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Obsessed With Pretty Things With Feathers

A review by Ellen Paul

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Viking Press, 2018

308 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14870

Edwin Rist.

The name sounds Victorian. It sounds nefarious. It befits a man who would skulk through the dark streets of [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…]

Making Friends and Breaking Ground

A review by Laura Kammermeier

One More Warbler: A Life with Birds, by Victor Emanuel with S. Kirk Walsh

University of Texas Press, 2017

273 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14740

The first time Victor Emanuel flew over unbroken tropical forest was in 1969, when he and John Rowlett took a flight [read more…]

Another Colossal Gull Guide

A review by Peter Adriaens and Amar Ayyash

Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide, by Klaus Malling Olsen

Princeton University Press, 2018

488 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14824

It’s been 15 years since Klaus Malling Olsen and Hans Larsson presented us with their Gulls of North America, Europe, and Asia. Unlike [read more…]

That Fateful Footnote 

A review by David Liebmann

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World, by Noah Strycker

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

326 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14766

Noah Strycker sets four ambitious goals in his latest book: to immerse his readers in different landscapes around the globe, to [read more…]

A Life Evolved in Tandem with America

A review by Elizabeth J. Rosenthal

John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman, by Gregory Nobles

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017

352 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14844

When 18-year-old John James Audubon arrived in America from Napoleonic France in August 1803, he was accomplished in the youthful pursuits of the [read more…]

Straddling the Boundaries of Biology and Poetry

A review by Lori Potter

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America, by Pete Dunne and Kevin T. Karlson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

320 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14755

Birds of prey occupy a favored spot in our collective imagination. The Maltese Falcon. The recent bestseller H is [read more…]

Avian Creativity and Imagination

A review by Sanford Sorkin

The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman

Random House, 2016

340 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14594P

My introduction to the genius of birds came on a sunny afternoon in Arizona. My wife and I were enjoying some wine in an outdoor Phoenix café, almost alone as we [read more…]

Adrift in a World of White

A review by Rick Wright

Broken Wing, by David Budbill

Green Writers Press, 2016

212 pages—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14839

Diversity, alas, is still not our strong suit in North American birding. There are a few encouraging signs: Women, people of color, and members of other historically under-represented groups are slightly less scarce [read more…]

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