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Witness tree : seasons of change with a century-old oak / Lynda V. Mapes.

Mapes, Lynda, 1959- (author.).

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  • 1 of 3 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library 577.309 MAP (Text) 33187004194011 Nonfiction Available -
 : Presented in memory of John Howkinson by Linda Brennan [ jj 2017-04-19 @ FULCO-ROC ]
Jackson Co PL - Seymour Main Library 577.309744 MAPES (Text) 9781632862532S On Order On order -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 577.3 MAPES (Text) 33946003235335 New Books . 2nd Floor Checked out 12/08/2017

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781632862532
  • ISBN: 1632862530
  • ISBN: 9781632862556
  • ISBN: 1632862557
  • Physical Description: 224 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Me and my tree -- A beneficent monarch -- To know a tree -- A forest, lost and found -- Talkative trees -- The language of leaves -- Witness tree -- Past and future forests -- Carbon -- In this together.
Summary, etc.: In the life of this one grand oak, we can see for ourselves the results of one hundred years of rapid environmental change. It's leafing out earlier, and dropping its leaves later as the climate warms. Even the inner workings of individual leaves have changed to accommodate more CO2 in our atmosphere. Climate science can seem dense, remote, and abstract. But through the lens of this one tree, it becomes immediate and intimate. In Witness Tree, environmental reporter Lynda V. Mapes takes us through her year living with one red oak at the Harvard Forest. We learn about carbon cycles and leaf physiology, but also experience the seasons as people have for centuries, watching for each new bud, and listening for each new bird and frog call in spring. We savor the cadence of falling autumn leaves, and glory of snow and starry winter nights. Lynda takes us along as she climbs high into the oak's swaying boughs, and scientists core deep into the oak's heartwood, dig into its roots and probe the teeming life of the soil. She brings us eye-level with garter snakes and newts, and alongside the squirrels and jays devouring the oak's acorns. Season by season she reveals the secrets of trees, how they work, and sustain a vast community of lives, including our own. The oak is a living timeline and witness to climate change. While stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a beautiful and lyrical read, rich in detail, sweeps of weather, history, people, and animals. It is a story rooted in hope, beauty, wonder, and the possibility of renewal in people's connection to nature.
Subject: Forest ecology > Massachusetts > Harvard Forest (Forest)
Oak > Ecology > Massachusetts > Harvard Forest (Forest)
Harvard Forest (Mass. : Forest) > History.

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