THIS DARK SHELTERING FOREST – Cry of the Kiwi: A Family’s New Zealand Adventure, Book 2

Print ISBN 9780993776717

E-book ISBN 9780993776748

The adventurous family that hit the ground running in Once a Land of Birds heads to New Zealand’s North Island for hands-on science in a rainforest and more exotic outdoor escapades.

With a gift for observing and story-telling, Magi Nams evokes the majesty and mystery of New Zealand’s volcanic North Island, the drama and tedium of six weeks of scientific research and travel, and the tensions and joys felt by a family bonding more closely far from home. 

Amid downpours and summer heat, the Nams drive quads over muddy pitted tracks on North Island’s Central Volcanic Plateau as they trap stoats, the subject of Vilis’s research. Long hours in the outdoors introduce Dainis and Jānis to the challenges of field research, and the entire family to the lush beauty of a New Zealand rainforest. During time off, the family treks over an active volcano, snorkels among electric-blue fishes, spots glow-worms in caves, walks among New Zealand’s rarest  birds, gazes in awe at some of the largest trees in the world, and explores a gaudy geothermal wonderland that rests on the fiery guts of the earth.

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