Jeffords and Post publish Curious Encounters with the Natural World

Michael L. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have published Curious Encounters with the Natural World From Grumpy Spiders to Hidden Tigers 

THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME THROUGH NATURE

“Sitting down with this collection of tales is setting off on a series of adventures in which the reader is enticed to share vicariously one exceptional experience after another. The experiences are presented in succinct, entertaining essays and striking images—some poignant, some humorous, some bordering on the incredible, and all informative.”
—James B. Nardi, author of Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners

Michael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe—and explored their neighborhood—collecting images of the natural world. This book opens their personal cabinet of curiosities to tell the stories of the pair’s most unusual encounters.

From the “necking” battles of mate-hungry giraffes to the breathtaking beauty of millions of monarch butterflies at rest, Jeffords and Post share 200 stunning photographs and their own insightful essays to guide readers on a spectacular journey. Their training as entomologists offers unique perspectives on surprise stag beetle swarms and spider hunting habits. Their photographic eye, honed by decades of observation, finds expression in once-in-a-lifetime images. The result is an eyewitness collection of startling and unusual phenomena that illuminates the diverse life inhabiting our planet.

Michael R. Jeffords is the retired education/outreach director for the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) and was staff photographer for The Illinois Steward magazine. Susan L. Post is a retired INHS field biologist and staff writer for The Illinois Steward magazine, and author of Hiking Illinois. They are coauthors of Exploring Nature in Illinois and Illinois Wilds.

Paper, ISBN:  978-0-252-08266-5.  $24.95

200 Color Photographs

304 Pages

Publication date:  July 10, 2017

About Laurie Vial

I am the Communication Specialist with the NCIPMC. lvial@illinois.edu.
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