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Books

Travels in a Vanishing Empire

Komatic Press,
2017

An Eden of Sorts

Perseus Books,
2012

The Last of the Bird People

Wilderness House Press,
2012

The Paradise of All These Parts: A Natural History of Boston

Beacon Press
2008

The Rose Cafe: Love and War in Corsica
Shoemaker & Hoard,
2007
Looking for Mr Gilbert: The Reimagined Life of an African American
Shoemaker & Hoard,
2005

Following the Sun: Fron Spain to the Hebrides
Counterpoint,
2002

The Wildest Place on Earth: Italian Gardens and the Invention of Wilderness
Counterpoint,
2001
Trespassing: An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of Land
Perseus Books,
1998
Walking Towards Walden: A Pilgimage in Search of Place
Perseus Books,
1995
Living at the End of Time
Houghton Mifflin,
1990

A Field Guide to your Own Backyard,
Countryman Press,
1985

Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Tousand Years on One Square Mile
Perseus Books,
1984

“… This well-written book goes beyond identification. Its purpose is to open our eyes to the galaxy of living and growing things nearby – lowly lichens, crawly cutworms, attractive roadside flowers nocturnal raccoons, and even birds of prey migrating overhead.”
- Roger Tory Peterson

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A Field Guide to your Own Back Yard
Countryman Press, 1985

If there is grass and a few scraggling trees, there will be wildlife," suggests John Hanson Mitchell, an internationally recognized naturalist and advocate for tuning your senses to the wonders of your environment. Whether your yard consists of a small stretch of grass or a rambling mix of forest and field, Mitchell will introduce you to the wealth of plants, insects, and animals that share your corner of the world. Learn how the behavior at the birdfeeder mirrors that of the wild woods; get an inside view of the rich ecology of the woodpile; learn why you might want to welcome a skunk into your garden. In short, you'll get to know the neighbors you never knew you had who make their homes all around yours. With wisdom and humor, this book reacquaints you with the denizens of your own local habitat.

This is the second edition of the second book in the Scratch Flat sagas.  Using - for the most part - the wilds of his own back yard on Scratch Flat, Mitchell explores the commonly-found plants and animals of the typical American back yard.

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