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A Sense of Loss, and Some Hope for the Future

A review by Sanford Sorkin

North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring, by Bruce M. Beehler

Smithsonian Books, 2018

264 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14864

Many books tell interesting stories; very few inspire us. Bruce Beehler’s North on the Wing corrects any simplistic notions we may have [read more…]

A Luxurious Look at a One-of-a-kind Work of Art

A review by Sandra Paci

The Wall of Birds: One Planet / 243 Families / 375 Million Years

by Jane Kim with Thayer Walker

Harper Design 2018

224 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14911

This profusely illustrated book tells the fascinating story behind the artist and scientific illustrator Jane Kim’s creation of a [read more…]

At The Top of the Pecking Order

A review by Caitlin Kight

Woodpecker, by Gerard Gorman

Reaktion Books, 2018

180 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14922

Gerard Gorman’s Woodpecker is the latest volume in Reaktion Books’ Animal Series, a handsome collection of lavishly illustrated books that explore the natural and cultural history of a range of iconic animals. By examining [read more…]

Avians and Humans, in Antiquity and Today

A review by Alison L. Beringer

Birds in the Ancient World: Winged Words, by Jeremy Mynott

Oxford University Press, 2018

426 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14880

At the risk of revealing that I am a slow reader—and an even slower writer—I admit that I began reading Jeremy Mynott’s Birds in the Ancient World [read more…]

Wild Anecdotes and Curious Asides

A review by Lori Potter

Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds, by Bernd Brunner, translated by Jane Billinghurst

Greystone Books, 2017

292 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14791

The book jacket of Birdmania advises that its contents are “quirky.” Soon enough, we learn that this disclosure is not misleading. The book’s quirkiness [read more…]

Welcome to the Jungle

A review by Rob Fergus

The New Neotropical Companion, by John Kricher

Princeton University Press, 2017

432 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14727 or Amazon.com

The American tropics host some of the world’s most beautiful and charismatic birds. But birding there can be tough. Dazzling looks at radiant displays of iridescence may come [read more…]

A New Resource for an Old Mecca

A review by Marcia OBara

Birding Southeast Arizona App, by Tucson Audubon Society and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory

For Apple iOS and Android Devices

Available for purchase and download at TucsonAudubon.org

I live in Southeast Arizona, and I love birding here. For years our go-to guide and constant companion has been Tucson Audubon’s spiral-bound [read more…]

Moving to the City: Raptors in a Concrete Jungle

A review by Corey C. Husic

Urban Raptors: Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities, edited by Clint W. Boal and Cheryl R. Dykstra

Island Press, 2018

320 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14851

Humans have long lived in proximity to raptors, with stories dating back centuries of Red Kites pestering [read more…]

A Hardcore Guide to Africa

A review by Dragan Simić

The Birder’s Guide to Africa, by Michael Mills

Go-Away-Birding, 2017

544 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14785

“What happened?”

“He psyched me out. Made me seasick. I think he thinks I’m doing a Big Year. That is hardcore.”

“Are you doing a Big Year?”

“No. You?”

Me? [read more…]

The Most Up-to-date Field Guide Available

A review by Charlotte Wasylik

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th ed., by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer

National Geographic Society, 2017

591 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books NGFG7

Released last autumn, after a six-year wait, the new, seventh edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to [read more…]

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