It only took me a few pages of reading in Leslie T. Sharpe’s “The Quarry Fox And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills,” recently published by The Overlook Press, to find myself wondering if I wasn’t in fact reading a long-lost essay by sage of the Catskills himself, John Burroughs.
At the recently concluded BirdFair, should you have popped in at the Princeton University Press stand you would have noticed two new additions to the Britain’s Wildlife series prominently featured: Britain’s Spiders and Britain’s Mammals. While the spider guide has yet to reach my desk, a copy of the one for mammals appeared just this past week.
The week Mark turns his attention toward “The Moorland Balance; the Science Behind Grouse Shooting and Moorland Management” published by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and featuring a forward by Sir Max Hastings.
When I walk out on the bottom lands beneath my home in the hills of northwest Oregon, I am keen to take note of such troublesome invasive species as Nutria (or Copyu, Myocastor coypus), American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus), and Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius). However as I’m doing so, I’m passing by a number of other invasives without giving them so much as even a passing glance.