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***A Year in the Maine Woods

by Bernd Heinrich

Reviewed January 8, 2002.
Perseus Books.  1994.  258 pages.

This book is exactly what it claims to be, the story of the author’s year in a rustic cabin in the Maine Woods.  He’s a Professor of Zoology at the University of Vermont, so the life and activity he sees in the woods is full of things that I would never notice.

He begins the year by adopting a raven.  His interaction with the growing raven is fascinating.  As I read the book, I was struck by how much goes on in other life forms that we know nothing about.  His studies of caterpillars, birds, trees and so many other wild creatures fascinated me.

The book does get long after awhile, though I wouldn’t say that it’s boring.  I think it would be best as one to dip into and read slowly, a bit at a time, while reading other books for stories.  Amazing and fascinating.  I’ll never look at a forest in quite the same way again.

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