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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

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Birding in Poland, edited by Adam Sterno

Oriolus Förlag, 2015

590 pages, $55—hardcover

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The historical reasons are [read more…]

Preaching Well Beyond the Choir

A review by Carrie Laben

Nextinction, by Ralph Steadman and Ceri Levy

Bloomsbury, 2015

224 pages, $50—hardcover

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The ABA is giving away 2 signed copies of this book. For more information, see the end of this review!

Ceri Levy and Ralph Steadman’s Nextinction arrived while my friend Kaylen was [read more…]

A Pleasure at Any Age

A review by Beth Guldseth

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon, by Nancy Plain

University of Nebraska Press, 2015

112 pages, $19.95—softcover

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In this handsome volume for readers ages 10-14, Nancy Plain reveals the many sides of John James Audubon, the complicated artist often [read more…]

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…]

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