Washington in Spring

A Nature Journal for a Changing Capital

Robert Musil

Spring arrives in our Nation's Capital and life emerges from its slumber. Explore Washington in with acclaimed author Robert K. Musil. Through sensitive observations and stunning photographs, ramble with him in this intimate and history-laden nature journal to find eagles circling over the suburban landscape, foxes searching for prey under the Capi
Date Published :
July 2016
Publisher :
Bartleby Press
Illustration :
16 pages of color ph0tographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780935437461
Pages : 280
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


In this intimate and history-laden nature journal of the nation’s capital at its most glorious time of the year, Robert K. Musil pays homage to the noted nature writers who have explored an Washington before him.

From the moment Captain John Smith and his men pulled their barge aground at Little Falls on the Potomac and hiked to the Great Falls, the ever-changing beauty and bounty of Washington in spring has captured the imagination of writers who have also been moved to preserve it. White-bearded John Burroughs, friend of Walt Whitman, attended President Lincoln’s Second Inauguration and then hiked off looking for birds and butterflies. Burroughs wrote that the areas surrounding Rock Creek should become a national park. Musil follows a similar path and that of later writers like Florence Merriam Bailey, through Rock Creek Park and finds Red-tailed Hawks, woodland flowers, and the mysterious appearance at his feet of a Pileated Woodpecker that introduces a young couple to the glories of nature in the capital.

Amidst the constant encroachment of urban sprawl and growing signs of climate change, find surprising signs of nature’s resilience and restorative powers from a bustling brood of Hooded Mergansers beneath construction at Huntley Meadows to a face-to-face encounter with a Barred Owl on the C&O Canal whose deep, black eyes commune with the creature whose eyes are magnified by binoculars.

A life-long birder and leading environmental proponent grown weary of the grind and gridlock of Washington, Musil finds relief, renewal, even resurgence in seeking out, carefully observing and feeling the beauty of Washington in spring.

About The Author

Environmental leader and avid birder, Robert K. Musil is President of the Rachel Carson Council and author of Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment. He teaches environmental politics at American University and is Senior Fellow at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.

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