"This volume of stories celebrates the incredible and indelible ways in which birds touch us, intrinsically as well as extrinsically. I hope it will encourage a greater awareness of and appreciation for these remarkable beings and a deep and abiding respect for and nurturing of their presence amongst us."
-Ira Rubinoff, PhD, Director Emeritus and Senior Staff Scientist
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Welcome to the amazing world of birds, birders and bird watching.
Birds have what we don't-the enchantment of wings! They lift and break free from the bounds of gravity, soar over lakes, mountains, treetops-a veritable moving feast of fascinating, unpredictable, and breathtaking movement that captures and defies our ability to control it. And we love them, because they represent the untamed wild in ourselves. The writings in this book evoke our deepest connections with birds and allow us to revel in the sense of mystery, magic, and devotion that we all feel for our feathered friends. Open to any page, start reading, and become one of the millions who know that the only piece of equipment you really need to begin birding is a book. Let your journey begin with this one.