"Edwin Way Teale (June 2, 1899 – October 18, 1980) was an American naturalist, photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Teale's works serve as primary source material documenting environmental conditions across North America from 1930 - 1980. He is perhaps best known for his series The American Seasons, four books documenting over 75,000 miles (121,000 km) of automobile travel across North America following the changing seasons."
January's Book Club selection, Wandering Through Winter documents the four winter months he spent traveling twenty thousand miles across the southwest and parts of the Midwest, ending in northeastern Maine. He describes the people, plants, animals, and birds encountered along the way, including the migration of a pod of gray whales, the discovery of hibernating poorwills in the lower Colorado desert, giant beavers on the Missouri, and a night in the 'sugarbushes' of New Hampshire.