FROM LAUREL HILL TO SILER'S BOG by John K. Terres

FROM LAUREL HILL TO SILER'S BOG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For forty years a naturalist, Mr. Terres brings his poetic acumen to a year of discoveries in one of North Carolina's largest wildlife sanctuaries... ""This is a land where the fields and woods are in balance and the number and varieties of its wild things reach their fullest and richest expression."" All transfixed quite beautifully here whether the author is watching a mother cottontail carefully constructing her nest; observing black turkey vultures in their first flight; trailing red tailed hawks; capturing the elusive golden mouse (it took him ages); sitting in a tree at night shining lights on raccoons busy with their hunt and courtship,"" holding a quail egg which is hatching in his hand; taming two flying squirrels or keeping track of the area's most distinguished and difficult old Tom -- a wild black gobbler. He also conveys a heightened awareness of the delicate, infinitely complex, fabric of nature and its reaction to man's interference. It's one of the nicer natural efforts.

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1969
Publisher: Knopf