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Nikon Monarch 7

    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 install [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 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...]

              Beetle Mania

              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...]

                      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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                        I don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that Camp Avocet was totally, undeniably awesome this year, so I won’t spend too long telling you all that. In mid-August 2014, a committed staff and a crew of very enthusiastic and almost unbelievably skilled campers assembled in Lewes, in southern Delaware, for the second […]
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                        There is a very good spot for birding in Central Veracruz that has been unnoticed by birders. Isleta Grande is a small village located a half hour from Xalapa. […]

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