Jonathan Rosen's new book, The Life of the Skies: Birding at the end of Nature, just arrived on our shelves. One of the first lines in the book informs us that there are 47.8 million Americans who are birdwatchers. Even people in cities find wonderful birdwatching spots. It seems that bird watching is a real pasttime for many. This book is part birdwatching history, personal account, nature writing with a bit of philosophy.
You really don't have to go far to see some great birds. Outside the library we have regular visits by cedar waxwings. In our own backyards we see chickadees, goldfinches, red breasted nuthatches, pine grosbeaks, and an assortment of finches. Every now and then a family of cardinals comes through my backyard.
I just finished reading this book and it was an excellent and enjoyable read. You may want to read this book (see reviews below) and then read some others on birds, birding, and people like Audubon. We have plenty. Just stop in and ask for assistance.
NPR story Life of the Skies
Bird Watching Trends in the United States 1994-2006
San Francisco Chronicle Review
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Maine Bird Sites and Information
Northern Maine Birds
Maine Birding Trail
Maine Birds Blog
Maine Natural Areas Program
Biodiversity Research Institute