Nature Blog

Four Bird Books for Christmas

Written by Gene Walz, friend of VINS What to get a birdwatcher for a Christmas gift? Four new books top the list, three by women. They all show how much birdwatching, birders, and serious bird study have changed over the years.    Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder: A Memoir By Julia Zarankin   Divorced and at loose…

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Book Review: Happiness is a Rare Bird

Happiness is a Rare Bird by Gene Walz was published in 2016. Gene is a friend of VINS’ executive director, Charlie Rattigan, and supports our mission to motivate people to care about the environment through education, research, and rehabilitation, and the appreciation of birds.  Review by Katharine Britton Successful birding requires stamina, perseverance, patience, and…

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