David Sibley has been watching and drawing nature since the age of 7. This interest led him to travel extensively throughout North America, studying and painting birds and trees. Twenty years of intensive bird study culminated in the publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000, which became the fastest-selling bird guide ever. In 2009, after eight more years of work, the comprehensive Sibley Guide to Trees was published. Several more books and apps about birds have followed, with more in the works. Finding order in nature and helping others to understand and connect with the natural world is the ultimate goal of his work. David now lives in Massachusetts, where he continues to write and draw. You can learn more about David’s work at www.sibleyguides.com.
This is a fascinating discussion with an artist and author who’s work is known by many, but almost anonymously so. It was great to learn about David’s background and methods and a little about why and how he does the work he does. I think you’ll find it deeply engaging. As always, thanks for reading and for listening.
- Sibley’s Birding Basics
- The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
- The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
- The Sibley Birds Coloring Field Journal
- The Sibley Birder’s Life List and Field Diary
- What It’s Like to be a Bird
- The Sibley Guide to Trees
- The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior
- The Sibley Guide to Birds
- The Wind Masters by Pete Dunne
- Tales of a Low Rent Birder by Pete Dunne
- Bright Wings edited by Billy Collins
- Hawks in Flight by Pete Dunne
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