ornithologist and conservationist, explaining how he goes beyond reintroducing birds into the wild to preserve a network of nesting sites in the lake region. Arbour brings readers deep inside the mind of a man with the courage to forsake city life and the insight to explore the transformative power of nature.

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

i think i like the subject better than the execution in this one, but then the more i read the more i like it. Sort of a wilderness journal; reading about a man who is roughing it and loves it, and his relationship with nature (not just ospreys). For me, these stories are the ultimate escape. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Claude Arbour is an ornithologist, an ecologist, a conversationalist, an expert on backwoods survival, medicinal plants, and animal tracking, as well as an accomplished writer. From his lakeside home, he set-up the Fondation Naturaliste du Lac Villiers and continues his research and conservation activities, including the construction of numerous nesting platforms for ospreys threatened by loss of habitat. Widely recognized for the quality of his observations and data, Arbour frequently collaborates with scientists and professional animal trainers. He lives in the wilderness of northern Québec, near Saint-Michel-des-Saints.

Joan Irving is a translator specializing in film and television. She has written the subtitles for numerous feature and documentary films, including Les Invasions barbares. Her translation of Récits de Mathieu Mestokosho, chasseur innu (Caribou Hunter: A Song of a Vanished Innu Life) was published in 2006 by Greystone Books. She lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.