Birdbooker Report 31

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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. Long, John and Peter Schouten. Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds. 2008. Oxford University Press. Hardbound: 193 pages. Price: $39.95 U.S. [Amazon: $26.37]. SUMMARY: A richly illustrated introduction on the subject of the dinosaur origin of birds. GrrlScientist comment: This book looks absolutely fascinating, I know I want a copy VERY much!

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Elphick, Jonathan. Birds: The Art of Ornithology. 2008. Rizzoli (New York). Hardbound: 336 pages. Price: $19.95 U.S. [Amazon: $13.57]. SUMMARY: This small book covers bird art from prehistoric times to the Roger Tory Peterson era.
  2. Fisher, Brian L. and Stefan P. Cover. Ants of North America: A Guide to the Genera. 2007. University of California Press. Paperback: 194 pages. Price: $34.95 U.S. [Amazon: $29.21]. SUMMARY: A photographic guide to the ant genera of North America.
  3. Macdougall, Doug. Nature’s Clocks: How Scientists Measure the Age of Almost Everything. 2008. University of Califorinia Press. Hardbound: 271 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: Focuses on the dating techniques scientists use to determine the age of objects and organisms. GrrlScientist comment: I would love to review this book on my site, especially since this book looks like a must-read for all scientists, particularly for those who argue with creationists a lot.
  4. Nardi, James B. Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners. 2007. University of Chicago Press. Paperback: 293 pages. Price: $25.00 U.S. [Amazon: $16.50]. SUMMARY: A field guide to soil life. GrrlScientist comment: I think this book looks absolutely fascinating, and I would love to read and review it on my blog!

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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0 Responses to Birdbooker Report 31

  1. RM says:

    I love the look of Life in the Soil. I’ll have to add it to my Amazon list.
    I am doing some compost layering experiments in my vegetable beds over the winter.

  2. if you read it before i do, be sure to let me know what you thought of it (hopefully, i will be getting a review copy soon so i can tell my readers about it).

  3. Bob O'H says:

    I’m guessing (totally at random) that Bora will get a review copy of Nature’s Clocks.