The Wild Eye: Field Notes from a Wildlife Refuge by Lisa Langelier
These essays read like a walk in the wild with a biologist who shares her encounters with birds, mammals, and other wildlife while working on national wildlife refuges. Langelier sheds light on many interesting questions. Why do birds migrate? How do woodpeckers keep from rattling their brains? Are bats really blind? Do frogs freeze during winter? Why Bullwinkle the moose is not your friend. The Wild Eye: Field Notes from a Wildlife Refuge includes essays written when the author managed Little Pend Oreille and Turnbull Refuges in eastern Washington.
“In The Wild Eye, Lisa Langelier generously shares her wealth of knowledge about an isolated pocket of the Intermountain West. From the pages of these succinct essays, small details of the Little Pend Oreille expand into a baseline for pondering how humans fit into a natural scheme.” —Jack Nisbet, PBNA book award winner and naturalist, historian and best-selling author of Sources of the River and The Collector: David Douglas, A Naturalist at Work, and Visible Bones.
“This timely book is needed now like never before. Folks who follow the culture wars over natural resources will learn here that wildlife—not hunters, ranchers or cows—are the rightful residents of our national refuges. Lisa Langelier’s essays lay the Inland Northwest landscapes on the page as only a professional naturalist can do.” —Paul Lindholdt, English Professor, Eastern Washington University and author of In Earshot of Water: Notes from the Columbia Plateau
Lisa Langelier is a retired wildlife refuge manager who has been writing about the natural world for more than 35 years. These essays describe some of her delights and dilemmas while working on refuges in the Northwest. She was a columnist for the North Columbia Monthly for five years and lives near Spokane, Washington.