Learning the Birds: A Midlife Adventure

Tantor Audio. Apr. 2022. 12:04 hrs. ISBN 9798765004968. $24.99. NAT HIST
This book is an exploration of midlife told through the author’s introduction to birding. Bard College writer in residence Rogers (My Reach) skillfully brings listeners along on her birding explorations., from the Catskills to Arizona and Alaska. As her relationship with a birding mentor grows, so does her understanding of the birding world and the related seminal figures and events around birding. She introduces Frank M. Chapman, originator of the “Christmas Bird Count,” who transformed the grisly practice of killing as many birds as possible on Christmas Day to counting as many; and Nathan Leopold, of “Leopold and Loeb” infamy, who was also an accomplished birder and expert on the Kirtland’s Warbler. Rosemary Benson narrates with a soothing and lyrical voice, evoking the quiet and calm of the natural world where the birds and birders converge.
VERDICT This book is a delight, melding birding lore and the perils of transitioning to midlife. Recommended for medium and large public libraries or others where nature books are popular.
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