The Living Bird, a gorgeous book published to commemorate the 2015 centennial of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, deserves a place on every birder’s coffee table or nightstand.
We can’t decide what’s more impressive: the beautiful photography or the thoughtful essays.
Our friend and regular contributor Gerrit Vyn provides one stunning image after another — showing flamingos, warblers, swallows, owls, and many other birds — while Barbara Kingsolver, John W. Fitzpatrick, Scott Weidensaul, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, and Jared Diamond write convincingly, movingly, about birds as marvels, birds as mediators between the obvious and the hidden, birds as indicators of our planet’s health, and the future of birds and how we can shape it.
A deep love is evident on every page.
A version of this article appears in the February 2016 issue of BirdWatching. Subscribe.
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