One hundred entertaining and informative essays from the popular public radio feature program, BirdNote, accompanied by original illustrations throughout--an illuminating volume for bird and nature lovers across North America.
Here are the best stories about our avian friends from the public radio show BirdNote, each brief essay illuminating the life, habits, or songs of a particular bird. Why do geese fly in a V-formation? Why are worms so good for you--if you're a robin? Which bird calls, "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?" From wrens that nest in cactuses to gulls that have a strange red dot on their bills--these digestible and fascinating bird stories are a delightful window to the winged world. A foreword by John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and an introduction by Gordon Orians, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Washington, are also included.
About the Author
Ellen Blackstone is a writer, editor, and associate producer for BirdNote. She previously edited Earthcare Northwest, the newsletter of the Seattle Audubon Society and is a longtime member of the American Society of Crows and Ravens.
Emily Poole is a freelance illustrator, born and raised in the mountain town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration and is currently located in Eugene, Oregon. She has created work for the Teton Raptor Center, World Wildlife Fund Guyana, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
"Have you ever wondered what that little red dot on a seagull’s bill is for? Or why geese fly in a V formation? Answers to such questions—and more illuminating insights into avian species....are neatly compiled in BirdNote.…It’s a trove of trivia for anyone who’s ever wondered, “Why is that bird doing that?” —Seattle magazine
"[BirdNote has] a lively, conversational tone that makes for a quick and engaging read. Fans of the show and bird lovers of all ages will find much to enjoy in this book.” —Booklist
"…beautifully designed, with full-color illustrations and a handy bookmark tassel. This will make an excellent gift for the would-be birder in your family. And even veteran birders will enjoy it.…I recommend this book to anyone who loves birds (or anyone you think should love birds)." –EcoLit Books