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The Past, and the Future, of a Texas Birding Landmark

A review by Sheridan Coffey

Border Sanctuary: The Conservation Legacy of the Santa Ana Land Grant

by M. J. Morgan

Texas A&M University Press, 2015

240 pages, $32–hardcover

Even before its establishment as the third national wildlife refuge in Texas, Santa Ana, the largest remaining area of old growth thorn forest in the U.S., [read more…]

How to Maximize a Birdfinding Guide

A review by Avery Scott

Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island, by Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim

University Press of New England, 2016

320 pages, $24.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14656

The concept is simple: Why not assemble a list of the best places to see birds in the New [read more…]

How We Identify Birds: The Backstory

A review by Don Jones

Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by Impression, by Kevin T. Karlson and Dale Rosselet

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

286 pages, $30—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14456

Have you ever been birding with someone, a local expert or a tour guide, who almost seemed to identify a bird before [read more…]

Woodpeckers, Our Forest Guardians

A review by Noel Snyder

Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America

by Stephen Shunk

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

298 pages, $35–hardcover

ABA Sales #14633

This is an attractive reference guide to the twenty-three extant woodpecker species occurring regularly north of the Mexican border since European settlement. The number of species recognized in the [read more…]

Owls in Context: Nature and Culture

A review by Alison Beringer

The House of Owls

by Tony Angell

Yale University Press, 2016

224 pages, $18–softcover

ABA Sales #14480P

One of the first bird sounds many children learn is the hoot of an owl—but not so often from the owl itself as from an adult’s mimicking the bird. How many children actually [read more…]

A New and Forgotten Hero for Birders

A review by Frank Izaguirre

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

by Andrea Wulf

Knopf, 2015

497 pages, $17–softcover

Birders love heroes. From John James Audubon and his criss-crossings of early America to Kenn Kaufman and his shoestring big year and to Phoebe Snetsinger and her quest to see 8,000 species, stories [read more…]

Point of No Return: Let’s Leave Nature Behind?

A review by Laura Kammermeier

Animal Internet: Nature and the Digital Revolution, by Alexander Pschera (translated by Elisabeth Lauffer)

New Vessel Press, 2016

200 pages, $14.95—softcover

I never liked Star Trek. In spite of its prophetic imagination, the fact that the show was staged wholly outside of any form of visible nature made it [read more…]

New Owl Books—and New Owls

A review by David E. Quady

Undiscovered Owls, by Magnus Robb & The Sound Approach

The Sound Approach, 2015

308 pages, $59.50—hardcover, with 4 CDs

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14512

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, by Scott Weidensaul

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

333 pages, $40.00—hardcover

ABA [read more…]

Character Assassination, Slander, and DDT Science

A review by Henry T. Armistead

DDT Wars, by Charles F. Wurster

Oxford University Press, 2015

256 pages, $24.95–hardcover

Pity the poor non-birder guy from Time, stuck in the back of a station wagon for 24 hours as we blasted over 500 miles of Delaware highway on one of Dave Cutler’s legendary Big Days, recording [read more…]

Comprehensive, Well-organized, and Scholarly

A review by Wayne Petersen

The Birds of New Hampshire, by Allan R. Keith and Robert P. Fox

Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2013

473 pages, $55–hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books NOCM19

People acquire state bird books for many reasons. Some are bibliophiles wanting to own every new state book published, while others may have a [read more…]

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  • Open Mic: Young Birder Camp at Hog Island: Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens September 11, 2017 3:07
    At the mic: Dessi Sieburth, an avid birder, photographer, and conservationist, is a 10th grader at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California. He is a member of the Pasadena Audubon Young Birder’s Club and Western Field Ornithologists. Dessi enjoys birding in his home county of Los Angeles. Last summer, Dessi attended Camp Colorado, […]
  • Introducing the Whimbrel Birders Club! September 7, 2017 2:33
    Whimbrel Birders Club was established at the first annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium in August 2016. We are a birding club truly meant for everyone, no matter your age, disability, or ethnicity. […]
  • Open Mice: Kestrels–An Iowa Legacy May 16, 2017 6:29
    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]

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