Product Description Archie Carr (1909-1987) was an eminent naturalist, writer, conservationist, and world authority on sea turtles. Throughout his life he wrote on many aspects of natural history, but he was particularly entranced by the wildlife and ecosystems of Florida, where he lived for more than fifty years. This captivating book-a collection of essays on Florida-provides memorable details and anecdotes about the flora, fauna, and humans that have inhabited this colorful landscape. Carr describes the eating rituals of the snakebird; the personality, courtship, and copulation of box turtles; the way skinks (a type of lizard) use their tails when foraging; and the characteristics of Spanish moss. He ponders why fish migrate to create "jubilees" in certain streams, the effects of disappearing ponds on the plants and animals that live in them, and the captivating activities of alligators and alligator snapping turtles. Carr's essays, many but not all previously published in such magazines as Audubon, Field and Stream, and Wildlife Conservation, are a kind of testimony to and celebration of an exuberant natural landscape that is now seriously threatened. Amazon.com Review When the distinguished naturalist Archie Carr first ranged through the Florida marshes, swamps, and hammocks, the state was a paradise for biologists, a relatively unexplored Eden. Florida would change greatly. And for five decades, Carr, a professor of zoology at the University of Florida who died in 1987, would write about its natural beauty and the encroachments upon it. More than two dozen essays in this collection show his writing at its best. "Carr's essays of Florida shine with charm, grandeur, and a childlike delight. This is the writing not only of a brilliant naturalist, but of a poet and of a journalist. It stands as a memoir to a breathtaking paradise, and as an eloquent call to save what's left of it." --Carl Hiaasen From Publishers Weekly Essays celebrating the ecosystems of Florida by late conservationist Carr. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.