For native and visitor alike, the New England landscape has a rich allure. This grand sweep of land is a living tapestry woven of interconnected bioregions and natural communities whose compositions of plants and animals have evolved over time. In more than fifty essays, Michael J. Caduto brings readers into the complex stories to be found in nature. Drawing on first-hand experiences and reflections on the relationship between the natural world and humans, Caduto explores some of the plants, animals, natural places, and environmental issues of New Englandfrom dragonflies, cuckoos, and chipmunks to circumpolar constellations and climate change. Stunning illustrations by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol illuminate these elegant and humorous essays.
MICHAEL J. CADUTO, the author of twenty books, is an internationally recognized leader in natural history, environmental education, and cultural diversity. ADELAIDE MURPHY TYROL is a fine artist, a natural history illustrator, and a large format commercial painter.
Acknowledgments Introduction Prologue: Chipmunk CPR ANIMALS Mouse or Mole, Shrew or Vole? Catamount: The Game Is Afoot The Swifts of Summer Thats the Nature of Coyotes, Deer Endearing, Enterprising: The Eastern Chipmunk Woodcocks in Mudtime PLANTS Blooming Heat: Skunk Cabbage Turned On by Pollination Beyond the Pussy Willow: Early Spring Wildflowers Explosive Seeds and Spores Ghostly Parasite: Indian Pipe Green Defenses: How Plants Fight Back WINTER A Burst of Boreal Birds Cold Comfort for Trees Snug as a Snow Bug A Muskrat Winter Biding Time: Winter Seeds and Buds How Birds of a Feather Survive Winter Nights HABITATS The Great Pond Adventure Breathing New Life into Old Fields Remarkable Riparians For Peats Sake The Pond in Winter WATER AND WETLANDS The Comeback Canary: Our Common Loon Dragonflies and Damselflies: Alpha Navigators, Bio-indicators Eels on a Slippery Slope Minutl%