Natural History Ted Williams Wild Moments

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Wild Moments

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For more than 30 years Ted Williams has been hailed as one of the foremost nature writers in the United States, with articles and columns that appear in a wide range of national magazines--from Fly Rod & Reel to Audubon. His eloquent advocacy for a host of environmental and wildlife conservation issues have won him prestigious awards. The National Wildlife Federation presented him with their Conservation Achievement Award; his conservation writing won him the Federal Wildlife Officers Association Award; the Outdoor Writers Association of America recognized him with their highest honor, the Jade of Chiefs; and the Coastal Conservation Association of New York named him "Conservationist of the Year."

Wild Moments is a collection of Williams's beautifully crafted seasonal observation columns that is sure to be prized by Ted Williams's fans and to attract a broad new readership. The text is complemented by the illustrations of John Burgoyne, himself the winner of more than 150 awards in the United States and Europe.

Williams explains the weather conditions that bring out the brightest reds in autumn leaves, when to watch for the massive migration of northern flickers, how hungry wolf spiders catch their prey, and why American goldfinches wait until July or August to build a nest and start breeding.

Although Williams's home is in Massachusetts, his columns describe the action of the natural world all across North America, with a few forays to other parts of the globe. So readers will learn why there are so many aspens in Yellowstone National Park and the extent of the burrowing owl's habitat (from southwestern Canada to Argentina).

Written in an inviting, accessible, and entertaining style, these brief columns are packed with in-depth information on a broad range of topics. Anyone who loves the natural world will find this book irresistible.

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About the Author:

Since 1980, Ted Williams has been editor-at-large at Audubon magazine, writing the acclaimed "Earth Almanac" and "Incite" columns. He is the conservation editor of Fly Rod & Reel and the author of The Insightful Sportsman. Williams lives in Grafton, Massachusetts.

From Publishers Weekly:

A seasoned environmental reporter lets his meditative and poetic side shine in this collection of writings from Audubon magazine’s "Earth Almanac" column. These essays, Williams says, functioned as "retreats into what is pure and clean and right with the world"—an antidote to years of writing about air pollution, poisoned fish and electrocuted eagles (though he still writes about these and other issues in numerous outlets, including his "Incite" column in Audubon). Williams offers dozens of brief looks at nature’s beauty, organized by season. His Winter section includes paragraphs on spotting wingless snow fleas (actually a species of springtail that looks much like it did 300 million years ago) and feeding bluebirds to give them a head start over other nesting birds, while Summer chronicles the "Attack of the June Bugs" (they are attracted to light), the "Flying Lanterns" that are fireflies and "Salmon Recycling." The short entries (there are generally two or three per page) make for easy browsing and, as Verlyn Klinkenborg writes in his foreword, the book is "pure perception, a work in which the observer’s presence has been distilled into nothingness, leaving only the world—the moment—that he has seen."
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