Excerpt from The Natural History of Chautauqua The material in this little book is the outgrowth of ten years natural history study and teaching in the Chautauqua region. The material is assembled in this form with the hope that it may be useful to the increasing number of nature-students who are actively interested in the rich and beautiful natural background of Chautauqua. The subject-matter is t designed to take the place of that found in the standard reference books; it is suggestive rather than scientifically exhaustive. In the various lists, for example, only the common and fairly common forms are usually included; rare and adventitious species, although often of extreme scientific interest, are t of particular significance to the beginner in natural history. It is significant that natural history has always been an integral part of the Chautauqua ideal. Wherever people may live, - amidst or far remote from the centers of culture, - Nature is omnipresent as the universal background of their lives. Natural history is the most cosmopolitan of the cultural elements; it is t nationalized, like literature, r racial, like the languages, r sectarianized, as is theology, r provincialized, as is history. The natural history of any locality, matter how apparently mediocre and humble, is a clean-cut epitome of the outstanding laws of the universe. This book is based upon the fundamental proposition of the nature-study idea, namely, that happiness may be derived from an intimate and sympathetic kwledge of the common things of our out-of-doors. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.