Wild America: The Record of a 30,000 Mile Journey Around the Continent by a Distinguished Naturalist and His British Colleague
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Wild America: The Record of a 30,000 Mile Journey Around the Continent by a Distinguished Naturalist and His British Colleague

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On an April day in 1953, renowned American naturalist, author, and illustrator Roger Tory Peterson met his British friend James Fisher, an authority on seabirds, in Newfoundland. There they began a strenuous and thrilling hundred-day field trip around the edge of the continent. Part travelogue, part epic natural adventure, their richly illustrated record is "the superlativ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 30th 1997 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1956)
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Wild America is a fascinating and entertaining account of two men's travels around the perimeter of North America. It's interesting, too, as a way of seeing what wild America was like in the early fifties. In some ways, things seem to have improved somewhat, in other ways not at all. I spent many years living in D.C., a few of them right on Connecticut Avenue in Woodley Park, so the saddest chapter for me was "City in the Woods." In it, Peterson extols the glories of Rock Creek Park and ferventl...more
I really enjoyed this look into America's past, written by one of America's premier naturalists and his British counterpart during their cross-country road trip during the 1950s. They do not sound all that different from the naturalists of the 2000s. The bad jokes, the obsession with food, the random observations, and overall fascination with the natural world seems always the same (and thank goodness for that). But the world has changed, of course, and though many of these places still exist th...more
Recommended by a fellow birder on a habitat restoration project. Fantastic book, reminds me how strong a travelogue can be when the characters are vibrant and open to experience. this book will be with me for awhile. It should be required reading for high school students to teach them about living in North America, what rich flora/fauna we have. Also interesting to see how some conservation efforts have been successful; when they visit Big Sur, the condors are nearly extinct but today that reint...more
A book that I think one must probably be a birder to really appreciate. An exhausting journey by Peterson and his British friend James Fisher. They travel for weeks birding and seeing some of the great natural wonders of the US. Interestingly enough, it is not the over 600 species of birds that Fisher is most impressed with. After visiting many national park and national wildlife refuges, to quote Fisher it is "to tell of Wild America and to say that never have I seen such wonders or met landlor...more
Interesting to read this and think about how the US and our wild places have changed since 1953 when Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher took this epic journey around N. America. But I wouldn't recommend this book to non-birders...it's definitely heavy on the ornithological descriptions.
Jun 09, 2007 Ken rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book is a fun read. Who wouldn't love to be in 1953, driving cross-country looking for birds with Roger Tory Peterson at the wheel?
fun to ride along on such a journey --
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Roger Tory Peterson was an American naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator, and held to be one of the founding inspirations for the 20th century environmental movement.
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