The Bird Way: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

It was a pleasure to make these observations at the same time I was reading The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think , Jennifer Ackerman’s new book about the diversity and complexity of bird behavior. Many popular science books have neither.

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Felt Dogs (aka the cutest book ever).

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Felt Dogs is an adorable craft book that teaches you how to make little dogs from felt. The book is packed full of different breeds to delight any dog lover. The book teaches a technique called needle felting. I also loved the step by step photos in the book, which makes it easy for beginners or experts to follow. And of course, the book is full of such darling photos it’s easy to forget that the book is about crafting.

2014 194

Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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Penguins are cartoons, emoticons, animated films, children’s books (though owls really take first place here), sports teams, a book publisher, and a Batman villain (a rare example of penguin negativity, though Burgess Meredith did bring an endearing attitude to his 1960’s TV portrayal).

The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

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2019), and now this book. The progression could be said to echo that of an earlier book about an obsessive nature criminal, The Orchard Thief by Susan Orlean, which started out as an article in The New Yorker.). The book is structured cinematically. He interviewed relatives, friends, colleagues, investigators, and experts around the world; read trial transcripts, historical and contemporary books and articles; and viewed videotaped interrogations.

A DOG’S WAY HOME book and Blu-Ray giveaway

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Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A DOG’S WAY HOME finds its way onto Digital March 26 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 9 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film chronicles the heartwarming … Continue reading →

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Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

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The last time a Julie Zickefoose book was reviewed on this blogsite, the piece began by saying “This is going to be a rave review.” That sentence will do for this review and this book, too: it’s unavoidable. These women, who are all, evidently, sane or close enough to pass, write books, quite good books, about themselves and their charges. On a couple of different levels, this is a wonderful story and a terrific book.

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Cooking With Cats Coloring Book (and a giveaway)

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This book combines all of those wonderful things together for a fun coloring experience! Do you love cats? What about food? Do you also like to color? The cats take the cake in their “food cosplay”, such as cat sushi. … Continue reading → cats

Book: Shift Your Habit

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We recently got a review copy of a great new book called Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet , which is going to be available on March 9th. We really enjoyed the book a lot! The author, Elizabeth Rogers, is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Green Book. The book offers tips for every part of life. Book: Shift Your Habit originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on March 1, 2010.

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Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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In a birding world that celebrates identification, there are surprisingly few articles and books on gull identification.** There’s been a lot of excitement about this book. Pete Dunne has written and co-written 21 books (by my count, Wikipedia needs to update its entry!) This is their second co-authored book. Its simplicity echoes the book’s title, full of promises that birders’ dreams are made of. Additional Back-of-the-Book Sections.

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Book: The Lost Dogs

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I got the chance to read this book, and it is absolutely engrossing. The book is broken down into three sections. This case brought dog fighting to the minds of many who had never heard of it before, and this book helps spread the message. You can find The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption on Amazon, and anywhere books are sold. Book: The Lost Dogs originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 16, 2010.

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

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” The book in question is Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide , edited and written by Sebastian K. The guide covers 1,433 species, the number of birds documented at the end of 2014, the cutoff point for the book. The downside of the size (and quality of paper) is that this is a fairly heavy book, about 2.5 I can see the glue when I open the cover and feel like it will tear off if I hold the book the wrong way. Front and Back of the Book and More.

Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter

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The book offers numerous facts about many species, findings of hundreds of research projects, notes on trends and exceptions from the norm, but little that captures the poetry of winter bird behavior or ignites a passion for change. The book is organized logically by seasonality. Two sobering chapters on “Conservation” and “Climate Change” end the text section of the book, followed by a 36-page Bibliography and a detailed Index.

2020 61

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book

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Fortunately, with a prescience that’s a little scary, David Allen Sibley has created a book perfect for beginning birders (and the rest of us): What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why. This is a delightful book, large (8-1/2 by 11 inches), filled with Sibley’s distinctive artwork and an organized potpourri of research-based stories about the science behind bird’s lives.

