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Book playlist: Birds and the Bees!

It’s springtime and our fair little feathered and winged friends are back to share the season with us. Learn more about them here. —Vicki

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H Is for Hawk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

Following the sudden death of her father, nature author and poet Helen Macdonald adopted Mabel, a Goshawk, as a means to cope with her grief. The book is a painful eulogy, a heartbreaking memoir, a training manual, and a journey into the heaing process. Macdonald changed her life as she projected herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her." Recipient of the 2014 Costa Book Award for Biography and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction.

The Little Book of Bees: An Illustrated Guide to the Extraordinary Lives of Bees Cover Image
By Hilary Kearney, Amy Holliday (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419738685
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Published: Abrams Image - September 10th, 2019

Do you love bees? You’ll find this book is not only informative, it is also a charming look at all things bees — from evolution, to beekeeping, to saving bees, to why the 20,000 bee species that live on every continent are so important in our ecosystem. The beautiful artwork goes hand in hand with this lovely little book. A full-time beekeeper in her home town of San Diego, California, writer Hilary Hearney’s urban beekeeping business, Girl Next Door Honey, provides educational opportunities for hundreds of new beekeepers each year. A must-read for gardeners. 

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ISBN: 9781643131399
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Published: Pegasus Books - May 14th, 2019

Have you ever pondered over how birds survive, what their songs mean, where they go on their travels, and basically, why they exist? This enchanting look at the connection between birds and mankind teaches us about birds' flights, colors, songs, feathers, and their place in the natural world. Black and white vintage illustrations complement each bird story. An absolute must book for bird lovers and watchers.

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ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

If you are a lover of birds — well, of anything and everything in the natural world — you might feel you could have written this engaging collection of essays yourself, though certainly not as well as nature author/poet Helen Macdonald has done. Each piece is a delicate vignette of minute, sensitive discoveries in the natural world — from birds, to animals, to mushrooms, and to wildlife. I so admire Macdonald for her ardent appreciation of all the things in nature that pull at my own heart, I nominate her "Queen of Nature Writing."

American Birds: A Literary Companion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781598536553
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Published: Library of America - March 10th, 2020

A delightful anthology of passionate writings about birds, collected by literature professor and avid birder Andrew Rubenfeld from a wide assortment of America's greatest poets and writers. Discover their dedication to Native American birds and their songs in the poems, essays, memoirs, short stories, and travel writing of reknowned writers such as Rachel Carson, Roger Tory Peterson, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Mary Oliver, Louise Erdrich, Emerson, and Thoreau, and more.

The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691166766
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 28th, 2019

Want to know more about bees? Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, is skilled at explaining the behavior of bees. He sheds light on why wild honey bees are able to thrive in the natural world, while beekeeping colonies are in crisis. In this light, he teaches "how we can become better custodians of honey bees and make use of their resources in ways that enrich their lives as well as our own." A must-read for beekeepers.

Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition: Honey Production, Pollination, Health (Storey’s Guide to Raising) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612129785
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - July 10th, 2018

Want to become a beekeeper? Here is the perfect introduction to get started and become a good host to a bee colony. Written by veteran beekepers, this accessible and comprehensive resource guide comes complete with color photos and graphics. Learn how to plan a hive, acquire bees, install a colony, keep bees healthy, maintain a healthy hive, understand and prevent new diseases, and harvest honey crops. Includes resource and supplier information. A must-read for an aspiring beekeeper.