Pete Dunne is the author of over a dozen books about birds and birding and the founder of the World Series of Birding. In 2001, in recognition of a lifetime of achievements in promoting the cause of birding, he received the Roger Tory Peterson Award from the American Birding Association. Until 2013, he served as director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and vice president for natural history for New Jersey Audubon. He is now New Jersey
Audubon’s birding ambassador at-large.
In his column “Birder at Large,” which appears in every issue of BirdWatching, he writes smart, insightful essays about the many ways birders engage with birds and the larger world. In this collection of recent “Birder at Large” columns, he considers the unsung benefits of birding, the power of Acorn Woodpeckers to spark a young girl’s interest in birds, the lure of the Big Day, and his earliest memories of seeing birds during his boyhood in New Jersey.
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