Yes, the birds. Meadowlarks are a bird more known over the mountains east of here - the state bird for some of us that are from prairie states. They play, as acclaimed author of numerous bird books and professor of environmental and forest sciences John Marzluff knows, an important part in the relationship with food and agriculture wherein the two meet. This, and more, John Marzluff writes of in his new book, In Search of Meadowlarks: Birds, Farm and Food in Harmony with the Land (Yale University Press).
"John Marzluff's In Search of Meadowlarks is an epic look at the deep connections between us, the birds we love best, and our food supply. It's a rich tapestry of meadowlarks and farmers, crows and cows, science and story. If you love songbirds, enjoy a great read, or eat food, you really need to read this book."—Sy Montgomery.
"An eloquent, science-based perspective on how meadowlarks and cows, owls and vineyards, and other wildlife and agricultural practices can co-exist and provide abundant and healthy food. A must-read for everyone.”—Bernd Heinrich.
Some of John Marzluff’s other books (which include collaborations with Tony Angell) are In the Company of Crows and Ravens, Gifts of the Crow, and Subirdia.