Birdbooker Report 286
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:
Beolens, Bo. A-Z of Birds: A Birder's tales from around the world. 2013. Brambleby Books. Paperback: 240 pages. Price: £8.99/approximately $14.00 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: In these entertaining birding anecdotes from around the world, Bo Beolens, alias the Fatbirder, traverses many of the planet’s wild places, along with his wife Maggie, looking at birds -- some familiar, others exotic, a few beyond a person’s most extravagant expectations. On the way, he meets up with a wide variety of human, animal and bird characters and experiences a plenitude of amusing and sometimes bizarre happenstances, all told with the author’s well-known flair and panache.
The book, with a prelude by celebrity naturalist and broadcaster Mike Dilger, comprises twenty-six alphabetical ‘chapters’, each being accompanied by a humorous drawing by cartoonist and illustrator Des Campbell.
IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: World birders should enjoy this book.
Thompson III, Bill. Bird Homes and Habitats. 2013, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Paperback: 203 pages. Price: $14.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Two of the best-known names in birding -- Peterson and Bird Watcher’s Digest -- team up to provide reliable, expert advice on how to attract the birds you want into your yard. Which birds use nest boxes? What’s required to maintain a birdhouse? What kind of habitat will attract which birds? What does it take to be a bluebird trail operator? What does it mean if baby birds or eggs disappear from their nest? Bill Thompson III answers all of these questions and more, helping readers to create yards and gardens where birds will make their homes and raise their young. It’s easy enough to hang a birdfeeder. But there are plenty of other things that can attract birds to a landscape -- and, in fact, birds need four essentials: food, water, shelter, and a place to nest. The more of these elements a yard has, the more attractive it is to birds. A lavishly illustrated chapter provides ideas and inspiration for creating bird havens by profiling “Birdy Backyard All-Stars,” fifteen homeowners from around the country who have actively worked to create bird-friendly habitats.
IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: A good introduction to birdscaping your property focusing mainly on cavity-nesting birds.
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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.