Settled in the Wild

Settled in the Wild

Notes From the Edge of Town

eBook - 2010
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Settled in the Wild takes us into the woods and along the shorelines, mudflats, and paths of rural Maine, where Susan Hand Shetterly has lived and written about nature for the past thirty years. Now, she turns her attention to the ways humans and animals share the land, especially as our mutual habitat is changing.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565129733
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 240 p.)


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JCLHannahJaneC Feb 28, 2016

Some sparkling moments:

- While listening to a whippoorwill with her son Susan writes, 'the blast of its chanting enveloped us, and we listened for the little clicks between the chants as if it were clearing its throat.'

- When Susan writes of being left to wander the woods as a child she called it 'benign neglect,' and this really sings to me because as a child I, too, was left to wander the woods as much as I pleased, and I thought my parents were a little crazy for allowing it, but I was, and am, also enormously thankful for their 'benign neglect.'

- Susan finds a hummingbird nest and happens to see 'two snug nestlings' who 'look like ticks after a good feed.'

- My favorite chapter, Chac, spotlights her 'pet' raven whose 'raucous calls' sound like the 'Mayan rain god who brings life back.' Susan's terrier takes to following Chac around because of the raven's habit of hiding any extra food. Susan mentions she's read that ravens and wolves cooperate. 'The birds are said to alert wolves to the presence of prey, then the wolves allow the ravens to feast on the leftovers of the kill.' I didn't realize this, and was more than a little delighted to imagine ravens befriending both terriers and wolves.


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