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Mice in the Freezer, Owls on the Porch: The Lives of Naturalists Frederick and Francis Hamerstrom

Helen McGavran Corneli

"Mice in the Freezer, Owls on the Porch" is in many ways a love storyabout a quiet scientist and his flamboyant wife, but also about their passions for hunting, for wild lands, and for the grouse and raptor species that they were instrumental in saving from destruction.
From the papers and letters of Frederick and Frances Hamerstrom, the reminiscences of contemporaries, and her own long friendship with this extraordinary couple who were her neighbors, Helen Corneli draws an intimate picture of Fran and "Hammy" from childhood through the genesis and maturation of a romantic, creative, and scientific relationship. Following the Hamerstroms as they give up a life of sophisticated convention and comfort for the more "civilized" (as Aldo Leopold would have it) pleasures of living and conducting on-the-spot research into diminishing species, Corneli captures the spirit of the Hamerstroms, their profession, and the natural and human environments in which they worked. A nuanced account of the labors, adventures, and achievements that distinguished the Hamerstroms over the yearsand that inspired a generation of naturaliststhis book also provides a dramatic account of conservation history over the course of the twentieth century, particularly in Wisconsin during the eventful years from the 1920s through the 1970s.

Book Details

  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publish Date: Oct 17th, 2002
  • Pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 1.01in - 1.36lb
  • EAN: 9780299180904
  • Categories: GeneralGeneral

About the Author

Helen McGavran Corneli is professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.