Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding

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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 it’s (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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Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 2007, 978-0-15-101247-3/0-15-101247-4

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"An entertaining look at what was once considered a rather peculiar hobby." Chicago TribuneScott Weidensaul skillfully traces the colorful history of American birding. Travel withthe 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 createsA 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 ofour most beloved pursuits. "[An] engrossing book about America s most popular pastime." Audubon Magazine "All these tales are inspiring, and fun to read, whether you're a birder or not."--Weekly Standard"

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