The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman


This morning I shoveled snow on a walkway, surrounded by trees. I saw a hawk sail through the snow into the branches of giant white pines and larches, heavy with snow, and chickadees gathered at my feeder. This is a good book for snow days in Massachusetts. Scientists continue to show that creatures around us are adaptable, intelligent, sentient partners on earth, not disposable ornaments.

This is a fine book, full of lively results of research into the grace and evolved wonder of birds. Reading it relieves the nonstop pounding of boorish idiocy from the White House and the halls of human government.

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