Review by Dr. John G. Hewston, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

 

Book Review

From Bird Awareness Newsletter

 

Still  Following the  Feathered and Flowered (2008) – by Evelyn Horn. Published by Lifetime Chronicle Press, 121 N. Park Avenue, Montrose, Co 81418, 288 pages, paperback, $17.95.

          Evelyn Horn has written another book. It is filled with personal experiences she refers to as “quiet adventures in the realm of birds and flowers.” It’s a handsome book with full-color cover showing Sandhill Cranes against a blue sky and fluffy clouds (the subject of her previous book), plus a Meadowlark on a fence post singing to a plant in bloom. Inside the book is well illustrated with black and white sketches of the various birds and plants about which she writes, and black and white photos of people and places she visited.

          The book is divided into two main Sections, each of which is further broken up into Parts. These Parts would be the same as Chapters. Section I takes up the first 150 pages and is entitled Ah, The Places I’ve Been. Part I describes her adventures and what she learned on a visit to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Part 2 is about a visit to the Pacific Northwest – including ocean shores, temperate rain forest and Mount Rainer. Whereas Part 3 deals primarily with Migration, Part 4 includes visits to various parts of the West and experiences in finding mammals as well as birds and plants in various seasons. Section I ends with Part 5, which deals with two bird species of particular interest to the author – the Great Horned Owl in various seasons and Black Swifts of Ouray, CO.

          The remaining   135 pages contain Section II – Bird Watching by the Seasons at the Center of my Birding Universe, Hart’s Basin or Fruitgrowers Reservoir. The author describes adventures seeking and studying many bird species through the year, beginning and ending with spring. Her manner of writing makes the reader feel as though you are right there with her, hearing her comments and thoughts on what to do next. It’s easy reading and friendly, thus enjoyable. The illustration of the birds and plants are helpful as are the maps of the area. Appendix A contains a listing and information about the Cranes of North America. Appendix B does the same for the rest of the Cranes of the World.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still Following the Feathered and Flowered

 

Book Review

From The Fence Post

 

The subtitle for this wonderful work by the little lady from Eckert, Colo. is Quiet Adventures of the Realm of Birds and Flowerers. And adventure it is, as she takes us on very personal travels into that realm, from Colorado to Wisconsin to the Pacific Northwest.  The reader can almost see the smile on her face and the twinkle in her eyes as one accompanies her on these journeys of discovery. Her fascination with the birds, animals and plants our natural environment is evident in her voice as she shares her intimate understanding of each, as well as her unending quest for more knowledge.

          The book is well-illustrated with photos and pen and ink drawings of  her feathered friends and flowers, as well as animals encountered in her travels. It features two sections” Section I is titled “Ah, The Places I’ve Been,” and recounts her trip to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wis., her journey through the Pacific Northwest, and her birding forays around Colorado.; SECTION II is entitled “Bird Watching at the Center of  My Universe—Hart’s Basin or Fruitgrowers Reservoir” with a season-by-season account of happenings at this birding “hot-spot.” Since 1995, Evelyn Horn has been monitoring the Greater Sandhill Crane flock that migrates through there, but it is also a haven for many others birds, both nesting and migrant. Appendices detailing her favorite feathered friends, the Cranes, are found at the back of the book: Appendix A - Cranes of  North America; and Appendix B - Cranes of the World. Also included are a concise Bibliography and Index. Horn’s passion manifests not only her desire to observe and share her world, but also in great attention to detail.

          She writes, “It almost feels like summer…a beautiful day in May with a clear sky. Allen and I decide to walk a bit along the trail beside the Gunnison River here at Confluence Park…There’s lots of water in Confluence Lake…and there are the usual gangs of Canada Geese and Mallards. The Red-winged Blackbirds are singing in the cattails as we enter the path…Great Blue Herons are sitting on their nests in the cottonwoods across the river. There’s  a Meadowlark’s call…I can hear the “buzzy” sound of a wren…the squawk of a Yellow-headed Blackbird.”

          This delightful book, with its engaging style of writing, is an enjoyable read for anyone with a bird-watcher’s dream!