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By: Mark L Hineline(Author)
240 pages, 30 b/w photos
Before you read Ground Truth, you have homework to do. Grab a notebook, go outside, and find a nearby patch of nature. What do you see, hear, feel, and smell? Are there bugs, birds, squirrels, deer, lizards, frogs, or fish, and what are they doing? What plants are in the vicinity, and in what ways are they growing? What shape are the rocks, what texture is the dirt, and what colour are the bodies of water? Does the air feel hot or cold, wet or dry, windy or still? Everything you notice, write it all down.
We know that the Earth's climate is changing, and that the magnitude of this change is colossal. At the same time, the world outside is still a natural world, and one we can experience on a granular level every day. Ground Truth is a guide to living in this condition of changing nature, to paying attention instead of turning away, and to gathering facts from which a fuller understanding of the natural world can emerge over time.
Featuring detailed guidance for keeping records of the plants, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals in your neighbourhood, this book also ponders the value of everyday observations, probes the connections between seasons and climate change, and traces the history of phenology – the study and timing of natural events – and the uses to which it can be put. An expansive yet accessible book, Ground Truth invites readers to help lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the nature of change itself.
"Ground Truth is a necessary book, a guide to positive action in a time of paralyzing fear and negativity. Hineline illuminates phenology and climate change in a way that invites all of us to become engaged in the critical work of observing and documenting the changes happening now in nature nearby, to be part of a global community working together to gather data on a world changing in ways that we cannot imagine, but can learn from."
– Susan J. Tweit
1 Intimate and Momentous
2 Seasons and Circulations
3 Lilacs and Passing Time
4 Noting with a Climate Eye
5 Bedrock and Baselines
6 The Green World
7 Wriggles, Buzzes, and Calls
8 Feathers and Phenophases
9 Warm Blood and Live Birth
10 The Atmosphere at Home
11 Ground Truth
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Mark L. Hineline is instructor in history, philosophy, and sociology of science at Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University.
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