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Point of No Return: Let’s Leave Nature Behind?

A review by Laura Kammermeier

Animal Internet: Nature and the Digital Revolution, by Alexander Pschera (translated by Elisabeth Lauffer)

New Vessel Press, 2016

200 pages, $14.95—softcover

I never liked Star Trek. In spite of its prophetic imagination, the fact that the show was staged wholly outside of any form of visible nature made it [read more…]

New Owl Books—and New Owls

A review by David E. Quady

Undiscovered Owls, by Magnus Robb & The Sound Approach

The Sound Approach, 2015

308 pages, $59.50—hardcover, with 4 CDs

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Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, by Scott Weidensaul

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

333 pages, $40.00—hardcover

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Character Assassination, Slander, and DDT Science

A review by Henry T. Armistead

DDT Wars, by Charles F. Wurster

Oxford University Press, 2015

256 pages, $24.95–hardcover

Pity the poor non-birder guy from Time, stuck in the back of a station wagon for 24 hours as we blasted over 500 miles of Delaware highway on one of Dave Cutler’s legendary Big Days, recording [read more…]

Comprehensive, Well-organized, and Scholarly

A review by Wayne Petersen

The Birds of New Hampshire, by Allan R. Keith and Robert P. Fox

Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2013

473 pages, $55–hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books NOCM19

People acquire state bird books for many reasons. Some are bibliophiles wanting to own every new state book published, while others may have a [read more…]

An Affectionate and Intelligent Look at the Cuckoo

A review by Donna Schulman

Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature, by Nick Davies

Bloomsbury, 2015

289 pages, $27–hardcover

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I wonder how the word “cuckoo” ever became associated with simple-mindedness or insanity. The titular species of this book, the Common Cuckoo, is one of the cleverest birds around and one of [read more…]

A New Classic for North American Waterfowl and Their Watchers

A review by Keith Betton

Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia, by Sébastien Reeber

Princeton University Press, 2016

656 pages, $45—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14588

This is the latest in the series of Helm Identification Guides, which includes such great titles as Robins and Chats, Woodpeckers of the World, and Owls of [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

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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…]

Two New Guides to Central Europe

A review by Rick Wright

A Birdwatching Guide to North East Germany and Its Baltic Coast, by Roger White

Roger White Publishing, 2015

148 pages, $39.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14502

Birding in Poland, edited by Adam Sterno

Oriolus Förlag, 2015

590 pages, $55—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14561

The historical reasons are [read more…]

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