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The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature 

In our featured book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, the author examines his lifelong passion for birds, as well as his personal history and struggles. Lanham details his journey as a successful wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject a deeper sense of human caring into his life and work.

“A ground-breaking work about race and the American landscape.”

—Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk

Ruby’s Birds

For our youngest readers we selected Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. In this delightful story, a little girl discovers her spark–birds–in her own city neighborhood. They enliven her world and excite her about nature. Her own journey begins.

A good story, perfect for bird lovers and likely to entice the uninitiated.

—Kirkus Reviews

Resources

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature

The Home Place Discussion Guide

Additional Resource and Writings by Drew Lanham

The Home Place Recommended Resources

Ruby’s Birds

Ruby’s Birds Activities

Ruby’s Birds Recommended Resources

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Resources

Celebrate Urban Birds

Merlin App

All About Birds

eBird

Science & Nature Activities for Cooped Up Kids

Spanish Language Cornell Lab of Ornithology Resources

Conduct Science Investigations