Book of Texas Birds

Book of Texas Birds

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ISBN-13: 9781623494322
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 11/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 943,291
File size: 157 MB
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About the Author

GARY CLARK is professor, former dean, and former vice president at Lone Star College–North Harris County. He writes the weekly nature column for the Houston Chronicle and is the author of six books, including Enjoying Big Bend National Park: A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone.
 
KATHY ADAMS CLARK owns The Woodlands-based photo agency KAC Productions and is past president of the North American Nature Photography Association. Her photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, books, and calendars, including Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Highways, Birder’s World, The New York Times, and National Geographic. She is the author of Photographing Big Bend National Park: A Friendly Guide to Great Images and provided the photographs for Enjoying Big Bend National Park: A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone.

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Ted Lee Eubanks


"The world is chock-a-block with bird books. In my early days of birding, such books were scarce. But, as the popularity of birding has increased, and people have become more sensitive to the nature that surrounds them, books about birds have proliferated.

How do you write something so extensively covered as birds, World War II, or American politics? Does the world really need another self-help guide? One way to escape the crowds to is express a personal perspective and experience. No one experiences life exactly as another person. We are singular. For example, each person's retina is unique; each of us sees the world through an ever-so-slightly different lens.

Gary Clark’s Book of Texas Birds is part field guide, part encyclopedia, part photo expose, and part memoir, and it is the latter that makes this one of the most interesting bird books to come from Texas in many years. This isn’t to say that each part isn’t exceptional. But, Gary’s writing about his life with birds is what grasped my attention.
 
Kathy Adams Clark’s lovely photographs side-dress the written words, making the book a family affair. I liked the juxtaposition of the two. At times, the two of them seem to share an insight into a bird they must have begun to express in independent ways. The photographs, as a result, are a comfortable complement to the text, resulting in a perfect marriage of the written word and illustration.
 
If I want to identify a bird, I will probably use one of the popular field guides. The same is true when I am searching out some tiny scrap of minutiae about an even tinier bird. But, how nice to have this encyclopedic information in one place, facts that frame the author’s unique understanding of and passion for the creatures he writes about.
 
The author’s passion for birds, after all, is what elevates this book to a plane above the pedestrian or the tiresome. Gary Clark clearly loves birds. His Book of Texas Birds is an exploration of his feelings for birds as much as his comprehensive understanding of them. As a result, the reader is treated to a book that is more literature than technical writing or scientific treatise.


I wholeheartedly endorse Book of Texas Birds, and I look forward to sharing it with my 92-year-old father. Like my father, most of us who are interested in Texas birds simply love their presence in our lives and want to know more about them. I do not need to study wood warbler tail feathers or the vagaries of fall plumages to simply love birds. Gary Clark as written a guide for us, the people who cannot imagine a life without birds." — Ted Lee Eubanks
 

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