The Peacocks of Baboquivari

The Peacocks of Baboquivari Erma J Jonnie Fisk at seventy three lived alone for five months in a tiny cabin in the foothills of Arizona s Baboquivari Peak recording and banding birds for the Nature Conservancy This is her liv

  • Title: The Peacocks of Baboquivari
  • Author: Erma, J. Fisk
  • ISBN: 9780393304190
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • Erma J Jonnie Fisk, at seventy three, lived alone for five months in a tiny cabin in the foothills of Arizona s Baboquivari Peak, recording and banding birds for the Nature Conservancy This is her lively account of that adventure.

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    1. Last to first, that's the order in which I wound up reading Erma J Fisk's first and last books, though the last was a compilation of her writings after her death in 1990. It was that compilation, A Cape Cod Journal that made me yearn for more of this feisty woman's thoughts, so perfectly expressed in her written words. From Baboquivari:My trouble is, I like words. Day after day, no one to talk with I talk to myself, string words together as I run the nets. I leave paragraphs in the air behind me [...]

    2. This is a lovely book about the author's winter stay at a remote ranch in Arizona, doing a bird study for the Nature Conservancy. Two notable facts about this are the author's age, 73 years, and her status as an amateur ornithologist. She was often alone up there for a week or two at a time, with only the rambunctious (and not particularly liked) peacocks, cattle, and mice for company. She had a license to capture birds in nets and band them, a practice I have some questions about (she herself a [...]

    3. Erma Fisk is a bird bander and naturalist. While she was used to the East Coast, she was asked to spend a winter south of Tucson, under the shadow of Baboquivari (pronounced Bah-bo-KEY-vahr-ee)the mountain sacred to the Tohono O'odham (formerly Papago) Indians. Fisk's book is really a diary from her year (in the 1970s) with bird banding and identifying. It is excellent reading for birders and naturalists and people who think living south of Tucson is easy with great weather.It's a fun read, fasc [...]

    4. From my 1989 booklog: Author had a wet, cold winter at 4500 ft. (Riggs Ranch on the topo map). She had a pretty good time, and I enjoyed the book. Nice country, when the weather's good. 3.5 stars

    5. I have the highest respect for this author and wish very much that she was still alive for I would write her and express my gratitude at her unflinching honesty about what it means to lose your spouse, grow old and, while doing so, wonder at your purpose in life. Erma Fisk lived an examined life and wrote it down, without flinching at the tough stuff, for any and all to read whether they liked her views or not. She took exception with Big Oil, Big Ag and all the Bad Guys out there currently wrea [...]

    6. Fisk writes of her time in a cabin on the slope of Baboquivar, a mountain in southern Arizona. Although the cabin is very remote, she has many visitors that help her work through the sorrow she feels after her husband dies.

    7. Great reading. We know the area, we know the birds, we know what the "on-the-ground" atmosphere is and how she's living. Going to be a great read. It WAS a great read! Too bad the ranchers are taking care of the place now, or we'd offer to do some work there.

    8. Unfortunately, this is not my type of book. I read it as part of my book club choices. It was slow moving to me and did not hold my interest so I skipped the middle of it. I read the end hoping it would get more interesting but it did not.

    9. This is the recordings of a 70 plus year old woman who spent 5 months living alone in the foothills of the mountains in Arizona.She was netting and banding birds for the Nature Conservancy.Her reflections provide interesting reading and I can only wish I could be so brave

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