Backyard Carolina is a collection of essays from two decades of public radio commentary by Andy Wood, a naturalist and environmental educator dedicated to sharing his love of nature with others. The collection allows a type of history that spans twenty years to unfold although the author’s intent has never been to chronicle the passage of time but to observe and celebrate what is alive in the here and now.
The collection represents the musings of a naturalist joyfully discovering the world—some are sad, some are funny, some educate, others make one stop and think. Some even call us to action. The reader will be entranced to learn the plight of an injured pelican, life and death taking place unexpectedly on one microscope slide, or the benefit of adult harvest mites known as chiggers just to name a few. The author himself hopes that the reader will “want to get up and go mess around outside” after reading this book; to literally get hands dirty and feet wet to discover the abundance that still exists around us every day, in our North and South Carolina back yards.
“Andy Wood is so clear, so concise, so inspirational, you’ll think you are sitting across a table listening to him talk. And he’s funny, too. This book will literally change the way you understand your back yard . . . and thus will literally change your life.”
—Clyde Edgerton, author of Solo: My Adventures in the Air
“Like the good naturalist he is, Andy Wood celebrates the little things that often go unobserved in a world full of hurry and haste. It might be the nesting cycle of a sea turtle or the fall of the snowlike seeds of the groundsel tree. It could be the incredible migrations of songbirds or the plight of a little aquatic snail facing extinction. In these quiet and deeply felt essays, Andy helps all of us understand the variety and vulnerabilities of nature’s creatures, large and small.”
—Lawrence S. Earley, author of Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest