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Gene Walz's Happiness Is a Rare Bird is a celebration of birding. Through a series of humorous anecdotes detailing his adventures over every continent save Antarctica, Walz brings to life the avian beauty and grace he studies in the field. Glorying in both the common and exotic, he provides a gaggle of glorious details about bird life from a Prairie guy's perspective. Peer deeply into the mind of the birder. Gene Walz affords an insider's look into the hobbyist's passionate drive and quirky lingo. Learn of vagabonds, endemics, fall-out, jinx birds, and lifers. Just as colourful as the birds they seek, Walz sketches endearing and hilarious portraits of the many birders he meets out in the field. Birders are indeed a special breed. Happiness Is a Rare Bird makes a compelling argument for the pursuit of birding, combining an opportunity to enjoy nature with the chance to come together with generous, kindred spirits.
Gene Walz has catalogued exotic birds on every continent save Antarctica, but still has a special place in his heart for the common house sparrow. An avid birder since 1972, Gene collaborated on two books for Nature Manitoba. Birds of Manitoba won the Manitoba Book Awards for Best Illustrated Book and the Seton Award. Professor of Film Studies at the University of Manitoba since 1974, Gene Walz retired in 2012, and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.