The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 15, 2012 - Nature - 288 pages
22 Reviews
A 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for General Nonfiction
Winner of the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies
A Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award
Winner of the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center

A biologist reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest

Written with remarkable grace and empathy, The Forest Unseen is a grand tour of nature in all its profundity. Biologist David George Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life. Beginning with simple observations—a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter, the first blossom of spring wildflowers—Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology, ecology, and poetry, explaining the science binding together ecosystems that have cycled for thousands—sometimes millions—of years.


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Review: The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

User Review  - Justin Barney - Goodreads

This is a collection of the author's observations as he revisits a one-square-meter plot of Tennessee forest throughout a calendar year. He returns almost everyday at different times, in order to ... Read full review

Review: The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature

User Review  - Heather Smith - Goodreads

I absolutely adored this book. It took me a long time to get through because it gets pretty technical, but I feel like I learned so much. Some chapters made me want to keep a notebook handy to take ... Read full review


January 21stThe Experiment
February 2ndFootprints
February 16thMoss February 28thSalamander
May 7thWind May 18thHerbivory
June 2ndQuest
July 2ndFungi
August 1st EftandCoyote

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About the author (2012)

David George Haskell is a professor of biology at the University of the South and was named the Carnegie-CASE Professor of the Year in Tennessee in 2009. In addition to his scholarly work, he has published essays and poetry. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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