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

10,000 Birds

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

10,000 Birds

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.

2019 64

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

10,000 Birds

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.

2015 80

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

10,000 Birds

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.

2013 79

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?

2006 40

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?

2011 59

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”).

2011 172

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 "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.

2009 177

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 "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."

2010 120

The Bolo Project, A Puppy Shower for Bolo

4 The Love Of Animals

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.

2013 191

4 The Love Of Animals

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.

2010 153

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.

2010 114

Little Terns breeding near Broome

10,000 Birds

I understand you may well not be able to see the nest clearly in the photo above and here is the same photo with it circled for reference. In Australia there are three populations of Little Tern.

Newfoundland MP Says PETA Pie Throw Could be Terrorism

Critter News

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.

2010 100

Animal Welfare at

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 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 are unequivocal about animal use.

Birds in Ruins

10,000 Birds

The Isabelline Wheatear is an exception; its name apparently refers to the color of parchment. Our 9-day trip to Turkey in September was short, and it was not about birding. Even so, our short stay did allow me contact with a good number of habitats.

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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Fancy Feasts (For Fabulous Floors)

4 The Love Of Animals

Cy, more commonly referred to at our house simply as ‘The Boy,’ has loved sinks, tubs and showers since he was a kitten and that is only one of the many unique qualities that I love about him. I’d like to introduce you to one of my two most favorite males on the planet: This is Cyrus. And yes this is the first thing I see every single morning. A fluffy Maine Coon with no sense of boundaries. All up in my grill. Like my husband says: ‘He doesn’t even care.’

2014 187

The Lady with 700 Cats

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says Lynea Lattanzio, referring to her mother’s forbiddance of felines in the house. Nat Geo WILD’s The Lady with 700 Cats, airs Saturday, July 30. Narrated by actor Jane Lynch of Glee fame, the program chronicles the story of Lynea Lattanzio, who is the founder and owner of California’s largest cat sanctuary. Can you imagine, 700 cats?! Tune into Nat Geo Wild on Saturday, July 30 at 10pm ET/PT to see the full story.

2011 159

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.

2010 105

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

Cute of the Day: baby giraffes

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The term “reticulated” refers to the giraffe’s net-like pattern of spots.). Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay recently welcomed two more baby giraffes, bringing the herd to 17! And they are super cute too! The giraffes joined the rest of the heard on the Serengeti Plain on July 13th. What is neat about giraffes is that it is common for other members of the herd to become involved with the care of newborns.

7 Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

4 The Love Of Animals

Consider making a wish list, and then cross reference those plant varieties with the free database maintained by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Having a pet does not mean you have to give up hopes of having a lush, well-manicured yard. Although dog ownership may pose some challenges in the quest to achieve garden greatness, it’s definitely not a hopeless cause. The key is balance.

2012 200

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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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?

2009 107

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.

2009 103

Jimmy Snooka Has Nothing on Northern Wheaters

10,000 Birds

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

2012 54

Dog-Owner Conversations May Be Possible in Near Future

4 The Love Of Animals

A campaign was recently launched by the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery to raise funds for the purpose of designing a specific device that the organization refers to as “No More Woof.” If you are honest, you probably have to admit that on at least one or two occasions, you found yourself wishing your dog could speak.

2014 157

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).

2009 103

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

10,000 Birds

The plates are listed in the front of the book, but are not referred to in the text or the index, which means they exist in a partial vacuum; you need to really study that listing to know that they’re there when you’re reading a relevant part of the book.

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.

Sentient: a book review

10,000 Birds

The subtitle of Jackie Higgins’ book Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses , aptly sets forth her thesis – though the “wonder” it refers to could equally well be used to describe animal (not just human) senses, as she shows in fascinating detail.

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 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

Sleep Number True Silver Blanket

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Please be sure to use 4 The Love of Animals as the referring blog to ensure proper entry! I’m very excited to share this with you! We all know that our pets love to be on our beds with us. Some even sleep in our beds with us all night long! At the very least, I am sure that we have all snuggled up with our pets on our bed from time to time. I know I have! That is why I was so excited to get a chance to review (and giveaway) the Sleep Number True Silver blanket!

2011 139

Cute of the Day: All Legs Baby!

4 The Love Of Animals

The term “reticulated” refers to the giraffe’s net-like pattern of spots. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby reticulated giraffe just days ago. Weighing approximately 147 pounds at birth, the newborn is the calf of mother, Teesa, and father, Sterling. The addition brings Busch Gardens’ giraffe population to 15. Mother and baby are currently in an area out of guest view so they can be closely monitored by zoo staff to ensure the baby is nursing and growing properly.

2010 145

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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