The Meaning of Birds by Simon Barnes

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Previously published in England, the book may have greater resonance with those more familiar with the birds, organizations, and conservation efforts there, but the core message of this delightful book will appeal to birders everywhere.
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A gorgeously illustrated and enchanting examination of the lives of birds, illuminating their wondrous world and our connection with them.

One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, The Meaning of Birds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich.

From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird―and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life. Illustrated throughout
 

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Simon Barnes" "is the multi-award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times "(London). He is also a nature writer, horseman, and the author of a dozen books, including the bestselling "How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher" and "The Meaning of Sport" (Short Books). He lives in Suffolk with his family.
 
Published January 2, 2018 by Pegasus Books. 323 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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on Sep 28 2017

Previously published in England, the book may have greater resonance with those more familiar with the birds, organizations, and conservation efforts there, but the core message of this delightful book will appeal to birders everywhere.

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