October 31, 2014

New book has arrived!

Hawk Mountain: A Conservation Success Story

Order the Trade Edition Now  ($39.95)

Order Leather-Bound, Signed/Numbered Limited Edition Now
($100 while supplies last)

SPRING BOOK SIGNING: Authors Keith Bildstein and Jim Brett with Pete Dunne, who penned the foreword, are now planning a spring 2015 book signing. Date TBA.

About the Book:
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary capped its 80th anniversary year with a new publication: Hawk Mountain: A Conservation Success Story. The book includes updated essays by Jim Brett on the cultural and natural history of Hawk Mountain and pairs it with completely new information by Dr. Keith Bildstein on raptor conservation, the threats raptors face today, Hawk Mountain's role in conservation ornithology, and finally, the Sanctuary's optimism for raptors, thanks to our conservation science training program and global reach.

"This book is the perfect mix of old and new, and with illustrations by Julie Zickefoose, incredible photography, text by Keith and Jim, a foreword by Pete Dunne ... it all combines into a must-have for our Hawk Mountain supporters," says Sanctuary President Jerry Regan.

This project is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Peter Bennett and Jean Nevins, Cameron and Diane Fowler, the grandchildren of Sanctuary founder Rosalie Edge, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and is being published during Hawk Mountain's 80th anniversary year.

The attractive 8x8" trade edition features a laminate, full-color cover and costs $39.95 while a limited-edition, leather-bound hard cover costs $100 and is signed by both authors. Limited edition copies are selling fast, are signed and numbered, and finished with satin ribbon bookmark, gold-gilded edges, and foil-stamped front and spine.

ALL proceeds support Hawk Mountain raptor education programs.

Special Edition

The special edition copy pictured here is signed and hand-numbered, bound in leather and limited to just 500 and selling fast. Special edition copies are available in the bookstore. To learn more, call 610-756-6961 during business hours.

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About Co-Author Jim Brett

Jim Brett is one of three people, and the only living person today, to have held the time-honored title of curator at Hawk Mountain. Combined with 25 years on the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary staff, many long-time visitors forever link his name to their Mountain experience. Here he authored Feathers in the Wind, the first field guide to migrating birds of prey (later reprinted as The Mountain and the Migration), launched the Sanctuary’s International Conservation Internship Program, revamped public education programming, and most recently helped to guide a visioning process that resulted in the Hawk Mountain Education Plan. In 2013 the board moved to designate Jim the honorary title curator emeritus.

Off the Mountain, Jim is founder and president of Naturecorp, co-founder and president of the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education, and past Executive Director of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. In the past five years he has been intimately  involved in paleoanthropologic research, in particular his Ngare Sero Project at Lake Natron, Tanzania, where he discovered a hominid trackway in spring 2008. The finding now are helping to build eco-tourism to support the local Masai-Masia people, and has guaranteed protection of the lands surrounding Lake Natron as well as the endangered Lesser Flamingos that reside there.

Jim has been a long-time friend of the Mountain. Through the Berks Community Foundation, the Jim Brett Global Conservation Education Fund continues to help ensure that international trainees receive the highest quality training at Hawk Mountain. In 2009 he was a keynote speaker for the 75th Anniversary celebration of the Sanctuary, and has led numerous workshops over the years. His door…just two minutes down Hawk Mountain Road…remains open for advice or assistance with historical questions, and his assistance in reconnecting with important past donors has been invaluable to this organization, particularly during a leadership transition. For his 25 years of active service, as well as his continued role as a passionate leader and supporter, he is a Warden Award recipient, and in 2014 he co-authored Hawk Mountain: A Conservation Success Story.

About co-author Keith Bildstein

Keith Bildstein's passion for raptors, their migratory journeys, and uncovering the mysteries of these winged predators make him perfect for his job as Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. In this role he oversees the conservation science department, including local to global research projects and partnerships, the international trainee and graduate student program, and use of the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning for research and information exchange.

Keith is an expert on migratory raptor as his experience shows. He served as Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Biology at the State University of New York-Syracuse and is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union. He was a past president of the Waterbird Society and the Wilson Ornithological Society, and vice-president of the Raptor Research Foundation. He edited the Wilson Bulletin, a quarterly journal of ornithology, from 1984 through 1987, and was a member of the editorial board of The Auk, in 1997-2000. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 papers in ecology and conservation, including more than 50 on birds of prey. In addition to co-authoring Hawk Mountain: A Conservation Success Story, his other titles include White Ibis: Wetland Wanderer (1993), Raptor Watch: a Global Directory of Raptor Migration Watchsites (2000), and Migrating Raptors of the World:  Their Ecology and Conservation (2006). His co-edited works include Conservation Biology of Flamingos (2000), Hawkwatching in the Americas (2001), Neotropical Raptors (2007), Raptor Research and Management Techniques (2007), and The State of North America’s Birds of Prey (2008).

Keith's research interests include the global geography of migratory raptors and the conservation of vultures, and his current research takes him to four continents.