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Write a Book--Together

Animal Person

In " Is This the Future of the Digital Book? " The one that caught my eye as useful for vegans and the animal rights community is: WEBook, a venture-backed start-up in New York, allows people to collaborate on writing books and is working on new ways to let readers give writers real-time feedback on their work. Check out WEBook 's site, where you can read and vote on the writing of others, become a top reviewer like at Amazon, and submit a book to be published.

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Bird Books for Children: From Colors & Shapes to Discovering Central Park

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It’s never too late or too early to buy a children’s book about birds. It’s been a few years since my last roundup of children’s bird books, and children’s book writers, illustrators and publishers continue to produce picture books that feature avian protagonists. My interest here is on books that introduce children, from toddler age to first grade, to birds as wild creatures they can observe and enjoy. First, the board books.

2019 66

WCS Dogs Book Winner

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We would like to announce the winner of the Worst Case Scenario Dogs book, and also tell you about a chance to win another great book from the WCS line! Second, if you would like to know something from the people at Worst Case Scenario, and have a chance to win a copy of one of their books, visit this post and leave your comment. WCS Dogs Book Winner originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 2, 2009

2009 116

Birding for the Curious: A Book Review

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This is the book you will want to give to everyone in your life who has said ‘I’d like to bird too, but ….(fill Not only is Nate a birding and blogging colleague, but Mike Bergin, 10,000 Birds co-publisher, has written the Foreword and I have been threatened with all sorts of birder-type punishment if I give this book a bad review. But, as we say in the book review world, you can’t keep a critical mind down. All excellent books. The book starts with “Why Birds?”

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Baby Bird Books, Little Bird Books

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Jake’s favorite before-bedtime book when he was just a bit younger was Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, a picture book I had picked up at a nature center. By the middle of the book, Jake and his younger brother Zach would be chiming in, “I want my mommy,” and when Mama Owl finally return, they would rejoice along with the owlets. It turns out that there are quite a few children’s books that feature baby birds, often owls, looking for their moms.

2012 82

On Children's Books, Introverts & Films

Animal Person

First, Chris directed me to ePub Bud , which appears to be a timely and fantastic idea given my recent plea for more books for children about veganism. In addition, it looks like a great way to get your book into ePub form (and here 's how to read it) no matter what age your audience is. Tags: Activism Books Ethics Language ePub Introverts Jamie Oliver The End of the Line What's on Your Plate

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Book: Fit As Fido

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The book takes a look at how our favorite animal companions, the dog, lives life and what we can learn about how to live our own life from observing them. The book isn’t a long one, but it does give a lot of great facts (and talks about health myths as well). If you want more great tips and information about the book, be sure to visit the Fit As Fido website. Tags: books

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New Book on Michael Vick Case

Critter News

A new book has come out about the Vick case. You can read about it here.

Book: Scent of the Missing

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I recently got a chance to read a book called Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog. The book is an amazing and heartfelt look at the unique partnership and bond that search and rescue dogs have with their handlers. The book follows the story of Susannah and her dog Puzzle. I am excited to share an article from the book’s author and I hope that you enjoy it. Tags: books

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Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Book Review

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For endangered species, red and gray tabs at the top of the page indicate level of threatened status from the IUCN and the Libro Rogo de los Vertebrados Cubanos (Red Data Book for Cuban Vertebrates). The book includes lots of space for Notes. Actually, I thought I could press it and hear a bird call, till I remembered that this was a book not a web page.). I bought my volume from Buteo Books, but it is no longer listed on their website.). Reviews book review Cuba

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Becoming Sensitized to Animals in Books

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Over the years, I've noticed that the role of animals jumps out at me in any book I read. It's a book by Tracy Kidder about Dr. Paul Farmer, an international health advocate who made his name from his work in Haiti and his fight against Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR). While his work is amazing, I personally believe he has a real martyr complex and a huge ego that is carefully hidden in the book, but that's another issue. It's stuck in my mind and tainted the book.

