Birdmania

Birdmania

eBook - 2017
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"An exquisitely beautiful book ...These stories about birds are ultimately reflections on the curious nature of humanity itself"
-- Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

There is no denying that many people are crazy for birds. Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, Birdmania showcases an eclectic and fascinating selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends.

In addition to well-known enthusiasts such as Aristotle, Charles Darwin, and Helen Macdonald, Brunner introduces readers to Karl Russ, the pioneer of "bird rooms," who had difficulty renting lodgings when landlords realized who he was; George Lupton, a wealthy Yorkshire lawyer, who commissioned the theft of uniquely patterned eggs every year for twenty years from the same unfortunate female guillemot who never had a chance to raise a chick; George Archibald, who performed mating dances for an endangered whooping crane called Tex to encourage her to lay; and Mervyn Shorthouse, who posed as a wheelchair-bound invalid to steal an estimated ten thousand eggs from the Natural History Museum at Tring.

Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781771642781
1771642785
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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