Ruffled Feathers Book Club

By Jeanette Larson, Travis Audubon Master Birder

In January 2017, Travis Audubon began a bird book club, Ruffled Feathers. The group meets every other month to discuss a book and share ideas. Over time, people have asked for a list of the books read, as this is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about birds  and the natural world. Following is a list of the books read from 2017-2019. More will be added each year and summary reviews for some of these, and other bird books, will be included in the Signal Smoke Blog. Information about meetings and the selected books is available here. Due to Shelter-in-Place measures, the May meeting was held virtually. The next meeting is scheduled for July 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group can contact Ellen Cox at for more information.

  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • Life List: A Woman’s Quest for the World’s Most Amazing Birds by Olivia Gentile
  • Birding on Borrowed Time by Phoebe Snetsinger
  • Kingbird Highway: Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder by Kenn Kaufman
  • The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston
  • Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
  • Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich
  • Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
  • American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains by Dan Flores
  • Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World by Noah Strycker
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
  • American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
  • Welcome to Subirdia by John M. Marzluff
  • The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes by Peter Matthiessen
  • North on the Wing by Bruce Beehler
  • The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea by Jack E. Davis
  • The Laptev Virus by Christy Esmahan
  • The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
  • Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding by Scott Widensaul
  • The Devil’s Teeth by Susan Casey