Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series #60) By Jennifer L. Bristol, Richard Louv (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jennifer L. Bristol, Richard Louv (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781623498511
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas A&M University Press - April 20th, 2020

Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II's Largest Airborne Invasion and the Final Push into Nazi Germany By James M. Fenelon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501179372
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Published: Scribner - May 21st, 2019


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Texas boasts greater bird diversity than almost any state, with more than six hundred species living in or passing through during spring and fall migrations. Jennifer L. Bristol’s Parking Lot Birding speaks to people who would love to observe a wide variety of birds in easy access locations that don’t require arduous hikes or a degree in ornithology. As she explains, “I have personally trudged down hundreds of miles of trails in Texas, loaded down with gear, searching for birds, only to return to the parking lot to find what I was looking for.”

Drawing on her experience as a former park ranger and lifelong nature enthusiast, Bristol explores ninety birding locations that are open to the public and accessible regardless of ability or mobility. Divided by geography, with each of the nine sections centered on a large urban area or defined ecoregion, Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas will take readers to birds in locales from the busy heart of Dallas to the remote Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge in the plains north of Lubbock. Each birding stop includes the name and address of a specific birding location, number of species that have been recorded, and types of birding amenities offered. Locational accounts end with a “Feather Fact” that provides interesting and relevant details about selected birds in a particular region.

You never know what you might see when on the beaten path, especially in a state as big and ecologically diverse as Texas. So grab your binoculars and let’s go birding!


JENNIFER L. BRISTOL is the former director of Texas Children in Nature program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The 2018 and 2019 recipient of the Most Valuable Birder Award in the Great Texas Birding Classic, she has contributed articles to Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and other publications. A former park ranger, business owner, and marketing executive, she is a believer in volunteerism and has served on a multitude of conservation focused boards and as vice chair for the City of Austin Downtown Commission. She resides in Austin.


James Fenelon is the paratrooper-turned-author of Four Hours of Fury, the untold story of Operation Varsity, the American 17th Airborne Division’s combat jump over the Rhine River in March 1945. Fenelon’s motivation to write about this massive airdrop originated with his love of history and his time in the military. He served for over a decade and is a graduate of the US Army’s Airborne, Jumpmaster and Pathfinder schools.

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