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Through a Naturalist’s Eyes: Exploring the Nature of New England

Through a Naturalist’s Eyes: Exploring the Nature of New England
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by Michael J. Caduto. Illustrated by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol. University Press of New England, October 2016. 224 pages, 70 illustrations, 5 ½ x 8 ½

New England’s landscape has a rich allure. In his latest book, Through a Naturalist’s Eyes: Exploring the Nature of New England, Michael Caduto draws on first-hand experiences, interviews with expert naturalists, in-depth research and outdoor explorations. Speaking a unique voice—a wedding of natural science, humor, storytelling and environmental reporting—Michael takes readers on a journey into the heart of New England’s environment and inspires an open-eyed look at the relationship between nature and humankind. In more than fifty essays readers explore plants, animals, natural places, environmental issues and actions that they can take—from dragonflies, cuckoos and chipmunks to circumpolar constellations, phenology and climate change. Each chapter is animated with gorgeously rendered, lifelike illustrations by accomplished Vermont artist Adelaide Tyrol.

Michael is an award-winning author in natural history, environmental education, climate change education and Earth stewardship, and a master performer of stories and original music. His books include the international best-selling Keepers of the Earth® series (co-author with Joseph Bruchac), Pond and Brook, Catch the Wind-Harness the Sun and Riparia’s River. Adelaide Tyrol is a fine artist, a natural history illustrator and a large format commercial painter who works out of her studios in Vermont and New York City. She has her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston and is represented by McGowan Fine Art in Concord NH and Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. www.adelaidetyrol.com


“For all of us who love the forests, hills and marshes of New England, this is much more than a guide book—it's an invitation to explore, and a key to making sense of what we notice. Many thanks to the author for opening my eyes again!” — Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home & Co-founder 350.org

  

“Michael Caduto’s well-researched, engaging essays are a combination of personal narrative, natural history and bits of conversations–like a naturalist’s dinner party with a roomful of ecologists, biologists and storytellers. Adelaide Tyrol’s illustrations beautifully illuminate each topic, highlighting the focal point and leaving room for the reader’s own imagination. I read this book in one big gulp, but I’ll return to it to savor passages again and again.” —Lisa Purcell, Director, Four Winds Nature Institute and Co-editor Hands on Nature

 

"Michael Caduto has for years been one of the most perceptive observers of New England’s natural world. From glacial geology to vernal pools, he writes with authority and affection for his subject. With Through A Naturalist’s Eyes, he’s outdone himself. Not only is he describing what’s constantly going on around us, but through his eyes he makes it a personal experience, and we find ourselves saying, 'Yes! I’ve seen that! So that’s what it is!’ " — Willem Lang, VPR Commentator & Author of A Yankee Notebook

 

“Through a Naturalist’s Eyes is rich with fascinating details. It is sure to educate and entertain everyone, whether an avid naturalist or the casual observer. No matter what you may think you know, this book offers something new to discover about the natural world around us.” — Paul Rezendes, Author of Tracking & the Art of Seeing and The Wild Within.

 

 “Nature is beautifully complex, and the closer you look the more you see of that beauty. Michael Caduto is an engaging explorer and observer who helps readers see and appreciate the world around us.” —Andrew Fisk, Executive Director, Connecticut River Watershed Council

 

Caduto takes readers far afield on a tour of habitats through history. He blends science, humor, and lore to create a stunning narrative for young and old alike, with an intriguing does of Native American culture. The effects of rapid climate change—scary scenarios—are never sugar-coated. Caduto recounts what New England scientists have observed: what we know and that which remains uncertain. He gently and consistently reminds us that ‘our own well-being is closely intertwined with the fate of the natural world.’ ” —Dave Anderson, director of education, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and co-host of NHPR’s Something Wild

 

Reading Michael Caduto’s book is like going for a walk and discovering something cool that you have never seen before—from rare mussels to the effects of cold on trees to geometric patterns to seaweeds. He uses his lifetime of experience in New England to create entertaining natural history stories on a wide range of topics from both common and rare species to the evolving history of the human relationship to nature. Michael successfully balances a discussion of threats to our unique landscape with positive actions that individuals can take both in their yards and in their communities.” —Karen Lombard, Director of Stewardship, Massachusetts Chapter, The Nature Conservancy


Paperback $19.95: ISBN: 978-1-61168-989-1      EBOOK $14.99: ISBN: 978-1-5126-0013-1

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