More Birds Than Bullets: a book review

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But bears can be sensitive creatures, as well, and some of the best parts of the book are when McMullan describes himself, alone in nature, in silent contemplation and observation, being attentive to the concentric rings of energy he radiates as he walks, or sits. (He’s

The Bird Way: A Book Review

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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.

2020 87

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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This is the charm of Lima’s book. The book focuses on two listing events: her 2012 Louisiana Big Year and her 2016 Louisiana 300 Year. The book is structured in a way that made much more sense after I read it than as I was reading it. Reviews big year book review louisian

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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His second book on migration is a tale of many birds and many research studies all connected by the theme of migration and by his thoughtful narrative voice. His participant observations connect to his own research experiences, providing history and perspective.

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 Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds–A Hummer Book Review

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It provides goals and a definite direction for your birding travels and thoughts; sometimes it even becomes the basis of a book! It is also one of the photographs by author Jon Dunn that appears in the book itself. He’s a writer, so he has written this book.

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.

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Cooking With Cats Coloring Book (and a giveaway)

4 The Love Of Animals

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

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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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 67

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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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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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

Birding By Impression: A Book Review

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GISS—general impression, size, shape—is intuitive, the result of an unconscious cognitive process derived from experience in the field. 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.

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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 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.

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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

Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide?A Book Review

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Type it in and you’ll find articles about a showy South African plant, trailers for two films (one of which was pre-Code and apparently created a sensation), eleven novels, a romance novel series, an animated children’s film, socks, and no less than nine coloring books.

2020 87

Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White: A Book Review

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2) This is a NEW book edited by Lisa A. 4) It is a delightful, engaging book. It is a fact that the book fulfills the promise of its subtitle. This story of avian hatred may be the most revolutionary essay in a book full of paeans to birds and birding.). Gordon, president of the American Birding Association, is co-editor and writer of the book’s Introduction. I was very happy when I started reading and found a book crammed with good writing.

2017 63

Book: Scent of the Missing

4 The Love Of Animals

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. Past experience? Tags: books

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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record: A Book Review

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One of the reasons I enjoy about reviewing books is the opportunity to read titles I wouldn’t ordinarily encounter, not because they aren’t good but because they don’t fall easily into a category. Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller is one of these books. Most of the books about extinction, including Fuller’s Extinct Birds (now, ironically, out of print), describe what was lost and look for explanations, scientifically and historically.

2014 85

Rare Birds of North America: A Book Review

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Any doubt I had about the need for a book about rare birds in the United States And Canada were wiped out on a Sunday evening in early February with two birding friends. I had just started reading it, but I knew that this was the book my birding friends, in fact all North American birders who are fascinated by vagrants, have been waiting for. So, no, this book does not include the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail of Bosque del Apache fame. Reviews book review rare birds

How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review

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But, sometimes an appreciation of birds and birding requires more than a reference book with images of birds and facts about their identifying field marks. There are large avian handbooks and small ‘how-to bird’ guides, and quite a few excellent books of both types have been published. This is the essence of the book, it is, as the author says, “a storybook for bird lovers.” Reviews book review“Get a field guide!”

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Better Birding: A Book Review (& a New Year’s goal)

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And so, I turn to Better Birding: Tips, Tools & Concepts for the Field , the new book by George L. This is a very different book from what I expected, less of a handbook and more of a comprehensive identification text on 24 groups of birds, presented in words and photographs. Each chapter concludes with References, a bibliographic listing of the books, articles, and web pages cited in the text. The two books together make a great combination.

2016 64

Book Review: Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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Aficionados of natural history writing should recognise the author as that of the Song of the Dodo , the popular science book about biogeography and conservation that to me rates as one the finest popular science books ever written. The book is about zoonoses, diseases that jump from animals to people. Ebola is one such disease, so is Hendra, HIV, SARS, avian flu, lyme disease and Marlburg, to name a few of the horror stories looked at in the book.

2014 68

The Joy of Bird Feeding: A Book Review by a Birder who Loves Her Feeder Birds

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He brings to this book an academic background in biology and horticulture and, more importantly, decades of experience developing strategies for the best backyard bird feeding practices. However, there are few authoritative, up-to-date books on the subject; creating bird natural habitats appears to be more the current book topic these days–related, but not the same. There is also a major section on 180 bird species that is 123 pages long, about 1/3 of the book.

2018 63

Books for Animal Lovers; May Edition

4 The Love Of Animals

We always love reading books about animals, and from time to time we get to review new books to share with our readers! This book explores the special connection and bond between humans and dogs. It’s a very interesting read, and anyone who has had a love of dogs, or any other animal for that matter, will enjoy this book. An adorable book, full of adorable photos and a great message of how love. This illustrated book is a real gem!

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The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors – A Book Review

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I started thinking about this because I was pondering the number of books published about hawks and hawk identification. Wheeler (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), and A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors (Wheeler and Clark, Princeton University Press, 2003), and you have a whole lot of excellent hawk identification books and field guides. Let’s take a look at the book itself. The book is divided into two major sections: Images and Accounts.

2013 81

Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

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There is a long list of articles and books on how to feed birds in your yard. So, I was happy to see the publication of a book on all aspects of wild bird feeding—history, culture, and economics. It is a serious book with a friendly attitude. The authors’ interest expanded into this book, published by Texas A&M University Press. Bird Feeding in the Twenty-First Century: Experiences and Expectations,” the chapter in question, has other disappointing omissions.

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Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast–A Book Review

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Every bird book seems to be about the west coast this month!) I was not planning to do either, but I was going to Catalina Island with my daughter, Sarah, and her boyfriend, Todd, and the hour-long boat ride there and back sounded like an excellent opportunity to try this book out in the field. I was impressed with book’s design and content. This is a small book, 56 pages long. The book says nothing about photographing marine life; I highly recommend it.).

