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Before the Echo

[ Natural History ]

Before the Echo

Essays on Nature

By Pete Dunne

Drawings by Diana Marlinski

In these twenty-nine essays, one of America's top nature writers trains his sights on the beauties and the vulnerabilities of the natural world.

1995

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5.5 x 8.5 | 156 pp. | 20 illustrations

ISBN: 978-0-292-73564-4

"The natural world is a lot like a game of musical chairs," observes Pete Dunne. "Everywhere you turn, everywhere you go, there are places where living things sit down, niches that support their specific needs. But just as in musical chairs, there aren't enough places to go around. Our species keeps removing them—forcing other creatures to leave the game."

In these twenty-nine essays, one of America's top nature writers trains his sights on the beauties and the vulnerabilities of the natural world. Writing to infuse others with a sense of the richness and diversity that nature holds, Pete Dunne ranges over topics from the wonder of the year's first snowfall to the lost art of stargazing to the mysterious forces that impel people to hunt—and not to hunt. Running like a thread through all the essays is Dunne's desire to preserve all that is "natural" in nature, to stop our unthinking destruction of wild places and wild creatures before we humans find ourselves with "the last chair, in an empty room" on an impoverished earth.

 

Pete Dunne is a regular columnist for the New Jersey edition of the Sunday New York Times, where most of these essays first appeared. He is Director of the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May Point, New Jersey. A widely published writer on birding, he is also the author of Tales of a Low-Rent Birder and More Tales of a Low-Rent Birder, both published by UT Press.

"Every time I see Pete Dunne's name attached to a book or an article, I stop whatever else I am doing and start reading it." —Frank Graham, Jr., field editor, Audubon

"Mr. Dunne's prose, like the focus of his collected essays on birds and birding, soars, creating new visions of the delights and devilments of bird watching." —New York Times

"Dunne escapes the traps that can make nature stories boring by avoiding the hackneyed, presenting the unexpected in the mundane, and applying his distinctive wit to every situation. Dunne's is among the freshest and most humorous outdoor writing to appear in a long time, and anyone who watches birds and contemplates the complexities of human nature should enjoy [it]." —Living Bird Quarterly

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