Birdbooker Report 32

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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.


FEATURED TITLE:

  1. Allaby, Michael et al. The Encyclopedia of Earth: A Complete Visual Guide. 2008. University of California Press. Hardbound: 608 pages. Price: $39.95 U.S. [Amazon: $26.37]. SUMMARY: A well illustrated guide to the planet Earth.

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Bannick, Paul. The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds. 2008. The Mountaineers Books. Hardbound: 200 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon: $16.47]. SUMMARY: A photographic account of the 41 species of North American owls and woodpeckers. GrrlScientist comment: I received a review copy of this book last week and it is absolutely gorgeous! The photography is stunning and the writing is wonderful, and at Amazon’s listed price, it is a steal!
  2. Brown, Cynthia Stokes. Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present. 2007. The New Press. Paperback: 288 pages. Price: $17.95 U.S. [Amazon: $12.21]. SUMMARY:
  3. Kardong, Kenneth V. Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution (5th Edition). 2008. McGraw-Hill. Hardbound: 779 pages. Price: $151.25 U.S. SUMMARY: A textbook on vertebrate anatomy and evolution. GrrlScientist comment: Actually, this is THE definitive text on comparative anatomy published in the English language.
  4. Nehls, Harry, Mike Denny and Dave Trochlell. Birds of the Inland Northwest and Northern Rockies. 2008. R.W. Morse Company. Paperback: 422 pages. Price: $18.95 U.S. [Amazon: $12.89]. SUMMARY: A compact, easy-to-use photo guide to the birds of Eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana.
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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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