Birdbooker Report 40

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


  1. Mehler, Carl (editor). National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World. 2008. National Geographic Society. Hardbound (with slipcase): 416 pages. Price: $100.00 U.S. [Amazon: $63.00]. SUMMARY: This new atlas from the National Geographic Society is divided into three sections: the World, the continents, oceans and space, and flags and facts. Besides the maps, photographs are used to highlight various topics (mainly specific locations). This is a superb up-to-date atlas that will make a great holiday gift for your family.

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Lucas, Spencer G. et al. editors. Neogene Mammals, Bulletin 44, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. 2008. NMMNH&S. Paperback: 442 pages. Price: $40 U.S. SUMMARY: A series of technical papers about fossil mammals of the Neogene (though in this book the time periods covered range from the Oligocene to the Pleistocene). Anyone working with fossil mammals will find this book useful.
  2. Troyer, Aden. Birding Thrills: An Amish, Nature-Loving Family’s Birding Journal. 2006. The Wonder of Wings. Paperback: 232 pages. Price: $13.95 + $2 shipping U.S. [refer to page six of this PDF for more information]. SUMMARY: A Pennsylvanian Amish family’s birding journal that covers the years 1998 through 2005.

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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