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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

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            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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                      • Nine Tips for Leading Bird Walks November 18, 2014 9:39
                        Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. More and more young birders have been leading bird walks. This is awesome and really helps enrich the young birder community, as well as the birding community as a whole. […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #34 November 3, 2014 4:34
                        October is one of my favorite months for birding. While, at least where I am, most Neotropical migrants have already passed through by the end of September, October brings some really great birds into the area. […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #33 October 31, 2014 8:00
                        Wow. September brings migrating birds, exciting cold front fallouts, and exceedingly productive birding blogs. The results from the summer are in, flooding the pages with posts about fun summer camps, projects, and birding excursions, followed closely by fall, with new birds and weekend trips. […]

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