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Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World

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An ecologist and mother brings the overwhelming problem of global warming to a personal level, with a mix of memoir and science As Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver examine food issues through their own families' meals, Amy Seidl looks at climate change through family walks in the woods, work in her garden, and seasonal community events throughout the year. She brings home the reality of global warming by considering how it has altered her life, her daughters' experiences outdoors, and the traditions of her quintessential small New England town-the iconic landscape celebrated by Robert Frost, Norman Rockwell, and many others. While it may be possible for some to ignore drowning polar bears and PowerPoint presentations, Early Spring considers the observations by our neighbors, families, and friends of the changing weather and landscape and puts them into scientific context. As an ecologist, Seidl explains how natural upheaval occurs in the microcosms of our backyards and parks: spring flowers blossom before pollinators arrive, ponds no longer freeze, and animals begin migrating at unexpected times. While the human community, including Seidl's daughters, adapts to a changing climate, plants and animals also adapt, she shows, in ways both obvious and surprising. Through beautiful literary writing grounded in the science of ecology and evolutionary biology, Seidl offers both a personal and a research-based testimonial of global warming.

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With an engaging mix of memoir and science, Amy Seidl brings the reality of global warming to a personal level. As a mother, Seidl demonstrates how climate change has altered her daughters' experiences of their woods and garden, and the seasonal community events of her small New England town. As an ecologist, Seidl explains how natural upheaval occurs in the microcosms of our backyards and parks. While the human community, including Seidl's daughters, adapts to a changing climate, plants and animals also adapt, she shows, in ways both obvious and surprising.

About the Author

Amy Seidl is an ecologist and environmental scientist who has taught at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont. She lives in Huntington, Vermont, with her husband and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Bill McKibben

Preface

 

Chapter 1: Weather

 

Chapter 2: Gardens

 

Chapter 3: Forests

 

Chapter 4: Water

 

Chapter 5: Birds

 

Chapter 6: Butterflies

 

Chapter 7: Meadows and Fields

 

Epilogue

Selected Bibliography and Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807085974
Author:
Seidl, Amy
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Foreword by:
McKibben, Bill
Foreword:
McKibben, Bill
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Seasons
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.45 x .5 in .55 lb

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"Synopsis" by , With an engaging mix of memoir and science, Amy Seidl brings the reality of global warming to a personal level. As a mother, Seidl demonstrates how climate change has altered her daughters' experiences of their woods and garden, and the seasonal community events of her small New England town. As an ecologist, Seidl explains how natural upheaval occurs in the microcosms of our backyards and parks. While the human community, including Seidl's daughters, adapts to a changing climate, plants and animals also adapt, she shows, in ways both obvious and surprising.
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