Squirrels attacking motorcyclists. Alien abductions. Koi- feeding cardinals. Binocular lust. Welcome to the life of Al Batt.

Batt, of rural Hartland, is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Audiences around the globe, as well as throughout southeastern Minnesota, have fallen in love with Batt's nature stories through his newspaper columns, radio shows and magazine articles. His column, "For the Birds," is printed weekly in the Bluff Country Reader.

"A Life Gone to the Birds" brings together the best of those stories in a delightful collection.

Featuring original illustrations from artist Kevin Pope, the book takes readers back to Batt's fledgling years on a dairy farm in Minnesota and follows his many misadventures with skunks, "ghost owls," honey-and-sugar sandwiches, and, of course, birds. As he grows older, the stories only get more interesting. Each anecdote is served in Batt's signature folksy style, lightly seasoned with wit and wisdom.

Read stories from a guy of whom the president of the United States once said, "Who?"

You will learn why Batt has never been asked to bring the potato salad to the Association of Normal People's Picnic.

Some people claim that Al Batt is a storyteller from Minnesota, but he is just a guy who loves birds.

"A Life Gone to the Birds" is available from birdwatchersdigest.com, albatt.net or by contacting Batt at snoeowl@aol.com.