Encountering the Wild

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Dundurn, Mar 1, 2011 - Nature - 230 pages
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Poison Ivy Acres, 250 acres of wilderness in Renfrew County, Ontario, long dedicated to the preservation of natural habitat, has been home to nature writer Carol Bennett McCuaig for many years. Her keen powers of observation, coupled with her insights into wildlife behaviour and her evocative writing style, have produced this captivating collection of stories.

Whether noting the courtship rituals of turkey vultures and red foxes or finding a black bear on her roof, an ermine in her bedroom, and a cougar on her lawn, Carol is always surrounded by the delights and challenges of living in a wilderness setting. Even night visitors bring joy, including flying squirrels at the bird feeder, a whippoorwill peering in a window, and a midnight standoff between a porcupine and a skunk.

Encountering the Wild is a delightful book that will appeal to country lovers in Canada and beyond.

 

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Contents

THE SETTING
11
THE BACKGROUND
13
ENCOUNTERS WITH ANIMALS
21
OF LAND AND SKY
97
BIRD TALES
143
BIRDS OF POISON IVY ACRES
209
TREES OF POISON IVY ACRES
214
WILDFLOWERS OF POISON IVY ACRES
217
BIBLIOGRAPHY
225
INDEX
227
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
233
OF RELATED INTEREST
235
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About the author (2011)

Carol Bennett McCuaig is a keen amateur naturalist, a lifelong country dweller, and a much-published author. A former writer of a newspaper column for birdwatchers, she has also written nature articles for a number of magazines in Ontario, the United States, and Britain. She lives within a 250-acre wilderness property in Renfrew County, Ontario.

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