Golden Wings & Hairy Toes: Encounters with New England's Most Imperiled Wildlife

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This book profiles fourteen of New England’s most rare and endangered flora and fauna—mammals, birds, insects, plants, and fish—by following the biologists who are researching, monitoring, and protecting them. Each chapter includes a first-person account of the author’s experience with these experts, as well as details about the species’ life history, threats, and conservation strategies. McLeish traps bats in Vermont and lynx in Maine, gets attacked by marauding birds in Massachusetts, and observes the metamorphosis of dragonflies in Rhode Island. He visits historical cemeteries to see New England’s rarest plant, tracks sturgeon in the Connecticut River, and observes a parade of what may be the rarest mammal on earth, the North Atlantic right whale, in Cape Cod Bay. The book’s title comes from the name of one of the birds in the book, the golden-winged warbler, and the unusual characteristic used to distinguish the rare Indiana bat from its common cousins, its hairy toes. McLeish, a longtime wildlife advocate and essayist, has a gift for communicating scientific information in an interesting and accessible way. His goal in this book—to make an emotional connection to a variety of fascinating animals and plants—is successfully conveyed to the reader, who comes away amazed by the complexity of individual species and the ecosystems necessary for their survival. Sometimes there are surprises: how lynx benefit from the clear cutting of forests or how utility companies —often blamed for environmental degradation—have accidentally succeeded in creating excellent habitat for golden-winged warblers along their power line corridors. Such examples support McLeish’s assertion that we can meet the immense challenges to species preservation, such as global warming, acid rain, and mercury poisoning, as well as the difficulty of adding new species to the 1973 Endangered Species Act. As McLeish’s book shows, each rare species has an important story to tell about the causes of its population decline, the obstacles each face in rebuilding a sustainable population, and the people who go to extraordinary lengths to give these species a chance to thrive.

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TODD MCLEISH is a publicist at the University of Rhode Island and has published over 100 articles on wildlife topics for such publications as Bird Watcher’s Digest, WildBird, Natural New England, Northern Woodlands, Country Journal, Northern Sky News, and the Providence Journal.

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“Both haunting and hopeful, this book reminds us how much damage we've done to lovely old New England, and how many people devote their lives to undoing that damage. It will inspire many to carry on the fight!” (Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy)

“I have observed the rescue of an endangered North Atlantic right whale and walked among plants so rare you could count the few that remained. That is why I can appreciate Todd McLeish’s writing. He takes his readers into the woods and ponds and other wild places in New England and introduces them to many more rare and endangered bugs and birds, turtles and plants and mammals and fish. He writes with modesty, with precision and with great enthusiasm. I wish I had gone to all the places Todd visits in this book. It reads so well, I almost feel like I did.” (Peter B. Lord, environment writer, Providence Journal newspaper, Providence, R.I.)

“Wonderful descriptions of encounters with some of New England's rarest species, several of which I have personally worked to protect. This book gives vivid pictures of the species, their challenges to survive and the biologists and conservationists who are working to protect them.” (Doug Parker, Executive Director, Audubon Vermont)

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