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The Glitter in the Green
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Jon Dunn is a natural history writer, photographer, and wildlife tour leader. His writing has appeared in a number of magazines, including BBC Wildlife. He is the author of three previous books, including Orchid Summer. He lives on his croft on the remote Shetland Islands.

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"At times a thriller, the history of hummingbirds in art, religion, and superstition--past and present--is fascinating, enlightening, and entertainingly informative to those of us who are smitten with them."--Bird Watcher's Digest
"Fantastically informative... The Glitter in the Green braids the cultural history and daunting needs and feats of these wondrous birds with vivid accounts of the author's sometimes hazardous, far-flung mountain, forest and island expeditions... Exceedingly well-researched and packed with fascinating lore, it should appeal to avid birders and general readers alike."--Wall Street Journal
"Natural history writer, photographer and hummingbird obsessive (within the first hundred pages he crosses both a bear and a puma in pursuit of this tiny, glimmering bird) Jon Dunn has written a book that is both an ode to hummingbirds and a remarkable piece of travel literature."--BookPage
"Full of natural history, quotes from early explorers, local history, and adventure, Dunn's chronicle of his hummingbird quests will make readers just as obsessed with these small, quick birds dipped in rainbows."--Booklist
"An engaging history of the species... This inviting narrative describes the author's search for the rare Mangrove Hummingbird in Costa Rica, as well as others threatened with habitat loss in Cuba and Mexico... Notably, the author takes care to consider the place of hummingbirds in the history, literature, and cultures of their locales. Dunn writes passionately..."--Library Journal
"Glittering gems of the Americas and nowhere else on Earth, hummingbirds lure Jon Dunn from Alaska to Chile in this whizzing travelogue of hummer natural history. In an adventure replete with pop culture and literary references, Dunn treks deserts and jungles, investigates a slaughter of hummingbirds for love potions, unmasks the real James Bond, and in Colombia sees an otherworldly hummer, 'like some enameled god fallen to earth.' The book is that exquisite."--Dan Flores, author of the New York Times bestseller Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
"Jon Dunn's book is an adventure-filled, continent-spanning travelogue. It is also meticulously researched. By carefully peeling back layers of history to find shimmering hummingbirds hidden within, Dunn has created essential reading to understand human obsession--past and present--with these remarkable creatures."--Jonathan C. Slaght, author of Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl
"This is more than a bird book, but still, it is. It combines one person's adventure with arguably the most spectacular group of birds in the world: hummingbirds! The immensely talented writer Jon Dunn follows these highly diverse jewels from Alaska, down the Americas to Tierra del Fuego, and weaves an environmental and cultural dialogue around these hummers and the human-dominated world they live in."
--Joel Cracraft, Curator in Charge, Ornithology, American Museum of Natural History
"Dunn chronicles his travels from his home in the Shetland Islands to the Americas in search of this alluring bird.... A mesmerizing, wonder-filled nature study that also serves as a cautionary tale about wildlife conservation."--Kirkus
"More than just an observant birdwatcher, Jon Dunn is a talented traveler and writer, capturing just the right details of people and place to make his hummingbird odyssey come alive. The Glitter in the Green is a vivid exploration of a dazzling subject."
--Thor Hanson, author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees
"Natural history writer Dunn takes readers on a wondrous globe-trotting pilgrimage to seek out hummingbirds as their populations are threatened... Dunn's vivid prose, balanced with just the right amount of detail, will captivate birders and non-birders alike."--Publishers Weekly

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