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The Naturalist

Especially in regions like Pennsylvania, nature follows the seasons and is a perfect subject for journaling.

Selected Books

Abbey, Edward
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
818.5 A12 (1968)
Abbey describes the deserts of the Southwest in this a memoir of his time working as a park ranger in the Arches National Park.
Borland, Hal, 1900-1978.
An American Year; Country Life and Landscapes through the Seasons
814 B63 (1946)
Hal Borland grew up in Colorado but eventually moved to a farm in Connecticut, from which he wrote this journal of the natural year. He wrote outdoor editorials for The New York Times from 1941 to 1978.
Bonta, Marcia
Appalachian Summer
F155.B66 1999
Bonta offers a day-by-day account of the natural life of her 648-acre property in south central Pennsylvania. She has also written Appalachian Spring, Appalachian Autumn and Appalachian Winter.
Dillard, Annie
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
QH81.D56 2007x
In the book which won her a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Dillard writes in the form of a journal, trying to understand God by chronicling the seasons along Tinker Creek in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Fergus, Charles
Thornapples: The Comings, Goings, and Outdoor Doings of a Naturalis
PENNA QH81.F36 2001
Charles Fergus was the writer of the Pennsylvania Game News' popular 'Thornapples' column. This is a collection of the best articles.
Finch, Robert
The Primal Place
QH105.M4 F57 1983
Robert Finch is the author of five collections of essays, co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and a weekly commentator on NPR. In The Primal Place, he writes about his home on Brewster, Cape Cod.
Heinrich, Bernd
A Year in the Maine Woods
F26 .H45 1994
Bernd, a professor of zoology at the University of Vermont and author of the National Book Award nominee Bumblebee Economics, spends a year in a cabin, without electricity or plumbing, in the western Maine wilderness.
Hubbell, Sue
A Country Year: Living the Questions
QH105.M8 H83 1986
When her thirty-year marriage broke up, Sue Hubbell found herself alone and broke on a small Ozarks farm. Keeping bees, she found solace in the natural world. She began to write, challenging herself to tell the absolute truth about her life and the things that she cared about.
Kline, David
Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm
QH105.O3 K56 1997
The naturalist author, a member of the Amish community, talks about the plants and animals of the author's northeastern Ohio farm. He has also written Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal and Letters from Larksong.
Leopold, Aldo
A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There
QH81.L56 1989x
Published in 1949, the first edition described the land around the author's home in Sauk County, Wisconsin, month by month. It became a bestseller with the environmental awakening in the 1970s.
Shetterly, Susan Hand
Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town
QH105.M2 S54 2010
Naturalist Susan Shetterly looks at how animals, humans, and plants share the land -- observing the wilderness in her own neighborhood in rural Maine.

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