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Birds of Fairchild celebrates the birds and bird-friendly plants of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the world renowned public garden in Coral Gables, Florida. This exciting new book takes the reader on a journey through the garden, its birds, its plants, their interactions and their conservation through the words of Jim Kushlan and striking nature photography of Kirsten Hines.
Birds of Fairchild is a must-have book for all who love Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; for birders, gardeners, visitors, conservationists; and for all those who appreciate South Florida and its birds.
The Bird Trail Guide, written to accompany this book, provides details of a walking tour of the bird trail at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. It guides readers between specific observation points, many marked by memorial benches honoring South Florida’s famous historic ornithologists, and discusses what birds and bird-friendly plants may be seen along the way. It also contains a current checklist of the birds of Fairchild.
Published by Acclaim Press
“This book is a visual triumph, and an intelligent tribute to the free-flying components of a world class tropical paradise far better known for its superb plant collections and landscapes. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden provides magical experiences for its visitors every day, and its beautiful, dynamic bird community plays a huge role in generating this magic. Jim Kushlan is a world renowned authority on wading birds, and his passion and comprehensive knowledge grace every page of this book. For any visitor to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden from first-timers to the longtime members, this book will deepen the appreciation of the liveliness of this special place. More generally for human-occupied habitats around the world, Kushlan’s text and Hines’ photography demonstrate how well-managed landscapes can serve as conservation models while also answering the cultural and esthetic needs of modern society.” – John Fitzpatrick, director, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
“With patience and great passion, photographer Kirsten Hines has captured beautifully the birds of Fairchild. Together with the authoritative text by James A. Kushlan, her images bring to life the wildlife that everyone can see, even in their own backyard. This book belongs on every nature lover’s bookshelf!” – Ralph Lee Hopkins, director of expedition photography, Lindblad Expeditions/ National Geographic
“Jim Kushlan and Kirsten Hines have created a superb guide to understanding and creating a bird-worthy landscape by leading you through Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Birds of Fairchild. More than 75 years ago, when the Garden was in the planning stages, author and environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrote to Garden founder Col. Robert Montgomery that a place for birds ought to be included in his grand endeavor. He agreed. Although an actual bird area never was designated, birds have made this majestic subtropical garden their own places of refuge. With critical information found in Birds of Fairchild, you can bring birds to your own garden, aiding in the vital work of conserving plants and birds for the future.” – Georgia Tasker, former Miami Herald gardens editor and writer, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden