What we’re reading: ‘Bird Droppings,’ by Pete Dunne

Bird Droppings: Writings about Watching Birds and Bird Watchers, by Pete Dunne (Stackpole Books, January 2016).
Bird Droppings: Writings about Watching Birds and Bird Watchers, by Pete Dunne (Stackpole Books, January 2016).

Pete Dunne is an accomplished birder, a gifted storyteller — the “Bard of Birding,” according to the Wall Street Journal — and one of North America’s preeminent nature writers. He is the author of our regular wide-ranging column “Birder at Large” and over a dozen books.

This new collection contains 33 tales about birds and birders and a few of Pete’s essays from “Birder at Large” (including the unforgettable “Ten Birds for Walter”), as well as columns from Living Bird and other publications.

In the foreword, Birding editor Ted Floyd argues that, as a writer, Dunne is as important to environmentalism as Aldo Leopold and Terry Tempest Williams. Dunne, Floyd says, reimagines the movement as “more engaged and affirming, inclusive and holistic, absurd at times and able to laugh at itself, yet uncompromising in its deep ecology.” Reading this slim yet essential volume, we couldn’t agree more.

Bird Droppings was published in January 2016 by Stackpole Books, which was acquired in December 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield. Located just outside Washington, DC, Rowman & Littlefield publishes approximately 2,000 new books annually along with electronic editions. It also owns National Book Network and NBNi in the UK.

Pete Dunne founded the World Series of Birding and, in 1987, was awarded the ABA Roger Tory Peterson Award for lifetime achievement. For many years the director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, he recently transitioned over to the role of New Jersey Audubon’s Ambassador for Birding. His first article in BirdWatching, the essay “Hawks and Feeders,” appeared in June 1987.

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