Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding by Weidensaul Scott (2007-09-10) Hardcover

by Scott Weidensaul

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598 WEI

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"In Of a Feather, Scott Weidensaul traces American birding to its colorful origins: the frontier ornithologists who collected eggs between skirmishes with Indians; the society matrons who organized the first effective conservation movement; and the luminaries with checkered pasts; such as Alexander Wilson (a convicted blackmailer) and the endlessly self-mythologizing John James Audubon. Weidensaul also surveys the explosive growth of modern birding that began in 1934, when an awkward schoolteacher named Roger Tory Peterson published A Field Guide to the Birds."--BOOK JACKET.

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LibraryThing member satyridae
I liked this book but it didn't make me into a birder. I really enjoy Weidensaul's writing, and he communicates his passion very well. I adored his other books. This one, however, was too much for me- too much history, too many characters, too much minutiae. Not to fault the book- Weidensaul's an excellent writer, and this is no exception. The fault is entirely mine.… (more)
LibraryThing member witchyrichy
A loving picture of birding from its beginnings with a special focus on the joy of being with birds rather than the thrill of the competitive bird lister.
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