Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-By-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England (Paperback)

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Ever since we have been confined closer to home, we have become more observant to what is in our backyards.  This book helps us identify what we've been seeing.

This is Chris' pick for his Best Book of 2021.


2011 National Outdoor Book Award for Nature Guidebook Are you ready for a black fly bite to get graphic, for a barred owl's call to take on new meaning, and for the life cycle of the eastern newt to suddenly seem complex, beautiful, and intricately bound to the subtle patterns of mysterious underwater landscapes and damp forest floors? Naturalist Mary Holland's new book Naturally Curious promises a walk in the woods will never be the same. Holland leads you through the New England seasons out-of-doors--through the sun, rain, and snow; along roadsides and wetlands; above underground burrows and under treetop nesting sites. With just a turn of the page you'll suddenly know more about the creatures that frequent your backyard or the pond you visit every summer than you ever thought possible. Naturally Curious perfectly melds practical field guide with informal nature literature, providing you the remarkable opportunity to sit back, relax, and learn something fascinating about the natural world around you.

About the Author

Mary Holland is a naturalist, a nature photographer, the author of "Milkweed Visitors," and natural history columnist who is a regular contributor to the "Valley News," the daily newspaper of the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. Her work in the field of environmental education has included employment with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, where she directed the statewide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) elementary school program for several years.""She lives in Hartland, Vermont.Mary Holland, naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist, and author, resides in Hartland, Vermont. Mary's work in environmental education has included directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, being a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont, and compiling Vermont's Rare Bird Alert for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. In addition to writing a natural history newspaper column and magazine articles, Mary has written and photographed a children's book, Milkweed Visitors, which introduces young and old alike to the insects that visit a milkweed patch.

Praise For…

"I'd like to recommend this great new book by Mary Holland, which is focused on New England. Every biozone should have such a book." Richard Louv, Audubon Medal winner and bestselling author, The Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

What a wonderful book! It’s a guided tour of the noteworthy natural happenings of each month, tying together everything from maples to mayflies to moose."  David Sibley, author, The Sibley Guide to Birds and The Sibley Guide to Trees

"Naturally Curious is a top-shelf book I’ll reach for often. If the camera had been invented in Thoreau’s day, this is the book he would have created himself.”  W. D. Wetherell, author, The Smithsonian Guide to Natural America

This may be the ultimate book for nature-curious New Englanders. Not only is it smart and comprehensive, it’s laid out in a way that corresponds with how we actually see the world around us: not one group of species at a time but all at oncebirds and frogs and plants and everything elsewhat a treat!”  Bill McKibben, author, The End of Nature, and founder,

"Mary Holland offers an encyclopedia of nature in New Englandreally, the Northeastlavishly illustrated and rich in fact and lore. You know she knows the fauna and flora of which she writes, because this patient and experienced observer has documented what she’s seen with more than 700 of her own splendid photographs."  Jack Sanders, author, The Secrets of Wildflowers

"Naturally Curious will undoubtedly compel many readers to go outside at any time of year to see in nature what Ms. Holland so deftly explains in her book. It is filled with useful information, whether you are a skilled naturalist or someone just beginning to know and love nature."  Laura Johnson, president, Massachusetts Audubon Society

"This book is a must-have for all curious naturalists. Organized by the month, Holland covers numerous and varied species found in New England, from insects, amphibians, and reptiles, to birds, mammals, and plants. Very well illustrated with color photos throughout, it’s all there, ready to enrich your life throughout the year."  Paul Rezendes, author/photographer, Tracking & The Art of Seeing and The Wild Within

Naturally Curious is a lovely book for the general public. Holland, a naturalist, wildlife photographer, and writer, provides an engaging introduction to the complexity of nature’s interactions. Full of photos, most of which are from the author, the book also contains numerous charming illustrations.” Choice (March 2011)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781570764257
ISBN-10: 1570764255
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publication Date: October 15th, 2010
Pages: 496
Language: English