A Naturalist at Large: The Best Essays of Bernd Heinrich

Bernd Heinrich is a biologist, naturalist and superb writer. This collection of essays contains a wealth of information on trees, plants, insects, birds and mammals. Heinrich describes the common thread connecting the essays as “the interconnectedness of all life and their relation to our individual human lives.”

Heinrich’s observations and accessible writing style make what is ordinary seem extraordinary. His curiosity is infectious carrying the reader along as he makes observations and new discoveries. By example, he encourages the reader to look again at what is commonplace, to observe and ask questions. One of my favourite essays was Hidden Sweets which revealed the special relationship between the Sugar Maple and the red squirrel.  I would recommend this book to both gardeners and naturalists. It is a delightful and enlightening read.

Submitted by Nancy Burnett