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What’s a Two-Fisted Birdwatcher?

August 25, 2009

CHICAGO, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Where can you find a story about a guy who avoided a traffic ticket by explaining that he was chasing a Pileated Woodpecker, a tale about Art Carney one-upping Jackie Gleason over a bird name, a yarn about an ailing crow whose would-be rescuer unwittingly fed him to the neighborhood raccoons, and a reflection about the commonalities between banjo teachers and birders – all in one location? Pop open a beer and point your browser to Two-Fisted Birdwatcher, a website that uses a lifelong interest in all things avian as a springboard to riff on life in general.

Created by Chicago ad executive and former newspaper columnist Mike Lubow, the site is part blog, part literary magazine and part directory to birding resources – all presented in writing as virile as the bulging-biceped, binocular-holding outdoorsman on the logo. Each story is told in a distinctive tough-guy voice that Lubow developed for the “Got a Minute?” column he used to write for the Chicago Tribune.

“This website isn’t just about birds. Whether or not you know a Robin from a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, being aware of the natural world gives you a different perspective on life,” said Lubow, who is also a short story writer with publishing credits ranging from Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine to Playboy. “Because of that, I tend to filter my experiences through the prism of birds and wildlife, and that’s what I share here.”

The site contains slice-of-life stories, essays, adventures and features like “The Bird Detective” – all filled with references to everything from Indiana Jones and Humphrey Bogart to Lubow’s own second-grade discovery that there was a colorful world of birds beyond the urban sparrows and pigeons in the Chicago neighborhood where he grew up. The text is spiced up with visuals ranging from Janis Joplin, cartoon character Yosemite Sam, and “two-fisted author, screenwriter and outdoorsman” Jim Harrison to a startling image of a raven perched on a pizza box.

There’s also a “Two-Fisted Library” offering book recommendations for readers who like their writing brawny (Harrison, Ed Abbey, Tom McGuane, Jack London et al); a “Two-Fisted Store” for those inclined to give a gift to the two-fisted birdwatcher in their life; and an extensive list of birding-related links for birders who want to pursue their passion.

As the site says, “You just can’t hold a pair of binoculars up to your eyes without putting up your dukes. The two-fisted bird watcher is here. Maybe the two-fisted bird watcher is you.”

SOURCE Two-Fisted Birdwatcher


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