Three books about birds win Nationwide Outside Guide Awards

Three of the 19 successful books within the 2022 Nationwide Outside Guide Awards are books about birds. The competition, which is in its twenty sixth yr, is sponsored by the Nationwide Outside Guide Awards Basis (NOBA), Idaho State College, and the Affiliation of Outside Recreation and Training.

Marina Richie, who has written articles for BirdWatching for greater than a decade, gained the Journeys class along with her first e-book, Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher.

Within the e-book, Richie searches for a kingfisher nest close to her dwelling in Montana. As readers comply with alongside, she weaves collectively scientific research with tales of her household. We study that the kingfisher is the halcyon of Greek mythology, a hen with magical powers who might calm the waters of the ocean when it nested.

Her easy want to watch kingfishers turns right into a halcyon quest and sends her on far-flung adventures to different continents to study extra about these mythic birds.

“That is excellent nature writing,” stated Ron Watters, the chair of the Nationwide Outside Guide Awards. It’s engrossing, enlightening, and illuminating. Marina Richie is clearly an thrilling new voice in nature writing.”

One in every of two winners of the Design & Creative Advantage class is Drawn to Birds: A Naturalist’s Sketchbook by Jenny deFouw Geuder. NOBA says of the e-book:

“This charming e-book is a splendid melding of artwork and textual content.  Open it and the e-book instantly radiates attraction, drawing you in with a profusion of colourful watercolors.  The watercolors are supplemented with textual content etched in delicate calligraphy, straightforward on the eyes and in excellent concord with the art work.  After an introduction on learn how to determine birds, Jenny deFouw Geuder covers greater than 60 hen species discovered within the yard or in close by parks.  She contains concepts on learn how to create a greater habitat in your yard and ties it up with a section on widespread wildflowers and bugs.”

Lastly, the winner of the Youngsters’s Books class is Alaska is for the Birds! by Susan Ewing and illustrated by Evon Zerbetz. Meant for kids ages 5 to eight, the e-book describes 14 birds that may be present in Alaska.

“What makes this e-book stand out is a mixture of poems and colourful illustrations,” stated Watters. “The poems are pure enjoyable – they usually rhyme in a musical approach which makes it a pleasure to learn to kids.”

And Faculty Library Journal wrote: “Fourteen Alaskan birds come to life on this beautiful e-book… Ewing, an skilled creator of naturalist matters, weaves the poems into melodic informational texts. Paired with fellow Alaskan Zerbetz, the 2 create a beautiful view of their native wildlife. The lino-cut artwork is vibrant and enhances the character of every hen. A good-looking highlight on these feathered associates, that is really useful for nonfiction collections and followers of wildlife.”

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