A review by David Liebmann
The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human, by Noah Strycker
Riverhead Books, 2014
288 pages, $16.00—softcover
ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14383P
Some books go so far beyond mere information as to force a reappraisal of what readers think they [read more…]
We’re into the second half of August, which means pennant fever. Well, not here in the Denver metro region (the cellar dweller Rockies are on pace for another 95-loss season), but in many other parts of the ABA Area. Late summer also means an uptick in sightings of herons, egrets, nighthawks…
I think you [read more…]
This one would seem to qualify as an “LBJ”—a little brown job. But which species? There must be at least 100 in the ABA Area. Hint: Think about geographic variation. Tell us what you think this bird is, and where you think it was photographed.
As always, the most helpful answers are the ones that [read more…]
Is the internet good or bad for the science and art of bird identification? It’s a question that’s been asked many times since the advent of the listserv. Steve Tucker of Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds tackles it again in the face of the social media tsunami.
One of the best and worst things about all [read more…]
Our good friends at Eagle Optics are once again offering a fantastic deal for those interested in purchasing a new pair of binoculars. With the purchase of one of a select list of binoculars at a variety of price points, you can get an ABA membership – usually $45 – for the low price of [read more…]
We head into the middle of August with the listservs lighting up to report southbound shorebirds from coast to coast. Only a few of them are particularly unusual though, but now is certainly the time to be parsing those tide flats and reservoir arms for something really good. ABA Area notables continuing into the last [read more…]
The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community features two articles about expanding the appeal of birding to a non-white audience. David Lindo addresses the importance of making nature accessible to a wide swath of the public in “Opening the Door”.
And Rue Mapp continues the conversation by stressing the importance of [read more…]
First, there were weekly bird hotlines. . .
Wait. If we want to be historically complete, first there was grunting and pointing, then look-what-I-just-killed-do-you-want-a-bite (i.e., here’s the specimen if you need proof), then story-telling next to the fire, then cave painting, then winter counts on bison hides, then the printing [read more…]
Since I moved to Anchorage just over 11 months ago I have learned that one of the key spots to check for birds is the “Audubon bench”, which has been the site of many noteworthy bird sightings over the years. It took me a while to get to the bench because I first learned about [read more…]
It’s shorebird season at last, and the web is full of tips for making the most of that often confusing family. City Birder Rob Jett offers a basic overview.
Shorebirds fly fast; several species can cruise at seventy miles per hour. They also tend to fly erratically and evasively, twisting and twirling against the sun, [read more…]