Birdbooker Report 20

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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.


    Tennyson, Alan and Paul Martinson. Extinct Birds of New Zealand. 2006. Te Papa Press. Hardbound: 180 pages. Price: $54.95 U.S. (available in the USA from Pacific Island Books and Buteo Books or for $63.95 and up from Amazon). SUMMARY: Covers 58 species of “recently” extinct birds of New Zealand. The full page award winning artwork by Paul Martinson almost brings these extinct birds back to life!

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Lewis, Meriwether and William Clark. The History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (edited by Elliot Coues). 1979. Dover Publications. Paperback in 3 volumes: 1364 pages total. Price: $12.95 U.S. per volume. SUMMARY: An unabridged reprint of the title that was published in 1893.
  2. Marshall, Stephen A. Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity. 2006. Firefly Books. Hardbound: 732 pages. Price: $95.00 U.S. [Amazon: $59.85]. SUMMARY: Includes a photographic guide to the insects of the northeastern USA and adjacent Canada.
  3. Menino, Holly. Darwin’s Fox and My Coyote. 2008. University of Virginia Press. Hardbound: 182 pages. Price: $27.95 U.S. [Amazon: $18.45]. SUMMARY: The author discusses the conservation biology of the Island Gray Fox, Darwin’s Fox, and Coyote.
  4. Ponder, Winston F. and David R. Lindberg (editors). Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca. 2008. University of California Press. Hardbound: 469 pages. Price: $49.95 U.S. [Amazon: $39.96]. SUMMARY: An up-to-date review of the evolutionary history of the mollusks.

About GrrlScientist

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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