I’ve made a 2018 resolution to read more books about birding. Unlike a traditional “big year” this isn’t going to be about reading as many books as possible. Rather, I’m setting a simple and achievable goal of reading 12 books about birding during the year. Why don’t you join me?
Here are the ground rules:
- At least 12 books, one book per month of 2018
- Books must be about birding or birds (a broader topic of the natural world is okay as long as there is a connection with birds or birding)
- Field guides don’t count
- Choose authors you haven’t read before
- At least three must be written by women
- At least three must be written by an author from a country (or about a country) you haven’t read about before
Why Read Books About Birding?
After reading Noah Stryker’s Birding Without Borders, I discovered the joy of reading about birding. Prior to this, most of my bird-related reading was limited to studying field guides. This book inspired me to continue broadening my “bird reading” horizons. I realized you can learn a lot from following along on other people’s birding adventures. I also felt a sense of a community from reading this book – apparently there are other people in the world who are as crazy (if not crazier) about birds as I am!
My 12 Books About Birding
You can choose any books you want, as long as you follow the rules! Here are my choices with links to Amazon:
Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird – Katie Fallon
Life List: A Woman’s Quest for the World’s Most Amazing Birds – Olivia Gentile
When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer – James Alexander Currie
Wild America: The Record of a 30,000 Mile Journey Around the Continent by a Distinguished Naturalist and His British Colleague – Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher
Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds – Lynda Lynn Haupt
The Genius of Birds – Jennifer Ackerman
For more book ideas, check out these great suggestions from our growing reading community.
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