Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year

Mariposa Road The First Butterfly Big Year Part road trip tale part travelogue of lost and found landscapes all good natured natural history Mariposa Road tracks Bob Pyle s journey across the United States as he races against the calendarin

  • Title: Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year
  • Author: Robert Michael Pyle
  • ISBN: 9780618945399
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Part road trip tale, part travelogue of lost and found landscapes, all good natured natural history, Mariposa Road tracks Bob Pyle s journey across the United States as he races against the calendarin his search for as many of the 800 American butterflies as he can find Like Pyle s classic Chasing Monarchs, Mariposa Road recounts his adventures, high and low, in trackingPart road trip tale, part travelogue of lost and found landscapes, all good natured natural history, Mariposa Road tracks Bob Pyle s journey across the United States as he races against the calendarin his search for as many of the 800 American butterflies as he can find Like Pyle s classic Chasing Monarchs, Mariposa Road recounts his adventures, high and low, in tracking down butterflies in his own low tech, individual way Accompanied by Marsha, his cottonwood limb butterfly net Powdermilk, his 1982 Honda Civic with 345,000 miles on the odometer and the small Leitz binoculars he has carried for than thirty years, Bob ventured out in a series of remarkable trips from his Northwest home From the California coastline in company with overwintering monarchs to the Far Northern tundra in pursuit of mysterious sulphurs and arctics from the zebras and daggerwings of the Everglades to the leafwings, bluewings, and border rarities of the lower Rio Grande from Graceland to ranchland and Kauai to Key West, these intimate encounters with the land, its people, and its fading fauna are wholly original At turns whimsical, witty, informative, and inspirational, Mariposa Road is an extraordinary journey of discovery that leads the reader ever farther into butterfly country and deeper into the heart of the naturalist.

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    • Robert Michael Pyle

      Robert Michael Pyle is a lepidopterist and a professional writer who has published twelve books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems He has a Ph.D from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University He founded the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in 1974 His acclaimed 1987 book Wintergreen describing the devastation caused by unrestrained logging in Washington s Willapa Hills near his adopted home was the winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing His 1995 book Where Bigfoot Walks Crossing the Dark Divide was the subject of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

    878 thoughts on “Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year

    • What can you say about the venerable Robert Michael Pyle that hasn't been said before? His dapper cherubic adventures, dallying with winged nymphs and quaffing localized microbrews sets my heart aflutter. Pardon the pun. His constant references to some of the most memorable travel tomes only adds to the allure of his travels: William Least Heat Moon, Kerouac and Steinbeck. As a fellow-traveler who spent a year plying the backroads of America in 1995, I was constantly reminded of the freedom of t [...]


    • A little disclaimer: This review (and 3/5-stars rating) reflects my relatively narrow scope for appreciation of the topic. Although I have never taken much interest in butterflies, I do enjoy reading about wildlife, natural history and travel journals, and it was a review in Audubon Magazine which ultimately inspired me to pick up this book. While I'm sure this would have been a quicker and more enjoyable read for a butterfly enthusiast, I did find a lot to like about Mariposa Road, which I am p [...]


    • This is a book about butterflies in the USA – and about the people who like butterflies and the people met ‘on the road’ while looking for butterflies.The road is quite a long one as Bob Pyle tried to see all the USA’s butterflies in a year – which meant criss-crossing the USA several times to try to be in the right place at the right time. How many miles – 88,000?!How many butterfly species do you think there are in the USA? There are about the same number as there are USA birds – [...]


    • Inspired by similar efforts by birders, lepidopterist Robert Pyle sets off on a set of journeys to try to see as many species of butterflies in the U.S. as he can in one calendar year, partly because it had never been done, and partly to raise money and awareness for butterfly conservation. The book was very interesting in many respects. First and foremost, I learned a lot about butterflies. Pyle is one of the America's foremost experts on them, and he knows and was often assisted by many other [...]


    • In 2008, Robert Pyle traveled the U.S. in an attempt to see as many species of butterfly during one calendar year as he could manage. This book is a record of that year. As a resident of Wisconsin, I was pleased to read his descriptions of visiting several sites that I'm personally familiar with, such as Cedarburg Bog.As a reading experience, the book suffers from Pyle's near-obsessive level of detail. He records the names of the restaurants he eats in on his journey, the craft beers he drinks, [...]


    • If there is one quotation all physicists love more than any other it is Rutherford’s magnificent put down ‘All science is either physics or stamp collecting.’ And frankly, when it comes to science, Mariposa Road sits firmly in the stamp collecting class. To be fair, Rutherford’s remark was not quite as negative as it seems – ‘stamp collecting’ in the sense of collecting and collating information as is typical of natural history is an essential part of science – but to make for so [...]


    • This is a very slow-going book, and more intended for a naturalist in general and specifically a lepidopterist (or leptist is a term they use in the book) audience. Information that could be helpful is often assumed to already be known, and there is sometimes a snobbery that comes through for other people with different interests. At the same time, some of the prose is really beautiful, and there is some fun to going on the hunt.Sample paragraph: "I climbed an observation tower. After a nice but [...]


    • Wonderful book. I didn't want the butterfly searching to end, so I was reading it slowly. Renewed twice from the library and then still had it a few days overdue! It was worth it. Pyle, a lifelong lepidopterist, decided to find and definitely identify as many United States butterfly species as possible. I'm not a butterfly collector, but I'm certainly taking a new interest in them now thanks to Pyle. He writes beautifully, and that makes what could be an impenetrable book - lots of science - tot [...]


    • The writing is personable and interesting. However, I think this book just screams out for maps and some nice line drawings of the butterflies. I really liked Pyle's breadth of knowledge and his laid back tone. I felt I was walking the trail with him at points. But I constantly had to refer to maps and butterfly guides to get a good sense of where he was and what he was seeing at certain points. I don't think this is the author's fault, but probably the publisher not wanting to put the money int [...]


    • Driving in a 1982 Honda called Powdermilk, RMP traveled over 40,000 miles and flew another to identify almost 500 species of butterfly. This is first big year for butterflies (2008). He mostly slept in his car, recording everything he saw and everyone he met. Over 500 pages of delightful detail of the flora and fauna through most of the U.S Hawaii and Alaska.


    • An engaging account of an attempt to see as many butterfly species as possible in one year. I have a more detailed review here.


    • An adventure in natural history and butterfly spotting; for the most enthusiastic of butterfly lovers. (Like me.)



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