A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland

sugar creek cover imageA Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland

by Cornelia F. Mutel
Reflections on Nature
University of Iowa Press
Paperback, 240 pages
$16.00

There’s more to climate change than the melting of polar ice. Cornelia Mutel finds and reports its evidence from her own patch of woodland in northern Iowa. In a gentle and sincere series of essays moving through the seasons, Mutel relates her childhood ramblings in rural Wisconsin, her academic life in science, and her days and nights teaching nature to her grandchildren on the homestead she and her husband have created and observed over decades. At the heart of the book is her case against climate change denial and apathy in a tone perhaps less intense and martial than some others in the genre, but no less compelling.