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    At the Nexus of Bird Life and People Life

    A review by Donna L. Schulman

    The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, by Richard J. King

    University of New Hampshire Press, 2013

    360 pages, $24.95—softcover

    ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14301P

    Wherever you are, you have probably seen a cormorant.

    Prehistoric in look, awkward in stature, there they are: sitting on a craggy rock with [read more…]

      Birds We Ought to Know Better

      A review by Keith Betton

      The Helm Guide to Bird Identification: Comparing Confusion Species, by Keith Vinicombe, Alan Harris, and Laurel Tucker

      A & C Black, 2014

      396 pages, $42.95—softcover

      ABA Sales–Buteo Books 14335

      The internet tells us that the term “game-changer” was not used outside of sports until 1993. But one of the best [read more…]

        Peaceful Coexistence in the Suburbs

        A review by Robert Gerson

        Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife, by John M. Marzluff

        Yale University Press, 2014

        303 pages, $30—hardcover

        ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14402

        In spite of the overwhelming evidence, it is still difficult for some to accept that our species has had an [read more…]

          Pigeon Books and Book Pigeons

          A review by Rick Wright

          A Message from Martha, by Mark Avery

          Bloomsbury, 2014

          304 pages, $22—hardcover

          ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14424

          Pilgrims of the Air, by John Wilson Foster

          Notting Hill, 2014

          230 pages, £14.99—hardcover

          The Passenger Pigeon, by Errol Fuller

          Princeton University Press, 2014

          184 pages, $29.95—hardcover

          ABA Sales / Buteo Books [read more…]

            New England’s Breeding Birds

            A review by Matt Pelikan

            The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, edited by Rosalind B. Renfrew

            University Press of New England, 2013

            576 pages, $75—hardcover

            ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13980

            The Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2, edited by Joan Walsh and Wayne Petersen

            Scott and Nix, 2013

            898 pages, $24.99—eBook

            The phrase [read more…]

              Not Your Grandparents’ Waterfowl

              A review by Paul A. Johnsgard

              Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, Fourth Edition, by Guy Baldassarre

              Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014

              1,027 pages in two volumes, $69.95—hardcover

              ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14400

              In 1942, the American Wildlife Institute published The Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, a modest-sized book of 474 [read more…]

                Guardians of the Forests

                A review by Noel Snyder

                Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide, by Gerard Gorman

                Firefly Books, 2014

                528 pages, $49.95—hardcover

                ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14365

                Gerard Gorman’s stunningly illustrated Woodpeckers of the World provides basic information on all of the species in the family Picidae, including the woodpeckers, sapsuckers, flickers, flamebacks, piculets, [read more…]

                  Unabashedly Enchanted

                  A review by Julia Zarankin

                  Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird, by Tim Birkhead

                  Walker and Company, 2012

                  265 pages, $25.00—hardcover

                  ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13858

                  In his famous essay “What Is it Like to Be a Bat?,” the philosopher Thomas Nagel argues that the nature of consciousness makes it impossible [read more…]

                    Anticipating Memory

                    A Review by Al Schirmacher

                    Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English-language Haiku, edited and with an introduction by Allan Burns

                    Snapshot Press, 2014

                    479 pages, $49.95–hardcover

                    ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14462

                    Each of us has filters, mental and emotional screens that help us interpret experience. Poetry allows us to temporarily [read more…]

                      Birding British Columbia

                      A review by Gavin Bieber

                      Birdfinding in British Columbia by Russell Cannings and Richard Cannings

                      Greystone Books, 2013

                      466 pages, $29.95—softcover

                      ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14072

                      It is safe to say that virtually all North American birders are familiar with the birding reputations of such mega-diverse states as California, Arizona, and Texas—and that many [read more…]

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                      • Open Mic: Searching for Snowy Owls in Ohio March 25, 2015 5:22
                        At the beginning of this year, I remembered missing the chance to spot a Snowy Owl when the bird stormed across the United States the previous winter, so I was determined to see one of these birds this winter. […]
                      • Mothing: The Nighttime Addiction March 18, 2015 5:49
                        Note: Although this may not seem to be a relevant post on The Eyrie, I thought it would be a good idea to share the obsession that sparked my passion for the natural world as a whole. I hope this post will inform and excite you about moths; perhaps even making them an obsession of […]
                      • Book Review: Ten Thousand Birds March 10, 2015 5:36
                        Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology Since Darwin, by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, and Bob Montgomerie Princeton University Press, 2014 544 pages, $45.00 hardcover ABA Sales / Buteo Books How did today’s birds come to be? How has the history of ornithology evolved since Darwin’s time. These questions, and many more, are answered comprehensively in the […]

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