Birdbooker Report 25

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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. De Roy, Tui, Mark Jones and Julian Fitter. Albatross: Their World, Their Ways. Due out: Sept. 2008. Firefly Books. Hardbound: 240 pages. Price: $49.95 U.S. [Amazon: $32.97]. SUMMARY: A well-illustrated account on the biology and conservation of albatrosses.

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Gill, Frank B. Ornithology. 3rd edition. 2007. W.H. Freeman and Company. Hardbound: 758 pages. Price: $97.40 U.S. [Amazon: $97.40]. SUMMARY: This is the standard ornithological textbook that anyone interested in birds should have! [GrrlScientist comment: I love this book — it is beautifully written and educational — and I own copies of all editions of this book. To state the obvious, I’d love to have a copy of this book, too!]
  2. Macnamara, Peggy. Architecture by Birds and Insects: A Natural Art. 2008. University of Chicago Press. Hardbound: 141 pages. Price: $25.00 U.S. [Amazon: $16.50]. SUMMARY: A cute little book on the natural art of animal architecture.
  3. Nudds, John R. and Paul A. Selden. Fossil Ecosystems of North America: A Guide to the Sites and their Extraordinary Biotas. 2008. University of Chicago Press. Paperback: 288 pages. Price: $39.00 U.S. [Amazon: $32.20]. SUMMARY: Examines 14 fossil sites in North America. [GrrlScientist comment: This book looks absolutely fascinating!]
  4. Rogers, Denny. The Illustrated Owl: Barn, Barred, & Great Horned: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Bird Lovers, Artists, and Woodcarvers (The Denny Rogers Visual Reference series). 2008. Fox Chapel Publishing. Paperback: 238 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon: $21.86]. SUMMARY: Although aimed at artists, owlers will find this book useful. [GrrlScientist comment: I’ll bet that at least a few Harry Potter fans will also love 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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