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Gentle and unassuming, Ted Black visits J.J. Cardinal’s

Dear Friends:

He strolled in freshly shaved well before his appointed time, clad in a traditional cream-colored snap-sports cap, white polo shirt, crisp khaki trousers, and announced, “I’m here to sign books”. He had a slight stoop to his walk, as one would expect from someone so well traveled; he has visited every continent in the world (accept Australia) conducting nature tours the book biography said.

Mr. Black's book: Birds of MichiganTed Black visited our store on Saturday, August 16, for an introduction and book signing. His book, The Birds of Michigan, was recently released by Lone Pine Publishers, and we were the first on the list of stores he is touring promoting it.

This mild-mannered soft-spoken man has accomplished more than anyone could in two lifetimes, and he shares, in an unassuming way his knowledge of the natural world. When asked if he had written a diary of sorts about his adventures, or put to paper some of his experiences that could be read and passed on, he paused for a long time, and said “it was not for him.”

Dozens of people came in to meet him; he took time to thoughtfully answer every question. For those of you who did not have a chance to meet Mr. Black, he signed extra copies of his book- we have a limited supply on hand.

The Birds of Michigan features the 302 species of birds in appealing detail that visit and live in Michigan. It includes: complete descriptions, birds-in-flight illustrations when helpful for identification, range maps, nesting preferences, diet, vocalizations, and where to find the species all on one page. Flexi-bound cover is easy to handle in the field. $19.95. Great gift idea!

Louise Dawson

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