10 Apr The Meaning of Birds
The Meaning of Birds by Simon Barnes
Summary: A gorgeously illustrated and enchanting examination of the lives of birds, illuminating their wondrous world and our connection with them.
One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, The Meaning of Birds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich.
From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird―and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life. Illustrated throughout.
Angie’s comments: The Meaning of Birds is not a compilation of bird facts; instead, it is a thoughtful look at the presence of birds in the world and in our lives. I can’t identify many birds and I don’t birdwatch, but this was a lovely book about birds and humans.
Recommended for readers interested in natural history, birds, or the environment.