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Watching Great Meadow
A Place of Joy, A Place of Woe
Gordon Russell




Bauhan
2016 • 320 pp. 6 x 9"
Nature / Lakes, Ponds & Swamps / Conservation

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-87233-210-2



“Gordon Russell’s Watching Great Meadow is what Henry David Thoreau wished he’d written. It is an eloquent, moving account of the astounding integrity and beauty of an ecological community’s adaptation in the wake of unprecedented transformation. This journal is a gift.”—Lisa Brooks, author of The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast

The eye-opening chronicle of a wetland and its inhabitants’ fight for survival in a changing climate

Gordon Russell has spent the last twenty years chronicling the flora and fauna of the Great Meadow marshland in New Hampshire. His compelling journal of daily observations provides readers of all ages with a cautionary look at the results of human impact on the natural world right outside their doors.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Honest as well as celebratory, Watching Great Meadow is the journal, kept over decades, of an individual deeply devoted to the nature—literally and figuratively—of a dearly loved, intimately observed place.” —David M. Carroll, author of Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook

“Rare insights are hard-won. Through persistence and keen observations, naturalist Gordon Russell distills delicate nuances from recurring seasonal rhythms at Great Meadow. From favored perches above the marsh or on the water, Russell chronicles annual arrivals and departures—joyful reunions and silent absences of entire races of local wildlife. Watching Great Meadow provides a binocular lens view of changing biological diversity in the slow decline and tenuous return of birds and mammals to one cherished local stronghold.”—Dave Anderson, Program and Education Director, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

“This is an important, compelling, and heartfelt book. Gordon Russell's keen observations of his beloved Great Meadow is a chronicle of wild characters and natural dramas you might never know existed. But osprey, bullfrogs, and hummingbirds are our neighbors, too. Watching Great Meadow is a clarion call to appreciate and protect them, written with sensitivity and style.”—Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus



President of the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation, GORDON RUSSELL taught environmental studies in public schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts before retiring in 1978. He has spent years mentoring college interns majoring in environmentalism and conservation, and received many awards for his volunteerism and five decades of conservation work in land and water protection. Russell and his wife, Barbara, live in New Boston, New Hampshire, on the edge of the Great Meadow marsh.



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