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The Mountains of California –by: John Muir

First published in 1894, this wonderful travelogue by a famed naturalist and conservationist still remains a book that delights and informs its readers.

The Mountains of California by John Muir recounts the author's exploration of the Yosemite Valley, Mount Whitney, the famed sequoia forests and King's Canyon among other places of immense natural beauty. Written in his characteristic zestful style, with a deep understanding and respect for nature, the book is a treasure trove of geography, geology, botany, biology and sheer love of the magical planet we live in. His descrip...

Little Tales of the Desert

A six year-old girl named Mary spends Christmas vacation with her parents in the Arizona desert of 1901 or thereabouts.

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[Illustration: LITTLE TALES OF THE DESERT Cover]

LITTLE TALES OF THE DESERT

By

ETHEL TWYCROSS FOSTER, L. L. B.

Member Suffolk Bar

Illustrations by

HERNANDO G. VILLA

PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR

LOS ANGELES, CAL.

COPYRIGHT 1913 BY ETHEL T. FOSTER

KINGSLEY, MASON AND COLLINS CO. PRINTERS AND BINDERS LOS ANGELES

Contents

CHRISTMAS ON THE DESERT 5 TRADE RATS...

The Book of the National Parks

Robert Sterling Yard (February 1, 1861 – May 17, 1945) was an American writer, journalist, and wilderness activist. Born in Haverstraw, New York, Yard graduated from Princeton University and spent the first twenty years of his career in the editing and publishing business. In 1915, he was recruited by his friend Stephen Mather to help publicize the need for an independent national park agency. Their numerous publications were part of a movement that resulted in legislative support for a National Park Service (NPS) in 1916. Yard worked to promote the national parks as well as educate American...

A-Birding on a Bronco

Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey (August 8, 1863 - September 22, 1948) was an American ornithologist and nature writer. She started observing bird behavior at a time when most bird study was based on collections and skins. By 1885, she began to write articles focusing on protecting birds. Her introduction of a birdwatching field guide, aimed at living birds, is considered the first in the tradition of modern bird guides. She wrote the first of these at the age of 26, initially as a series of notes in the Audubon Magazine and later as books. In "A-Birding on a Bronco," she writes an engaging mem...

Afloat on the Ohio –by: Reuben Gold Thwaites

Afloat on the Ohio, An Historical Pilgrimage, of a Thousand Miles in a Skiff, From Redstone to Cairo.

There were four of us pilgrims—my Wife, our Boy of ten and a half years, the Doctor, and I. My object in going—the others went for the outing—was to gather "local color" for work in Western history. The Ohio River was an important factor in the development of the West. I wished to know the great waterway intimately in its various phases,—to see with my own eyes what the borderers saw; in imagination, to redress the pioneer stage, and repeople it. ( From the Preface )

Fir...

Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee

Langstroth revolutionized the beekeeping industry by using bee space in his top opened hive. In the summer of 1851 he found that, by leaving an even, approximately bee-sized space between the top of the frames holding the honeycomb and the flat coverboard lying above, he was able to quite easily remove the latter, which was normally well cemented to the frames with propolis making separation hard to achieve. Later he had the idea to use this discovery to make the frames themselves easily removable. He found that, if he left a small space (less than 1/4 inch or 6.4 mm) between the combs, or ...

Nature –by: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature” is a short essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson published anonymously in 1836. It is in this essay that the foundation of transcendentalism is put forth, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Recent advances in zoology, botany, and geology confirmed Emerson’s intuitions about the intricate relationships of nature at large.

The publication of “Nature” is usually taken to be the watershed moment at which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. Henry David Thoreau had read “Nature” as a senior at Harvard College and took it to...

Baree, Son of Kazan

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Baree, Son of Kazan.

James Oliver Curwood.

JTABLE 10 31 1

Preface

Since the publication of my two animal books, "Kazan, the Wolf Dog" and "The Grizzly King," I have received so many hundreds of letters from friends of wild animal life, all of which were more or less of an inquiring nature, that I have been encouraged to incorporate in this preface of the third of my series "Baree, Son of Kazan" something more of my desire and hope in writing of wild life, and something of the foundation of fact whereupon this and its companion books have been written.

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A Florida Sketch-Book –by: Bradford Torrey

This is a series of late-19th Century essays about Florida’s flora & fauna written by a Massachusetts-based naturalist.

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[Transcriber's Note: The original scan for text page 142 is missing This is noted where it occurs in the text.]

A FLORIDA SKETCH BOOK

By

BRADFORD TORREY

Books by Mr. Torrey.

BIRDS IN THE BUSH. A RAMBLER'S LEASE. THE FOOT PATH WAY. A FLORIDA SKETCH BOOK.

1894

CONTENTS

IN THE FLAT WOODS

BESIDE THE MARSH

ON THE BEACH AT DAYTONA

ALONG THE HILLSBOROUGH

A MORNING AT THE OLD SUGAR MILL

ON THE UP...

The Biography of a Grizzly –by: Ernest Thompson Seton

I first read this little book when I was in the fifth grade, and now more than fifty years later, I still find it fascinating. Ernest Thompson Seton was a man with a concern for nature her creatures and an excellent story teller. I could almost feel Wahb, the great grizzly’s pain and frustration as he tried to avoid contact with humans and just be left alone to carry out his bear business. Listening to this audio book will be an hour and a half well spent.Summary by Mike Vendetti, Narrator.

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