WE ARE OPEN! Every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Your safety and the safety of our booksellers are our top priorities, so we are taking a few precautions:

1. We are only inviting 6 customers into the shop at a time. 2. We require everyone to wear a mask in the shop. 3. Also, we will provide hand sanitizer or gloves for you to use while browsing.

Click here to donate to our Keep Kids Reading Fund! 

Welcome to Bird Mentor Bookstore Hosted by Maria's Bookshop

Maria's Bookshop is a small town independent bookstore owned by bird lover and Advanced Skills for Beginning Birders graduate Andrea Avantaggio.

In this day and age, you can buy your birding books anywhere. However, when you purchase books through this website, you are supporting a small town independent bookstore as well as helping Bird Mentor bring more of the good work we do to birders all over the world.

Founder & Course Facilitator, Kristi Dranginis.

Kristi has been studying birds for over 20 years.

In addition to teaching hundreds of people all across the country about Deep Bird Language, she has worked on Great Gull Island banding Arctic Terns, Mesa Verde National Park banding hummingbirds and participated in research of migratory song birds.

Birding Workshop April 14 and 15, 2018 

Mancos, Colorado with Kristi Dranginis and Robin Wolthausen

Topics may include:

  • 7 Questions to Mastering Bird Identification
  • Deep Bird Language - The 5 Voices of Birds
  • Who What, Where of Bird tracking
  • Art of Questioning and Observing
  • 5 Shapes of Bird Alarm

Click on this link for more information

$125-175 sliding scale (includes breakfast on Saturday)


Kristi's Favorite Bird Books


        Field Guides                    Reference Guides


Bird Fiction\Non-Fiction            ABA Favorites

Maria's Bookshop

960 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301


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