New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2017.
224 pages map ; 22 cm
Environmental reporter Lynda V. Mapes takes us through her year living with one red oak at the Harvard Forest. We experience the seasons as people have for centuries, watching for each new bud, and listening for each new bird and frog call in spring; we savor the cadence of falling autumn leaves, and the glory of snow and starry winter nights. She brings us eye-level with garter snakes and newts, and alongside the squirrels and jays devouring the oak's acorns. Season by season she reveals the secrets of trees, how they work, and sustain a vast community of lives, including our own. The oak is a living timeline and witness to climate change. While stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a story rooted in hope, beauty, wonder, and the possibility of renewal in people's connection to nature.