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    Mary Holland is a naturalist, a nature photographer, the author of Milkweed Visitors, and natural history columnist who is a regular contributor to the Valley News, the daily newspaper of the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. Her work in the field of environmental education has included employment with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, where she directed the statewide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) elementary school program for several years. She lives in Hartland, Vermont.
    Mary Holland, naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist, and author, resides in Hartland, Vermont. Mary’s work in environmental education has included directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, being a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont, and compiling Vermont’s Rare Bird Alert for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. In addition to writing a natural history newspaper column and magazine articles, Mary has written and photographed a children’s book, Milkweed Visitors, which introduces young and old alike to the insects that visit a milkweed patch.

    Part handy field guide, part natural history book, this bountiful reference satisfies curiosities about the flora and fauna of New England. Hundreds of spectacular photographs provide a close look at regional animal and plant life, from tracks, dens, and nests to hunting, breeding, and hibernating. Organized by month to display a variety of wildlife throughout the seasons, this unique nature guide is full of maps, statistics, and quick facts, and also includes in-depth discussions of some of the most interesting nature events New England has to offer.

    Are you ready to explore a milkweed patch alongside a monarch butterfly? For a barred owl’s late-winter call to take on new meaning? For the life cycle of the eastern newt to suddenly seem complex, beautiful, and intricately bound to mysterious underwater landscapes and damp forest floors? Naturalist and environmental educator Mary Holland’s visually astounding book, and winner of the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for best nature guidebook, Naturally Curious promises a walk in the woods (or a field or wetland) will never be the same. With boundless enthusiasm and a lifetime’s-worth of natural history knowledge, Holland escorts you through the New England seasons, month by month—in sun, rain, and snow; along roadsides and riverbanks; above burrows and under treetop nesting sites. Beginning with March and its early stirrings of life “awakening” after a long cold winter, and ending in February as survival becomes the sole focus of all plants and creatures, great and small, Holland provides hundreds of fascinating “Nature Notes.” These bite-size nuggets of fact-based information detail a species’ actions in a particular month—whether courting, breeding, singing, burrowing, migrating, or caching food, for example. In addition, you'll find pertinent lists of the amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects and arachnids, and plants and fungi you might expect to see or hear from as the weeks go by. But that’s not all: Each month culminates in specially chosen essays, where Holland gets up-close-and personal with New England plant and animal life and some of their more intriguing typicalities and peculiarities, illustrating their impact on the region and those who share it. Throughout, the many exciting and varied “worlds” of the Northeast explode upon the page in an unmatched visual display of full-color photographs. From the minutiae (the migration of the tiny snow flea on a warm winter’s day) to the massive (the wallowing practices of the bull moose in rut) this is the region and its inhabitants like you've never seen them before. By deftly melding the practical field guide we all need with the kind of book we all want to sit back and read, Holland does New England—and those who live in it, visit it, and love it—an immense service. Adults and children alike are sure to be fascinated by the natural world in this book, in their backyard, and even further afield. Naturally Curious is truly an “into this world” experience.


    ISBN 9781570764257
    Genre TRAVEL / United States / Northeast / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
    Format Paperback
    Pages 473
    Publisher Date 2010-10-15 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Trafalgar Square Pub
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 7.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 2.55 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Holland, Mary
    Country of Origin United States

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