At the age of eight, Tom Brown, Jr. began his naturalist's education under the tutelage of an Apache elder, Stalking Wolf. In his sixth handbook, Brown--director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School--shows readers how to open their eyes to the surprising abundance of natural beauty to be found in the urban and ...Read MoreAt the age of eight, Tom Brown, Jr. began his naturalist's education under the tutelage of an Apache elder, Stalking Wolf. In his sixth handbook, Brown--director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School--shows readers how to open their eyes to the surprising abundance of natural beauty to be found in the urban and suburban landscapes of backyards, highway medians, and even windowsill flower boxes.Read Less
New. 0425097153 The "forgotten wilderness" of the title can be found simply by looking with a new awareness at lawns, abandoned lots, and parks. Brown shows the reader that there is more wildlife to be found in cities than is commonly thought. Weasels, skunks, foxes, birds, and a number of other animals have all managed to adapt to life near humans. Brown does a fine job of explaining where to find these creatures, describing their habits and favorite haunts. Fans of Brown's other works will enjoy once again the engaging style and captivating tales of a man who lives his life close to nature. Readers are bound to come away with a new appreciation of nature and of the variety of wildlife to be found just outside their doors.
Publishers Weekly, 1987-03-13 Brown, the author of many nature books, discusses familiar wilderness areas but pays most attention to suburban and city ``wildernesses.'' These include abandoned lots, drainage ditches, hedgerows and, particularly, the lawn. This last, he states, actually is ``a sea of life more complicated and intricate than any of our larger realms. . . . It is constantly awash in the motion of life, a grand provider of food, always a source of wonder and beauty.'' Interspersed with his examinations of habitats are descriptions of specific creatures to observe. He notes, for example, that the shrew has a breathing rate of 850 times a minute and eats three to four times its body weight daily, explaining its need to beand its reputation asan efficient, voracious hunter. Brown remains an enthusiastic, infectious observer of nature who will help readers notice more of the world around them. Illustrations not seen by PW. (April)
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