Swampwalkers Journal: Avl in Pa

David M. Carroll, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $27 (384p) ISBN 978-0-395-64725-7
Artist, writer and environmentalist Carroll completes his ""wet-sneaker trilogy"" (The Year of the Turtle; Trout Reflections) with this intimate and impassioned exploration of wetlands throughout the northeastern U.S. By attempting to capture the ""defining essence"" of these places--their hydrology, structure, signature plant and animal species--Carroll hopes to inspire both a greater appreciation of wetlands and a desire to help protect them. An ardent student of swamps since his first childhood encounter with a spotted turtle, the author is at his best describing the often-overlooked natural dramas unfolding around him: great congresses of salamanders engaged in communal love play; doomed tadpoles searching desperately for shade and water during a drought; a painted turtle's futile attempts to elude a determined raccoon. A patient and gifted observer, Carroll returns to the same haunts season after season in search of old friends like Ariadne, a spotted turtle he has met each spring for 14 years. Amateur naturalists will especially enjoy his carefully detailed descriptions and line drawings, and his thorough knowledge of wetland species. Carroll's anger about the threats facing these increasingly rare areas, and the scorn he evinces toward many environmentalists, strike the only discordant notes in an otherwise lyrical and reflective book. 150 b&w line drawings. Author tour. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/28/1999
Release date: 07/01/1999
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-618-12737-5
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