Field Book of Ponds and Streams: An Introduction to the Life of Fresh Water

Field Book of Ponds and Streams: An Introduction to the Life of Fresh Water

Field Book of Ponds and Streams: An Introduction to the Life of Fresh Water

Field Book of Ponds and Streams: An Introduction to the Life of Fresh Water

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This book began in ponds where frogs sat on the lily-pads and by swift brooks from which mayflies flew forth at twilight. It originated where water plants and animals live and I hope that it may be a guide into the vividness and variety of their ways. Most of all I hope that it may help toward wider enjoyment and further acquaintance in the field of water biology that offers abundant opportunity to all explorers, both beginners and seasoned investigators.

The work of making it has been done along a trail of friendliness which will not be forgotten. Those who need a way to discover the loyalty and generosity of human nature should write a book about ponds and streams.

I have borrowed freely from the writings of many biologists; some of these are named in the bibliography but lack of space has excluded others whose contributions have not been small. A few figures have also been borrowed and these are acknowledged separately. Dr. J. G. Needham of Cornell University first showed me how to look for things in the water; since that time he has continually given me help and encouragement for finding more. It is a satisfaction to have his foreword here. Mrs. Margaret Tucker Saunders has read all of the manuscript and has given freely of her own clear cut observations, and her first hand knowledge of animals.

Fresh water life is a vast subject and even the simplest account of it must include much which can be mastered only by specialists after years of study. Many who are authorities in their fields have helped generously, by giving sugges-

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