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The Seattle Street Smart Naturalist: Field Notes From the City

By: David B Williams (Author)

226 pages, b/w illustrations

Westwinds Press

Paperback | Sep 2000 | #214916 | ISBN: 1558688595
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NHBS Price: £16.99 $22/€20 approx

About this book

Naturalist and Seattle native David Williams offers his original perspectives on the wonder and resilience of nature in and around the Northwest's greatest population center. Illustrated by hand-drawn maps, Williams's writings are interesting, intelligent, and challenging at a personal level. He approaches the notion that his beloved city, as hip and urbane as it is, remains a wild place on the Northwest landscape – in the quarried rock of the historical buildings, in the branches of a pocket-sized city park, in the twists and turns of a stream that has been abused by polluters, hedged in by lawns, and buried under expressways. And yet it is a living thing, worthy of rescue. Williams looks beyond the skyline, beyond the postcard views of the Emerald City, and into its wild heart.

" [...] we can learn much about our environment by paying closer attention to bits of nature we pass by everyday."
– Seattle Audubon Society, September 2005

"Best Urban Nature Writer – Williams has hunted up the obscure and notable quirks of the natural world within our city [...]"
– Best of Seattle, August 3-9 2005

"Each chapter [...] features a topic of interest to the hiker-naturalist-historian [...] "
Washington Trails

"Even if you are not familiar with Seattle [...] there is plenty to relate to in this book."
The Ledger, September 8, 2005

"For anybody thinking that cities are only concrete, asphalt and grassy lawns, Williams wants you to look again."
Capitol Hill Times, July 13, 2005

"Messing with mother nature can get you in deep doo-doo."
The Seattle Times, July 17, 2005

"Reading The Street Smart Naturalist is like suddenly acquiring X-ray vision [...] Every page [...] brought me revelations [...] "
– David Laskin, Author of The Children's Blizzard and Braving the Elements

"Williams' essays demonstrate [...] a keen eye is as useful as an unlimited travel budget in studying the world around you."
– Tom Palmer, The Ledger, Sept 8, 2005


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