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Name:  May Thielgaard Watts  

Pen Name: May Petrea Thielgaard Watts


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1893 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: August 20, 1975

-- May Thielgaard Watts on WorldCat --

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Reading the Landscape of America
ISBN: 0912550236

Nature Study Guild Publishers. 1999

In this natural history classic, the author takes the reader on field trips to landscapes across America, both domesticated and wild. She shows how to read the stories written in the land, interpreting the clues laid down by history, culture, and natural forces. A renowned teacher, writer and conservationist in her native Midwest, Watts studied with Henry Cowles, the pioneering American ecologist. She was the first to explain his theories of plant succesion to the general public. Her graceful, witty essays, with charming illustrations by the author, are still relevant and engaging today, as she invites us to see the world around us with fresh eyes.


May Thielgaard Watts Reading Garden of Morton Arboretum was named for her in 1963.