Once a Land of Birds is the travel adventure of a lifetime in a land of volcanoes, giant trees, and endangered flightless birds. Explore New Zealand's spectacular landscapes with an award-winning nature writer. Escape into outdoor adventures in one of the most popular travel destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn intriguing ecological and historical facts about the final large landmass to be populated by humans. Delve into Kiwi culture as experienced by a quirky homeschooling family.
As a writer, naturalist, and homeschooling parent, Magi Nams had dreamed of travelling with her family to far-away countries to hike through landscapes inhabited by exotic animals and plants. Her dream came true when she, her scientist husband, and two sons left their home in Canada to spend ten months in New Zealand.
Once a Land of Birds is Book 1 in the trilogy, Cry of the Kiwi: A Family's New Zealand Adventure. Keen for adventure and surrounded by South Island's spectacular landscapes, the Nams family embarks on a ten-month outdoor adventure and homeschooling odyssey. Along the way, Magi Nams portrays New Zealand's landscapes with vivid imagery, reflects on the the challenges inherent in living and learning abroad, and considers the impact of invasive species on the ecology of New Zealand's fragile native ecosystems.