Lots of folks enjoy bird watching, but the little critters are tiny, quick and often difficult to identify. Towboats, on the other hand, are huge, they move slowly and their names are clearly printed on both sides. Have some real fun. Take The Little Tow Watchers Guide with you on river trips and see how many towboats you can spot this summer. It’s a great activity for kids, too.
This handy field guide includes maps, photographs, useful information and space to record your sightings. Keep it in your glove compartment, boat or tackle box.
Pamela Eyden is a writer, naturalist and birder who lives near the Mississippi river in Winona, Minnesota. She has specialized in writing about birds and other river life for Big River Magazine, a regional publication about the Upper Mississippi River, for more than 20 years. She bought her first sea kayak with royalties from the first edition of her book, “The Little Tow Watchers Guide to Towboats on the Upper Mississippi River.” She is the author of 23 stories in the new book, “Birds of the Upper Mississippi River.”