Birdbooker Report 24

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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.


  1. Huxley, Robert (editor). The Great Naturalists. 2007. Thames and Hudson. Hardbound: 304 pages. Price: $39.95 U.S. [Amazon: $26.37]. SUMMARY: Covers the naturalists from Classical times to the end of the 19th century.

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Krukonis, Greg and Tracy Barr. Evolution for Dummies. 2008. Wiley Publishing, Inc. Paperback: 362 pages. Price: $19.99 U.S. [Amazon: $13.59]. SUMMARY: An easy to use guide to understanding evolution.
  2. McWilliams, James E. American Pests: The Losing War on Insects from Colonial Times to DDT. 2008. Columbia University Press. Hardbound: 296 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: The author argues for a more harmonious and natural approach to our relationship with insects. [GrrlScientist comment: If I was naming this book, I’d call it “Bug Warz: Winners and Losers”.]
  3. Prete, Frederick R., Harrington Wells, Patrick H. Wells, and Lawrence E. Hurd (editors). The Praying Mantids. 1999. Johns Hopkins University Press. Hardbound: 362 pages. Price: $110.00 U.S. [Amazon: $79.20]. SUMMARY: A detailed study of the biology and ecology of the praying mantids. [GrrlScientist comment: Even though I am not an expert on mantids, this is a book I’d love to read because I have kept mantids as pets for a long time. ]
  4. Wang, Xiaoming and Richard H. Tedford. Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History. 2008. Columbia University Press. Hardbound: 219 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon: $19.77]. SUMMARY: A well illustrated account on the evolution of the Canidae. [GrrlScientist comment: Oh, wow, I’d really like to read 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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