A Northwoods Companion: Spring and Summer (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)

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A Northwoods Companion is the information jump-starter needed by visitors and residents alike to recognize the natural cycles and events of the Northwoods. Each chapter covers a two week period, and provides sketches of hatchings, fledgings, birthings, breedings, flowerings, fruitings, and other natural events. The author describes the whens, whys, wheres, and hows of observing the natural world. These highly useful guides contain nearly 280 entries. A cornucopia of topics are covered, from the blooming of spring flora, to the singing and breeding of frogs, to the nest building of eagles, to the enormous hatch of mosquitoes, to essays on canoeing.

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John Bates is the author of seven books and a contributor to four others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. He s worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin s Northwoods for 19 years, leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place within it.

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Bates work would go in your day pack or on the seat of your car, ready to be consulted at the buzz of a bee or when the gray tree frog sings . . . Bates would seem the perfect companion in the outdoors, the sort of fellow that could turn an ordinary walk into a graduate course. --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Northwoods Companion: Spring and Summer, by John Bates is a biweekly reader that shares phenological highlights from March through August. Bates is a forest naturalist who now operates a naturalist guiding service in Mercer, Wis., and he knows the northern scape darn well. The book is chock full of interesting tidbits and is organized so the reader who wants to study nature s coming attractions or plan a northern vacation can anticipate what will be blooming, crawling and croaking in a particular two-week segment. It would be equally enjoyable to slip this book in your backpack with your sandwich and field guides, take it along when you can sneak in ten minutes of reading between appointments, or keep it on your nightstand for a few minutes of quality reading at the end of the day. --Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

Many of the truths he [Bates] discovers are universal, and his observations on the natural world can be shared no matter where you live . . . This is a wonderful book. --Midwest Silent Sports Magazine

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