Backtracking: The Way of a Naturalist

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Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
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"When I come upon an animal's tracks in the woods, I find myself moving back against the animal's direction to trace where it started from," Ted Levin writes in Backtracking: The Way of a Naturalist. He also traces his own development as a naturalist from his boyhood roots on suburban Long Island to his present life in northern New England. Along the way he introduces us to all sorts of wild creatures-from red-backed salamanders, cicadas, and rattlesnakes to manatees, coyotes, and bald eagles. Backtracking is full of fascinating facts and unusual observations. Levin reveals how accessible the natural world can be; we need look no farther than our own backyards to find it. Book jacket.

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A collection of 16 short essays about wildlife encounters during naturalist Levin's career. Primarily about the Northeast, it includes pieces on amphibian life cycles, snakes, cicadas, predatory birds ... Read full review



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A former Bronx Zoo zoologist and college professor, Ted Levin is the author of "Blood Brook: A Naturalists Home Ground" and "Liquid Land: A Journey Through the Everglades", which won the coveted Burroughs Medal in 2004. His writing has appeared in Sports illustrated, Audubon, National Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, and Sierra, among many other publications, and one of his stories was included in Houghton Mifflins Best American Sport Writing 2003. Levin has been a commentator for Vermont Public Radio since 1997. He lives in Thetford, Vermont.

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