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Joseph W. Taylor: Born to Bird by Ann Taylor is a captivating biography that delves into the life of Joseph William Taylor, a prominent North American amateur ornithologist, and conservationist of the mid-twentieth century. The book chronicles Joseph's journey toward discovering his true passion for bird observation and his unwavering commitment to preserving the natural world. From a young age, Joseph was fascinated with birds and their behavior. This fascination eventually led him to become one of the foremost bird listers in the United States and the founder of the American Birding Association. His dedication to "life listing," a process of identifying and cataloging different bird species, is a testament to his love for these creatures and his desire to learn more about them. Upon becoming a member of the "600 Club," an organization focused on identifying bird species native to North America, Joseph's awareness and understanding of the environmental issues on our planet grew. This newfound awareness prompted him to embark on a new journey that involved challenging traditional expectations and advocating for change.
Ann Taylor's portrayal of her father's journey is inspiring and transformative. Through a detailed account of her family’s history and personal experiences, she paints a vivid picture of a man deeply committed to his passion and ideals. This book is filled with nostalgic photographs of Joseph Taylor and his family and anecdotes from their many adventures together. Born to Bird is a comprehensive guide to the nature and species of birds and a call to action. It encourages readers to support biodiversity and take a stand against the root causes of climate change. This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in birding, conservation, or learning more about our interconnectedness with nature.