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Chasing spring : an American journey through a changing season
Bruce Stutz
Adult Nonfiction QB637.5 .S78 2006

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From Publishers' Weekly:

With mortality on his mind after serious heart surgery, Stutz, former editor-in-chief of Natural History magazine, needed physical and emotional renewal. He found both during the odyssey chronicled in this loquacious account of "seeing spring in various phases." For three months starting in March and ending in June-all the while exulting in the energy of spring, in its lengthening days and blossoming landscapes-he traveled east to west and south to north in a 20-year-old Chevy Impala sedan stuffed with camping gear. Stutz tracked salamanders and frogs across reawakening forest floors, watched cacti bloom in the Arizona desert, followed birds as they migrated northward, harvested morels in Montana and Oregon, and capped his restorative, philosophical trek by hiking through Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during the bright 24-hour solstice days that herald the transition of spring into summer. Along the way, the author expresses concerns: climate change means that spring is arriving as much as a week earlier across the continent, disrupting migration patterns, and most of the world's midlatitude glaciers are melting with unanticipated speed. Spring remains the season of rebirth, says Stutz-but his amiable report cautions readers to "see it now, because it's changing." (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Stutz, author (Natural Lives, Modern Times), former Natural History editor in chief, and open-heart surgery survivor, is chasing (literally-in a well-preserved 1984 Chevy Impala) more than spring and the lengthening days. He is embracing the annual reawakening of life, all the more sweet perhaps because of his own reawakening. He journeys from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alaskan Arctic, but at a less frantic pace than the word chase implies. From why we call the season spring to festivals, awakenings, snowmelts, storms, blooms, migrations, and much more, this trip is packed with fascinating information. Alas, some of it is troubling-owing to global warming, spring and the timing of the natural cycles are changing, sometimes with alarming results-but overall, his is a joyous and bountiful journey. Jump in the backseat and enjoy the ride! Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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