A highlight from Hawks With Sy Montgomery-A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach May 30, 2022
The most recent book fungi about the strange and singular world of mushrooms toadstools and their kin, and bookstores now. In her 31 books for adults and children, Simon Montgomery has explored connections to a range of animals, not just obvious ones like dogs, but from tarantulas to octopuses, pigs, and more, in her just out book the hawk's way, it's the birds that she calls the tigers of the air, raptors, the Birds of Prey. I'm so glad to welcome her to the program today high sci finally, we get to talk. I know, I love this thanks so much. Yeah, so before we get started, I'll say that with the transcript of this show over on a way to garden dot com, we'll have a book giveaway of your newest book. Number 31 is that right, did I count right? Oh, you counted right on my website, but in reality I haven't caught up with it. It's really, I think, 33 now. Wow, you're a crazy woman. So good for you, but number 33 will have a, we'll have a book giveaway with the transcript, as I said over on a way to garden dot com. So that'll be fun. And speaking of connection with our fellow creatures, you and I connected not long ago after I wrote in The New York Times garden column about kind of books that comforted me in times hard times like the world has been having and books about nature and what I find where I find solace in them. And yours were some of the books I mentioned and you reached out and so here we are. I mentioned then that one of my favorite of your books is the one called how to be a good creature. Which made me very happy when I read it years ago. Oh, I'm so glad and I also was a huge compliment to be in the company of so many other terrific books that I too loved. Oh yeah, like I'm a crazy William burrows and may start in so many those are some of the older ones and some of the more contemporary ones. So yes, it was fun to be able to shout some of those out. So a theme of all your books is, I think, is what animals teach us if we're receptive for listening. Tell me some examples of some of the lessons learned or overall themes of some of your Well, one is just how amazing life is. That we as humans, although don't mean to dis humans, I'm married a human, I have friends who are human, but we are only experiencing a small sliver of life. And if you know other species, animals like sharks have been sensed the electrical heart in electrical current in the heartbeats of their prey or no dogs and whales who can hear sounds that we don't and creatures like dolphins and bats who can see with sound and the many animals who see in detail that's almost unimaginable to us, such as hawks. Once you realize that they are experiencing this world in a far richer way than we are, the world becomes a little more accessible to us and more dazzling and more holy. And now this us feel more at home on this earth. You know, if all of our friends were just white middle class woman writers, right. Well, I just would be impoverished, you know? Even though lots of wonderful friends who fit that description, if we only ate chocolate ice cream, you know, we would soon be sick as we weren't getting a complete diet. And people were like, that's the way so many of us are, if we restrict ourselves to friendships with just the human species. Yes. No, I completely agree. Now you've focused on the topic of birds in various works. Are you a birder or a bird watcher or bird person or whatever? Is it just for your work? Or do you go out birding or tell me about your relationship to birds before we get into hawk? Well, I'm not a normal birder in that I don't go out, you know, taking off species with my life list, but I've always loved birds because these are the wild animals that we commonly see every day, no matter where you live.