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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.

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      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...]

                  Birds and People

                  A review by Robert O. Paxton

                  Birds and People, by Mark Cocker, with photographs by David Tipling

                  Random House, 2013

                  592 pages, $65.00—hardcover

                  ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14189

                  This sumptuous volume is a bit like a double chocolate sundae. It’s too rich for one sitting, but you can’t stop eating. It explores a sweeping [read more...]

                    Juncos and Science

                    A review by Rick Wright

                    Ordinary Extraordinary Junco, by Jonathan Atwell, Steve Burns, and Ellen Ketterson

                    Junco Project, 2013

                    $5.00–DVD, 1:30

                    Available for purchase or free download

                    Look outside.

                    It is winter as I write, and over much of the ABA Area—and well south into Middle America, too—there’s a good chance that your eye [read more...]

                      Do Bluebirds Hate You?

                      A review by Julia Zarankin

                      Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? More Answers to Common and Not-So-Common Questions about Birds and Birding, by Mike O’Connor

                      Beacon Press, 2013

                      185 pages, $12.95—softcover

                      ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14114

                      Have you ever wondered where cardinals got their name? Or whether woodpeckers take baths? Or [read more...]

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