The Naturalist's Spirit

Peter Rauch anamaria at GRINNELL.BERKELEY.EDU
Sun Oct 27 07:59:02 CST 1996

All the discussion about the plight of taxonomy, systematics, and
what many naturalists face is refreshing.

The holiday season is upon us, so if you want to give yourself a real
lift, or lift the spirits of some friends, give them one (or more!) of
these books. They're full of fun and energy and competence and power
and images and visions and nostalgia that is bound to move you and
them, and they're all about what systematists and kindred souls do.


Wilson, Edward O. "Naturalist". Warner Books 1995, xii+380pp.
     originally published 1994 Island Press.

Carr, Majorie H., Ed. "A Naturalist in Florida / A Celebration of Eden /
     Archie Carr".  xxiii+264pp. 1994 Yale U.

Weiner, Jonathan. "The Beak of the Finch". Vintage Books (Random House) 1995,
     xvi+332pp.  originally published 1994 Knopf.

Heinrich, Bernd. "One Man's Owl". x+224pp. 1987 Princeton U.

Heinrich, Bernd. "A Year in the Maine Woods". 259pp. 1994 Addison-Wesley.

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