Books That Inspire 2010

Fifty Common Birds of Oklahoma and the Southern Great Plains
George Miksch Sutton

Few outings during my Colorado childhood lacked my mother’s detailed narratives on the features of local flora and fauna. Her intent was to share her love of nature, but in addition she instilled a sense of place and home. Fifty Common Birds of Oklahoma by George Miksch Sutton has helped me cultivate that same sense now that Norman is my home. Most of the birds identified in my yard are indeed common–robins, mourning doves, and sparrows–but Sutton’s conversational descriptions and beautiful illustrations uncover each bird’s unique personality and charm, and make the rarer sighting of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird a real occasion.

From Books That Inspire 2008.

Erin Sloan
Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center