Birds of Berkeley


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$16.00  $14.88
Heyday Books
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.4 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Oliver James was born in Berkeley in 1991. He started watching birds in his backyard on Colusa Avenue at age five and never turned back. Since then, he has competed in national birding tournaments, worked as a birding tour guide, and joined ornithological research teams from Peru to Alaska. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 2009 and Wesleyan University in 2014, and in 2021 he received master's degrees from the Energy and Resources Group and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. James is also the author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan (Wesleyan University Press, 2014).


"Well-wrought species profiles are coupled with Mr. James' absolutely brilliant colored pencil illustrations that at times are difficult to distinguish from photograph (indeed, he can render his subjects more effectively with his pencils that I generally can with a camera). However it's not only the technical accuracy of his illustrations that make them so remarkable [...] it is the way he presents them that conveys the more important lessons to both interested bird watchers as well as to any aspiring illustrators studying the book for the improvement of their own craft. [...] Given these qualities, Birds of Berkeley is as much a reference guide as it is a work of both literary and visual art."--Johannes E. Riutta, The Well-read Naturalist

"A playful, illustrated guide to our avian neighbors."--Berkeleyside

"Birds of Berkeley is more than an identification guide. It takes us beyond the who's who to why we care. Learn how to think about birds in a way that will deepen your love of feathered things. This book combines scientific research, local insights, humor, and beautiful and accurate artwork. Whether you are an experienced birder or just learning natural history, this book will deepen your sense of place and open insights to beauty, wonder, and connection to the natural world."--John Muir Laws, author of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

"Imagine a Berkeley boy-hatchling, raised by birds, grows up to write about his favorite feathered friends in the neighborhood. That's pretty much the essence of this charming volume by local Oliver James."--Cindy Margulis, executive director, Golden Gate Audubon Society

"The art is brilliant all on its own, but what truly makes this book special is how Oliver James explores these birds in the context of the city and world that we share with them. It's a perfect blend of art and observation that captures and celebrates the personalities of our avian neighbors, as well as the place they call home."--Schyler Baker, Books Inc. (Berkeley)