Bird Brother, by Rodney Stotts

Staff Pick

The look exchanged between man and bird in the cover photo speaks of mutual trust, strength, and respect—and it says everything about Stott’s deeply insightful, compelling, and moving book. Part memoir (dual tracking the 1990s and 2004 to 2021) and part primer on raptors, it charts the evolution of a DC drug dealer into a Master Falconer. Stotts always enjoyed being outdoors, but nature took a backseat to his urban hustling, until he needed a legit job in order to rent an apartment. He signed on with the Earth Conservation Corps to help clean up the Anacostia, and as he saw the difference his activities could make, and as he bonded with the people and animals he worked with, his life turned around. He began taking an active role in nurturing wildlife, then used rehabilitated creatures to reach out to young people, showing them that “once we understand the wild things, we understand ourselves,” and founding several organizations devoted to conservation and youth mentoring.


Bird Brother: A Falconer's Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife By Rodney Stotts, Kate Pipkin (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Rodney Stotts, Kate Pipkin (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781642831740
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Published: Island Press - February 3rd, 2022