Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone

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?Wildness is something best measured in the dark. On black, moonless nights when the horizon goes limp, and every scratch and thud and snap of branch outside the tent touches off spot fires in your brain. Sort of like now. The sow grizzly is back again, circling, gulping down the dark and blowing it out again through her nose.? So begins Gary Ferguson?s tale of his three-month odyssey at Hawks Rest in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Beginning with a hundred-mile hike to reach Hawks Rest, Ferguson recounts his adventures observing grizzly bears, tracking wolf packs, and encountering other wildlife in what is now the largest intact ecosystem in the temperate world. Along the way he meets an intriguing array of backcountry hikers, park rangers, elk hunters, outfitters, and wildlife biologists all grappling with the challenges of preserving this magnificent slice of wilderness. Personal, poignant, and often gripping, Hawks Rest celebrates ?this profusion of things fierce and vast and thrilling? as it chronicles the stresses that threaten America?s most beloved wilderness lands.

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Author Gary Ferguson has appeared on more than 200 television and radio programs across the country. His keynote addresses have been popular with a wide variety of conservation groups, including the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, Save the Redwoods League, and the Land Trust Alliance. As a writer, Gary has worked for dozens of national publications—including Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, and Outside Magazine—and is also the author of twenty–two books on nature and science. Hawks Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone (National Geographic Press), was the first nonfiction work in history to win both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Nonfiction. Decade of the Wolf (Globe–Pequot), as well as The Great Divide (W.W. Norton), were Audubon Magazine Editor's Choice selections. His latest book is a wilderness–based memoir titled The Carry Home (Counterpoint Press).

Ferguson was the 2002 Seigle Scholar at Washington University, St. Louis, the 2007 William Kittredge Distinguished Writer at the University of Montana, and a visiting writer in the graduate writing program at the University of Idaho. He currently serves on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop Masters of Fine Arts program, at Pacific Lutheran University. Gary lives with his wife, Mary, in Montana's Beartooth Mountains, as well as in Portland, Oregon.

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"A sharp and ironic sense of what it's like to live in the American outback, twenty-first-century style." -- Natural History Magazine, May 2003

A well-written work ... if you love Yellowstone, a great treat. -- Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 25, 2003

Dazzling ... an Edward Abbey-esque book, full of snappy vignettes and chiseled writing. -- San Francisco Chronicle, June 8, 2003

Ferguson evoke(s) feelings of solitude, timelessness and aching beauty in the smallest details ... -- The Oregonian, Portland Oregon, May 4,2003

Mournful and defiant as a wolf howl ... an eloquent tribute to a threatened place and its lone protectors. -- Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2003

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