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Field Guide Fever

Terry Krautwurst shares his addiction to the field guide and how they open your view to the world of nature.

| June/July 2003

  • Discovering the wonder of field guides.
    Discovering the wonder of field guides.
    PHOTO: JONATHAN SKOW/GETTY IMAGES

  • Discovering the wonder of field guides.

Discover the wonder a field guide can bring into your life.

More than books, a field guide is a window on a wider world.

My life of addiction began a long time ago.

It was a perfect 10th birthday party: the weather was sunny and warm, all three of my friends were there, my Aunt Louise couldn't make it, and the presents were coming hot and heavy. Our side yard was littered with boxes and bits of wrapping paper.



I might never even have noticed the tiny package, overlooked and half-buried in birthday detritus. But then Johnny McGowan came around a corner of the house waving a battery-powered burp gun, shouting "Banzai!" As I turned to flee, I stepped on a paper plate greased with mushy Neapolitan ice cream and — whomp! — fell face forward.

There it was, beneath a rumpled sheet of gift wrap. "I missed one!" I screamed, leaping to my feet and pawing at the present. My pals gathered 'round.



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