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R rare birds and ponder the passionate nature of competitive bird listers No trip to the Arctic would be complete without a trip to see polar bears so Pete and his wife visit Churchill Manitoba the polar bear capital of the world These majestic but threatened creatures lead Pete to think about his own life our interactions with the natural world and the importance of the Arctic North America's last great wildernes. Pete Dunne writing a four part seasonal story picks the place on earth where autumn lasts the longest In fact there is hardly a summer in some of the places he writes about Arctic Autumn is full of word pictures of the landscape and the animals and birds that inhabit the far north of out continent Can t wait to see what he does for winter

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Arctic Autumn

D with society's need for oil Then on to the Barren Lands of Canada and a search for the celebrated caribou herds that mean life and death for human and animal predators alike A canoe trip down the John River is filled with memories laughter and contemplation; a caribou hunt with a professional trapper leads to a polemic on hunting; and Pete travels to an island in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska to look fo. I ll read anything with Arctic in the title Thus I came to Dunn s Arctic Autumn Dunn is a good writer not great I did enjoy this book He s at his best when musing about growing older or why he is a hunter The descriptions of the various Arctic settings are not as good but still interestingI found the description of the North Slope oil extraction infrastructure an eye opener The damage done to the environment is shocking The best chapter I thought was the one on the polar bears of Churchill Manitoba Dunn is very good at explaining why we re where we are at vis a vis climate change and environmental depredation and why it s so hard to make positive change

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The Arctic doesn't spring to mind when most people think about autumn Yet in his continuing effort to invite readers' curiosity through unpredictability Pete Dunne chose to pair the transitional season of autumn with this fragile environment in flux The book begins on Bylot Island in Nunavut Canada at the retreating edge of the seasonal ice sheet then moves to Alaska where the needs of molting geese go head to hea. Arctic Autumn is part travelogue part science and part philosophy in an entirely approachable package Dunne relates the tales of several autumn adventures throughout Canada and Alaska most taken along with his wife a photographer whose striking work is also featured in the book In its opening chapter Arctic Autumn appeals to the reader s latent urge to explore the Arctic I admit that I recalled long ago days playing Arctic explorer at recess on the frozen tundra of my Minnesota elementary school And the book did to some extent rekindle that explorer s instinct Woven through Dunne s personable narrative and often amusing anecdotes there is a current of deep respect and thoughtful contemplation of the remote landscape and its denizens Dunne is a birder and a hunter with a clearly extensive knowledge of the Arctic ecosystem and its natural history Discussions range from reflections on Alexis de Tocueville s thoughts on the American frontier through the debate over the further pipeline related development on Alaska s north slope and its impact on waterfowl molting habitat to an on going meditation on the philosophical similarities between hunting and vegetarianism And of course no book on the Arctic would be complete without discussing climate change which Dunne does in several chapters A large part of the final chapter consists of a monologue directed toward a curious polar bear that gets to the heart of the difficulty we as a society have with addressing climate changeSo when we have mediocre leaders who tell us that the problem is exaggerated the data inconclusive we re willing to accept their assurance over our misgivings It s what we want to hear It s why we we elected them in the first place and why candidates who espouse inconvenient truths come in secondAnd climate change is just too big a challenge to be solved by individuals alone That s why we ve got this system that brings collective wisdom to bear on problems that affect everyone It is based on the premise that everyone is vested and that whatever a majority of the people want will be right It works pretty well most of the time butBut what happens when what the majority wants is to not be botheredThe one weak point of the book from my perspective is that it has a self conscious middle aged upper middle class guy perspective Given that most of the content is engaging entertaining and informative for a broader audience I found the freuent references and appeals to this demographic rather off puttingOverall Arctic Autumn is a compelling and often thought provoking read


8 thoughts on “Arctic Autumn

  1. says:

    After having read one of his other books and being a bit on the leery side I chose to try this author again and see if another of his books wo

  2. says:

    Arctic Autumn is part travelogue part science and part philosophy in an entirely approachable package Dunne relates the tales of several autumn adventures throughout Canada and Alaska most taken along with his wife a photographer whose striking work is also featured in the book In its opening chapter Arctic Autumn appeals to the reader's latent urge to explore the Arctic I admit that I recalled long ago days

  3. says:

    I'll read anything with Arctic in the title Thus I came to Dunn's Arctic Autumn Dunn is a good writer not great I did enjoy this book He's at his best when musing about growing older or why he is a hunter The descriptions of the various Arct

  4. says:

    Arctic Autumn A Journey to Season's Edge is the latest in Pete Dunne's four part series of books based on seasons in North America

  5. says:

    Pete Dunne writing a four part seasonal story picks the place on earth where autumn lasts the longest In fact there is ha

  6. says:

    Pete Dunne is an excellent writer in that he can relate any of his experiences to a sometimes serious sometimes humorousuniversal h

  7. says:

    Interesting pleasant reading no urgency but a good read Birder both professional and from lovepassion and photog

  8. says:

    I was really impressed with Pete Dunne's writing He had a great attention to detail and also has a poetic style to his writing I'll have to pick up some of his other books

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