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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

ABA Sales–Buteo Books #14636

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…]

ICYMI: We Love The Jerk?

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 7 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one by ABA President Jeff Gordon about how [read more…]

eBird Has Taken Over My Life. It’s All Good.

 

At some point today, I will enter an eBird checklist. No biggie. Many of you reading this you will do the same thing. It will be my 6,225th eBird checklist. Okay, that’s a bit more impressive. Still, it’s nowhere near the record. According to eBird, Peter Svingen has submitted 78,178 checklists, more than ten [read more…]

One Touch of Nature

 

Go to the gift shop at your local nature center and check out the section with journals, planners, and calendars. Pull one off the display, flip through the pages, and you’ll come upon the inevitable quotes by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Aldo Leopold. And this one from William Shakespeare: “One touch of nature [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2016

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of [read more…]

October Surprise

 

Surprise me. That’s my mantra, my supplication to the birding gods, every time I go afield. It’s both a prayer of supplication and a prayer for illumination. It is the will of the birding gods, I believe, that we experience novelty, that we attain new appreciation for the world around us, whenever we are [read more…]

Owls in Context: Nature and Culture

A review by Alison Beringer

The House of Owls

by Tony Angell

Yale University Press, 2016

224 pages, $18–softcover

ABA Sales #14480P

One of the first bird sounds many children learn is the hoot of an owl—but not so often from the owl itself as from an adult’s mimicking the bird. How many children actually [read more…]

A New and Forgotten Hero for Birders

A review by Frank Izaguirre

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

by Andrea Wulf

Knopf, 2015

497 pages, $17–softcover

Birders love heroes. From John James Audubon and his criss-crossings of early America to Kenn Kaufman and his shoestring big year and to Phoebe Snetsinger and her quest to see 8,000 species, stories [read more…]

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