Still Speaking of Nature: Further Explorations in the Natural World

SUNY Press
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Through his popular newspaper column, “Speaking of Nature,” and his 2001 book of the same title, professional naturalist Bill Danielson has introduced thousands of readers to the wonders and mystery of the natural world in New England and upstate New York. In Still Speaking of Nature, Danielson continues his observations of the nature, following the rhythm of the seasons in twenty-eight short essays that explore a diverse range of topics, from trilliums and katydids to meadow voles and moose. Taken together, they offer an engaging and accessible introduction to a fascinating world of nature that is often no farther away than our own backyards or neighborhood parks. “You cannot care for something you don’t know about,” Danielson writes, and whether you’re a layperson or an experienced naturalist, his entertaining combination of science and humor will inspire you to explore the natural world and your place in it.
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About the author

Bill Danielson is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he earned a master’s degree in wildlife biology. In his career as a naturalist and environmental researcher, he has worked as a law enforcement ranger for the National Park Service, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, a preserve steward for the Nature Conservancy, a field biologist for several research projects throughout the eastern half of North America, and a park interpreter and park ranger for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management. For the past six years he has taught biology, chemistry, and physics at Pittsfield High School in Massachusetts. His “Speaking of Nature” column is published weekly in the Albany Times Union and the Recorder of Greenfield, Massachusetts. He currently lives in Altamont, New York.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Mar 1, 2011
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Pages
164
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ISBN
9781438436005
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Essays
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