Friday, April 18, 2014

An Evening with Wilson

John James Audubon gets all the press.  His Birds of America is indeed an amazing artistic, scientific, and naturalist endeavor.  But Before Audubon, there was a Scot named Alexander Wilson.  The book about Wilson is truly a must read for any fan of the history of birding.  For one it contains Wilson's own commentary on the Birds he discovered in North America and how he came here.  The book contextualizes the life of the man and how he changed or revolutionized American Birding (and birding across the world).  Wilson was an activist and poet in his native Scotland, which was the reason for his dismal and eventual migration to the US.  

A great read!

(C) Harvard UP and Edward Burtt and William Davis

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