naturalist in Yosemite National Park, Ive been exploring
for years, and my explorations have led to many wonderful
discoveries. Once at the edge of a marsh in the high country
I heard a bird I had never heard before. It was hiding among
the reeds and when I finally saw it after a long search,
it turned out to be a bird that had not been seen in California
for over 30 years.
time I had climbed a mountain I had been up before, but
I decided to go down via a different route. On the descent
I came across a meadow that was new to me. In it was a flower
that I had never seen in the park before!A few
years later a geologist friend and I began to examine old
glacial deposits near Tioga Pass. What we found conflicted
with the theories of earlier geologists, and we discovered
they were mistaken about the direction that some of the
glaciers had traveled. Its exciting to piece together
nature puzzles and its inspiring for me to learn about
naturalists who made great discoveries long ago. These people
are my heroes.
You can now read about some of these heroes in my new Naturalist's
Apprentice series. Each book tells the story
of a naturalist and comes with ideas of how to follow in
Bird Watching With Margaret Morse Nice
the life and career of ornithologist Margaret Morse Nice
who devoted more than eighty years to studying and writing
about birds. Also includes tips and activities for readers
to become bird watchers in their own right.
Watching with Charles Henry Turner
the life and career of entomologist Charles Henry Turner.
As one of the few African Americans with a Ph.D. in science
at the turn of the last century, Turners brilliant
discoveries about insects changed the way people thought
about bugs and African Americans. Also includes tips and
activities for readers to become bug watchers in their
Watching With Alice Eastwood
the life and work of botanist Alice Eastwood, who explored
plant life in Colorado and California in the late nineteenth
and first half of the twentieth centuries. Also includes
tips and activities for readers to become flower watchers
in their own right.
"I was so impressed with this book when I first looked
at it that I immediately ordered Bird Watching with Margaret
Morse Nice and Bug Watching with Charles Eastman. These
are delightful books that teach children about nature,
as well as about a person who contributed to the science.
This title introduces children to botany: plant descriptions,
how to choose a field guide, how to be a plant detective,
how to use a magnifying glass, how to use keys, how to
write a botanical journal, and experiments for young people
to try. Highly recommended."
Linda Fields, Richfield Public Library
Watching with Charles Eastman
story of Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), a Santee Sioux. A
doctor, a Native American spokesman, a writer, and naturalist,
Eastman influenced how the world thought about his people
and our place in nature. Also includes tips and activities
for readers to become wildlife watchers in their own right.
Pond Watching with Ann Morgan
tale of Ann Morgan, an aquatic biologist, who wrote the
first popular guide to exploring pond life. Though she
was nicknamed Mayfly Morgan for her discoveries about
this aquatic insect, Ann investigated everything from
newts to freshwater sponges and brook trout. Also includes
suggestions and activities for exploring the amazing creatures
found in ponds.
Nature Art with Chiura Obata
started drawing the world around him when he was a boy
in Japan. When he came to the United States, he found
the incredible beauty of California and Yosemite National
Park. But he also met with discrimination because of his
Chiura didnt give into the obstacles he faced. In
fact, he shared his vision of natural wonders with hundreds
of students, friends, and admirers. Follow Chiuras
story as he works to picture magnificent plants and animals.
Along the way youll pick up a few tips on making
nature art of your own, whether you are a beginner or
an experienced painter.
Fish Watching with Eugenie Clark
a young girl Eugenie lived in New York City when she became
fascinated by the fish life in the aquarium at Battery
Park. Llittle did she know that she would be one of the
most famous fish scientists of her time.
Follow her explorations from California to the South Pacific
and to Florida and the Red Sea as Dr. Clark makes astounding
discoveries about sharks, garden eels, and little gobies.
Included are activities to help you follow in Eugenies
Exploring the Earth with John Wesley
his boyhood, rocks and soil intrigued Wes. He wanted to
understand how the land was shaped as it was and how rocks
were formed. Although he lost an arm in a Civil War battle,
he didnt abandon his dream. Soon he was leading
a bold expedition through the unmapped canyons of the
Follow along as Wes studies the puzzles of the earths
history. Along the way, you can try out tips and experiments
that will help you explore the earth on your own.