Birdbooker Report 28

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“One cannot have too many good bird books”
–Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927).


The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that are or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle bird pals, Ian “Birdbooker” Paulsen, and is published here for your enjoyment. Here’s this week’s issue of the Birdbooker Report by which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.


New and Recent Titles:

  1. de la Pena, Martin R. and Maurice Rumboll. Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica. 2001. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 304 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon: $19.77]. SUMMARY: An illustrated checklist to the birds of the region.
  2. Gonzales, Laurence. Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things. 2008. W.W. Norton. Hardbound: 288 pages. Price: $25.95 U.S. [Amazon: $17.13]. SUMMARY: The author discusses how modern humans have developed a reliance on behavioral scripts and mental models that inhibit our ability to adapt to new situations. This book is due out on 15 Sept. 2008. GrrlScientist comment: I’d sure like to read and review this book on my blog!
  3. Turner, Alan and Mauricio Anton. The Big Cats and their fossil relatives. 1997. Columbia University Press. Paperback: 234 pages. Price: $26.95 U.S. [Amazon: $17.79]. SUMMARY: Mauricio Anton’s artwork highlights this account of the evolution and natural history of the big cats.
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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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