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For the Birds
Protecting Wildlife through the Naturalist Gaze
By (author): Elizabeth Cherry
9781978801059 Paperback, Trade English Higher Education: Age (years) from 16 - 99, Grade (US) from 11 SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology Sep 13, 2019
$34.95 CAD
Active 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78 mm | 320 gr 222 pages 10 color photographs Rutgers University Press
2020 Award for Distinguished Book from the Animals & Society Section of the American Sociological Association

One in five people in the United States is a birdwatcher, yet the popular understanding of birders reduces them to comical stereotypes, obsessives who only have eyes for their favorite rare species. In real life, however, birders are paying equally close attention to the world around them, observing the devastating effects of climate change and mass extinction, while discovering small pockets of biodiversity in unexpected places.

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 observing birders in the field, environmental sociologist Elizabeth Cherry argues that birders learn to watch wildlife in ways that make an invaluable contribution to contemporary conservation efforts. She investigates how birders develop a “naturalist gaze” that enables them to understand the shared ecosystem that intertwines humans and wild animals, an appreciation that motivates them to participate in citizen science projects and wildlife conservation.

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.

"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."
- Lisa Jean Moore, author of Buzz: Urban Beekeeping and the Power of the Bee

“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.”
- David Grazian, author of American Zoo: A Sociological Safari

For the Birds by Elizabeth Cherry included in Publishers Weekly's Fall 2019 Adult Announcements
- Publishers Weekly

"Recommended."
- Choice

"With a wealth of data from in-depth interviews and over three years of observing birders in the field, environmental sociologist Elizabeth Cherry argues that birders learn to watch wildlife in ways that make an invaluable contribution to contemporary conservation efforts. She investigates how birders develop a 'naturalist gaze' that enables them to understand the shared ecosystem that intertwines humans and wild animals, an appreciation that motivates them to participate in citizen science projects and wildlife conservation."
- ASA Environmental Sociology newsletter

"A major contribution."
- Social Forces

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