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The Puffin Bred on These Rocks

A review by Joel Greenberg

Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock, by Stephen W. Kress and Derrick Z. Jackson

Yale University Press, 2015

357 pages, $30—hardcover

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As an elementary school pupil in suburban Bexley, Ohio, Stephen W. Kress spent hours roaming [read more…]

Why We Feed Birds

A review by Grant McCreary

Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce and Conservation, by Paul J. Baicich, Margaret A. Barker, and Carrol L. Henderson

Texas A&M University Press, 2015

306 pages, $27.95—softcover

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Feeding birds? Isn’t this the American Birding Association? Don’t lie: I know you thought it, if [read more…]

A Diverting Cozy

A review by Jim Wright

The Kiskadee of Death, by Jan Dunlap

North Star Press, 2015

256 pages, $14.95—softcover

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The seventh in Jan Dunlap’s Bob White Birder Murder series, The Kiskadee of Death is a light confection of a mystery, the sort of book you might read on the plane [read more…]

Conservation in Papua New Guinea

A review by Donna Schulman

Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest, by Andrew L. Mack

Cassowary Conservation and Publishing, 2014

235 pages, $19.95—softcover

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New Guinea looms large in birders’ imaginations. Bowerbirds, dense rain forests, birds of paradise, exotic feather headdresses, the shadow of violence [read more…]

More than Color and Intrigue

A review by David Liebmann

The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human, by Noah Strycker

Riverhead Books, 2014

288 pages, $16.00—softcover

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Some books go so far beyond mere information as to force a reappraisal of what readers think they [read more…]

The Illiterate Birder

Yikes, that ain’t English! And what on earth is that strange reptilian creature on the cover?

It’s easy sometimes for us Americans to forget that there is a whole vast birding literature out there that is not published in the US or the UK. On those rare occasions when we are reminded, it’s often by [read more…]

Paper, Pixels, Potentials: Endangered Genres?

A review by Rick Wright

Birding Trails: Montana, by Chuck Robbins

Sandhill Crane Press, 2014

508 pages, $29.95—softcover

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The Robertson and Woolfenden Florida Bird Species: An Annotated List, by Jon S. Greenlaw, Bill Pranty, and Reed Bowman

Florida Ornithological Society, 2014

435 pages, $24—softcover

There’s a good chance that [read more…]

Extraordinary Birds, Extraordinary Book

A review by Elwood D. Bracey

Extraordinary Birds: Essays and Plates, by Paul Sweet

Sterling Signature, 2013 144 pages and 40 unbound prints, $50—boxed ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14254 As a longtime collector of antiquarian bird books, I am delighted to review this publication, the second in a series joining solid science with [read more…]

Reading Birdsounds, Listening to Print

A review by Don Torino

Bird Song: Defined, Decoded, Described, by Ernie Jardine

Bird Song Press, 2011

448 pages, $21.95—softcover

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Our lives are bombarded by new technologies every day, from phones to drones. The changes they have wrought on our world are astonishing. It’s no different in the [read more…]

Check Marks and Blank Spaces

A review by Brooke McDonald

The Wallcreeper, by Nell Zink

Dorothy, 2014

200 pages, $16—softcover

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Birding is a pastime of opposites: hedonism and asceticism, mysticism and materialism, passion and logic, meaning and anomie, wilderness and domesticity. It is a dialogue between inward and outward, and through birding, we create [read more…]

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