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    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 will [read more...]

      Understanding Rarity

      A review by Graham Etherington

      Rare Birds of North America, by Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell

      Princeton University Press, 2014

      428 pages, $35.00—hardcover

      ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14102

      Rare birds: everybody loves ‘em. Whether it’s the wonder that you feel on seeing a bird that’s managed to survive a cross-ocean [read more...]

        Education, Enlightenment, and Eggs

        A review by Chelsea Biondolillo

        America’s Other Audubon, by Joy M. Kiser

        Princeton Architectural Press, 2012

        192 pages, $45.00—hardcover

        ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13683

        Some books entertain, others educate or enlighten, and still others dazzle with their visual display. America’s Other Audubon by Joy M. Kiser, a former librarian at the Cleveland Museum of [read more...]

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          A couple of years ago I wrote a column in Winging It about some of my favorite non-birding books for birders.  Commentators in a followup blog post generated many more great book titles that appeal to travel and unfeathered natural science topics of interest to those who pursue wild birds.

          Just in time for [read more...]

            A Cautionary Tale

            A review by Rick Wright

            A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, by Joel Greenberg

            Bloomsbury, 2014

            304 pages, $26.00—hardcover

            ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14322

            On May 26, 1910, Mr. Charles H. Jones of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, testified before the House of Representatives’ Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce:

            It [read more...]

              Positive Changes, Dire Developments, and a Call to Action

              A review by Jennifer Rycenga

              Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution, by Edward C. Beedy, Edward R. Pandolfino, and Keith Hansen

              University of California Press, 2013

              xiv + 430 pages, $39.95—softcover

              ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14156

              The Sierra Nevada’s place in natural history and ornithology is [read more...]

                The New Sibley

                A review by Jen Brumfield

                The Sibley Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition, by David Allen Sibley

                Knopf, 2014

                599 pages, $39.95—softcover

                ABA Sales / Buteo Books SIBL2

                I have 1,500 words to review the new, second edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds.

                1,500 words. I’ve already used 20.

                I don’t have [read more...]

                  Enigmatic, Inscrutable, and Absorbing

                  A review by Luke Tiller

                  Looking for the Goshawk, by Conor Mark Jameson

                  Bloomsbury, 2013

                  368 pages, $26.95—hardcover

                  ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13890

                  Mark Conor Jameson is best known for his well-received Silent Spring Revisited, a review of the highs and lows of the conservation movement since Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking work. In his latest [read more...]

                    Citizen Science and the Ornithological Record

                    A review by Drew Weber

                    Birds of Central Pennsylvania, by Nick Bolgiano and Greg Grove

                    Stone Mountain Publishing, 2010

                    262 pages, $20.00—softcover

                    ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13347

                    When I moved to State College in the summer of 2010 for graduate school, I was excited about birding central Pennsylvania, which has extensive forest and many [read more...]

                      The Allure of the Sea, From Shore

                      A review by Amar Ayyash

                      Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: Eastern Waterbirds in Flight, by Ken Behrens and Cameron Cox

                      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013

                      xi + 602 pages, $35—hardcover

                      ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13931

                      Perhaps the most challenging form of birding, the identification of birds in flight from a distance is a [read more...]

                      Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
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