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Of time and turtles : mending the world, shell by shattered shell

Montgomery, Sy (author.). Patterson, Matt, (illustrator.).

Summary: When acclaimed naturalist Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson arrive at Turtle Rescue League, they are greeted by hundreds of turtles recovering from injury and illness. Endangered by cars and highways, pollution and poachers, these turtles--with wounds so severe that even veterinarians would have dismissed them as fatal--are given a second chance at life. The Leagues founders, Natasha and Alexxia, live by one motto: Never give up on a turtle. But why turtles? What is it about them that inspires such devotion? Ancient and unhurried, long-lived and majestic, their lineage stretches back to the time of the dinosaurs. Some live to two hundred years, or longer. Others spend months buried under cold winter water. Sy turns to these little understood yet endlessly surprising creatures to probe the eternal question: How can we make peace with our time? In pursuit of the answer, Sy and Matt immerse themselves in the delicate work of protecting turtle nests, incubating eggs, rescuing sea turtles, and releasing hatchlings to their homes in the wild. We follow the snapping turtle Fire Chief on his astonishing journey as he battles against injuries incurred by a truck. Hopeful and optimistic, Of Time and Turtles is an antidote to the instability of our frenzied world. Elegantly blending science, memoir, philosophy, and drawing on cultures from across the globe, this compassionate portrait of injured turtles and their determined rescuers invites us all to slow down and slip into turtle time.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780358458180
  • ISBN: 0358458188
  • Physical Description: print
    xi, 287 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Mariner Books, [2023]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-272) and index
Formatted Contents Note: Shell shock -- In search of turtle time -- The turtle crisis -- Superpowers -- Time's arrow -- Beyond the guardrails -- Fast and slow -- First steps -- Waiting -- Sea turtle rescue -- Coming out -- Peril and promise -- Sweet release -- Starting over.
Subject: Montgomery, Sy
Wildlife rescue Massachusetts Southbridge
Wildlife rehabilitation Massachusetts Southbridge
Human-animal relationships
Faune Sauvetage Massachusetts Southbridge
Faune Réhabilitation Massachusetts Southbridge
Relations homme-animal
Montgomery, Sy
Human-animal relationships
Wildlife rehabilitation
Wildlife rescue
Massachusetts Southbridge
Wildlife rescue
Animal behavior
Genre: Informational works.
Informational works.
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