From Blue Ridge to Barrier Islands: An Audubon Naturalist Reader

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J. Kent Minichiello, Anthony W. White
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997 - Nature - 436 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
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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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