The author sounds like someone it would be wonderful to meet and spend time with, as Jim King described doing in his book, Attending Alaska's Birds. A Naturalist in Alaska is purely a book of wildlife observations. There were no huge revelations in it, but I hope I learned incrementally, much like one would if they were spending hours and days watching wildlife. The author very modestly says nothing about any physical hardship that he underwent during his work, nothing about how difficult it was, or the amount of base knowledge he must certainly have had to bring to it. The drawings are delightful. I would have benefited from having some maps, even hand-drawn ones, included.