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Star-shaped flowers, short-tempered snapping turtles, and clusters of chicken-flavored mushrooms are just a few of the many fascinating things awaiting discovery just beyond the typical North American backyard.
In Heartland Habitats: 265 Midwest Nature Walks, Mary Blocksma guides readers through North American terrain, introducing them to the land and its thriving wildlife of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. From birds of all kinds to fungi of both the tasty and deadly varieties—Chicken of the Woods, Death Caps, Jack-O-Lanterns—Blocksma gradually uncovers a world rich with breathtaking beauty. Adventures filled with swan-on-goose battles, squirrel squabbles, and forays into forests all lead to a deeper understanding of the world around us.
A lively and detailed guide in befriending the great outdoors, Heartland Habitats showcases the natural wonders thriving just outside our homes with full-color illustrations and vivid descriptions.


1. January

2. February

3. March

4. April

5. May

6. June

7. July

8. August

9. September

10. October

11. November

12. December

13. A Guide to Guides

Selected Bibliography




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Date de parution 04 février 2020
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EAN13 9780253045812
Langue English
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This book is a publication of
Office of Scholarly Publishing
Herman B Wells Library 350
1320 East 10th Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405 USA
2020 by Mary Blocksma
All rights reserved
No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Blocksma, Mary, author.
Title: Heartland habitats : 265 Midwest nature walks / Mary Blocksma.
Description: Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2020] | Includes bibliographical references and index.
Identifiers: LCCN 2019027936 (print) | LCCN 2019027937 (ebook) | ISBN 9780253045799 (hardback) | ISBN 9780253045829 (ebook)
Subjects: LCSH: Hiking-Middle West-Guidebooks. | Trails-Middle West-Guidebooks.
Classification: LCC GV199.42.M53 B56 2020 (print) | LCC
GV199.42.M53 (ebook) | DDC 796.510977-dc23
LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019027936
LC ebook record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2019027937
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This book is for all who continually support even my wildest ventures: my faithful blog readers, aunts, cousins, Beaver Island and Bay City friends, and my family, especially Daniel K. Kuhn, Dylan and Ann Kuhn, Dewey Blocksma and Sandra Hulst, and my astonishing mother, Ruth Blocksma, who at this writing approaches her 100th birthday .
1 January
2 February
3 March
4 April
5 May
6 June
7 July
8 August
9 September
10 October
11 November
12 December
13 A Guide to Guides
Soon after I completed my year of nature walks for the earliest incarnation of this book ( Naming Nature: A Seasonal Guide for the Amateur Naturalist , Penguin, 1992), I became obsessed with mushrooms. By then I d only identified a few, but I was irresistibly drawn to the beauty and variety of the fungal world that, up to then, I d rarely noticed. Thinking I would make mushrooms the subject of my next book, I began pursuing mushrooms and the folks who knew about them. I interviewed professional and amateur mycologists all over Michigan. I subscribed to mushroom journals. I attended mushroom workshops, found forays, joined clubs, persuaded mushroom-hunter friends to let me tag along. Best of all, I kept logs: what I found, where, and when I found it. I took copious notes and many, many photos.
But the mushroom book I thought I d research in a year didn t get written-I never seemed to know quite enough. I began to understand why nonprofessionals who d hunted mushrooms for twenty years still called themselves beginners. Like them I too felt a novice. Meanwhile, University of Michigan Press reprinted Naming Nature in color as Great Lakes Nature: An Outdoor Year (2004).
It has taken me twenty-five years to readily recognize fifty or so mushrooms. Some I learned quickly, even taught myself, others took decades. So when Ashley Runyon, my editor at Indiana University Press, asked me to do a completely redesigned, enlarged, updated, and rewritten Great Lakes Nature , adding twelve thousand words of new material, my mushroom time had come. Find my mushroom adventures at the beginning of every month: each mushroom is one you might see at that time of year and the story of how I learned about it.
Ann Arbor artist Robin Wilt s beautiful illustrations still enhance the nature walk entries, and, although I am self-taught, I have attempted the mushroom drawings myself using Derwent watercolor pencils. Although I hope you find them inviting, don t depend on them for making identifications. This is a mushroom memoir, not a guide!
A note about time and place: All the nature walks took place within the confines of one year. The mushroom stories, however, happened later, after Naming Nature was published. I describe a mushroom not in the order in which I discovered it, but at the beginning of the month when it is most likely to appear. And while I took most of my nature walks in Saugatuck and on Beaver Island, Michigan, I pursued mushrooms all over Michigan, from Ann Arbor to the Upper Peninsula.
