For nearly a quarter of a century, John and Gloria Tveten wrote a weekly column, called “Nature Trails,” for the Houston Chronicle. Wide ranging in both subject matter and geography, their writings reflected a rewarding life of travel, study, and observation in nature, including many memorable encounters with birds. Through the Tvetens’ engaging accounts, readers travel vicariously to canoe a Minnesota lake alongside common loons, experience the rare thrill of sighting a snowy owl on a boat dock in Louisiana, count a record number of birds on the Texas coast, or spot tropical tanagers in a Brazilian rainforest.
Now gathered together in Our Life with Birds, these writings let us sit back and enjoy the best of John and Gloria Tveten as they tell about the fun of listing, banding, and other games birders play; about the behavior, variety, and beauty of birds; about the imperiled as well as the favored species; and about the simple joy to be had in living with birds.
JOHN and GLORIA TVETEN are veteran Texas naturalists, photographers, and freelance writers. For more than three decades, their articles and photographs have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and books, and they are frequent field trip leaders and speakers at nature and birding festivals. The Tvetens, authors of several books, live in Baytown, Texas.
What Readers Are Saying:
“We couldn’t put [the book] down. We simply had to keep reading. [Our Life with Birds] has been assembled in a masterful fashion—beautifully written, well-edited and we found nary a page which failed to fascinate in both content and presentation. It is so human, so warm.”--William H. and Elsa E. Thompson, founding publishers, Bird Watcher’s Digest
“. . . wonderful writing . . . a significant contribution to the field of books about birds and bird watching. The Tvetens are keen observers of nature, and they have been at it for a long time.” --Mark T. Adams, author, Chasing Birds across Texas: A Birding
“What is a Tveten? Hmmm. Let's see. We might call a Tveten one of the most remarkable resources that we have ever encountered. Tvetens are wonderful, smiling, living, breathing two-legged creatures that know more about nature and natural things than anyone we have ever met. --Bob and Martha Gail Sargent, The Hummer/Bird Study Group, Inc.
“If you're a birder, you'll recognize yourself in this informative and delightful book. If you’re not a birder—but you've been intrigued by a flash of color in your yard or by the sight of a circling hawk—you’ll find this book a wonderful introduction to the joys and adventures of finding, seeing, and knowing birds.” --Christopher Cokinos, author, Hope Is the Thing with Feathers: A