Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm
Join us for a discussion of the book “The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature”, by David George Haskell at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown. The book discussion will be followed by a nature stroll. You can read all, some or none of the book’s chapters to join in the informal discussion and walk. Light refreshments will be served. Meet inside the museum building. $4.00 activity fee. No parking fee.
Call (631) 786-4640 for more details and to sign up!
In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature’s path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life. Each of this book’s short chapters begins with a simple observation: such as a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands – sometimes millions – of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home (description from Amazon.com).