Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England
DescriptionThe award-winning bestseller, revised and updated with over 100 new photos.
Naturalist and environmental educator Mary Holland's visually astounding book 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. 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.
- Take a guided tour through the seasons a month at a time: begin with March and its early stirrings of life "awakening" after a long cold winter, and end in February as survival becomes the sole focus of all plants and creatures, great and small.
- Dive into hundreds of fascinating "Nature Notes" along the way: bite-size nuggets of fact-based information about a species' actions in a particular month--whether courting, breeding, singing, burrowing, migrating, or caching food.
- In addition, 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.
- 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 peculiarities.
- See the many exciting and varied "worlds" of the Northeast explode on the page, in an unmatched visual display of full-color photographs. This is the region and its inhabitants like you've never seen them before
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"I'd like to recommend this great new book by Mary Holland, which is focused on New England. Every biozone should have such a book." --Richard Louv, Audubon Medal winner and bestselling author, The Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle
"What a wonderful book! It's a guided tour of the noteworthy natural happenings of each month, tying together everything from maples to mayflies to moose." --David Sibley, author, The Sibley Guide to Birds and The Sibley Guide to Trees
"Naturally Curious is a top-shelf book I'll reach for often. If the camera had been invented in Thoreau's day, this is the book he would have created himself." --W. D. Wetherell, author, The Smithsonian Guide to Natural America
"This may be the ultimate book for nature-curious New Englanders. Not only is it smart and comprehensive, it's laid out in a way that corresponds with how we actually see the world around us: not one group of species at a time but all at once--birds and frogs and plants and everything else--what a treat!" --Bill McKibben, author, The End of Nature, and founder, 350.org
"Mary Holland offers an encyclopedia of nature in New England--really, the Northeast--lavishly illustrated and rich in fact and lore. You know she knows the fauna and flora of which she writes, because this patient and experienced observer has documented what she's seen with more than 700 of her own splendid photographs." --Jack Sanders, author, The Secrets of Wildflowers
"Naturally Curious will undoubtedly compel many readers to go outside at any time of year to see in nature what Ms. Holland so deftly explains in her book. It is filled with useful information, whether you are a skilled naturalist or someone just beginning to know and love nature." --Laura Johnson, president, Massachusetts Audubon Society
"This book is a must-have for all curious naturalists. Organized by the month, Holland covers numerous and varied species found in New England, from insects, amphibians, and reptiles, to birds, mammals, and plants. Very well illustrated with color photos throughout, it's all there, ready to enrich your life throughout the year." --Paul Rezendes, author/photographer, Tracking & The Art of Seeing and The Wild Within
"Naturally Curious is a lovely book for the general public. Holland, a naturalist, wildlife photographer, and writer, provides an engaging introduction to the complexity of nature's interactions. Full of photos, most of which are from the author, the book also contains numerous charming illustrations." --Choice (March 2011)
>"In one volume, Mary Holland offers an encyclopedia of nature in New England--really, the Northeast--lavishly illustrated and rich in fact and lore. You know she knows the fauna and flora of which she writes, because this patient and experienced observer has documented what she's seen with more than 700 of her own splendid photographs. Birds, mammals, plants, fungi, reptiles, amphibians, insects, even the Fairy Shrimp of vernal pools, are not only described, but discussed. It's like wandering the woods, fields, and marshes with a knowledgeable naturalist at your side. If you love nature, you'll keep this book close at hand, and enjoy it often." --Jack Sanders, author of The Secrets of Wildflowers and The Internet Guide to Birds and Birding
"I love this book! Naturally Curious is the field guide to New England that I wish I'd been issued the moment I moved here. Now into my third decade exploring our fields, woods, and marshes, I found to my delight that Mary Holland has much to teach me. This is a wonderful, readable, fact-packed volume, full of stunning photos and dramatic stories. No nature library should be without it." --Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology; The Wild Out Your Window and The Curious Naturalist
"From the depths of winter to the lushest summer day, there is always something fascinating for the New England naturalist to find. In Naturally Curious, Mary Holland takes the reader through a year in the Northeast, from the smallest insects and spring wildflowers to flocks of migrant birds, "congresses" of breeding salamanders, and the natural antifreeze in a moose's feet--and it's all illustrated with her wonderful photographs. This book belongs on every woods-wanderer's shelf." --Scott Weidensaul, author of Of a Feather and Living on the Wind
"Naturally Curious is a delight to pore through. Rich in information and photographs, it gives readers a fascinating tour of many aspects of nature through a New England year. Mary Holland's book is one to refer to repeatedly." --Ernest H. Williams, author of The Nature Handbook and the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Biology at Hamilton College
"The best way to learn about the natural world is to go outside and explore your own backyard, nearby woods and fields, and local streams and ponds. And it's even more fun when you can bring along an enthusiastic, experienced, and patient naturalist to show you all the wonderful organisms and phenomena you've been missing. Naturally Curious is like having Mary Holland with you on the best hike ever, in every month of the year. I wouldn't miss an opportunity like that!" -- Lisa Purcell, Director, Four Winds Nature Institute
"Mary Holland's journal is an inspiring window into New England's natural history. With great pictures and accessible narrative, Naturally Curious is a great read and an important home resource." --Ben Kilham, author of Among the Bears
"With Mary Holland as our seasoned guide, Naturally Curious leads us into a year of natural wonders. A remarkable achievement, her book got me outside on a full moon again to listen for owls." --Tim Traver, author of Sippewissett: Or, Life on a Salt Marsh