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A Thousand Years of Extinctions on the Islands of Hawaii

A review by Daniel Lewis

Extinct Birds of Hawai’i, by Michael Walther

Mutual Publishing, 2016

238 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14693

Most of Hawai‘i’s endemic birds are endangered, some critically, as are many other animals and plants there. Before human settlement, the islands’ life forms had become almost freakishly abundant and diverse—“endless [read more…]

A Gorgeous–and Affordable–Introduction to the Hummingbirds

A review by Grant McCreary

Hummingbirds, by John C. Arvin

Gorgas Science Foundation, 2016

216 pages, $60—hardcover

One of the great milestones in the history of natural history books is John Gould’s Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming- Birds. Published in 25 parts between 1849 and 1861, the five original volumes contain an [read more…]

Serious Topics, With Humor and Flair

A review by Carrie Laben

Being a Bird in North America North of Mexico: Waterfowl to Shorebirds, by Robert Alvo

Privately published, 2015

255 pages, $39.95—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14628

Hitchhiking herons, vultures in chef’s hats, Black Rails borne aloft by balloons: This ain’t Sibley. The first volume of Robert Alvo’s new [read more…]

Limericks, Landscapes, and Lorikeets—by Lear

A review by Rick Wright

The Natural History of Edward Lear, by Robert McCracken Peck

David R. Godine, 2016

224 pages, $40—hardcover

It took me years to figure out that there was only one Edward Lear, that the brush responsible for some of the finest natural history illustration of the nineteenth century was wielded by [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

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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 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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Love, Birds, and Oil: Artistic Confrontations

A review by Sandra Paci

Love Birds, an exhibition by Jason Alexander Byers

Garis & Hahn, New York City, November 19 – December 19, 2015

Love Birds, Jason Alexander Byers’s first solo exhibition in New York City, consists of thirteen striking works on paper, each measuring 30 x 22 inches, with the evocative single-word titles [read more…]

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