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At winter's end in 1947, driven by the devastating loss of a son killed in World War II, naturalist Edwin Way Teale followed the dawning spring season northward in an amazing 17,000 mile odyssey from the Everglades to Maine. He wrote about the adventure in North with the Spring. Its sequel Wandering Through Winter won the Pulitzer Prize.

Retracing Teale's route, writer John Harris reveals a vastly changed natural world. In Returning North with the Spring, he stops at the very places where Teale once stood, trekking through the Okefenokee wetland, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Great Dismal Swamp, the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and Cape Cod. He is stunned to see how climate change, invasive species, and other factors have affected the landscapes and wildlife. Yet he also discovers that many of the sites Teale described have been newly rewilded or permanently protected by the government. Homage to the past, report on the present, glimpse into the futurethis book honors what has been lost in the years since Teale's famous journey and finds hope in the small tenacities of nature.

Returning north with the spring - John R Harris

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Title
Returning north with the spring
Author
John R Harris
format
Hardback
Publisher
University Press of Florida
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20160229

At winter's end in 1947, driven by the devastating loss of a son killed in World War II, naturalist Edwin Way Teale followed the dawning spring season northward in an amazing 17,000 mile odyssey from the Everglades to Maine. He wrote about the adventure in North with the Spring. Its sequel Wandering Through Winter won the Pulitzer Prize.

Retracing Teale's route, writer John Harris reveals a vastly changed natural world. In Returning North with the Spring, he stops at the very places where Teale once stood, trekking through the Okefenokee wetland, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Great Dismal Swamp, the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and Cape Cod. He is stunned to see how climate change, invasive species, and other factors have affected the landscapes and wildlife. Yet he also discovers that many of the sites Teale described have been newly rewilded or permanently protected by the government. Homage to the past, report on the present, glimpse into the futurethis book honors what has been lost in the years since Teale's famous journey and finds hope in the small tenacities of nature.

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John R. Harris is executive director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place, and Culture at Franklin Pierce University, USA. He is the coeditor of ,Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire's North Country.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Spring - East (U.S.)|Natural history - East (U.S.)
Country of Publication
Florida
Number of Pages
218

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