The Ecology of a Summer House

The Ecology of a Summer House

The Ecology of a Summer House

The Ecology of a Summer House

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This selection of vignettes of animal life in our bungalow leaves many animals unmentioned, especially such smaller ones as springtails, pill bugs, and small beetles. My purpose has not been to catalogue all resident life, nor has it been to present complete life histories of the animals I have chosen to describe. It has been to stimulate my readers to an awareness and appreciation of the many and complex manifestations of life in this world and of our participation in that biological wonder. It has been to provide an introduction to some of the exquisite beauty and activities that are so easily overlooked.

In its assemblage of animals our summer home is no different from any other in this part of New England. It differs because it is occupied by a biologist. Were it not a breach of hospitality to do so, I could visit the houses of any of my neighbors and catalogue as many kinds of animals, not necessarily the same species as in our house, but certainly as many kinds. It is all in the looking--knowing what to look for and where to search.

East Bluehill, Maine . . .

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