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A Thousand Years of Extinctions on the Islands of Hawaii

A review by Daniel Lewis

Extinct Birds of Hawai’i, by Michael Walther

Mutual Publishing, 2016

238 pages, hardcover

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Most of Hawai‘i’s endemic birds are endangered, some critically, as are many other animals and plants there. Before human settlement, the islands’ life forms had become almost freakishly abundant and diverse—“endless [read more…]

A Significant Reference Work — and Many Hours of Reading Enjoyment

A review by W. Ross Silcock

Birds of Montana, by Jeffrey S. Marks, Paul Hendricks, and Daniel Casey

Buteo Books, 2016

672 pages, hardcover

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The first impression on picking this book up—“hefting” might be the more appropriate verb—is one of great size: Weighing in at 5.1 pounds, Birds of [read more…]

A Gorgeous–and Affordable–Introduction to the Hummingbirds

A review by Grant McCreary

Hummingbirds, by John C. Arvin

Gorgas Science Foundation, 2016

216 pages, $60—hardcover

One of the great milestones in the history of natural history books is John Gould’s Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming- Birds. Published in 25 parts between 1849 and 1861, the five original volumes contain an [read more…]

Will Birders Ever Learn to “See” Birdsong?

A review by Marky Mutchler

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America, by Nathan Pieplow

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

593 pages, $28—softcover

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Songs and calls are very important in bird identification, in many cases as useful as the classic visual field marks, but they are often [read more…]

Serious Topics, With Humor and Flair

A review by Carrie Laben

Being a Bird in North America North of Mexico: Waterfowl to Shorebirds, by Robert Alvo

Privately published, 2015

255 pages, $39.95—hardcover

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Hitchhiking herons, vultures in chef’s hats, Black Rails borne aloft by balloons: This ain’t Sibley. The first volume of Robert Alvo’s new [read more…]

Limericks, Landscapes, and Lorikeets—by Lear

A review by Rick Wright

The Natural History of Edward Lear, by Robert McCracken Peck

David R. Godine, 2016

224 pages, $40—hardcover

It took me years to figure out that there was only one Edward Lear, that the brush responsible for some of the finest natural history illustration of the nineteenth century was wielded by [read more…]

Listening Deep to America’s Birds

A review by Ernie Jardine

Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific

by Donald Kroodsma

Princeton University Press, 2016

336 pages, $29.95–hardcover

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Anyone for a bike ride? How about a 4,200-mile bike ride across the continent? Count me out—I can feel that bicycle seat [read more…]

The Past, and the Future, of a Texas Birding Landmark

A review by Sheridan Coffey

Border Sanctuary: The Conservation Legacy of the Santa Ana Land Grant

by M. J. Morgan

Texas A&M University Press, 2015

240 pages, $32–hardcover

Even before its establishment as the third national wildlife refuge in Texas, Santa Ana, the largest remaining area of old growth thorn forest in the U.S., [read more…]

How to Maximize a Birdfinding Guide

A review by Avery Scott

Birdwatching in New York City and on Long Island, by Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim

University Press of New England, 2016

320 pages, $24.95—softcover

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The concept is simple: Why not assemble a list of the best places to see birds in the New [read more…]

How We Identify Birds: The Backstory

A review by Don Jones

Peterson Reference Guide to Birding by Impression, by Kevin T. Karlson and Dale Rosselet

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

286 pages, $30—hardcover

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Have you ever been birding with someone, a local expert or a tour guide, who almost seemed to identify a bird before [read more…]

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