Birdbooker Report 18

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“One cannot have too many good bird books”
–Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927).

Here’s this week’s issue of the Birdbooker Report by Ian “Birdbooker” Paulsen, which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.

New and Recent Titles:

  • D’Amato, Peter. The Savage Garden: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants. 1998. Ten Speed Press. Paperback: 314 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: An easy to use guide to growing carnivorous plants. [GrrlScientist comment: I have always been fascinated by carnivorous plants, and would LOVE to get a review copy of this book!]
  • Hostetler, Mark E. That Gunk On Your Car: A Unique Guide to Insects of North America. 1997. Ten Speed Press. Paperback: 125 pages. Price: $9.95 U.S. [Amazon: $9.95]. SUMMARY: An identification guide to the insect splat on your windshield. [GrrlScientist comment: proof that scientists possess an inspired, albeit peculiar, sense of humor].
  • Newberry, Todd and Gene Holtan. The Ardent Birder: On the Craft of Birdwatching. 2005. Ten Speed Press. Paperback: 214 pages. Price: $14.95 U.S. [Amazon: $10.17]. SUMMARY: The author discusses how to build better birding skills. [GrrlScientist comment: this is a book that I must read!]
  • Onley, Derek and Paul Scofield. Albatrosses, Petrels, and Shearwaters of the World. 2007. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 240 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon: $19.77]. SUMMARY: A field guide to the World’s Procellariiformes. [GrrlScientist comment: yet another title I’d like to review on my blog .. ].
  • Stamets, Paul. Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide. 1996. Ten Speed Press. Paperback: 245 pages. Price: $32.50 U.S. [Amazon: $21.45]. SUMMARY: A guide to the “magic” mushrooms of the World. [GrrlScientist comment: Every responsible naturalist must have a copy of this book in their collections!! And of course, as a responsible naturalist myself, I should get a review copy so I can help you make an informed decision about this book].
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    grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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    0 Responses to Birdbooker Report 18

    1. Bob O'H says:

      As an irresponsible naturalist, I’d like to review the Hostetler instruction manual.