“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”
—Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Whether it is a long walk down a deserted beach, the discovery of spring wildflowers on the forest floor, or the sight of a bald eagle soaring above his canoe, it is the experience of wild things that brings peace, wonder, and inspiration to John Sylvester's work and life. Wild Island gathers together fragments of what remains of the “wild things” found on “The Million-Acre Farm,” presenting a picture of Prince Edward Island as Sylvester imagines it might have appeared before permanent settlement.
This is not a guidebook to natural areas, but a portrait of the diversity and beauty of what remains. It is an attempt to save and protect the “wild things” that are left.
A portion of the royalties are being donated to The Island Nature Trust, a conservation group that for thirty years has worked tirelessly to protect the Island’s remaining natural communities.