REVIEW — Few books ever really live up to their hype, but The Northwest Nature Guide (James Luther Davis, Timber Press) doesn’t just live up to its own hype, it exceeds expectations.
It is chock full of “best bets” for wildlife adventures — many adventures you can take right in your own backyard or just down the road. It’s filled with interesting facts, tidbits, and photos, and covers “where to go and what to see month by month in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia” for all 365 days of the year.
From winter whale watching to autumn seabirding, The Northwest Nature Guide offers more than 170 best bets for wildlife adventures throughout Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia—as well as your own backyard. With contagious enthusiasm and irrepressible humor, James Luther Davis shares his insider tips, helpful maps, and experience to guarantee readers know where they need to go to see nature at its peak every month of the year. Whatever the season and no matter the weather, Davis entices nature lovers of all ages to discover what they might otherwise miss. The intrepid may find the three-toed woodpecker or even Sasquatch. The inquisitive will learn why auks fly but penguins don’t. Everyone will discover outdoor adventures that revitalize, inspire, and renew their appreciation for nature. Whether it’s tidepooling by the shore, newt pursuit in the woods, or trailing bighorn sheep in the mountains, this practical guide helps make the most of every fresh-air opportunity. –book description, Amazon.com
He’ll teach you how to go owling in March, send you botanizing in April, and then give you the run-down on newts in May — and that’s not all. Whatever the season, no matter the weather, Davis knows somewhere to go and something to do.
This is a great book to cuddle up with on a cold and rainy spring day, and make plans to run outside as soon as the sun pops out from behind the clouds.
Buy it, read it, and then go outside and enjoy the Great Outdoors!