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Wild Anecdotes and Curious Asides

A review by Lori Potter

Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds, by Bernd Brunner, translated by Jane Billinghurst

Greystone Books, 2017

292 pages, hardcover

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The book jacket of Birdmania advises that its contents are “quirky.” Soon enough, we learn that this disclosure is not misleading. The book’s quirkiness [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being mailed. 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 this issue of [read more…]

Moving to the City: Raptors in a Concrete Jungle

A review by Corey C. Husic

Urban Raptors: Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities, edited by Clint W. Boal and Cheryl R. Dykstra

Island Press, 2018

320 pages, softcover

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Humans have long lived in proximity to raptors, with stories dating back centuries of Red Kites pestering [read more…]

Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community has hit mailboxes.

One of those mailboxes belongs to Joe Scott of Chatham, New Hampshire. Here’s what Joe has to say about this year’s issue:

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This magazine was a treat to read.

I belong to many conservation organizations and believe fully in [read more…]

Making Friends and Breaking Ground

A review by Laura Kammermeier

One More Warbler: A Life with Birds, by Victor Emanuel with S. Kirk Walsh

University of Texas Press, 2017

273 pages—hardcover

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The first time Victor Emanuel flew over unbroken tropical forest was in 1969, when he and John Rowlett took a flight [read more…]

That Fateful Footnote 

A review by David Liebmann

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World, by Noah Strycker

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

326 pages—hardcover

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Noah Strycker sets four ambitious goals in his latest book: to immerse his readers in different landscapes around the globe, to [read more…]

The Ultimate eBird Stationary Count

What species? And how many? For some of these, it’s fine–indeed it’s a good idea–to enter “spuhs” and “slashes,” e.g., Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher and peep sp. The location is Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park, Monroe County, Florida, and date is New Years Day. This is an eBird stationary count, and you have as much time [read more…]

A Life Evolved in Tandem with America

A review by Elizabeth J. Rosenthal

John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman, by Gregory Nobles

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017

352 pages, hardcover

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When 18-year-old John James Audubon arrived in America from Napoleonic France in August 1803, he was accomplished in the youthful pursuits of the [read more…]

How to Take Pictures of Birding

We’ve said it before here at The ABA Blog, and we’ll say it again: Digital photography has revolutionized the way we identify, appreciate, and understand birds. The proliferation of digital cameras has quite literally changed the way we look at and think about nature. That’s awesome. But I want to shift the emphasis now from [read more…]

Adrift in a World of White

A review by Rick Wright

Broken Wing, by David Budbill

Green Writers Press, 2016

212 pages—softcover

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Diversity, alas, is still not our strong suit in North American birding. There are a few encouraging signs: Women, people of color, and members of other historically under-represented groups are slightly less scarce [read more…]

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