Marion Dusoir Ennes was fascinated by nature's wonders. During her childhood on a farm she found companionship with the local flora and fauna, and throughout her life she remained a devoted amateur naturalist. In 1986 Marion became editor of The Warbler, newsletter of the Alan Devoe Bird Club. Two years later, the publisher of The Independent Newspaper invited Marion to contribute an illustrated column titled "Nature's Way." Derived from her study of natural history at museums, environmental centers, animal sanctuaries, and by continual observation in the field, the column covered a wide range of wildlife and ecological topics, with an intriguing blend of scientific fact and insight. In 1991, in recognition of her work, the Columbia County Environmental Management Council gave Marion their "Good Earthkeeping Award." Marion's column continued for ten years, some 349 essays, written in the hope that we might open our eyes and our hearts to the other beings who share our world.
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These essays mirror the final career of a woman of many parts: student, wife and mother, caring professional, executive, and then, "in retirement," amateur naturalist. Marion Dusoir always had a fascination with nature's wonders. During her childhood on an upstate New York farm she found companionship with the local flora and fauna.
In 1986 she became editor of The Warbler, newsletter of the Alan Devoe Bird Club. Its quality under Marion's editorship drew the attention of The Independent newspaper. In 1988 Marion began writing an illustrated column titled "Nature's Way," covering a wide range of wildlife and ecological topics, with a unique blend of scientific fact and insight. In 1991, the Columbia County Environmental Management Council gave Marion their "Good Earthkeeping Award."
Marion's column continued for ten years, some 349 essays, about half of which are included here. Organized according to the succession of seasons, this book can be read in many ways: to dip in and savor, to look up and explore, to read from front to back.
Over the years, Marion's studies concentrated on natural history at museums, environmental centers, animal sanctuaries, and other settings throughout the country--and, always, by observation in the field.
It was Marion's hope that we might, with respect and appreciation, open our eyes and ears and hearts to the other beings who inhabit our natural world.
"Nature's Way takes the reader on a naturalist's journey through the seasons. This poignant compendium covers the spectrum, from lowly mosses and liverworts to magnificent bobcats and black bears." --Anne Chadwick, photographer, author of Pacific in My Soul
"A delightful array of deeply flavored, brightly colored, and highly informative morsels of our natural world. Highlighting the diversity of a small slice of biosphere, this book makes me want to get outside and begin exploring my own locale. It's also a great companion to the new field guides that emphasize not only identification, but also plant and animal behavior." -- Erica Fielder, environmental educator "Marion Ennes' work is timeless and all-encompassing. Anyone interested in science and the secrets of nature will enjoy and learn from this invaluable book. It's a treasure--a rare treat for the naturalist in all of us, no matter where we live. To read Nature's Way is to witness environmental conservation in action." -- John C. Robinson, author and natural history tour guideAbout the Author:
MARION DUSOIR was born in upstate New York on a small farm not equipped with electricity, plumbing, or central heating. Her parents, immigrants from Germany and Belgium, came to the US after World War I. In 1930 the family moved to New York City where Marion was educated in the public schools. While a cultural affairs reporter for radio station WNYC, she married and began a family of her own. With her two daughters in school, Marion earned her BS and MSW degrees from Hunter College and began a lengthy career as a psychiatric social worker. After retiring, she moved back to upstate New York and taught at Columbia-Greene Community College. Later, throughout the East, she conducted a series of "Circuit Seminars in Child Care" for staff of child-care and foster-care agencies. Marion was a theater and music aficionado, a gourmet cook, a community activist, a textile designer-weaver, and an amateur ornithologist turned natural sciences writer. After a full life of seventy-seven years she died at her home in Fort Bragg, California in 2002.
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Book Description Cypress House, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1879384736