Birdbooker Report 319

5 May 2014 by GrrlScientist, posted in Birdbooker Report

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:

  1. Floyd, Ted and Brian E. Small. The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Colorado. 2014. Scott & Nix, Inc. Flexibound: 281 pages. Price: $24.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
    PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: From the tiny rufous hummingbird to the majestic bald eagle, Colorado is home to more than 496 types of birds, making it one of the finest birding destinations in the world. Preserved habitats created by local, state, and national authorities have helped foster and protect nesting sites for hundreds of species, 235 of which are featured in their natural habitats, from Great Plains to Rocky Mountains, in this ornithological guide. The birds are organized by type from waterfowl to finches and appear in beautiful color photographs accompanied by clear and concise introductions, identification tips, and habitat and birdsong descriptions. The book also includes a complete state bird checklist and a directory of birding destinations, making this field guide the perfect companion for anyone interested in learning more about the natural history of Colorado and the diversity of the state’s birds and where to see them.
    IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: Beginning birders of the state will find this guide useful. A guide to the birds of New Jersey by Rick Wright is also available.
  2. Kennedy, Adam Scott. Birds of Kenya's Rift Valley. 2014 Princeton/WILDGuides. Paperback: 256 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
    PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Kenya's Rift Valley includes four major national parks -- Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, Mount Longonot, and Hell's Gate -- as well as many smaller areas that are outstanding for wildlife. Birds of Kenya’s Rift Valley features the 320 bird species that are most likely to be encountered on safari in this world-famous region, which runs from Lake Baringo in the north to Lake Magadi in the south. Featuring over 500 stunning color photos, this beautiful guide breaks new ground with its eye-catching layout and easy-to-use format. The book follows a habitat-based approach and provides interesting information about the ecology and behaviors of each species. Birds of Kenya's Rift Valley avoids technical jargon in the species descriptions, which makes the guide easily accessible to anyone. With it, you will be identifying birds in no time.
    This book features:

    • Stunning photos of 320 bird species
    • Major plumage variations depicted
    • Jargon-free text
    • Helpful notes on what to look and listen for, behavior, and why some birds are so named.

    IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: A good introductory photo guide to the birds of the region.

  3. Thompson III, Bill. The New Birder's Guide to Birds of North America. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Paperback: 368 pages. Price: $16.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US/kindle US].
    PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: What a new birder needs is a field guide that shows most of the birds he or she is going to see but doesn’t overwhelm with rarities unlikely to be seen. This is that book. Covering 300 of the most common birds in the United States and Canada, this guide has just the right amount of information about how to identify birds, where and when to look for them, what they sound like, and how they behave.
    The New Birder’s Guide includes easy-to-understand descriptions and maps, clear photos, drawings of common and interesting behaviors, and fun “Wow!” facts for each bird, plus expert advice on identification basics, how to get started, and how to improve your birding skills.
    IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: Beginning birders should find this book useful.

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This is a guest piece written by Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen. Ian is an avid book collector who is especially well-known to the publishing world. He collects newly-published books about nature, animals and birds, science, and history, and he also collects children's books on these topics. Ian writes brief synopses about these books on his website, The Birdbooker Report.


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