Bob Tarte - Featherbrained

Bob Tarte has published three memoirs—Enslaved by DucksFowl Weather, and Kitty Cornered—about living in Lowell, Michigan, with his wife and a menagerie of pet ducks, turkeys, parrots, rabbits, cats, orphaned baby birds, and more.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Feather Brained: My Bumbling Quest to Become a Birder and Find a Rare Bird on My Own Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780472119868
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Michigan Regional - April 13th, 2016

For much of his life, the closest Bob Tarte got to a nature walk was the stroll from parking lot to picnic table on family outings. But then a chance sighting of a dazzling rose-breasted grosbeak in wife-to-be Linda’s backyard prompts a fascination with birds, which he had never cared about before in the least. Soon he is obsessed with spotting more and more of them—the rarer the better—and embarks on a bumpy journey to improve his bumbling birding skills. Along the way, Tarte offers readers a droll look at the pleasures and pitfalls he encounters, introduces a colorful cast of fellow birders from across the country, and travels to some of the premier birding sites in the Midwest, including Point Pelee, Magee Marsh, Tawas Point State Park, and even Muskegon Wastewater System. This funny, heartfelt memoir will appeal to birders of all skill levels as well as to anyone who knows and loves a birder.


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Featherbrained (Bob Tarte)

Bob Tarte - Featherbrained

Bob Tarte has published three memoirs—Enslaved by DucksFowl Weather, and Kitty Cornered—about living in Lowell, Michigan, with his wife and a menagerie of pet ducks, turkeys, parrots, rabbits, cats, orphaned baby birds, and more.

Feather Brained: My Bumbling Quest to Become a Birder and Find a Rare Bird on My Own Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780472119868
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Michigan Regional - April 13th, 2016

For much of his life, the closest Bob Tarte got to a nature walk was the stroll from parking lot to picnic table on family outings. But then a chance sighting of a dazzling rose-breasted grosbeak in wife-to-be Linda’s backyard prompts a fascination with birds, which he had never cared about before in the least. Soon he is obsessed with spotting more and more of them—the rarer the better—and embarks on a bumpy journey to improve his bumbling birding skills. Along the way, Tarte offers readers a droll look at the pleasures and pitfalls he encounters, introduces a colorful cast of fellow birders from across the country, and travels to some of the premier birding sites in the Midwest, including Point Pelee, Magee Marsh, Tawas Point State Park, and even Muskegon Wastewater System. This funny, heartfelt memoir will appeal to birders of all skill levels as well as to anyone who knows and loves a birder.


May 9 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address:
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103