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A Season on the Wind
Inside the World of Spring Migration
Kenn Kaufman
read on October 20, 2020

A fine, peaceful book about birds and birding. Not a lot of takeaways, though I did have a couple.

  • The Black Swamp Bird Observatory sounds fantastic, and I'd love to visit if ever making a trek through Ohio.
  • Kaufman wrote a bit about fighting against wind power - he chronicles one specific project where the local government wanted to build wind power in his area in northeast Ohio. This was in a major migration flyway, and he and BSBO fought it in court and won. He may have been right to do so, (and also argues that wind power can be great in other areas), but I wish he had made a better case against wind here. It comes off a bit as NIMBYism, and I'd genuinely like to understand better if wind turbines are a material threat to birds, in the sense that should we really be spending our political and personal energy fighting such projects?

The book was free through Audible. It was fine, but I can't say I would ever recommend it.

Author Bio:

Kenn Kaufman (born 1954) is an American author, artist, naturalist, and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds and butterflies in North America.