Posted by: atowhee | May 8, 2019


Here’s note from book’s editor, Alan Contreras:

For those interested in the Malheur-Steens region, Edge of Awe was released today.  It can be ordered from your friendly neighborhood bookstore, from OSU Press or picked up in person in about a week when you are at the Nature Store at Malheur HQ or at the Malheur Field Station. The stores do not expect to have copies this weekend.

A list of contributors appears below.

Edge of Awe
Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country
Alan L. Contreras, editor
Foreword by William Kittredge; Illustrations by Ursula K. Le Guin
6 × 9. 13 B&W line drawings. 8 B&W photos. 256 pages.
2019. ISBN 978-0-87071-961-5. Paperback, $19.95.

This compelling anthology gathers together personal impressions of the Malheur-Steens country of southeastern Oregon, known for its birding opportunities, its natural beauty and remoteness, and, more recently, for the 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Contributors of poetry and narrative nonfiction include biologists, students, tourists, birders, and local residents, thus reflecting the perspectives of both visitors and residents.

Edge of Awe celebrates the immense variety of human experience in the Malheur-Steens region. This high-desert marsh country has long been a place of human habitation, work, and recreation, but this compendium is weighted toward the writing of visitors over the past one hundred years. It encompasses a wide range of experiences, such as fishing the Blitzen River, attending the Steens Running Camp, leading a mule train on Steens mountain, looking for rare migrant birds, boating on the great marshes, and much more.

Anyone who has visited the awe-inspiring Malheur-Steens country or plans to do so, and anyone with an interest in the region, will find inspiration in this literary companion.

Chas Biederman
Charles E. Bendire
Greg Bryant
Sean Burns
Alan L. Contreras
Harry Fuller
Ira N. Gabrielson
Quinton Hallett
Ada Hastings Hedges
David Hedges
Hendrik Herlyn
Meli Hull
William Kittredge
Ursula K. Le Guin
David B. Marshall
John F. Marshall
Tom McAllister
Thomas C. Meinzen
Peter Pearsall
Dallas Lore Sharp
William Stafford
Noah K. Strycker
Peter Walker
Ellen Waterston
C.E.S. Wood

My contribution was an essay on the Common Nighthawks who enliven the skies and fence railings of Malheur Basin, starting in late May.NIGHTHAWK IN DAYTIMEnighthawk-malhr

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