While Audubon may be the name most commonly associated with early ornithology in the U.S., there were other naturalists who were hard at work before him documenting the birdlife to be found in the newly founded country, foremost among them was Alexander Wilson.
For as long as its existence has been known, the frozen continent at the bottom of the world has variously been the much sought-after prize of explorers, scientists, conservationists and politicians; often at the same time.
There has been a noticeable increase in the number of biographies of famous naturalists as of late. Not surprisingly, Charles Darwin is among those taken up as a subject of one of these books: Paul Johnson’s Darwin: Portrait of a Genius published by Penguin Press.
No sooner had a drawn the copy of Derek Niemann‘s new book Birds in a Cage out of the package from Short Books in which it arrived than I found myself plopped on the sofa in the library thoroughly engrossed in reading it. After all, the text on the cover alone is enough to hook just […]