Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration
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- Hardback (BB)
- 01 May 2021
- Timber Press
- 280 pages - 228 x 152 x 24mm
Outdoor educator and field researcher Sara Dykman made history when she became the first person to bicycle alongside monarch butterflies on their storied annual migration - a round-trip adventure that included three countries and more than 10,000 miles. Equally remarkable, she did it solo, on a bike cobbled together from used parts. Her panniers were recycled buckets. In Bicycling with Butterflies, Dykman recounts her incredible journey and the dramatic ups and downs of the nearly nine-month odyssey. We’re beside her as she navigates unmapped roads in foreign countries, checks roadside milkweed for monarch eggs, and shares her passion with eager school children, skeptical bar patrons, and unimpressed border officials. We also meet some of the ardent monarch stewards who supported her efforts, from citizen scientists and researchers to farmers and high-rise city dwellers. With both humour and humility, Dykman offers a compelling story, confirming the urgency of saving the threatened monarch migration - and the other threatened systems of nature that affect the survival of us all.
Science, nature, and adventure come together in Sara Dykman's riveting account of her solo bike trip along the 10,201 mile-long migratory path of the monarch butterfly.