Woman, watching Louise de Kiriline Lawrence and the songbirds of Pimisi Bay

Merilyn Simonds, 1949-

Book - 2022

"From award-winning author Merilyn Simonds, a remarkable biography of an extraordinary woman -- a Swedish aristocrat who survived the Russian Revolution to become an internationally renowned naturalist, one of the first to track the mid-century decline of songbirds. Referred to as a Canadian Rachel Carson, Louise de Kiriline Lawrence lived and worked in an isolated log cabin near North Bay. After her husband was murdered by Bolsheviks, she refused her Swedish privilege and joined the Canadi...an Red Cross, visiting her northern Ontario patients by dogsled. When Elzire Dionne gave birth to five babies, Louise became nurse to the Dionne Quintuplets. Repulsed by the media circus, she retreated to her wilderness cabin, where she devoted herself to studying the birds that nested in her forest. Author of six books and scores of magazine stories, de Kiriline Lawrence and her "loghouse nest" became a Mecca for international ornithologists. Lawrence was an old woman when Merilyn Simonds moved into the woods not far away. Their paths crossed, sparking Simonds's lifelong interest. A dedicated birder, Simonds brings her own songbird experiences from Canadian nesting grounds and Mexican wintering grounds to this deeply researched, engaging portrait of a uniquely fascinating woman."--

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2nd Floor New Shelf 508.092/Lawrence (NEW SHELF) Due Feb 8, 2023
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW Press [2022]
Physical Description
403 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Issued also in electronic formats
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Merilyn Simonds, 1949- (author)
  • The golden bird
  • The view from the terrace
  • Hungry for something
  • Untrammelled landscapes
  • Hold fast to this
  • This gentle art
  • Like the white wings of angels
  • Nothing happens haphazardly
  • A strong wall around me
  • Ennobling influence
  • The eyes of the heart
  • A limitless capacity to rebound
  • Visions of woodpeckers
  • With high alert
  • A fine and baffling interplay
  • Lest living lose its zest
  • As long as it lasts
  • Never a day alike to the other.