Monday, February 21, 2011

My First Book

Field Notes - A Birder's Journey to the Pacific Northwest

Well, I have finally finished! Last week the very first copy of my book arrived in the mail. Opening the pizza shaped box was a nerve wracking ordeal, as I had no idea how this book, that I had created using Blurb software would look or feel. I had no need to worry. I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of this book and am now very excited to share it with you all. 

For many years now, I have thought about compiling a book that would encompass trip reports and articles from my birding and banding excursions. The trip reports and articles have been left in their original format for the most part and are marked with an asterisk in the contents page.  To make sense of these, I have knitted chapters around each, so as to give a better understanding of time lines and the circumstances surrounding them. It has now morphed into a 240 page memoir spanning over thirty years, including twenty chapters and over 350 photographs. Though birds are the focus of this book, it also emphasizes the importance of friendships, family and experiences that have made all of these adventures more memorable. t the same time, paying tribute to, not only the birds, but to the people who have shared this journey with me.
"Join Rich as he recounts his formative years as a nest-pilfering ‘ooloigist’ (and one particular escapade involving some blue polyester Y-fronts). Follow his interest in falconry, raptor rehabilitation, bird ringing and eventual arrival as a fully-fledged birder. Rich’s tales make for a genuinely affirming read.
In these pages you will read of red kite reintroductions in Scotland, egg McMuffins in British Columbia and banding forays to Russia. Add a pivotal life-changing encounter with a great-grey owl and a horrific near-death experience on Vancouver Island, and we not only get a taste of one individual’s passion and dedication to birds and birding, but also how all these things have had a unequivocal effect on his life.  
Rich tells these tales with charm, and a refreshing sense of self-deprecation.       
The truth is, most birders, naturalists, and even stamp collectors, will recognise and share, many of the experiences detailed by Rich’s vivid recollections. And, even though our own specific routes may differ from the author’s, any bird-loving reader will find parallels that conjure up our own reminisces, and remind us why birds, and birding, mean so much to so many of us".  -- Jon Carter 
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  1. Sounds like a great book Richard - and nice to stumble upon your blog! It's nice to see more Vancouver Island birding/nature bloggers on line!