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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

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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…]

An Affectionate and Intelligent Look at the Cuckoo

A review by Donna Schulman

Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature, by Nick Davies

Bloomsbury, 2015

289 pages, $27–hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14645

I wonder how the word “cuckoo” ever became associated with simple-mindedness or insanity. The titular species of this book, the Common Cuckoo, is one of the cleverest birds around and one of [read more…]

Learning and Surviving in the Land of the Harpy Eagle

A review by Julia Zarankin

On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman’s Adventure Into the Heart of the Rain Forest, by Sarah Woods

Bloomsbury, 2015

272 pages, $27—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14556

The problem with falling in love with wildlife, and with birds in particular, is the distressing accompanying narrative about the [read more…]

A New Classic for North American Waterfowl and Their Watchers

A review by Keith Betton

Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia, by Sébastien Reeber

Princeton University Press, 2016

656 pages, $45—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14588

This is the latest in the series of Helm Identification Guides, which includes such great titles as Robins and Chats, Woodpeckers of the World, and Owls of [read more…]

A Diamond in the Rough from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A review by Caitlin Kight

The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature, photos by Gerrit Vyn

Mountaineers Books, 2015

208 pages, $29.95—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14572

Undeniably gorgeous, The Living Bird feels good in the hand and catches the eye with its generous collection of striking photographs. It also features informative [read more…]

New Looks at the Birth of Birding

A review by Frank Izaguirre

Fatal Revolutions: Natural History, West Indian Slavery, and the Routes of American Literature, by Christopher Iannini

University of North Carolina Press, 2015

320 pages, $50—hardcover

Roberts, Jennifer. Transporting Visions: The Movement of Images in Early America, by Jennifer Roberts

University of California Press, 2014

240 pages, $60—hardcover

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    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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    The judges have reviewed all of the outstanding entries. ABA staff has compiled the scores. After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest! Your 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year in the 14-18 age group is 18-year-old Johanna Beam from Lyons, Colorado. […]

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