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    Guardians of the Forests

    A review by Noel Snyder

    Woodpeckers of the World: A Photographic Guide, by Gerard Gorman

    Firefly Books, 2014

    528 pages, $49.95—hardcover

    ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14365

    Gerard Gorman’s stunningly illustrated Woodpeckers of the World provides basic information on all of the species in the family Picidae, including the woodpeckers, sapsuckers, flickers, flamebacks, piculets, [read more...]

      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...]

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