Tuesday, January 31, 2012
When we are leaving for a bird watching field trip Diane will always ask, “Did we get the Rawinski?” Yes! we did. It’s in the birding bag with our binoculars, our food and our field guides. The “Rawinski” is Birding Hotspots of South-central Colorado by John J. Rawinski. It is a sturdy book made to take into the field. It has understandable maps and directions and detailed bird lists. The book also features great photographs by Rawinski and beautiful artwork by Kelly Ortiz.
I had been trying to collect San Luis Valley birdwatching information but after several hours on the internet l did not have anything in a usable form. When Diane brought home the “Rawinski” from the Narrow Gauge Newstand we said, “This is just the information we need in an easy-to-use format—a book.” Diane and I have set a goal of seeing as many birds as we can in the San Luis Valley this year. This is our SLV Birdwatching Odyssey. Birding Hotspots of South-central Colorado will be a great help in our adventure. And in a time of electronic bits and bytes and e-readers, Diane and I are still a print-oriented people.
You can get your “Rawinski” locally at the Narrow Gauge Newstand, 602 Main Street, Alamosa, and support your local independent bookstore.