On Wednesday November 13th, our host Tim Hansel was joined by Don Mitchell author of “Flying Blind: One Man’s Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats”.
“Flying Blind” tells Mitchell’s story bats navigating this fatal epidemic and all the work that he has done, to help them survive. In addition to helping endangered bats, Mitchell also encounters his authoritarian father, his youth and the man that he would eventually become.
The interwoven narratives of contemplations on nature and life in Flying Blind are in the vein of Terry Tempest Williams’s Refuge and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. “Befriending bats had been a means to figure out, against all odds, where in the world I actually was. And exactly who I was,” Mitchell writes. “And to participate—thankfully, joyfully—in the wild party that keeps going on around us.”-Chelsea Green Publishing