The Backyard Bird Chronicles by Amy Tan

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Tan’s Chronicles are excerpts from her birdwatching journals and constitute several books in one—all of them charming, informative, and thoroughly delightful. There’s the daily report of visitors, which details the behavior of members of dozens of avian species (and, of course, squirrels), many of which soon become lively and endearing characters. There is also Tan’s more personal diary, where she revels in what she sees and confesses her “obsession” with the birds (she has 15 feeders and orders 5,000 live mealworms each week, along with suet, seeds, and more). Then there's the graphic version of events, told through Tan's meticulous and elegant sketches, which also put words in the birds' mouths and expressions on their faces. Her main lesson from these observations? “I hope I never cease to be amazed.”

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By Amy Tan, David Allen Sibley (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780593536131
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Published: Knopf - April 23rd, 2024

Birds Through Indigenous Eyes by Dennis Gaffin with Michael Bastine and John Volpe

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Spirited in every sense of the term, this three-part conversation on Natural Law fuses ornithology, mysticism, native beliefs, and more to present what may be a world-changing perspective for most mainstream Western readers. Gaffin, an anthropologist, and his friends Bastine and Volpe, a native healer and native animal rehabilitator, respectively, draw on indigenous beliefs and personal experience to show how birds, with their diverse songs, colors, and textures and their unique access to both earth and heaven, remind us of our innate connections with Nature and each other, helping us to restore the original balance we’ve disrupted by forgetting we’re one part of a larger harmony.

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ISBN: 9780691250847
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 30th, 2024

What an Owl Knows by Jennifer Ackerman

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A science writer, Ackerman here explores the myths, mysteries, and magnificence of owls. Throughout human history, she writes, owls have been present in the human experience—in our art, language, stories, myths, omens, and emblems. Today, advances in technology and science--from DNA analysis to cutting-edge imaging technology, from nest cams to drones to satellite transmitters--are enabling researchers to discern more about the planet’s 260 species of owls than ever before. This book is a primer on how owls see, hear, fly, hunt, nest, court, mate, play, think and, yes, feel. It is up to humans, Ackerman says, to do more to protect the environment and creatures like owls who are so essential to our ecosystems.

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ISBN: 9780593298886
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Published: Penguin Press - June 13th, 2023