Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior, by John Kricher — a review

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This year has been bountiful in books about bird behavior (reference and otherwise) from the likes of David Allen Sibley , Helen Macdonald, Jennifer Ackerman , Wenfei Tong, and others. The latest is the encyclopedic and delightful Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior , by John Kricher.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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The Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America by Rick Wright is different in approach from any other bird reference book I’ve used, bursting with expertise about sparrow identification, history, and taxonomy, and profusely illustrated with photographs by Brian E. This is a reference book with many layers, diverse uses and a distinct personality. The latter four items are expected in a reference work about birds, the history is another Rick Wright innovation.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: A Review by an Aspiring Seawatcher

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Which is why I am so excited about the publication of the Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: Eastern Waterbirds in Flight , by Ken Behrens and Cameron Cox, the latest title of the Peterson Reference Guides series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. by 7.25, the same size as other titles in the Reference Guides series) and thick (624 pages) and features approximately 900 photos. Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching : Eastern Waterbirds in Flight.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

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Here are some things I’ve learned from the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul: The Burrowing Owl is the only North American owl species where the male is larger than the female, albeit, only slightly larger. So, Scott Weidensaul comes to this Reference Guide with three important qualifications–expertise, the ability to explain complex scientific ideas in friendly, accessible language, and a passion for birds and research.

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The most important book about European birds in this century

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Referring to Animals

Animal Ethics

Mark Spahn, a longtime reader of my AnalPhilosopher blog, thinks it’s question-begging to use “who” (instead of “that”) to refer to animals. I don’t know of a neutral way to refer to animals: one that doesn’t make an assumption about moral status. If both usages are question-begging, and if there’s no neutral reference, what’s wrong with choosing the usage that accords with one’s view of the moral status of animals?

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The Future of Birding Field Guides is Digital

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / The Future of Birding Field Guides is Digital The Future of Birding Field Guides is Digital By Mike • March 21, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds is undoubtedly the most innovative avian reference guide to come along in many years. How do you imagine technology will impact the future of bird field and reference guides?

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Romain Rolland on Animal Suffering

Creature Talk

If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. And that is the unpardonable crime. Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize 1915.

Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

Herzog, unsurprisingly, uses “it” to refer to animals, eats and wears them, and “[does] not feel particularly guilty about it” (P.S., Most informative for a discussion about vegan advocacy is the section about the animal rights movement (and unfortunately he alternately calls it “animal protection” and also refers to welfare, perhaps because of the Humane Research Council’s study that people prefer the word “protection”).

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I’m Vegan, and No, I’m Not a Freak

Creature Talk

If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. The Romain Rolland quote I posted last week has been on my mind a lot lately: To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse.

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

He always refers to himself and his wife and his child as "vegetarian." This is not a book about animal rights, and some might say Foer gets animal rights wrong as his only reference is PETA. In all fairness, most people's only reference is PETA. I immensely enjoyed "EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED" (even on the big screen) and eagerly anticipated "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

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On Fighting for "Animal Rights"

Animal Person

Or how a paragraph would refer to animal rights and animal welfare as if they're interchangeable. Being featured on ARZone's worldwide Live Guest Chat has reinvigorated my thinking about a couple of topics ( here 's the transcript). And then I read the "OMG!!!!!OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" OED!!!!!LOL!!!!!" LOL!!!!!" in today's New York Times, and I couldn't resist posting.

On "Pets" and "Its"

Animal Person

Here 's the book, and in the preview you can see that in the beginning when the gorilla being described is male he is referred to as "he." But what you don't see in the preview is that later on gorillas are referred to as "its," and when I was reading aloud and came upon that word I was unable to say it. When referring to cats, dogs and horses of unknown sex, the children would randomly assign sex, with the conventionally "prettier" animals being called "she."

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Lessons Learned From 4 Years of Animal Person, Part 2

Animal Person

You might want to refer to omnivores as "corpse munchers." But I'm not referring to them. I'm referring to people who want to bully or attack and not have to deal with the consequences. Yesterday's lessons learned were primarily about blogging. Today they're about language. Lesson #7 Obsessing over language can become counterproductive. And this, coming from a person with a doctorate in Applied Linguistics. I can talk about language all day, every day.

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Animal Welfare at Change.org

Animal Person

I think this is fabulous because Stephanie Ernst (the AW blogger is Stephanie Feldstein, so be careful referring to "Stephanie," or to the blogger with the pit bull!) Did you see that Change.org now has an Animal Welfare page? is clearly someone who advocates for animal rights. Ernst believes we don't have a right to use sentient nonhumans and all of her posts (and those of Alex Melonas, who also posts at animalrights.change.org) are unequivocal about animal use.

