Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage


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Yale University Press
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Robert Michael Pyle is an award-winning author of eighteen books, including Wintergreen, for which he received the John Burroughs Medal. He is founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and has worked in every state and many countries as a butterfly ecologist, writer, speaker, and teacher. He lives along a tributary of the Lower Columbia River in southwest Washington.


"Pyle provides a deeply informed commentary that is an introduction to the natural history and lore of the monarch butterfly--the archetypal migratory species that has captured our imaginations--and extends to a larger story of why what happens to the monarch butterfly matters to us humans."--Francie Chew, Tufts University--Francie Chew (10/18/2013)
"In his new book, 'Chasing Monarchs, ' the naturalist Robert Michael Pyle chronicles his efforts to follow the monarchs on their winter migration by tracking them on the ground in a battered old Honda Civic. . . . The author's evident passion for and understanding of butterflies invest his narrative with energy and interest."--New York Times--New York Times
"Natural history never went down easier."--Kirkus Reviews--Kirkus Reviews
"Chasing Monarchs tells the engrossing story of his adventurous journey with these graceful wanderers--down the Columbia, Snake, Bear, and Colorado rivers, across the Bonneville Salt Flats, and through the Chiricahua Mountains to Mexico, returning north along the California coast. Part travelogue, part scientific study, Chasing Monarchs is one of the most fascinating books ever written about butterflies."--Monarch News--Monarch News