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For the Birds

Protecting Wildlife through the Naturalist Gaze

Elizabeth Cherry (author)

ISBN: 9781978801059

Publication Date: Aug 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

One in five people in the United States is a birder, yet the popular understanding of birders reduces them to comical stereotypes. For the Birds offers readers a glimpse behind the binoculars and reveals birders to be important allies in the larger environmental conservation movement.
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One in five people in the United States is a birder, yet the popular understanding of birders reduces them to comical stereotypes. For the Birds offers readers a glimpse behind the binoculars and reveals birders to be important allies in the larger environmental conservation movement. With a wealth of data from in-depth interviews and over three years of observation of birders in the field, environmental sociologist Elizabeth Cherry argues that birders learn to watch wildlife in ways that contribute to contemporary conservation efforts on a wide scale. Using what Cherry calls the "naturalist gaze," birders come to understand the shared ecosystem that intertwines humans and wild animals, and Cherry documents how birders mobilize this understanding for citizen science projects and wildlife conservation. For the Birds will inspire readers to pay attention to nature in new ways and raise awareness of the birders at the forefront of the movement to protect the planet from human-made climate change.

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"Without qualification, For the Birds will make a substantial and significant contribution to sociology.  Cherry's writing style and conversational tone take us through the training of a neophyte birder into a level of expertise all the while keeping the book extremely readable, lively and accessible."
 

"With its eagle-eyed sights on birders in their natural habitat, Elizabeth Cherry's beautiful ethnography reveals the reverence and concern that citizen scientists feel for these charismatic creatures. Like the naturalist gaze itself, For the Birds is equal parts instructive and pleasurable."  

"For the Birds by Elizabeth Cherry included in Publishers Weekly's Fall 2019 Adult Announcements "
Illustrations 10 colour images
Pages 222
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2019
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Nature, Society, and Culture
Subject/s Social issues & processes   The natural world, country life & pets   Applied ecology   Social & cultural anthropology  
Elizabeth Cherry is an associate professor of sociology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She is the author of Culture and Activism: Animal Rights in France and the United States.

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