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Maine Naturalist Publishes Book of Seasonal Essays

Island Naturalist coverA fellow naturalist and faithful follower of the Naturally Curious blog , Kathie Fiveash has compiled four years of her natural history columns about the Maine coastal environment into a recently-published book entitled Island Naturalist. Penobscot Books, the publisher, describes it in the following way:

“Fiveash’s essays take the reader among the flora and fauna of the rocky shores, spruce forests, bogs, meadows, clam flats, ponds, streams, marshes and ocean of coastal Maine. While she writes from Isle au Haut, the information she provides is pertinent to all of coastal Maine.

The book is laid out by season, beginning in spring with writings about mud season, spring peepers, robins and dandelions. Summer brings baby birds, fireflies, monarch butterflies and lichens. Featured in fall are apples, bird migration, harbor seals and lobsters. Winter closes the year with scallops, sea ducks, life beneath the snow and winter solstice…”

I wanted to make readers of my blog aware of this publication, as it is similar in nature to Naturally Curious and therefore likely to be of interest to some of you — a great introduction to the ecology of the Maine coast through the eyes of a gifted naturalist.

11 responses

  1. John DeWitt

    Hi Kathie, congratulations again !!!

    August 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

  2. Frances Henry

    Mary, greetings,

    Thank you for the reference to the book by Fiveash.

    Here is a message for Kathie and for you. I searched at the website Penobscot Books and no book came up with her name or that title. She might be missing sales opportunities with people like me. Our grandson is studying marine biology at a school in Maine, so I thought it a perfect gift for him… luck so far!


    August 2, 2014 at 10:22 am

  3. Dianne and Ed

    THANKS for letting me know…… :-), Dianne

    August 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

  4. Jenny Sawyer

    Thanks so much for sharing this Mary. You two are kindred spirits…

    A few years ago, I was picking up eggs from Kathy on the Island… We were were Lucky enough to watch her Monarchs emerging from the chrysalis on her steps. She has an enormous milkweed patch next to the steps.

    Best. Jenny Sawyer


    August 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

  5. susan

    Where is this book available for purchase?

    August 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  6. Vikke Jas

    Thank you, I have ordered one and look forward to reading it!

    August 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

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