Birdbooker Report 23

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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. If you despair of ever having enough summer reading material, this issue is just for you because you will find that the total page count in these books is 4277 pages!


    Olsen, Penny. Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet. 2007. National Library of Australia. Paperback: 259 pages. Price: about $31.00 U.S. (plus shipping). SUMMARY: A detailed and well illustrated monograph on the extinct Paradise Parrot of Australia.

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Denny, Mark W. and Steven D. Gaines (editors). Encyclopedia of Tidepools and Rocky Shores. 2007. University of California Press. Hardbound: 707 pages. Price: $95.00 U.S. [Amazon: $76.40]. SUMMARY: A comprehensive review of the marine life and ecology of tidepools and rocky shores.
  2. Fogden, Michael and Patricia Fogden. Hummingbirds of Costa Rica. 2006. Firefly Books. Harbound: 153 pages. Price: $49.95 U.S. [Amazon: $37.96]. SUMMARY: Excellent photographs highlight this account of Costa Rican hummingbirds.
  3. Goodman, Steven M. and Jonathan P. Benstead (editors). The Natural History of Madagascar. 2003. University of Chicago Press. Paperback: 1709 pages. Price: $50.00 U.S. [Amazon: $36.00]. SUMMARY: This title is the standard reference for Malagasy natural history.
  4. Guthrie, R. Dale. The Nature of Paleolithic Art. 2005. University of Chicago Press. Hardbound: 507 pages. Price: $45.00 U.S. [Amazon: $29.70]. SUMMARY: The author’s views on paleolithic art are interesting, if not controversial.
  5. Ratsch, Christian. The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and its Applications. 2005. Park Street Press. Hardbound: 942 pages. Price: $125.00 U.S. [Amazon: $78.75]. SUMMARY: This book will become the standard reference on the subject of psychoactive plants. [GrrlScientist comment: Wow, I’d sure love to field test this book!]

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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