What It’s Like To Be A Bird–Book, Author Interview & Master Class

We missed this book when it was published earlier this year, until now–an interview with its author about best birding practices caught our attention. The publisher has this to say about the book:

The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing–and why

“Can birds smell?” “Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?” “Do robins ‘hear’ worms?” In What It’s Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often…

David Allen Sibley is also offering this online course in conjunction with 92Y:

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a bird? Can birds smell? Is that the same cardinal that was at your feeder last year? What are backyard birds doing and why?

In his newest book for birders and non-birders What It’s Like to Be a Bird, ornithologist David Allen Sibley, the bestselling author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall and which is considered one if not the most comprehensive guides for North American ornithological field identification, takes us on a journey of discovery answering the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often.

It’s geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds—blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees—it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin.

David Allen Sibley’s drawings and paintings have always been a way for him to explore nature and his exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. While the text is aimed at adults—including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes—it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the full-color illustrations of birds in action.

You won’t want to miss these two master classes scheduled just in time for The Christmas Bird Count which runs from December 14 to January 5.

Come fly with us!

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