February 26, 2011

Bird watching books and a reason to stay in this weekend

The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen

The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of NatureWritten by a new bird watcher stricken with the infectious bite of birds, Rosen’s book is well written in friendly, yet deeply considered prose. Rosen finds in bird watching a pastime that is both personal and societal. He weaves issues of history, conservation, and religion into stories from the birding world. This book does not sugar coat back yard birds or glorify long distance road trips in the name of seeing every bird on earth. This is a philosophical book, musing on the why of bird watching. What drives people into the field, why count, classify, paint, and study the life of the sky. Hear an interview with the author

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