Meet the Author
Wed September 19, 2007
Meet the Author: Scott Weidensaul, Tue 9/18/07
By Bert Gambini, WBFO
Buffalo, NY – Scott Weidensaul, author of Of A Feather: A Brief History of American Birding
Tuesday, September 18th at 7 p.m.
Allen Hall Theatre, UB South Campus
From the moment Europeans arrived in North America, they were awestruck by a continent awash with birds great flocks of wild pigeons, prairies teeming with grouse, woodlands alive with brilliantly colored songbirds. Of a Feather traces the colorful origins of American birding: the frontier ornithologists who collected eggs between border skirmishes; the society matrons who organized the first effective conservation movement; and the luminaries with checkered pasts, such as Alexander Wilson (a convicted blackmailer) and the endlessly self-mythologizing John James Audubon. Scott Weidensaul also recounts the explosive growth of modern birding that began when an awkward schoolteacher named Roger Tory Peterson published A Field Guide to the Birds in 1934. Today birding counts iPod-wearing teens and obsessive listers among its tens of millions of participants, making what was once an eccentric hobby into something so completely mainstream it's now (almost) cool.
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