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Toucan Nest
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What happens when we enter unfamiliar realms, when we open ourselves to the unknown? Sometimes that not-knowing makes art possible. In Toucan Nest, the eighth book by Alaska State Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker, her first vivid encounters with the rainforests of Costa Rica--with its basilisk lizards, bats, and bromeliads, its crocodiles, sloths, and strangler figs--refresh and renew our world in a work of startlingly beautiful mindfulness and imagination

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedicaiton
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Long Flight, Shadowy Taxi, Garden
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. In the Shadow of the Guanacaste Tree
  2. pp. 14-15
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  1. Ride into Town
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Losing the Pink Bananas
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Blue-Gray Tanager, Here, Gone
  2. pp. 20-22
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  1. El Laberinto
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Pájaro Sagrado
  2. pp. 24-26
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  1. Genesis, Quetzal
  2. pp. 27-29
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  1. Slaty Flowerpiercer
  2. pp. 30-32
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  1. Rain at Trogon Lodge
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Ramón’s Eyes
  2. pp. 34-39
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  1. Mottled Owls, Parque José Martí
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. Sloth
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. Flamenco Macaws
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Keeping Loud Ones Quiet
  2. pp. 46-48
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  1. Calls of Birds We Cannot See
  2. pp. 49-53
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  1. Toucan Nest
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Lluvia
  2. pp. 56-56
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  1. At Villa Lapas
  2. pp. 57-57
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  1. Leaf Cutter Ants
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. How the Motmot Got That Tail
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Venom
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Basilisk Lizard
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Canopy Walk
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Getting Away
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Painted Cart with No Oxen
  2. pp. 70-72
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  1. Rising Before Sun
  2. pp. 73-73
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  1. Slick Trail
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. Tent Revival
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. In Praise of What Does Not Belong to Us
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. Dantica / Tapir
  2. pp. 80-81
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  1. Burnt Fields
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. Cloud Forest Trail
  2. pp. 84-84
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  1. Strangler Fig
  2. pp. 85-87
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  1. Lagoon Near La Selva
  2. pp. 88-88
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  1. Ancestor
  2. pp. 89-89
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  1. Howler Monkeys
  2. pp. 90-90
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  1. Anhinga Drying Her Wings
  2. pp. 91-91
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  1. Mangrove Swamp
  2. pp. 92-94
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  1. Tucked Deep among Tangled Roots
  2. pp. 95-95
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  1. Mariposas
  2. pp. 96-96
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  1. Blue Morpho
  2. pp. 97-97
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  1. Murciélagos
  2. pp. 98-100
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  1. Echoes
  2. pp. 101-101
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  1. Spirit of the Bat
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. Gallo Pinto
  2. pp. 104-106
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  1. Passion Flower
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 112-112
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