Winner of a 2004 PNBA Book Award
Synopses & Reviews
Wildness is something best measured in the dark. On black, moonless nights when the horizon goes limp, and every scratch and thud and snap of branch outside the tent touches off spot fires in your brain. Sort of like now. The sow grizzly is back again, circling, gulping down the dark and blowing it out again through her nose. So begins Gary Ferguson s tale of his three-month odyssey at Hawks Rest in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Beginning with a hundred-mile hike to reach Hawks Rest, Ferguson recounts his adventures observing grizzly bears, tracking wolf packs, and encountering other wildlife in what is now the largest intact ecosystem in the temperate world. Along the way he meets an intriguing array of backcountry hikers, park rangers, elk hunters, outfitters, and wildlife biologists all grappling with the challenges of preserving this magnificent slice of wilderness. Personal, poignant, and often gripping, "Hawks Rest celebrates this profusion of things fierce and vast and thrilling as it chronicles the stresses that threaten America s most beloved wilderness lands.
"In prose as inviting and uplifting as a walk in the woods, naturalist Ferguson shares his lifelong passion...with a sense of discovery, humor, and deep reverence for his subject, [he] reclaims the natural world for himself, and for the reader as well." Publishers Weekly on The Sylvan Path
"A clear-eyed vision of whats at risk in the battle over wilderness in America. This is a terrific book." William Kittredge on Walking Down the Wild
A memoir of a summer spent in Yellowstone National Park tells of the diverse group of people encountered by the former Forest Service ranger, who set off on a 140-mile hike to track wolf packs.
About the Author
Gary Ferguson has written more than a dozen books on nature and science. His 1997 book, The Sylvan Path: A Journey Through Americas Forests, won the Lowell Thomas Award for best nature writing. Spirits of the Wild: The Worlds Great Nature Myths was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the best books of 1996. Fergusons essays can be heard on National Public Radio. He and his wife, Jane, live in Red Lodge, Montana.