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Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species

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This candid and humorous chronicle shows how one woman goes from casual observer to obsessive bird nerd as she traverses Louisiana's avian paradise. In Adventures of a Louisiana Birder, readers follow Marybeth Lima across her adopted state in search of 300 species of birds. Bisected by the Mississippi flyway and home to 400 miles of coast, Louisiana has a variety of habit ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 8th 2019 by LSU Press
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Eleanor Canon
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books this year! I am not a birder but I have friends who are. I keep feeders at my house and a healthy portion of my retirement buys seed and feeder accoutrements. Marybeth’s enthusiasm for birding is infectious! Please read this book. It is about way more than birding including loving where you live, caring for people and place, and surviving trauma and loss. There’s humor and friendship and fangirling! It is a great read!
France Davis
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I originally bought this book because it's part of a sub-sub genre of birding books that I have always been fascinated by: the Big Year! That's when a person (or persons) attempts to see as many bird species as possible during a single year, and in a specific geographic locale, be it state, country, continent, or recently, the entire world. Anyway, I figured since I had spent a good part of my life in next-door Texas, and thus birded Louisiana a bit, this book would be of some interest. And, it ...more
Stephen Dunstan
Jan 18, 2022 rated it liked it
3.5/5

I do like a good Big Year book. I’ve read at least five others. This one had received some very good reviews so I didn’t think the focus on the state of Louisiana would be a problem.

Marybeth Lima is a professor who has written several non-birding books. This overcomes the problem with some Big Year accounts that are written by people who aren’t writers by training, and fail to get the excitement they experienced across on paper to the reader.

Big Year accounts fall into two main camps – peop
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Kerrie Highley
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, drama
I am a very part time birder and I really enjoyed this book. She describes the frustration of finding birds you want to see, as well as the excitement when you do! I also like the human and relationship aspect of the book that is about so much more than just finding birds. All of our lives are more than just one aspect and are more complicated than that. So much is woven together to make up our days and life. This book makes me want to do more birding than I have been recently. Thank you Marybet ...more
Adrienne
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It inspired me want to get better at birding and to go birding more often. Her personal stories really added to the narrative and made it even more enjoyable to read. My favorite part was the epilogue. It is so beautifully written and so touching that it made me cry. Really. I’m not always proud to be from this backward state, but this book helped to remind me of the reasons why I should be.
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