RESTORING Prairie, Woods, and Pond is the tale of How A small Trail Can Make A Big Difference. In this book, written for children, and budding naturalists of all ages, Laurie Lawlor explores the experience of bringing back nature one helping hand at a time.
Throughout the book, she examines how community is key. How bringing together people from different backgrounds and working toward a common goal fosters a pride in community that's hard to find elsewhere. The transformation of a city-owned dumping ground into the Eagle Nature Trail is a perfect example.
Lawlor delves into the early history of the land the trail now encompasses, reaching as far back as the glacial age, and traces the timeline up through the first living plant organisms, to the native prairie ecosystem. Then onward as animals, birds, dragonflies, and other animal and insects inhabited the land, and, eventually, the first humans.
The story continues on to tell of the Indigenous peoples who first lived on the land, and the eventual arrival of the first Euro-American settlers who farmed the land. It illustrates the changes to the landscape, the extreme weather events through the years, environmental struggles, and the beginnings of surveying the land to determine the best natural use for it.
A nature lover, bird watcher, wildlife fan, amateur photographer, humane gardener, traveler, and singer of songs. I've been keeping closer to home these days, and truly discovering the beauty that lies in TheParkNextDoor.