Through a Naturalist's Eyes

Exploring the Nature of New England

Michael J. Caduto

For native and visitor alike, the New England landscape has a rich allure. This grand sweep of land is a living tapestry woven of interconnected bioregions and natural communities whose compositions of plants and animals have evolved over time. In more than fifty essays, Michael J. Caduto brings readers into the complex stories to be found in nature. Drawing on first-hand experiences and reflections on the relationship between the natural world and humans, Caduto explores some of the plants, animals, natural places, and environmental issues of New England—from dragonflies, cuckoos, and chipmunks to circumpolar constellations and climate change. Stunning illustrations by Adelaide Murphy Tyrol illuminate these elegant and humorous essays.

Paper: $19.95 | E-book: $14.99
ISBN-13: 9781611689891
Pages: 240 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: October 4, 2016


  • Looking through a naturalist’s eyes is all the richer when those eyes are Caduto’s. . . . Natural history will always be a rich opportunity for discovery. Through a Naturalist’s Eyes celebrates why it is also such fun.

    Portland Press Herald
  • Michael Caduto, one of the most perceptive observers of New England’s natural world, writes with authority and affection for his subject. With Through a Naturalist’s Eyes, he’s outdone himself. Not only is he describing what’s constantly going on around us, but he makes it a personal experience, and we find ourselves saying, ‘Yes! I’ve seen that! So that’s what it is!’

    Willem Lange
    author of Words from the Wild
  • For all of us who love the forests, hills, and marshes of New England, this is much more than a guide book-it’s an invitation to explore, and a key to making sense of what we notice. Many thanks to Michael Caduto for opening my eyes again!

    Bill McKibben
    author of Wandering Home and cofounder of
  • Michael Caduto’s well-researched, engaging essays are a combination of personal narrative, natural history, and bits of conversations-like a naturalist’s dinner party with a roomful of ecologists, biologists, and storytellers.

    Lisa Purcell
    director, Four Winds Nature Institute
  • Rich with fascinating details. . . . No matter what you may think you know, this book offers something new to discover about the natural world around us.

    Paul Rezendes
    author of Tracking and the Art of Seeing

About the Author

Michael J. Caduto

Michael J. Caduto, the author of twenty books, is an internationally recognized leader in natural history, environmental education, and cultural diversity.

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