A member of one of Arizona's best-known families is releasing a book on birding in the Grand Canyon State.
Birding Arizona — What to Know, Where to Go was written by Charles J. Babbitt, who practiced law in Phoenix for 40 years before retiring four years ago. The book will be released later this month or in early March, and available on Amazon and in bookstores.
According to a release about the book, Babbitt became fascinated with birds at a young age, then began birding seriously in 1978. He served as president of the Maricopa Audubon Society for eight years, and he continues to lead regular birding trips to locations highlighted in the book.
The book is more than a birding guidebook, according to the release: Babbitt "shares his personal experiences birding in all parts of the state of Arizona, and reveals new areas for the reader that many don't know about."
The cover of the book features a painting of a Grace's warbler by Babbitt's wife, Eleanor.
Babbitt's family began ranching in Northern Arizona in the late 1800s and continues to do so today. The family is best known for Bruce Babbitt, who served as Arizona's governor in the 1970s and '80s and as secretary of the interior under President Bill Clinton.