RALEIGH, N.C. — Sitting under a picnic shelter in an east Raleigh park on a spring day with birdwatchers Anders and Beverly Gyllenhaal is like being on celebrity watch with paparazzi.

One second, they’re talking about the science that inspired their new book, “A Wing and a Prayer: The Race to Save Our Vanishing Birds,” and the next, a flash of brown in the periphery has Beverly snapping her head to see what species just alighted in a nearby tree.

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