Author and naturalist Sy Montgomery on BIRDOLOGY
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. (Plato)
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. How ill-at-ease I am with people, but how happy and whole I am around animals.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. research, which may involve swimming with pink dolphins, dancing with a famous cockatoo, hiking into cloud forests in search of tree kangaroos, or searching for tigers on elephant back.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Dogfood--because it's probably the only single food that could sustain a human for any period of time. Unfortunately it tastes like dogfood. Also, I'm a vegetarian, so this whole scenario isn't coming out well at all!.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. The author Henry Beston. Though I am not nearly as talented as he, his observation that animals are not our brethern and not our underlings, but "other nations" resonates deeply with me.