How long should a leaf live? When should blueberries ripen? What should a clever moose eat?

Ecologist John Pastor answers these questions and more as he explores the natural history of the North Woods in his new collection of essays, What Should a Clever Moose Eat? Beginning with the geological history of the region and moving through the arrival of plants, herbivores, predators, and finally humans, Pastor is a joyful observer of nature who makes the North Woods come alive for scientists and non-scientists alike. Take a walk in John Pastor’s North Woods—you’ll come away with a new appreciation for the game trails, beaver ponds, and patterns of growth around you, and you won’t look at the natural world in the same way again.

Check out an excerpt of the book below.