This book could not have been written without the unfailing support of many. First in line for my gratitude is Mother Nature, who supplied me with endless material, entertainment, and special performances, from the bloom of a thousand petals to eagles flung past my windows.
Very special thanks are in order to my parents, Ralph and Ruth Blocksma, for supporting every wild idea I have ever come up with; to the two Marys (besides myself, of course) who appear frequently in this book, Mary Heuvelhorst in Douglas, and Mary Stewart Scholl on Beaver Island, for their inspiring familiarity with and love of nature; to Al Vileisis, for his companionship, considerable knowledge, and his canoe; and to Ellen Wilt, the illustrator s mother and my dear friend and art mom.
My thanks are also due to the many other cheerful participants, including Mary Brodbeck, Lyn Coffin, Judy Hallisy, Doug Hagley, Joan Heuvelhorst, Russell Hibbard, Howard and Sally Hunt, Marcia Perry, Marchiene Rienstra, and Bette Williams, who appear in the Douglas-Saugatuck portions of the book; and on Beaver Island, Jon Barrett, Carol Hart, Bill Freese, Roy Elsworth, Glen Felix, Eric Heline, Don Meister (also known as Wassakwaam), Judi Meister, and Cindy Ricksgers. My heartfelt thanks also to all persons I encountered in the writing of this book whose names I never knew or-please forgive me-who may have slipped my mention.
I owe much to the experts, all but the last two from Michigan, whom I consulted on many occasions and who donated much of their valuable time: Jim Bruton, astronomer at the Jesse Besser Museum in Alpena; Jim Kane, chairperson, Life Sciences Department, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon; Keewaydinoquay Peschel, medicine woman and botanist from Leland; Deborah Torres, director, Saugatuck-Douglas District Library; and Earl Wolf, naturalist at the Gillette Nature Center, Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon. I also thank my cousin Richard Greaves from Great Britain and Taylor Schoettle of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service.
I cannot exaggerate my gratitude to my agent, Gina Maccoby, for her tireless, cheerful support; to Robin Wilt, who put so much heart and skill into the art and cared whether or not I liked it; and to Mindy Werner, my patient, thorough, and exceptionally kind Penguin USA editor, who, together with designer Kate Nichols, transformed my manuscript into the first manifestation of my explorations.
For this new, enlarged offering that also celebrates my mushroom adventures, I thank all of the wonderful friends who accompanied me (several of whom are no longer with us)-Dave Vavra, Roy Elsworth, Steve Oliver, Marie Marfia, Bill Freese, John and Carol Lucas, Dr. Philip Lange, M. Martin Sielinski, Douglas Hagley, Mary Hamilton, Julee Rosso, Karen and Bart Austin, and Kim LeBlanc-and to all the generous members of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club whose names, please forgive me, I forgot to write down. My gratitude is also due to my professional teachers: Dr. Andrew Methven, mycology professor emeritus at Eastern Illinois University; Dr. Tom Volk of the University of Wisconsin; and Dr. Kyle Bennett of Elmhurst College; as well as everyone who was happy to share my edible prizes.
Special thanks also goes to Ashley Runyon, my tireless and patient Indiana University Press editor, my copy editor who has labored to present me at my best, and so many other good people at Indiana University Press who have applied their creativity and skill to make this book an exciting reality.
One day I was gazing out my window at a stretch of trees when I was suddenly struck with the realization that I couldn t name any of them. It was as if a pair of window shades had, without warning, rolled themselves up with a snap. That moment, that clap of light, changed my life. I became conscious, for the first time, of how little I knew of my natural environment, and I was appalled. I loved nature. The daughter of medical missionaries, I had spent much of my childhood chasing parrots on the plains of Pakistan and butterflies and monkeys in the thickly wooded foothills of the Himalayas. Still, like most Americans, I had somehow become an adult who could not claim even an elementary knowledge of my natural neighborhood. How, I wondered, will we save the world if we can t even name our nearest trees?
I decided to make their acquaintance. I would learn their names as well as those of my other wild neighbors, but where to begin? Nature s enormity, complexity, and variety were overwhelming, until it occurred to me that if I just could name the most common plants, birds, and other animals, I d probably recognize half of what I saw. On this framework I could hang, like ornaments, the more unusual species I found.
Having carved nature in half, I already felt more hopeful. I decided to make it as easy on myself as possible. I approached my naming nature project whimsically, suiting myself, naming anything I pleased-no big program, no particular organization, just a name at a time, a few times a week, for a year. I would have fun with this, and if it stopped being fun, I d quit. In a surpri

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