October 28, 2004
Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn

Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park by Marie Winn: the true life tale of a of Red-Tail Hawks living in Central Park in New York City.

Unbeknownst to most people, Central Park in New York City is a habitat to hundreds of birds, butterflies, plants, and small mammals. There are many dedicated people that watch and meticulously record where these animals can be found, how they live, and what they do. Marie Winn fell in love with the Bird Registry (the book that records this information) and became a dedicated bird watcher herself.

In the spring of 1992, a pair of red-tailed hawks began trying to raise a family amongst the skyscapers in this urban jungle. The Regulars, the dedicated nature lovers in charge of the Registry, breathlessly watched and recorded the struggles of this family.

I’ve only been to New York City once and didn’t get to see Central Park, so I had no idea that so much life was contained in its boundries. The book definitely makes me want to visit Central Park next time I go to New York City. However, I could never get into the story.

I found the struggle of the hawks very interesting, but most of the book seemed to revolve around other, smaller dramas that couldn’t quite capture my attention whole-heartedly. I’m a nature lover myself, so I’m not sure what I felt was lacking to really make this book a page turner for me, though some of it had to do with the fact that I never felt that I truly knew The Regulars and had a hard time keeping each ones specialty (be it butterfly knowledge, plant knowledge, or whatnot) straight. This tended to distract me from the story.

As much as I wanted this to become a gripping story, it fell flat for me and I really couldn’t recommend it except to the most ardent nature lover.