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On Thanking Slaughtered Sheep for Book Awards

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Well, she apparently did such a great job convincing the folks at the Minnesota Book Awards that you can claim to love animals and then send them to slaughter, that not only was she a finalist for their award, but she won it. In her blog yesterday she wrote of her experience accepting the award, and who she thanked and didn't thank. Did I thank the Loft Literary Center for all its support, or the Friends of the Saint Paul Library for hosting the MN Book Awards?

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Publish Your Own AR Book or Magazine

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My clients have always been a combination of experts who already have book deals with large publishers, and entrepreneurs who say Why on Earth would I let them take so much of my potential profits? The latter form a publishing company, get their own block of ISBNs (like Social Security numbers for publications of all kinds), and print and distribute the books themselves (or outsource those parts). In my experience, what holds back most authors from self-publishing is one word: ego.

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The Book That Saved Derrick Jensen's Life

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The book, which I have not read, that saved Derrick Jensen 's life is called The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith, who was a vegan for 20 years, suffered serious medical problems, and started feeling better when she recommenced eating animals. Here' s a review by vegetarian Mark Hand, who still eschewed "meat" even after reading the book. Throughout the book, Keith mocks vegetarians and vegans. Tags: Activism Books Ethics

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Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland–A Book Review

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This is a very good thing; it means they publish a lot of books about birds (probably more at this point than U.S. The book is produced by WILDGuides, Ltd, the excellent book company responsible for over a dozen photographic guides on Britain’s natural life ranging from dragonflies to plant galls as well as books on Africa, Australia and other areas we all want to visit, and was published this summer by Princeton University Press.

Guide to the Birds of Honduras: A Book Review

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Gallardo has been a professional bird guide in Honduras since 2001 and first came to the country as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1993 (his “Chronology of Field Work in Honduras” is a chapter in the book). There is a foldout map of Honduras, showing Ecosystems on one side, in deep colored blocks and waves, and Important Birding Sites on the other side, correlated to the bird finding section of the book. In the best of all worlds, you’ll be able to purchase both books.

Oceanic Birds of The World: A Photo Guide–A Book Review

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This is the first book since Peter Harrison’s classic Seabirds: An Identification Guide (1983, rev. It is also an informal assessment of the state of our knowledge of oceanic birds, presenting a depth of field and book information with critical commentary that can only be found in a bird guide co-authored by Steve N. Scope of Book: But first, (1) what is meant by ‘oceanic birds’ and (2) is that term any different from ‘seabirds’?

2019 67

Life Along The Delaware Bay: A Book Review

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Life Along the Delaware Bay: Cape May, Gateway to a Million Shorebirds , by Lawrence Niles, Joanna Burger, and Amanda Dey, is a book with a mission. The numbers, as detailed in this book, are alarming: the horseshoe crab harvest grew from less than 100,000 in 1992 to over 2.5 Descriptions of ongoing and past research, much of it performed or directed by the authors and contributors, are interwoven throughout the book. Rutgers University Press/Rivergate Books, 2012.

The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey: A Book Review

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And, if the first book in the series, the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey by Rick Wright (author) and Brian E. As I noted above, organization is a particular problem with bird books aimed at beginner birders, and there are guides that are based on color or other systems that pair look-alike species together. Rick Wright is a birding friend and also, at times, my editor in his role as Book Review editor for Birding.

Offshore Sea Life: East Coast, Birds of Pennsylvania, & Texas Birds: Three Books, Three Reviews

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It’s time for some short book reviews. Two books are part of series I’ve reviewed previously (and you may want to reread those posts for more detailed info), one is a handbook that I’ve been wanting to review for a long time, but thought that a shorter piece would work better than the long ones I always seem to end up doing here. This is probably explained in Howell’s book, The Amazing World of Flying Fish, and I am guessing these fish only had scientific names previously.

The Warbler Guide: A Book Review by a Warbler-challenged Birder

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And, without warblers we would not have the bibliographic joy of books like The Warbler Guide , by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, a warbler feast for the eyes, the answer to the prayers of every birder who has seen a glimpse of yellow, black, and white and said, “If only that leaf wasn’t in the way, I’d know that warbler’s name.”. Scott Whittle has twenty years experience as a photographer and at one time, fairly recently, held the New York State big year record.

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The Birds of Trinidad and Tobago: Two Guides, One Book Review

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Experiments in the field (the famed Asa Wright Nature Center veranda) involving Bananaquits and bananas came up with numbers ranging from 7 to 16, but a tanager always came along to interfere with Bananaquits’ noisy appreciation of their namesake fruit. There are two editions of the Kenefick book, the field guide. Do not buy these books, unless you are collecting old bird books. Reviews book review Trinidad and Tobago

Far From Land: The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds–A Book Review

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It is not a book for every birder, but it will be a fascinating read for those who love albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, storm-petrels–you know, tubenoses–as well as penguins, gannets, cormorants, and pretty much every bird family that spends most of its life at sea. The book becomes most engaging when Brooke tells stories based on his or his colleagues’ experience. Bruce Pearson is the book illustrator. Reviews book review seabirds

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The Jewel Hunter: A Book Review About One Birder’s Quest for Pittas and Beer

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This is the birding adventure book supreme. Gooddie gets the book off to a quick start by describing his love affair with pittas (“the ultimate forest prize”), and detailing his decision to give up a good career as sales director of an audio manufacturing company (“my life was out of whack”). I’m reading a book about a man who is doing a Pitta Big Year,” I say. The Jewel Hunter belongs to a singular niche, the Big Year/Big Lifelist book. Reviews books Pittas