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About the Book

Beyond the Book

256 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 30 illus.

Chapel Hill Books

ISBN  978-0-8078-4426-7
Published: October 1993

From Laurel Hill to Siler's Bog

The Walking Adventures of a Naturalist

By John K. Terres

Awards & Distinctions

1971 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing

From Laurel Hill to Siler's Bog presents the fruits of a scientific as well as affectionate association between a dedicated naturalist and the birds, mammals, and insects of a small, wild world. John Terres, noted author and former editor-in-chief of Audubon magazine, spent nine years exploring the Mason Farm wildlife reserve in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His observations of the animal life around him are eloquently recorded here, organized around the cycle of a year from January through December. Originally published to wide acclaim in 1969, the book is an enduring classic of nature writing, and readers everywhere can appreciate it as an engaging introduction to a naturalist's sensibility and way of looking at the world. In a new afterword written for this edition, Terres reflects on his return to the Mason Farm after twenty-five years and the changes that have taken place there.

About the Author

John K. Terres recently retired to Chapel Hill. Among the best-known of his many books are Songbirds in Your Garden and the Audubon Encyclopedia of North American Birds.


"We are caught up at once in [Terres's] passionate interest and follow him gladly. . . . Because this book is a work of art we are held in its spell in a timeless world."
--May Sarton, New York Times Book Review

"A 'classic,' by my definition, is a book that is always fresh--no matter how many times we read it. This autobiographical book, John Terres's vivid portrayal of wildlife on an old North Carolina farm, should never be allowed to go out of print. It is a true classic by one of America's most perceptive nature writers."
--Roger Tory Peterson

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