Flying Blind

Flying Blind

One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace With Authority, and Creating A Home for Endangered Bats

Book - 2013
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"When Middlebury writing professor Don Mitchell was approached by a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department about tracking endangered Indiana bats on his 150-acre farm in Vermont's picturesque Champlain Valley, Mitchell's relationship with bats--and with government--could be characterized as distrustful, at best. But the flying rats, as Mitchell initially thinks of them, launched him on a series of 'improvements' to his land that would provide a more welcoming habitat for the bats--and a modest tax break for himself and his family. Whether persuading his neighbors to join him on a 'silent meditation,' pulling invasive garlic mustard out of the ground by hand, navigating the tacit ground rules of buying an ATV off Craigslist, or leaving just enough honeysuckle to give government inspectors 'something to find,' Mitchell's tale is as profound as it is funny--a journey that changes Mitchell's relationship with Chiroptera, the land, and, ultimately, his understanding of his own past. Ruminating on the nature of authority, the purview of the state, and the value of inhabiting one's niche--Mitchell reveals much about our inner and outer landscape, in this perfectly paced and skilled story of place"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2013]
ISBN: 9781603585200
Branch Call Number: 599.4 MIT
Characteristics: x, 208 pages ; 23 cm


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Oct 19, 2014

This is a pleasing little book that takes you on a bland ride for awhile, a man on his farm trying to get Gov't help - to cut costs and ending up on a journey of self discovery. It is a slow read, which will suddenly shock in its revelations toward the end. But you have to read all the way through to understand what this man discovers about himself. It is also interesting to see the insanity of government, and how in the end, you can't fool, or tame, Mother Nature. She always wins, and things are not always what they seem.

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