Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England
by Mary Holland
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?
Naturally Curious promises to transform readers’ perceptions of a walk in the woods, field, or wetland. With boundless enthusiasm and a lifetime of natural history knowledge at her disposal, Holland escorts you through the New England seasons, month by month: in all kinds of weather, along roadsides and riverbanks, above burrows, and beneath treetop nesting sites.
Beginning with March and its early “awakening” of life after a long cold winter, and ending in February as survival becomes the focus of plant and animal life, Mary Holland provides hundreds of fascinating “Nature Notes.” Her bite-sized, factual nuggets detail a species’ actions in a particular month—whether courting, breeding, singing, burrowing, migrating, or catching food. 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 as the weeks go by.
Each month culminates in essays that allow Holland to get up-close-and personal with New England plants and animals and some of their more intriguing typicalities and peculiarities, illustrating their ecology and impact on the region. Throughout, the many exciting and varied “worlds” of the Northeast resonate through full-color photographs. From the minute (the migration of the tiny snow flea on a warm winter day) to the massive (the wallowing practices of the bull moose in rut), this book explores the region and its inhabitants in fascinating new ways.
Naturally Curious is included in our New Books List for October 1, 2012.