Polar bears in the high Arctic. Butterflies on Mexico’s mountains. Gray whales in Baja California. Golden toads in Costa Rica. Parrots in the West Indies. Albatrosses off the Olympic Peninsula.
Whether on their own or as tour leaders for the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations, John and Gloria Tveten have encountered the world’s wildlife with an unfailing appreciation not only for animals of all kinds but also for the places those animals call home. For more than two decades, from some of the most beautiful and fascinating locations in the Western Hemisphere, the Tvetens brought their adventures alive for the readers of their weekly “Nature Trails” column in the Houston Chronicle.
Here, with contemporary notes and updates, the Tvetens have gathered a sampling of their favorite, most recommended, most unforgettable trips to see wildlife and nature, which also include the Guatemalan Highlands, the International Crane Foundation, the Andes, the Grand Canyon, and Utah’s Redrock Country.
John Tveten and Gloria Tveten are Texas naturalists, writers, and photographers. Residents of Baytown, they are frequent speakers and field trip leaders at nature and birding festivals throughout the state.
What Readers Are Saying:
“The stories are fascinating and delightful. The book could be used to choose a travel destination or to just enjoy traveling to exotic places without leaving home. The Tvetens report on local markets, geology, local characters, and all of the extra things that make a visit to a country or place a full experience, but they still see lots of birds.”--John P. O’Neill, former director, Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science
“As we read their book, it was like sitting on our couch listening to them talk. We could feel goose bumps on our necks as we read about Arctic adventures to see polar bears, gyrfalcons and beluga whales. We could imagine our muscles twitching as we read about hiking and rafting through the Grand Canyon.” --Houston Chronicle