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"An entertaining look at what was once considered a rather peculiar hobby."—Chicago Tribune
 
Scott Weidensaul skillfully traces the colorful history of American birding. Travel with the frontier ornithologists who collected eggs between border skirmishes; meet the society matrons who organized the first effective conservation movement; discover the luminaries with checkered pasts, such as convicted blackmailer Alexander Wilson and the endlessly self-mythologizing John James Audubon; and watch as an awkward schoolteacher named Roger Tory Peterson creates A Field Guide to the Birds, prompting the explosive growth of modern birding. Spirited and compulsively readable, Of a Feather celebrates the passions and achievements of birders, from the continent's fledgling ornithologists to the millions of Americans who have transformed a once eccentric occupation into one of our most beloved pursuits.
 
"[An] engrossing book about Americas most popular pastime."— Audubon Magazine
 
"All these tales are inspiring, and fun to read, whether you're a birder or not."--Weekly Standard 

Synopsis:

Arriving in the New World, Europeans were awestruck by a continent awash with birds. Today tens of millions of Americans are birders, making what was once an eccentric hobby into something so mainstream that it’s cool.

In this compulsively readable popular history, Scott Weidensaul traces the colorful evolution of American birding: from the frontier ornithologists who collected eggs between border skirmishes to the society matrons who organized the first effective conservation movement; from the luminaries with checkered pasts, such as convicted blackmailer Alexander Wilson and the endlessly self-mythologizing John James Audubon, to the awkward schoolteacher named Roger Tory Peterson whose A Field Guide to the Birds prompted the explosive growth of modern birding.

Entertaining and illuminating, Of a Feather will find a roost on every birder’s shelf.

 

Synopsis:

Arriving in the New World, Europeans were awestruck by a continent awash with birds. Today tens of millions of Americans birders have made a once eccentric hobby into something so mainstream its (almost) cool.

Scott Weidensaul traces the colorful evolution of American birding: from the frontier ornithologists who collected eggs between border skirmishes to the society matrons who organized the first effective conservation movement; from the luminaries with checkered pasts, such as convicted blackmailer Alexander Wilson and the endlessly self-mythologizing John James Audubon, to the awkward schoolteacher Roger Tory Peterson, whose A Field Guide to the Birds prompted the explosive growth of modern birding. Spirited and compulsively readable, Of a Feather celebrates the passions and achievements of birders throughout Americcan history.

 

About the Author

SCOTT WEIDENSAUL is the author of four previous works of natural history-Return to Wild America, The Ghost with Trembling Wings, Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, and Mountains of the Heart. He is a federally licensed bird bander and lives in the Pennsylvania Appalachians.

Table of Contents

Contents

1              “Birds . . . more beautiful than in Europe”             1

2              “Except three or four, I do not know them”           41

3              Pushing West          79

4              Shotgun Ornithology              107

5              Angry Ladies          145

6              Becoming a Noun    187

7              Death to Miss Hathaway       227

8              Beyond the List      273

                Acknowledgments  315

                Notes and Bibliography          317

                Index       339

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156033558
Author:
Weidensaul, Scott
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Ornithology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Bird watching
Subject:
Ornithology -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Bird watching -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 black-and-white photos with text
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.85 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Arriving in the New World, Europeans were awestruck by a continent awash with birds. Today tens of millions of Americans are birders, making what was once an eccentric hobby into something so mainstream that it’s cool.

In this compulsively readable popular history, Scott Weidensaul traces the colorful evolution of American birding: from the frontier ornithologists who collected eggs between border skirmishes to the society matrons who organized the first effective conservation movement; from the luminaries with checkered pasts, such as convicted blackmailer Alexander Wilson and the endlessly self-mythologizing John James Audubon, to the awkward schoolteacher named Roger Tory Peterson whose A Field Guide to the Birds prompted the explosive growth of modern birding.

Entertaining and illuminating, Of a Feather will find a roost on every birder’s shelf.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
Arriving in the New World, Europeans were awestruck by a continent awash with birds. Today tens of millions of Americans birders have made a once eccentric hobby into something so mainstream its (almost) cool.

Scott Weidensaul traces the colorful evolution of American birding: from the frontier ornithologists who collected eggs between border skirmishes to the society matrons who organized the first effective conservation movement; from the luminaries with checkered pasts, such as convicted blackmailer Alexander Wilson and the endlessly self-mythologizing John James Audubon, to the awkward schoolteacher Roger Tory Peterson, whose A Field Guide to the Birds prompted the explosive growth of modern birding. Spirited and compulsively readable, Of a Feather celebrates the passions and achievements of birders throughout Americcan history.

 

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