Lyanda Lynn Haupt is an award-winning author, naturalist, ecophilosopher, and speaker whose work explores the beautiful, complicated connections between humans and the wild, natural world.. Her newest book is Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit (Little, Brown Spark 2021).

Lyanda’s writing is acclaimed for combining scientific knowledge with literary, poetic prose. Her previous books include: Mozart’s Starling The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness,  Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks, and  Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds. She is a winner of the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Nautilus Book Award, a finalist for the Orion Book Award, and a two-time winner of the Washington State Book Award.

Lyanda has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and been a seabird researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific. Her essays has appeared in a variety of publications, including Orion, Discover, Utne, LA Times, Times Literary Supplement, Image, Huffington Post, Wild Earth, and Conservation Biology Journal. She lives in Seattle with her husband and a mixed backyard chicken flock.

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Mozart's Starling Cover


Mozart’s Starling

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (April 4, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316370894
ISBN-13: 978-0316370899
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches



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Lyanda is pronounced “Lie-anda”  (rhymes with panda); Haupt starts with the syllable “how,” and both the “p” and the “t” are pronounced at the end.

See Home page for on this site for a high resolution image of Rooted.

Hachette Book Group site for Mozart’s Starling.

Large jpg file of Mozart’s Starling cover (credit: Tom Furtwangler) (right click the link to download file).

Author photo with Carmen the starling of Lyanda Lynn Haupt (credit: Tom Furtwangler) (right click the link to download file).

Author photo of Lyanda Lynn Haupt with binoculars (credit: Tom Furtwangler) (right click the link to download file).

Photo of the book Mozart’s Starling with Carmen the starling (credit: Tom Furtwangler) (right click the link to download file).

For more on Lyanda’s previous books, see the Bookshelf page.