I was interviewed by the fine folks at Scout Books recently for my work on the Laity Lodge Birding Guide — a Scout Book available at the Lodge. Here’s an excerpt from the full article.
“…We just can’t stop admiring these lovely custom birding companion books from the Laity Lodge retreat center in the Hill Country of Texas! Over the decades, the Lodge has offered early morning birding hikes, and in the process, they’ve amassed a great deal of knowledge about the seasonal patterns of birds who make the Frio River Canyon their home, including two endangered species, the Black-capped Vireo and the Golden-cheeked Warbler. The book needed to serve as a checklist for experienced birders as well as offer basic information for beginner birdwatchers.
Paul Soupiset, the San Antonio-based designer of the book, said, “As soon as the content grew beyond a page or two, we started dreaming about what a birding guide might need to feel like. We knew we needed something durable and pocket-sized, since the guides would be used in the field around rocky terrain. From my first sketch, I had Scout Books in mind, and the client was already a fan as well. They went to work on the interior content and I went to work on the cover concept.”
“One of our favorite returning guests to Laity Lodge is the now-endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler, and we knew we wanted to feature one on the Scout Book cover,” said Soupiset. “They’re symbolic of life here in the Canyon: In the spring, the warbler females take strips of bark from juniper trees around the Frio River Canyon to make their nests. They’ll preside over a single clutch of three to four eggs, and both parents care for their hatchlings. Over the summer, the baby birds will grow, test their wings, and leave the Canyon by the end of August to fly to Mexico and Central America for the winter months.”…”
photos: Wendi Poole