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Looking for Books about Animal Experimentation

Critter News

I've finally decided to take the plunge and really learn about animal experimentation. It's a horrible topic and I post news articles about the abuses from time to time. But I want to be able to argue about it intelligently, citing science, not just morals. Apparently, there is a lot of argument out there than animal experimentation is even good for humans. Many times tests fail. A drug may work on an animal, but fail miserably on a human. Or vice versa.

2012 116

Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide–A Book Review

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Her lively block prints adorn calendars, note cards, puzzles, and children’s books, very much in the popular tradition of beloved minimalist Charley Harper. It’s a fun book, offering ideas for projects and, most importantly for me, new ways to observe birds and their natural world. ” They are continued throughout the book, interwoven with the images and commentary. It’s an interesting way to teach within a book. Reviews bird art book review

2019 66

New Book on Animal Rights Activism

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The most constructive part of the book (and possibly the most shocking to those who are only peripherally familiar with the vegetarian movement and who might therefore expect radicalism) is the authors' discussion of tolerance in all activities. Tags: activism book reviews It's titled "The Animal Activists' Handbook: Maximizing Our Positive Impact in Today's World" by Matt Ball and Bruce Friedrich. One guy runs Vegan Outreach and the other is a VP at PETA (they have those?).

Birding in Greece – birdfinder book review

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True, because of higher precipitation, more luxurious vegetation and higher diversity of altitudes and habitats, east Macedonia and Thrace may offer better birding and a longer bird list, but for those, there is a more informative new book, Birdwatching in Northern Greece – a site guide by Steve Mills (2011, 2nd edition). However, I still wanted a book that would cover the entire country and give me the big picture. Reviews birdfinder books Greece

Beats the Beltway: a review of Bruce Beehler’s book “Natural Encounters”

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The travels in his most recent book Natural Encounters: Biking, Hiking, and Birding Through the Seasons are more limited — to the eastern part of the United States, mostly Washington, D.C. And the book is organized seasonally, starting from the “sunny, lazy days” of late June and July, around the calendar, ending with “chasing the last of spring,” in the following June. Beehler’s blog includes lots of photos; the book has few of those but a number of good drawings by John C.

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North American Songbirds: A Book Review

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Birding being a visual and an auditory pursuit, it’s not surprising that publishers have taken advantage of the media of its day to produce bird books accompanied by CDs or DVDs. QR stands for Quick Response (the things I learn when I write a book review!). I was interested in reviewing this book because, although I had uploaded a QR code app last year, I’ve never used it. The process itself was easier to use than playing a DVD while reading a book.

2014 80

The Splendor of Birds and National Geographic: a Book Review

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The book, handsome and hefty, is meant to “commemorate and amplify” the Year of the Bird initiative –but it’s a self-celebration of sorts, too. Much of the book, most of it, consists of full-page photos with identifying captions and some interspersed prose. Its magazine began publication then, too, with the first photographs appearing (over the protests of some board members, who didn’t want their journal being turned into “a picture book”) in 1906.

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Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review

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And the book is about much more, ripple effects from what happens when part of a living thing becomes the central ingredient to a highly visual, social, profitable business. More examples, shown in the book and online (just search for ‘hats’ and ‘egrets’ and you’ll find articles from NPR , the Smithsonian , and Audubon ), show delicate to huge creations adorned, sometimes overwhelmed with plumes, colorful teased feathers, and even the actual bodies of birds.

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Walter’s Book Now Available

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Walter Kitundu, who loyal readers will remember as an excellent Beat Writer here on 10,000 Birds , has a new e-book available. News books iBooks It is studded with the wonderful images that his fans will surely associate with him and is well worth checking out. You can get Bird Knowledge: Little Life Lessons Learned from Birds on the iTunes store here.

