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American Birding Podcast: Best Bird Books of 2017 with Donna Schulman

2017 was a good year for bird books, with a number of exciting titles seeing publication this year. As we reach the end of the year it’s a good time to look back at the ones we loved, and 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman joins me to talk about our favorites. Donna and I each share our Top 5, including field guides, family specific guides, and narratives from well-known authors and publishers.

Also, the new ABA Checklist is out and it includes Hawaiian birds. I’ll talk about why that’s exciting and one, completely arbitrary reason why it’s not.

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Donna’s Top 5

1) National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, 7th Edition – Jon Dunn & John Alderfer

2) Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America – Nathan Pieplow

3) Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl – Richard Crossley

4) The Evolution of Beauty – Richard Prum

5) Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White – Various, edited by Jeffrey Gordon & Lisa White


Nate’s Top 5

1) Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America – Nathan Pieplow

2) National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, 7th Edition – Jon Dunn & John Alderfer

3) The Australian Bird Guide – Peter Menkhorst et al.

4) The New Neotropical Companion – John Kricher

5) Birding Without Borders – Noah Strycker

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Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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  • Gary Davidson

    Has anyone seen the southern African book called Chamberlain’s LBJ’s? An amazing treatment of Africa’s hard to id birds!

    • Yes, totally agree. A really amazing book.

      • Ken Cross

        his new book Waders is excellent also

  • Linda Riana

    I love this one:
    Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, Fourth Edition (Peterson Field Guides)

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