When can you find ripe blueberries along the Appalachian Trail
in Maryland? Where can you see the air filled with monarch
butterflies as they migrate south each autumn? If you want to enjoy
nature this weekend, where is the best place to visit? Bryan MacKay
can tell you.
Written as an almanac, A Year across Maryland invites
you to explore the natural world throughout the year, from watching
bald eagles nesting in January to harvesting mistletoe in December.
Entries identify the best time and place to experience such wonders
as wildflowers blooming, birds in migration, amphibians singing,
and morel mushrooms ready to be picked, sliced, sautéed, and
devoured. Color photographs of more than seventy species enrich and
illustrate the text. Every week of the year has a recommended "Trip
of the Week." Personal essays that draw from MacKay's field notes
provide an intimate glimpse into a biologist encounters with plants
and animals over the years.
Whether you want to see snow geese and trumpeter swans pausing
in their northward migration each March, or the mating "jubilee" of
polychaete worms during the new moon in May, A Year across
Maryland offers valuable advice for the spontaneous adventurer
and the serious planner alike.