This an advance notification … some months ago I mentioned that I am working on a project to write and publish a book currently with the title of   “1001 Species” – an illustrated natural history of a small town”

It’s coming along quite nicely and I hope to have it out in the wild sometime in early summer … but I am not working to a deadline and want it to be well polished and shiny before release.

The project started about three years ago when I challenged myself to find, identify and share information about one different species every day. Species to be seen where I live in Baie-D’Urfé and close by natural spaces on the West Island of Montreal. When I made it to 500 species I realised I was on to something and started to pull my records together and think about writing a Natural History.

I now have a website dedicated to this project which includes the 500 species reports I had earlier shared on social media. Each with a photograph.

Please visit

When the book is eventually ready it will be FREE to residents of Baie-D’Urfé and available at a nominal amount for everyone else who might be interested.

It will be a downloadable file in both EPUB and PDF formats and loaded with illustrations. It will almost certainly not be a Kindle … not because I have anything against Kindle at all, far from it, but because they make it too difficult to publish anything with the number and quality of illustrations this will have.

At the moment I have no plans for a print version (it’s those expensive illustrations again) but if I can find a way to offer that too – expense to pay a lot – then I will.

** If you would like to be advised of the progress of this project and to have an early opportunity to download a copy (it will be in PDF and EPUB formats – printing is far too expensive for readers, and the author, given the amount of photography involved) then please consider clicking the Subscribe link or emailing me at