Wednesday, May 2, 2018
I wrote Born to Fish with my friend, Greg Myerson, a world-class angler who turned his life around through fishing. From his earliest days, Greg used fishing as an escape from the violent world of his mobster father, but then it became an overwhelming obessions in its own right, destroying his relationships and work life. Finally, in August 2011, he caught an 82-pound striped bass, shattering a world record that had stood for 29 years. Yet at the very instant he achieved this crowning glory, he instantly had a staggering epiphany and regretted killing the fish. An unlikely conservation hero, he is now at the forefront of the effort to save the large striped bass, which are the most prolific breeders and vital to the dwindling Atlantic coast striped bass population, now devastated by overfishing and pollution.
The book has some great cover blurbs by Helen Macdonald, Walter Anderson, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Ted Williams, Tony Huston, and Stephen Bodio.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Thursday, November 2, 2017
I was saddened to hear about the death of legendary British falconer Roger Upon, who passed away on October 29th at the age of 80 after battling Parkinson's disease for several years. Roger was a tall, impressive man. In his youth, he had served in the Queen's Household Cavalry, and he always cut a dashing figure in the field, often clad in a tweed cap and sport coat, sometimes with a red handkerchief stuffed in his pocket as an accent. He was an accomplished author, who became the chief chronicler and historian of British falconry. His Books include: Birds in the Hand: Celebrated Falconers of the Past; O For a Falconer's Voice: Memories of the Old Hawking Club; Hood, Leash, and Lure: Falconry in the Twentieth Century. He also wrote an excellent book about hawking in the Middle East, titled Arab Falconry. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family as well as the entire world falconry community. Rest in Peace, my friend.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Merlyn wrote an interesting 1994 memoir about his experiences on Morro Rock, titled Falcons of the Rock, writing under the pseudonym, Donovan Lavender. If you can find a copy at a used book dealer, I highly recommend it.
Merlyn Felton, Tim Gallagher, Danny Verrier, and Bill Murphy in the 1970s. Photo: Brian Walton
Merlyn was an avid falconer, and we had some great times flying our peregrines in the Salinas Valley and other places in Central California. He was one of the most dedicated people I've ever met. He will be greatly missed.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
I'm pleased to announce that Simon & Schuster has just released a new paperback edition of Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre, about my perilous travels in the drug lands of northern Mexico in search of the world's rarest bird. The Imperial Woodpecker is a giant—the largest woodpecker that ever lived—and the closest relative of the famed Ivory-billed Woodpecker of the American South. Many believe the Imperial Woodpecker is extinct, but I set out to see if any of them might yet exist in the remotest reaches of the high-mountain mesa pine forests of Mexico.