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Paul Fournier's "Birds of a Feather" takes flight


For the late Paul Fournier, the Maine outdoors was both home and office, inspiration and mission. The Maine guide, bush pilot, journalist, and professional photographer loved the outdoors and captured its glory in breadth and longevity that has been rarely matched in New England.

Fournier's new book Birds of a Feather, was released on October 18 and features more Fournier adventures. In the title story, Fournier tells how devoted scientists, citizens, and outdoor professionals brought back the bald eagle in Maine one nesting pair at a time. Others strike a similar vein: recounting how a group of volunteers and biologists worked to save the rare Arctic char in a remote Maine lake; the author's attempts to spy a cougar in Maine; and how Fournier and a friend managed to film a world famous clowning skier's downhill run in one "take."

Birds of a Feather is Fournier's second title published by Maine-based Islandport Press. His first book, Tales From Misery Ridge, was named Best Book of 2011 by the New England Outdoor Writers Association.

Sadly, Fournier passed away in August 2013, just days after he completed the final edits and captions for Birds of a Feather. The book, along with an impressive body of work from his long career, leaves a wonderful legacy and stands as a tribute to what he accomplished. There is no question that Fournier was an eyewitness to and documentarian for much of the Maine outdoors and sports world for more than fifty years, and Fournier stands as one of Maine's premier outdoor historians.

Fournier was a native Mainer with a long career in the Maine woods, starting out as a registered Maine Guide and bush pilot. For twenty years he was the public information officer for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He also produced a weekly television program, Maine Fish and Wildlife, for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. He wrote and photographed extensively for a number of magazines, including "Audubon," "Natural History," "National Geographic," "Field & Stream," and "Outdoor Life."