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Leaf Litter: Reading the Landscape of America by May Thielgaard Watts

  • December 1 · 7:00 PM
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Welcome to Habitat 2030's new book club: "Leaf Litter." 

Everyone is welcome and we hope to do this once every couple months with a new book. This time we are meeting at the Daniel Suarez's apartment in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood (set up a carpool by commenting on this event). As we choose a new book we will also choose a new meeting locaiton so we can be geographically fair to everyone.

Read the book. Bring questions and thoughtful comments. No pressure. Just fun.

This time around we are reading "Reading the Landscape of America" by May Thielgaard Watts. May studied with Henry Chandler Cowles, the godfather of ecology, and she was the first to explain the theory of plant succession to the general public. May worked at the Morton Arboretum for many years as a naturalist, and led the charge to establish the Illinois Prairie Path. 

You can purchase the book here, although we do encourage you to buy from a local bookstore if possible: https://www.amazon.com/Reading-Landscape-America-Theilgaard-Watts/dp/0912550236 

In particular, we will focus on the following chapters: 4. Picnic in a Gritty Wind, or The Sand Dunes of Indiana
5. History Book with a Flexible Cover, or The Records in a Quaking Bog
6. Prairie Plowing Match, or The Making and Breaking of the Tall Grass Sod
10. Camp Sites, Fires, and Cud-Chewers, or How the Upland Forest Changes, Illinois to Wisconsin

Bring your thoughts, something to drink and/or a snack to share!
Call Daniel at[masked] to be let in. Hope to see you there!

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