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Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding

By: Scott Weidensaul

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Paperback | Sep 2008 | #195377 | ISBN-13: 9780156033558
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Hardback | Sep 2008 | #195378 | ISBN-13: 9780151012473
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About this book

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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