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Poetry Takes Flight: Birds of California

Poetry Takes Flight: Birds of California

by James Roethe
Poetry Takes Flight: Birds of California

Poetry Takes Flight: Birds of California

by James Roethe


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Poetry Takes Flight is James Roethe's second book about birds and his first book of poetry. The book is intended to provide the reader with a bit of knowledge about the birds of Northern California and, hopefully, some understanding of why so many people today have taken up birding as a hobby. Its focus is on the hills of San Francisco's East Bay where the author has lived, hiked and birded for the last half century. East Bay birders are blessed with hundreds of miles of trails along the shoreline and in the hills East of San Francisco Bay, most of them part of the East Bay Regional Park District - one of the country's largest park systems and home to several hundred species of birds. In addition, the local water utility makes available to hikers an additional 60 or so miles of trails on a permit basis.

Poetry Takes Flight's 77 poems are intended to tell readers a bit about the more common birds seen during a typical hike in Northern California. In some cases, they describe characteristics of the birds in question that new birders should look for when trying to identify birds that cross their paths. In others, the poems tell of events experienced by the author that demonstrate how even the most experienced birder can be surprised at the antics of these wonders of nature. The hope is that some readers will become more interested in birds - look for them when hiking or put up feeders so as to enjoy them when at home. For birds are fascinating to watch.

And if the book piques the interest of a just few readers to take up birding, that will be a bonus

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798218102760
Publisher: Bird-in-Hand Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2023
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Jim is an avid birder who, over the last 50 years, has lived, hiked and birded the hundreds of miles of trails in the hills east of San Francisco where he lives. He is a member of the Golden Gate Audubon Society and has participated in many bird counts for them. Jim is a published author having written several books about family, travel and birds. In addition to birding, Jim has traveled widely and enjoys singing with several East Bay choirs. While Jim has dabbled at poetry over the years, Poetry Takes Flight is his first published book of poetry.For the last half century, Jim Roethe has lived in Orinda, California, an East Bay suburb of San Francisco, where he has hiked and birded in the hundreds of miles of trails that are part of the East Bay Regional Park system and the local water utility. He has also written a number of books on his family history and travel experiences and, inevitably, decided to combine his love for birds and writing in Poetry Takes Flight. His hope is to inspire readers to look around them when outdoors, see the wonderful world of birds and gain an understanding of what fascinates so many today to take up birding. Jim is a member of the Golden Gate Audubon Society and has participated in a number of bird counts as part of Golden Gate Audubon's citizen science efforts. For the last several years, Jim has led the North Orinda Christmas Bird Count for Golden Gate Audubon and has participated in Christmas counts in other areas of both the East Bay and the Monterey area where he maintains a second home. In addition to his several books, Jim has submitted articles to a leading birding magazine - one of which was published with two others under consideration. Jim is a semi-retired attorney who still serves as an arbitrator from time to time. In addition to his interest in birding and writing, Jim loves traveling (he has traveled in every continent except Antarctica) and has sung in a number of choirs in the East Bay.

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