Conversations with Birds

By Priyanka Kumar

(Milkweed Editions; 296 pages; $26)

In 20 vignettes and essays, Priyanka Kumar lovingly narrates how encounters with birds have molded her outlook on life, household, and nature, bridging the mountains of her childhood in India to her grownup wanderings in California and New Mexico. A spark was Kumar’s probability “mango-colored chicken” sighting—a Western Tanager—that stirs her to “aliveness” throughout a near-death expertise; her highly effective musings take off from there. Her writing is filled with magnificence but additionally tells of destruction of the interconnected ecosystems that maintain birds and folks. “Generally it simply takes the appropriate chicken to awaken us,” she writes.

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Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World

By Barry Lopez 

(Random Home; 352 pages; $28)

Birds flit by this posthumous essay assortment by an enormous of nature writing, however its actual topic is the worth and the urgency of carefully observing the world round us. “Maybe the primary rule of every thing we endeavor to do is to concentrate,” Lopez displays. “Maybe the second is to be affected person.” A birder seeking phrases to dwell by may do worse.

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Brown Pelican

By Rien Fertel

(LSU Press; 112 pages; $22)

Though the Brown Pelican is the star of one of many world’s nice conservation success tales, in the present day the enduring species is as soon as once more underneath menace. Transient sufficient to complete at cruising altitude however meaty sufficient to chew on lengthy after, Brown Pelican is an interesting historical past of humankind’s sophisticated, at occasions shameful relationship with a outstanding species.

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At Residence on an Unruly Planet: Discovering Refuge on a Modified Earth


By Madeline Ostrander


(Henry Holt & Firm; 352 pages; $29)


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This Is a E-book for Folks Who Love Birds

By Danielle Belleny/Illustrated by Stephanie Singleton

(Working Press Grownup; 152 pages; $16)

Desire to giggle at chicken banter and enjoyable information? Decide up Danielle Belleny’s primer to birds and birding. Good for somebody nonetheless studying their method round birds, Belleny, a co-founder of Black Birders Week, charmingly walks by avian biology, anatomy, and birding tradition. The writing is filled with intelligent jokes and unusual perspective grounded in deep data of the fashionable birding scene.

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Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods

By Lyndsie Bourgon

(Little Brown; 288 pages; $28)

This gripping detective story and an incredible work of journalism follows redwood poachers and the park rangers who’re attempting to trace them down. By way of telling the story of a band of tree poachers residing outdoors Redwood Nationwide Park, Bourgon describes the poverty and social points that company deforestation leaves in its wake. The answer, she argues, is investing in native communities to maintain the forests they know.

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