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Bird-Witched!: How Birds Can Change A Life

Biography / MemoirOut of Print
Entertaining history of US birdwatching

Series: Mildred Wyatt-Wold Series in Ornithology

By: Marjorie Valentine Adams

240 pages, 51 halftones, 9 line drawings

University of Texas Press

Hardback | Jan 2006 | #155349 | ISBN: 0292709498
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About this book

History of the rise of birdwatching in the United States, by a veteran participant and observer.

From the publisher's website:

Birding can become an addiction. It starts when you hang a bird feeder in the backyard. Then you buy a bird book to identify the birds you see. Then, before you know it, you're keeping a life list and traveling the region, the country, perhaps even the world to catch glimpses of rare birds. Marjorie Adams's birding passion progressed through all these stages and continues today in her tenth decade. In this engaging and informative book, she looks back at her evolution into a full-fledged birder and the concurrent growth of the sport of birding, to which she contributed significantly as a founding member of the American Birding Association, a newspaper columnist on birding, and a teacher and producer of educational wildlife films with her husband and lifelong birding partner, "Red" Adams.

As one who was there from the beginning, Marjorie Adams is uniquely qualified to recount the astonishing rise of birding to a major pastime and recreational industry. She describes the founding of the American Birding Association and profiles its founder, James A. Tucker. She vividly recalls many of her and Red's birding adventures, from southern Canada to Mexico, as well as their encounters with a host of highly regarded birders, including Roger Tory Peterson, Pete Dunne, Victor Emmanuel, Charles Hartshorne, and Roy Bedichek. She also explains how her and Red's love for birds led them to become conservation activists and how they produced an award-winning film on the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. Offering an important chapter in the story of birding in Texas and the United States, this book establishes Marjorie and Red Adams's rightful place among the leading Texas naturalists of recent decades.


Foreword by Greg Lasley and Chuck Sexton Acknowledgments Prologue: How It Began My First Bird World Column: Why Watch Birds? How to Play the Birds Birding--A Dangerous Sport? Snakes Getting Close to Nature The Throne Bedi the Bird Man Scoter Scope-out Canoe in the Wilderness He Gave Us Freedom Top-of-the-World Bird Rarest Gives Way to Most Elusive The Texas Bird Lady Hunting--A Battle Cry? Crisis in Gooseland The Last One? Wish-Book Bird Crossed-up Nomads Arrive Problems with a Tin Ear Born to Sing A Perilous Job? Another First for Texas Those Jeweled Jets Conversation(?) with a Robin Dining on the Wind Outguessing the Weather Turkey Wild, Turkey Tame Playful Ravens? Battle of a Lifetime How Bird People Learn to Love Get Off My Land! The Clock Keeps Ticking Epilogue: It's a Long Way from There to Here

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