Wild North Carolina

Discovering the Wonders of Our State's Natural Communities

By David Blevins, Michael P. Schafale

184 pp., 10 x 9, 118 color illus., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-8335-5
    Published: August 2024
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-8078-3467-1
    Published: April 2011
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-7779-1
    Published: April 2011
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8451-0
    Published: April 2011

Paperback Available August 2024, but pre-order your copy today!

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Celebrating the beauty, diversity, and significance of the state's natural landscapes, Wild North Carolina provides an engaging, beautifully illustrated introduction to North Carolina's interconnected webs of plant and animal life. From dunes and marshes to high mountain crags, through forests, swamps, savannas, ponds, pocosins, and flatrocks, David Blevins and Michael Schafale reveal in words and photographs natural patterns of the landscape that will help readers see familiar places in a new way and new places with a sense of familiarity.

Wild North Carolina introduces the full range of the state's diverse natural communities, each brought to life with compelling accounts of their significance and meaning, arresting photographs featuring broad vistas and close-ups, and details on where to go to experience them first hand. Blevins and Schafale provide nature enthusiasts of all levels with the insights they need to value the state's natural diversity, highlighting the reasons plants and animals are found where they are, as well as the challenges of conserving these special places.

About the Authors

David Blevins is a nature photographer and forest ecologist whose other books include North Carolina's Barrier Islands
For more information about David Blevins, visit the Author Page.

Michael P. Schafale is a community ecologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program.
For more information about Michael P. Schafale, visit the Author Page.


"David Blevins's magnificent photographs and Michael Schafale's insightful prose create an invaluable book for anyone who loves North Carolina's natural bounty."--Our State

"The attraction of this book, besides its beautiful photographs, is the lyrical and expressive prose. A moving and engaging evocation of the beauty and importance of natural ecosystems, their place on the landscape, and their fragility in the face of climate change and human intrustions,"--Castanea

"Wild North Carolina is a beautifully illustrated book that seeks to teach us how to read North Carolina's varied landscapes, helps us understand the many marvelous natural processes that maintain these landscapes, and provides a stirring call for the conservation of threatened communities."—Lawrence Earley, author of Looking for Longleaf

"Blevins and Schafale's powerful imagery and description of North Carolina's natural communities reveal why North Carolina stands in the top echelon among American states for the exceptional diversity and beauty of its natural ecosystems and landscapes. Wild North Carolina calls for us to defend our state's natural creation against thoughtless, shortsighted exploitation."—Chuck Roe, Southern Conservation Partners

"Wonderful! Wild North Carolina took me back to many of the special wild places that I have explored and gave me an even greater understanding of the complexity and delicate balance of our state's natural communities and their need for conservation. This book is an educational and inspirational boon for a new generation of environmental stewards."—Betsy Bennett, director emerita, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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