Birdbooker Report 30

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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.


  1. Dickman, Christopher and Rosemary Woodford Ganf. A Fragile Balance: The Extraordinary Story of Australian Marsupials. 2007. University of Chicago Press. Hardbound: 246 pages. Price: $65.00 U.S. [Amazon: $52.00]. SUMMARY: Anyone interested in Australian marsupials will want this book! The artwork by Rosemary Woodford Ganf is outstanding!

Yale University Press has remaindered some titles that might be of interest:

  1. Davis, L. and M. Renner. Penguins. Price: Was $42.00 U.S. NOW $7.95 U.S.
  2. Gribbin, John and Mary. Fitzroy: The Remarkable Story of Darwin’s Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast. Price: Was $35.00 U.S. NOW $9.95 U.S.
  3. Walters, Michael. A Concise History of Ornithology. Price: Was $24.00 U.S. NOW $5.95 U.S.

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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