Great Lakes Nature: An Outdoor Year

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iUniverse, Jun 1, 2000 - Nature - 356 pages
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If, like author Mary Blocksma, you wish you knew more about the Great Lakes woods and lake country you think of as God's country, this is the book for you. Upon her return from California to Michigan, Blocksma made a simple New Year's resolution: to take four or five walks a year, and each time identify ONE NEW THING. Before long, she was on familiar terms with most of what she saw.

In this book, Blocksma shares her discoveries in an evocative and inspiring journal, accompanied by excellent tips on how to tell her finds from similar species. This is a guide for the amateur who, until now, has found nature identification intimidating; the expert who knows wildflowers but not birds, or birds but not trees; and the armchair explorer yearning for a walk on the wild side.

Great Lakes Nature offers a positive approach to environmental awareness: "Familiarity breeds intimacy, and intimacy, concern," writes Blocksma in her introduction. "Entering the woods was like moving into a neighborhood where I knew almost no one. Now I have befriended so many inhabitants that if any of them moved away, I would know and feel bereft."

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Contents

January 1
25
February
29
March
53
April
81
May
111
June
141
July
169
August
199
October
251
November
279
December
293
Afterword
311
A Guide to Guides
313
Selected Bibliography
319
A Visual Index
323
Copyright

September
225

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About the author (2000)

Blocksma's books for children and adults have been featured by the Quality Paperback Book Club, PBS Reading Rainbow show, Junior Literary Guild, Reading is Fundamental, and Scientific American's best science books list.

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