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Animals of Kruger National Park: A Book Review

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They are striking, as one would expect from a book about South African mammals, reptiles and amphibians, with many images illustrating behavior and identification features as well as the animal in its habitat. I was surprised that while the recommended sources for information on birds was limited to Barnes’ forthcoming book, Birds of Kruger National Park, co-authored with Ken Behrens. Perhaps there will be additional recommendations in the book itself, due out June 2017.

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The Feather Thief: A Book Review

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Johnson smartly starts off with the two obsessions that are at the core of the book–an intriguing description of Rist breaking into the museum (we’re not told the why, just the how, which is pretty impressive because it’s done so amateurishly and successfully) followed by Johnson himself learning about the theft several years later from his fly fishing guide, Spencer Seim, while casting for trout in New Mexico. Seriously, this book is crying out for a movie treatment!).

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"Earthlings" Available as Audio Book

Critter News

For those who can't handle the visuals, now it's available as an audio book. "Earthlings" is a film about animal abuse narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. I've never watched it, but heard it talked about on a vegan podcast. It's supposed to be so intense, it turns people into vegans (Ellen DeGeneres for one.) Earthlings is a feature-length documentary about how dependent human beings are on animals, primarily in five key areas: pets, food, clothing, entertainment and science.

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New Book Looks at Humanity's Role in the Next Extinction

Critter News

Another book I want to read! Her last book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, outlined evidence collated from sites across the planet showing how global warming is changing the world. The book was well reviewed on both sides of the Atlantic, with the Observer praising it as "a superbly crafted, diligently compressed vision of a world spiralling towards destruction". Tags: climate global warming extinction books endangered species I'm a glutton for depressing punishment!

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Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City–A Book Review

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Everyone is looking back on their best birds of 2019, so I thought it would be a good idea to look at a book that looks back a little further: Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City , by P. Because, as this book demonstrates so well, it is sometimes important to look back in order to move forward. This is a book about the Bronx?!” The book is divided into three parts: “Introduction,” “Avifaunal Overview,” and “Species Accounts.”

Birding By Impression: A Book Review

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Karlson and Dale Rosselet in Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Knowing and Identifying Birds, the latest addition to the Peterson Reference Guide series and a book likely to revive the continuing discussion about the merits of GISS (the term used in the book, as opposed to the popular jizz ) versus traditional bird identification. The result is a different kind of book. Still, there are parts of the BBI approach as presented in this book that seem strange.

2015 67

Birds and People: A Book Review

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It took me a while to wrap my mind around the concept of Birds and People , Mark Cocker and David Tipling’s book that, in 592 pages, explores the intersection of just that—birds and us. Still, I found it a little disjointing that a book has been written about our relationship with birds. So, I just sit here, amazed at this book. He started working on Birds and People in January 2007, according to the book’s web site, and the project ultimately took six years.

2014 78

Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

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The full title of this exceptional book by Marie Read is Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior. In this new book, she puts everything she has learned in over 30 years of wildlife photography down in writing. The first half of the book (there are sixteen chapters) covers technical topics–equipment essentials, focusing and image sharpness, light, exposure, and composition. Book Design & Formats.

2019 67

Book Giveaway: Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White

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If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Donna just wrote a review of this excellent book of essays which especially includes a stellar look at why New York City birding is the best birding. Because there are three copies of the book to give away we have three different ways you can get one of the books. One of our email subscribers chosen at random will win one of the copies of the book. You’ll be entered to win a book and become bird-blog famous!

2017 63

New Book on Ethics of Meat-Eating

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I'm trying to come up with a book for my book club about animal rights. Sounds pretty powerful. What do I choose? All of them are meat eaters, two because their "doctors" told them they had to eat meat. One is a huge supporter of animal research. I don't want anything too radical and was thinking about Dominion by Matthew Scully. But now we have "Eating Animals,"by Jonathan Safran Foer.

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