Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History from Cave Art to Conservation–A Book Review

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the development of field-based ornithological research in Europe and Great Britain; a quick step back through the history to look at bird protection, conservation, and our precarious future, with a focus on Birkhead’s long-term (50 years!) Tim Birkhead loves to tell stories.

Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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From: Walter Jetz (2012): Report on the vulnerability of East African biodiversity to climate change: Integrating the knowledge base on VETERBRATES, Report of Phase I activities.

North American Songbirds: A Book Review

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The QR technology may also intimate some would-be birders, but the real obstacle here is something old-fashioned but essential–updating the knowledge base. 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. These allow birders to hear as well as see the birds they are studying.

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The Plateau Effect

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Simply having a good knowledge base (in other words, a willingness to “study”) gives a birder a lot more tools to use in the field. People in this mindset may have extra motivation to be extra knowledgeable about bird ID. Birders can often be predictable.

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Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America: A Book Review by a Sound Challenged Birder

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It is unclear which taxonomy is being followed here; it appears to be loosely based on the American Birding Association July 2016 checklist (based on AOU taxonomy) with a few switches in family order (Verdin after Bushtit, for example) and some rearrangements of species; in both cases, I think the idea is to rearrange the space to allow for longer descriptions or to position similar species next to each other.

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

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Written by birders, it underlies a wealth of facts, trends, and events with a consciousness that the more knowledgeable we are about good bird feeding practices, based on history and experience, the more successful bird feeding will be at bringing people to birds and the more people will advocate for effective conservation policies and laws.

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

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I imagine that it’s a product of the authors’ concerns, but I don’t think it contributes to identification skills or knowledge base. British birders are very serious about birding and their birds. 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 Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition: A Review of an Iconic Guide in a New Edition

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The arrow system is a defining feature of the field guide system created by Peterson, and they live on in the series based on his books. You can interpret this major change as Sibley creating his own design template, utilizing placement to create connections and putting more trust in users’ basic knowledge. Birds are arranged in taxonomic order, organized into sections based on families. Sometimes it takes an unexpected question.

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It’s the Holiday Season — Give Birding Books!

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Nate introduces the tools, skills, and knowledge base of birding with friendly encouragement, combining text with activities that range from field sketching to using eBird. Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds (Storey Publishing, 2015) by photographer Marie Read and writer Laura Erickson, documents the procreative and parenting lives of 49 species through beautiful images and readable, knowledgeable text.

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