Birdbooker Report 283
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts.
“Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin.
Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.)
Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
~ Arnold Lobel [1933-1987] author of many popular children's books.
Compiled by Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, the Birdbooker Report is a weekly report that has been published online for years, listing the wide variety of nature, natural history, ecology, animal behaviour, science and history books that have been newly released or republished in North America and in the UK. The books listed here were received by Ian during the previous week, courtesy of various publishing houses.
New and Recent Titles:
Lasky, Kathryn. Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Rise of a Legend. 2013. Scholastic. Hardbound: 304 pages. Price: $16.99 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US/kindle US].
SUMMARY: Far off in the ice-choked land of the Northern Kingdoms, a young screech owl is marked by destiny. He is Ezylryb, an owl who will rise through the ranks of the Killian Army to become the commander of a battalion of snakes. But although Ezylryb is touched by greatness, his battle-filled life is punctuated by tragedy -- from the attack that leaves his father flightless forever, to a terrible betrayal by Ezylryb's own brother. But the young owl, with the support of a snake named Octavia, rises above it all, rises high on strong wings. For Ezylryb is no ordinary owl. He's the stuff of legends. He's a Guardian of Ga'Hoole.
IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: For ages: 8-12. Fans of the series should enjoy this book!
Olsen, Lars-Henrik. Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe. 2013. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 273 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
SUMMARY: This beautifully illustrated field guide enables you to easily identify the tracks and signs left by a wide variety of mammal and bird species found in Britain and Europe, covering behaviors ranging from hunting, foraging, and feeding to courtship, breeding, and nesting. Introductory chapters offer detailed drawings of footprints and tracks of large and small mammals, which are followed by sections on mammal scat, bird droppings, and the feeding signs of animals on food sources such as nuts, cones, and rose hips. The book then describes specific mammal species, providing information on size, distribution, behavior, habitat, and similar species, as well as more specific detail on tracks and scat. Distribution maps are also included.
This indispensable field guide covers 175 species of mammals and birds, and features a wealth of stunning color photos and artwork throughout.
- Helps you easily identify the tracks and signs of a variety of mammals and birds
- Covers 175 species
- Illustrated throughout with photos, drawings, and artwork
- Includes informative descriptions of mammal species along with distribution maps
IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: European naturalists will enjoy this book.
Petter, Jean-Jacques and Francois Desbordes. Primates of the World. 2013. Princeton University Press. Hardbound: 186 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
SUMMARY: This stunningly illustrated guide to the world's primates covers nearly 300 species, from the feather-light and solitary pygmy mouse lemurs of Madagascar -- among the smallest primates known to exist -- to the regal mountain gorillas of Africa. Organized by region and spanning every family of primates on Earth, the book features 72 splendid color plates, facing-page descriptions of key features of each family, and 86 color distribution maps.
Primates of the World also includes concise introductory chapters that discuss the latest findings on primate origins and evolution, behavior and adaptations, and classification, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date primate guide available. This book:
- Covers nearly 300 species and every family of primates worldwide
- Features 72 color plates -- the finest illustrations of primates ever produced
- Includes facing-page descriptions for each family and 86 color distribution maps
- The most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the world's primates
IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: Anyone with an interest in primates will enjoy this well illustrated book.
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Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen is an avid book collector who is especially well-known to the publishing world. Mr Paulsen collects newly-published books about nature, animals and birds, science, and history, and he also collects children's books on these topics. Mr Paulsen writes brief synopses about these books on his website, The Birdbooker Report.