Newfoundland MP Says PETA Pie Throw Could be Terrorism

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She's referring to the pie thrown in the face of Fisheries Minister Gail Shea by a PETA member protesting the Canadian seal hunt. It's pretty scary that a Liberal MP would actually question whether a pie in the face is terrorism. I'm wondering whether the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in the US is making the rounds of Canadian politicians.

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On Ducks and Geese

Animal Person

And I'm not referring to a duck marching up to you in search of food; I'm referring to a duck inching closer to you as you sit by the lake--without any food--and sitting close to you and looking right into your eyes while she grooms or settles in for a nap. This is Girlie Girl. Not to be confused with Little Girl, of course.

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Veganism is the "End Stage?"

Animal Person

Also, someone commented, referring to a vegan diet for dogs as "nonsensical" and I worry that the dozens of readers of that post will be influenced by that.

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Does Vick Deserve a Second Chance?

Animal Person

And I'm not just referring to Vick here. Do you agree with the New York Times ' William C. Rhoden in " The Case for a Second Chance for Michael Vick? " Let's deconstruct the concept: Do you think that people who have spent their lives harming animals by eating them, just like I did and much of my family still does, deserve a second chance? Is fighting and killing dogs the same thing? Is Vick a special kind of creep for what he did? Is what he did like hunting? Like skinning a mink?

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

In the notes, she explains that she uses " nonhuman companion and nonhuman friend with reference to nonhumans treated with full respectl I use pet with reference to nonhumans who are sold, discarded, or otherwise disrespected" (204). A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer. And now that I've read Animal Equality and begun Speciesism , I think I know why.

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On Honoring Living "Things"

Animal Person

Let's deconstruct: When he refers to living "things," he is referring to nonhuman animals as well as plants. William Horden's, " The Sacred Space of the Shared Heart " is exactly the type of piece I am talking about when I express frustration over "spiritual" people who kill nonhuman animals or who have them killed for a meal. "My

2010 103

Where Does Entertainment Begin and End?

Animal Person

Juluri is referring to something specific: the Supreme Court's examination of First Amendment protection of acts of cruelty to animals. Juluri's focus on animals used to entertain humans is intentional and speaks to the legal battle he refers to.

2009 100

When Horses are Persons

Animal Person

But on rare occasions, the animal-using world deigns to use the term when referring to an animal. Animal rights activists have considered sentient nonhumans as persons for quite some time. In " Hungary's Spirits Are Back Up, on a Horse ," the New York Times' Nicholas Kulish reports that a thoroughbred known as Overdose, who is owned by Hungarian Zoltan Mikoczy, has become "the Hungarian Seabiscuit. He appears to remind Hungarians of themselves: undervalued and underestimated."

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The Bolo Project, A Puppy Shower for Bolo

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It will follow the journey of one puppy as she is trained to become a Leader Dog (more often referred to as a guide dog). “We Dog is Good, one of our personal favorites for gifts and apparel for dog lovers, will host The BOLO Project Puppy Shower to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at the Waterfront Hilton Resort in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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Five-Year Old Shoots 35-Year Old in Head

Animal Person

each reference to "animals" above should really say "certain animals:" the ones we have chosen to demonize. Check this out. link]. It saddens me, and I find it extremely disturbing, that a five-year old child is giddy, and his parents (and the journalists on this program) are so pleased that he killed a 35-40-year old alligator. Let's deconstruct a few details: The young boy shot the alligator, who had been trapped , in the head and killed him. Where's the hunting?

Birding Balangshan, Sichuan, China (part 2)

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Let us see whether I can manage to get a reference to The National in this post as well). No “The National” reference – my apologies. Balangshan is a mountainous area in Sichuan complete with a pass at an altitude of 4500 meters. And it is a great place for birding.

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On Scheduling Epiphanies. and Coral Snakes

Animal Person

One of the reasons I do this is to see what others are saying about veganism (both good and bad), vegan food, their vegan friends and family members, and of course, about going vegan (I've already seen a handful of #in2010 references to going vegan). I have a column on my Tweetdeck (an application for ease of Twitter use on my desktop) called "vegan," where all tweets from all tweeple who mention "vegan" are listed in somewhat real time.

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On Radical Abolitionism and Guilt

Animal Person

He refers to Paulo Freire, a favorite of mine who, Best writes, "insisted-education can only be part of a much broader and multi-pronged movement of resistance, struggle, and change. Frequently, when I read Steve Best, I feel guilty. He's talking about me," I say to myself. Though I'm not a Francione-style abolitionist, and much of what Best writes isn't directed at me, plenty of what he writes is. And I don't mean me personally (though I probably should).

