My Wild Life

by Wauer, Roland H. (Author); Jonathan B. Jarvis (Foreword)


Looking back at a wonderful way to make a living.

Few people have the opportunity to live and work in America's magnificent national parks, let alone in a wide diversity of those great lands. For thirty-two years Roland H. Wauer's career took him to eight national parks, a regional office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and to the office of Chief of the Division of Natural Resources in Washington, DC.

In an "inside-out" look at his career, My Wild Life: A Memoir of Adventures Within America’s National Parks takes the reader on a wildlife adventure through a number of those parks, documenting Wauer's experiences with the birds and other animals in each one. An avid birder, he made significant contributions to what was known about bird populations and avian habitats. He worked on a number of research projects involving mammals, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and other wildlife species.

Follow along with Wauer as he recalls flying squirrels, great gray owls, and Clark's nutcrackers at Crater Lake; Nelson's bighorns, prairie falcons, LeConte's thrashers, and sidewinders at Death Valley; flammulated and spotted owls at Zion; and mountain lions, javelinas, peregrine falcons, cave swallows, and Colima warblers at Big Bend.

Texas Tech University Press, 288 pages
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