Bird-Witched!: How Birds Can Change a Life

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Birding can become an addiction. It starts when you hang a bird feeder in the backyard. Then you buy a bird book to identify the birds you see. Then, before you know it, you're keeping a life list and traveling the region, the country, perhaps even the world to catch glimpses of rare birds. Marjorie Adams's birding passion progressed through all these stages and continues today in her tenth decade. In this engaging and informative book, she looks back at her evolution into a full-fledged birder and the concurrent...

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Overview

Birding can become an addiction. It starts when you hang a bird feeder in the backyard. Then you buy a bird book to identify the birds you see. Then, before you know it, you're keeping a life list and traveling the region, the country, perhaps even the world to catch glimpses of rare birds. Marjorie Adams's birding passion progressed through all these stages and continues today in her tenth decade. In this engaging and informative book, she looks back at her evolution into a full-fledged birder and the concurrent growth of the sport of birding, to which she contributed significantly as a founding member of the American Birding Association, a newspaper columnist on birding, and a teacher and producer of educational wildlife films with her husband and lifelong birding partner, "Red" Adams.

As one who was there from the beginning, Marjorie Adams is uniquely qualified to recount the astonishing rise of birding to a major pastime and recreational industry. She describes the founding of the American Birding Association and profiles its founder, James A. Tucker. She vividly recalls many of her and Red's birding adventures, from southern Canada to Mexico, as well as their encounters with a host of highly regarded birders, including Roger Tory Peterson, Pete Dunne, Victor Emanuel, Charles Hartshorne, and Roy Bedichek. She also explains how her and Red's love for birds led them to become conservation activists and how they produced an award-winning film on the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. Offering an important chapter in the story of birding in Texas and the United States, this book establishes Marjorie and Red Adams's rightful place among the leading Texas naturalists of recent decades.

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MARJORIE VALENTINE ADAMS wrote the syndicated column “Bird World” for major Texas newspapers for more than ten years. Her articles on birding and conservation have also been published in National Wildlife, Look, and Reader's Digest. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she remains active in efforts to save Planet Earth for future generations.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Prologue: How It Began 1
My First Bird World Column: Why Watch Birds? 18
How to Play the Birds 20
Birding - A Dangerous Sport? 36
Snakes 46
Getting Close to Nature 51
The Throne 64
Bedi the Bird Man 68
Scoter Scope-Out 75
Canoe in the Wilderness 83
He Gave Us Freedom 87
Top-of-the-World Bird 99
Rarest Gives Way to Most Elusive 103
The Texas Bird Lady 106
Hunting - A Battle Cry? 113
Crisis in Gooseland 118
The Last One? 123
Wish-Book Bird 132
Crossed-Up Nomads Arrive 134
Problems With a Tin Ear 136
Born to Sing 140
A Perilous Job? 148
Another First for Texas 160
Those Jeweled Jets 162
Conversation(?) With a Robin 171
Dining on the Wind 173
Outguessing the Weather 176
Turkey Wild, Turkey Tame 180
Playful Ravens? 187
Battle of a Lifetime 189
How Bird People Learn to Love 194
Get Off My Land! 206
The Clock Keeps Ticking 220
Epilogue: It's a Long Way from There to Here 235
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