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On "Compassion," "Nonviolence" and "Justice"

Animal Person

When you refer to your own beliefs with "nonviolence" you rightfully invite questions about what nonviolence means and it behooves you to work that all out beforehand. Why all the quotation marks? Because I've been thinking about the evolution of my own thinking--and languaging--regarding animal rights. Both animal rights groups and animal welfare groups use "compassion" frequently. Then again, so do people who kill animals for a living.

Dogasaur.com

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In addition to Dogasaur’s Facebook fan page, the Dogasaur official website boasts a large active global community of dog owners, veterinarians, trainers and other experts, as well as one of the internet’s largest breed information reference libraries, where members can post questions and answers on subjects like “Health and Wellness&#. We love to share other sites who are helping spread the word about dog adoption and responsible pet ownership.

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On Talking With Veterinarians About Vegan Food

Animal Person

If he didn't know about feeding dogs vegan food, I might have brought him some of these articles and I would have referred him to Vegan Dogs: Compassionate Nutrition or to VegetarianDogs.com. We have a request, and it's an issue I've written about a handful of times but never had this particular question answered by readers: How do you talk with your vet--who is against feeding your dog vegan food--about your choice to do so? What do you say?

2010 103

Hilty’s Birds of Colombia field guide review

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Hilty referred to huge shipments of exotic birds and feathers in Victorian-era fashion, more than 5 million specimens per year from Colombia alone. Birds of Colombia” ends with References, English and Scientific Index, Spanish Index and the Quick Index.

Jimmy Snooka Has Nothing on Northern Wheaters

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Hat-tip to Clare for the link (but not for the ’80s wrestling reference or the strange way my mind is working today). Because they are Superfly ! Asides

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On "The Age of Stupid"

Animal Person

I think those are the only references to diet. Did you ever wonder why people become subjects in a documentary when they know that they're going to look like fools? Or maybe they don't know that, and that's why they participate. Either way, there are many cringe-worthy moments in " The Age of Stupid ," which is sort of "An Inconvenient Truth About Oil, with a Particular Focus on Air Travel." I liked the way the film connects oil use to an oil company. It's about the people and the land.

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South East Queensland [SEQ] Birding Destinations – Lady Elliot Island.

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Google map showing the location of Lady Elliot Island, in reference to Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland. The first refers to the courtship between the male and female which does involve nodding. Black Noddy and chick, Lady Elliot Island.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

Animal Person

Authors who referred to their animals by given names were instructed to use a string of letters and numbers instead." For those who didn't read the five-part Slate series " Pepper, the stolen dog who changed American science " by Daniel Engber , I recommend it for the history, but also for the misconceptions and assumptions that you might want to discuss on the Facebook discussion about the series. Let's deconstruct: Part I: Where's Pepper? I addressed this one last week.

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai, in September 2021

10,000 Birds

It certainly does not refer to the status of Nanhui. At least, I managed to get a The National reference into the blog eventually. Got to cover the home front occasionally, even though it gets harder and harder.

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On Vegan Grenades

Animal Person

You know those jokes that you get a minute later that are referred to as joke grenades? Well, I think the grenade metaphor also applies to conversion to veganism. There is often lag time between the critical mass event and its accompanying decision to go vegan--and the the actual doing: being a vegan. There's intention, then the becoming, then the vegan. I don't personally know anyone who read a book or a pamphlet one day, became a vegan the next, and is still a vegan.

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On "Wild Justice"

Animal Person

Just to be clear, this book deals with the nonhuman animals who are most like us: social vertebrates, and specifically social mammals (and there are a handful of references to cetaceans who behave similarly). " Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals ," By Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, is the most recent (for me) book that debunks myths about the differences between human and nonhuman animals.

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Sneak Attack

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You may have noticed that avian nomenclature is a misogynistic business, and many bird names refer to features that only males possess. My state of Michoacán has a wide variety of nectarivorous birds. Nectarivorous: that’s my new word for this week!) Most, of course, are hummingbirds.

Monkey Rescued in India

Critter News

According to the article, "Zoochosis is a term used by animal rights activists in reference to the degrading effect of zoos on animals that have been kept in captivity over a long period of time. A monkey was rescued from a factory in India where it was being held in captivity. It's an adult male macaque suffering from zoochosis. It's the first time I've ever heard the term.

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Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

Animal Person

Latimer refers to his previous two posts where he has "documented the ethical and moral shallowness of the 'animal rights' credo itself, which is based more on an anti-human self hatred, taking the form of a 'moral' squeamishness concerned more with stamping out human 'cruelty,' no matter what the social or economic costs might be.

The Cutting Edge II: Hummingbird Feeders

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Here is a sample of the prose, which in part describes the figure above: Referring to the drawings, FIGS. 1-3 illustrate a feeder designated by reference numeral 10. The U.S.

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