From Blue Ridge to Barrier Islands: An Audubon Naturalist Reader

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J. Kent Minichiello, Anthony W. White
JHU Press, Nov 9, 2000 - Nature - 328 pages
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From Blue Ridge to Barrier Islands offers the first collection of nature writing to focus specifically on the attractions of the central Atlantic region. The selections draw on all the outdoor experiences that have brought people closer to the land: exploration, science, travel, country life, conservation, hunting, fishing. Here are Walt Whitman's musings on bird migrations at midnight; John Lederer's account of the first recorded expedition, with native guides, to the summit of the Blue Ridge mountains; Pendleton Kennedy's reflections on a nineteenth-century fishing trip to Blackwater River; and Tom Horton on serious dangers the Potomac continues to face. From the awe and wonder of the first explorers to cries for conservation from contemporary writers, From Blue Ridge to Barrier Islands gathers examples of our changing views of the natural world and the values we place upon it.

 

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Contents

Design for Nature Writing
37
The First Expedition to the Blue Ridge Mountains
51
Notes on the State of Virginia
69
Annalostan Island and The Great Falls of the Potomac
86
Views of the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley
93
Crossing the Cumberland Mountains
127
The White House by Moonlight Birds Migrating at Midnight
147
Where Now Will You Look for Birds?
162
Fernalds Ecstasy Fernalds Chagrin
241
A National Wildlife Refuge
258
Spring in Washington
271
The Chesapeake Marshes
286
O Canal
304
Fire Tower
323
Heaven and Earth in Jest and The Present
352
Beautiful Swimmer
375

Cobbs Island
178
Outdoors and Indoors
202
A Trip to the Dismal Swamp
206
Birds and Magnolia Bogs
221
Thirtyfive Years in Suburbia
411
Index
425
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J. Kent Minichiello, a retired professor of mathematics, directs the Natural History Field Studies Program, a joint project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School and the Audubon Naturalist Society. Anthony W. White is a retired naval officer and former president of both the Maryland Ornithological Society and the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States.

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