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The Peregrine By J. A. Baker, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by) Cover Image
By J. A. Baker, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590171332
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: NYRB Classics - December 31st, 2004

A bookseller once told me he stopped on page 190 of this book, so he could claim he was always reading The Peregrine. It's a clear impulse, to want to live within J.A. Baker's fenlands of England, completely void of people—only birds, who "know suffering and joy in simple states not possible for us." There are books that change the way you read, and then there are books that alter the way you want to live, walk, pay attention. The Peregrine is both.

Review by Spencer R.

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Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard  By Joan E. Strassmann Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593329924
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: TarcherPerigee - October 25th, 2022

Perfect book for those who are curious about the birdwatching world. Birdwatching as a hobby entails patience and time, waiting for the sounds of rustling leaves and whisper songs. And though it’s already a mindful hobby, Joan argues that we can be slower when it comes to observing birds, either from your backyard or walking in your neighborhood. She dedicates a chapter per bird, giving us insight and information from the bird expert themselves. Then comes the ‘slow birding’ itself, with reflection questions and activities to hone in on your observational skills when watching birds and how they behave. It’s been my favorite companion while I birdwatch from my balcony or at my local park.

Review by Javi

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds By Scott Weidensaul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393882414
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 15th, 2022

It's been over 20 years since Weidensaul's previous work on migration,and it's hard to think much more can be added. Well, he does, and he does it in that evocative and immersive way that us bird lovers know Weidensaul for. The past two decades of technology have deepened our understanding of migration and, even moreso, how our species' impact on the planet puts the avian world in peril.

Review by Zack