John Marzluff

SUBIRDIA: How Humans Can Make Small Changes to Help Our Wild Neighbors Thrive

From University of Washington Professor of Wildlife Science John Marzluff, winner of the Washington State Book Award, comes a research-driven examination of how animals adapt to thrive living among humans in our urban and suburban environments.  Marzluff offers countless engaging stories of populations and communities of animals, with an emphasis on birds, who have adapted both behaviorally (such as singing at lower frequencies to be heard through traffic noise) and physically (changing plumage colors) to co-exist in an increasingly developed world.  He also sets forth unexpected and intriguing strategies humans can easily employ to sustain and celebrate the diversity of wildlife that calls our yards, gardens, parks, and cities home, and how you can make your own yard a safe haven.

Project in development.

Rights: Union Literary

THE GIFTS OF THE CROW: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans (2012)

Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. With its abundance of funny, awe-inspiring, and poignant stories, indie bestseller Gifts of the Crow portrays creatures who are nothing short of amazing. A testament to years of painstaking research and careful observation by scientist John Marzluff, this fully illustrated, riveting work is a thrilling look at one of nature’s most wondrous creatures.

Gifts of the Crow is a gift to all of us who have argued for years that humans don’t possess the only minds in the universe. This is one of the most exciting books I’ve read in a long time.”—Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology

“Gifts of the Crow is a compelling book. Filled with wonderful stories of regular people’s interactions with ravens, crows, and jays, it also cites engrossing scientific studies, reports on the field work of biologists, and offers detailed explanations of how the brain of a corvid actually works. I was fascinated.”—Suzie Gilbert, author of Flyaway: How A Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings

“This book is indeed a gift, not only to those of us eager to learn about corvid behavior but also to those who wish to understand the bases for these actions.”—Irene Pepperberg, author of Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—And Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

Rights: Free Press, World