When Middlebury writing professor Don Mitchell was approached by a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm in Vermont's picturesque Champlain Valley, Mitchell's relationship with batsaand with governmentacould be characterized as distrustful, at best. But the flying rats, as Mitchell initially thinks of them, launched him on a series of qimprovementsq to his land that would provide a more welcoming habitat for the batsaand a modest tax break for himself and his family. Whether persuading his neighbors to join him on a qsilent meditation, q pulling invasive garlic mustard out of the ground by hand, navigating the tacit ground rules of buying an ATV off Craigslist, or leaving just enough honeysuckle to give government inspectors qsomething to find, q Mitchellas tale is as profound as it is funnyaa journey that changes Mitchellas relationship with Chiroptera, the land, and, ultimately, his understanding of his own past. Ruminating on the nature of authority, the purview of the state, and the value of inhabiting oneas nicheaMitchell reveals much about our inner and outer landscape, in this perfectly paced and skilled story of place.In the end, though, I wound up purchasing another Stihl. The first had ... But it was held to be a tool for professionals, not a cheaper aFarm Bossa or a ... When I bought my first Stihl, the manual they gave me had been fairly brief and to the point.
|Publisher||:||Chelsea Green Publishing - 2013-10-15|