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BirdNote: John Burroughs

Hunt / Library of Congress

... treasuring the small spectacles of nature...

John Burroughs was probably the most popular nature writer of the late 19th Century. Many consider Burroughs the founder of the modern nature essay.

Yet Burroughs wrote not about nature on a grand scale, but about glimpses of nature close to home. He preferred to walk his own backyard woods - on Old Clump Mountain in the Catskills region of New York - than the alpine realms that now bear his name.

Is there a child in your life who would find delight in a glimpse of nature?