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Burton and Croxall, eds.: A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia

A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia

edited by Robert Burton and John Croxall

Princeton University Press, 2012

200 pages, $24.95–softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books #13701

A scant dozen years after its foundation at the turn of this century, WildGuides is a small and active non-profit publisher producing natural history guides covering [read more…]

The Espresso Book Machine

For most purposes, I'm a firm convert to the creed of the digital book. I don't much like reading on a screen, but when it comes to looking something up — a date, a spelling, a "fact" — it's just as easy and just as satisfying to click a couple of times as it would [read more…]

Kaufman and Kaufman: Field Guide to Nature of New England

I used to dream of a field guide that would let me identify everything I saw, a childish fantasy I gave up long ago: no book, no library can ever come close, not even for so relatively circumscribed and so relatively uniform a landscape as New England. Those six states are a big place, and [read more…]

Paothong and Vance: Save the Last Dance

The interstate traveler is likely to mistake the vastness of the Great Plains for emptiness. Get off the highway, though, and you’ll find the grasslands full of life, especially in spring, when prairies and sagebrush steppes echo with the booming, crackling, stamping, and popping of grouse.

Or at least some of them still do. [read more…]

eThoughts on eGrosbeaks

Mid-March, and Ted Floyd writes to ask whether I’d be interested in putting together a historical piece on Evening Grosbeaks for Birding. Before saying yes—writers always say yes—I looked at my calendar for the next several weeks: a Nebraska tour to conduct, a visitor from Germany to show around, a house closing and move to [read more…]

Sax: City of Ravens

In 2004, The Guardian found itself forced to make a dreadful announcement: The ravens of the Tower of London, rumored to have been resident for centuries upon centuries, were in fact first released on the site in the late nineteenth century. Not the Romans, not the Anglo-French, not Charles II: it was the Victorians who [read more…]

Gallant: The Lord God Bird

A man did claim to see the Ivory Billed Woodpecker in Big Woods, Arkansas, and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology did mount a search…. The author does not know who the man was, who the scientists and searchers were[,] and has never personally communicated with an Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

Such is the disclaimer with [read more…]

White: A Birdwatching Guide to Brandenburg and Berlin

When the first volume of Michael Lohman’s Vogelparadiese appeared in 1989, many German observers were still unsure just what a bird-finding guide was—and some of the conservation community took up arms against the “betrayal” of their jealously guarded preserves. Fortunately, a lot has changed in the past quarter century. German birders are growing steadily in [read more…]

Dutson: Birds of Melanesia

Few even are the birders who, on hearing a mention of Melanesia, can confidently put their fingers on the map. Fewer still are the birders who will actually get to visit this vast stretch of tropical islands, extending from New Guinea to Fiji off the northern and eastern coast of Australia.

Whether we know [read more…]

Lovitch: How to Be a Better Birder

And that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it? The goal of birding, of any hobby, is expertise gratia sua, and the only reason we do it is to do it better. This slender new volume by Derek Lovitch will help almost any birder do just that.

Relatively new birders who take this book [read more…]