Check out these 3 new bird-related books for Fall 2023.  You can find more details on our Books for Birders page.

Alfie & Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe by Carl Safina (available Oct 3)

The author, an ecologist, rescued a screech owl in bad shape, expecting it would be on its way soon.  But the owl’s prolonged stay, which coincided with the Covid-19 pandemic, prompted the author to reflect on nature, spirituality, and human existence.

Birding Under the Influence: Cycling Across America in Search of Birds and Recovery by Dorian Anderson (available Nov 2023)

At a personal and professional crossroads, a man resets his life and finds sobriety, love, and 618 bird species, cycling his way to a very Big Year. Dorian Anderson, a neuroscience researcher on a pressure-filled life trajectory, walks away from the world of elite institutions, research labs, and academic publishing. In doing so, he falls in love and discovers he has freed himself to embrace his lifelong passion for birding.

The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year by Margaret Renkl (available Oct 23)

In The Comfort of Crows, Margaret Renkl, NY Times opinion writer, presents a literary devotional: fifty-two chapters that follow the creatures and plants in her backyard over the course of a year. As we move through the seasons—from a crow spied on New Year’s Day, its resourcefulness and sense of community setting a theme for the year, to the lingering bluebirds of December, revisiting the nest box they used in spring—what develops is a portrait of joy and grief: joy in the ongoing pleasures of the natural world, and grief over winters that end too soon and songbirds that grow fewer and fewer.