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    Pigeon Books and Book Pigeons

    A review by Rick Wright

    A Message from Martha, by Mark Avery

    Bloomsbury, 2014

    304 pages, $22—hardcover

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    Pilgrims of the Air, by John Wilson Foster

    Notting Hill, 2014

    230 pages, £14.99—hardcover

    The Passenger Pigeon, by Errol Fuller

    Princeton University Press, 2014

    184 pages, $29.95—hardcover

    ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14406

    Seventy years ago, Aldo Leopold famously [read more…]

      New England’s Breeding Birds

      A review by Matt Pelikan

      The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont, edited by Rosalind B. Renfrew

      University Press of New England, 2013

      576 pages, $75—hardcover

      ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13980

      The Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2, edited by Joan Walsh and Wayne Petersen

      Scott and Nix, 2013

      898 pages, $24.99—eBook

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        Not Your Grandparents’ Waterfowl

        A review by Paul A. Johnsgard

        Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, Fourth Edition, by Guy Baldassarre

        Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014

        1,027 pages in two volumes, $69.95—hardcover

        ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14400

        In 1942, the American Wildlife Institute published The Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, a modest-sized book of 474 [read more…]

          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

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          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

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              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…]

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                      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.

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                        As the year winds down, many of us are enjoying or preparing for Christmas Bird Counts! […]
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                        By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River.  Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time exploring a variety of habitats. One of the highlights was spending time with special guest, Rachael Butek, 2010 ABA Young […]

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