Birdbooker Report 21

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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:

  1. Shubin, Neil. Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body. 2008. Pantheon. Hardbound: 229 pages. Price: $24.00 U.S. [Amazon: $16.32]. SUMMARY: Details the discovery of the “fishibian” Tiktaalik and the evolution of the human body. UPDATE: This book will be available in paperback in January 2009 for $13.95 U.S. [Amazon: $11.16].
  2. Stevenson, Terry and John Fanshawe. Birds of East Africa. 2002. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 602 pages. Price: $35.00 U.S. [Amazon: $23.10]. SUMMARY: The first comprehensive field guide to the region.
  3. Watola, George. The Discovery of New Zealand’s Birds. 2007. Stepping Stones Books. Paperback: 327 pages. Price: $16.24 U.S. SUMMARY: A detailed examination of the first historical record of every bird species recorded in New Zealand since 1769. Available in the USA from Lulu Press.
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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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