Jewels of Nature - Delightful Birds I Have Known
by Alan Haney

Did you ever wish for a bit of insight into what makes a particular bird special, something more than the bird guides, or the academic descriptions of their reproductive behavior that you get in reference books? Especially if you live in the Midwest, Jewels of Nature may be your wish fulfilled. Alan Haney has been an astute observer of birds for nearly 40 years, seeing them as an ecologist and field biologist, but most importantly, as one who has come to admire and appreciate how these energetic creatures adapt to and contribute to nature. In Jewels of Nature he captures the essence of 90 species that can be seen in the Midwest, as well as in many other regions, most of them in backyards or neighboring fields and forests. His personal stories highlight first sightings, humorous observations, unusual behavior, and ecologically important characteristics that elevate these birds from dull descriptions to living creatures that share and enrich our world. Go into the field with Alan to gain a more complete understanding of these birds, through which he provides the reader a window into Nature.

All profits from the sale of this book will go to the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society (ALAS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bird-related conservation in central Wisconsin. ALAS conservation efforts include education, habitat protection and improvement, and support for other organizations and individuals whose work complement or enhances its own. To learn more, visit them at

I (Jeff Raflik) am one of seven photographers that donated pictures, and am very proud to have nineteen of my photographs featured in this high quality, very informative book. I thank the author, and publisher, for the courtesy copies in return.

The "Order Form" link below, will take you directly to a page where you can order the book online, print an order form that you can send in the mail, and even flip through several pages, to see a sample of the book. In the sample pages, page 147 is a Baltimore Oriole, taken at my friend, Wendy's property, in Kewaskum, WI, and the Common Loon pictures, on pages 161, and 163, are also mine, taken on Silver Lake, in Eagle River, WI. Most of the other pictures of mine in the book were taken in Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, about four miles from my house in Waupun.The Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest on page 129, was taken in my parents front yard, just outside of Montello, WI.

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