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  • Penguinby Stephen Martin

    Reaktion Books 2009; US$ 19.95

    From the Penguin Books logo to The March of the Penguins, a certain tuxedo-adorned member of the animal kingdom has long captured our hearts and imaginations. Stephen Martin regales us here with the cultural and natural history of the penguin, revealing m more...

  • Current Ornithology, Volume 17by Charles F. Thompson

    Springer 2010; US$ 289.00

    "Current Ornithology" publishes authoritative, up-to-date, scholarly reviews of topics selected from the full range of current research in avian biology. Topics cover the spectrum from the molecular level of organization to population biology and community ecology. The series seeks especially to review: fields in which an abundant recent... more...

  • Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Headaches?by Mike O'Connor

    Beacon Press 2010; US$ 14.95

    In 1983, Mike O'Connor opened the Bird Watcher's General Store on Cape Cod, which might well have been the first store devoted solely to birding in the United States. Since that time he has answered thousands of questions about birds, both at his store and while walking down the aisles of the supermarket. The questions have ranged from inquiries about... more...

  • Twelve Owlsby Laura Erickson; Betsy Bowen

    University of Minnesota Press 2011; US$ 20.00

    Meet the saw-whet, the tiniest of Minnesota's owls, a mere eight inches from the tip of its blunt tail to the top of its rounded head. The simplest way to find one is to listen for the scolding calls of a flock of agitated chickadees. Or, if you're lucky, you might witness the male throwing all caution to the wind and "co-co-co-co-ing"... more...

  • Easy to Build Birdhouses - A Natural Approachby A.J. Hamler

    F+W Media 2010; US$ 24.99

    A Nature-Friendly Way to Attract and House Birds Birdhouses are a favorite project among woodworkers. Made of inexpensive materials, they are quick to build and a pleasure for the whole neighborhood. Easy to Build Birdhouses includes 26 fun projects for woodworkers of all skill levels. Part 1 talks about construction basics, wood grain, doors... more...

  • An Enchantment of Birdsby Richard Cannings

    Greystone Books 2009; US$ 19.95

    In these delightful meditations, biologist and bird lover Richard Cannings weaves stories of his personal encounters with birds into fascinating descriptions of their behavior, anatomy, and evolution. He muses over the meadowlarks? ability to hide their nests so completely that he has seen only two in a lifetime spent searching for them; the trumpeter... more...

  • Sandhill and Whooping Cranesby Paul A. Johnsgard

    UNP - Bison Original 2011; US$ 12.95

    Driving west from Lincoln to Grand Island, Nebraska, Paul A. Johnsgard remarks, is like driving backward in time. “I suspect,” he says, “that the migrating cranes of a pre–ice age period some ten million years ago would fully understand every nuance of the crane conversation going on today along the Platte.”  ... more...

  • Vultureby Thom van Dooren

    Reaktion Books 2012; US$ 19.95

    Simply because they are large scavenging birds, vultures are often viewed as harbingers of death. But, as Thom van Dooren shows in this cultural and natural history, that dominant association leaves us with a very one-dimensional understanding of a group of actually rather fascinating and diverse creatures.   Vulture offers an enlightening... more...

  • Birdwatching with Your Eyes Closed (Enhanced)by Simon Barnes

    Short Books 2011; US$ 16.03

    Learning birdsong is not just a way to become a better bird-spotter. It is tuning in: a way of hearing the soundtrack of the planet earth... Why do birds sing? What are they trying to say? Birdsong is not just about natural history. It is also about our history. We got melody from the birds as we got rhythm from the womb. Birds are our... more...

  • Do Hummingbirds Hum?by George West; Carol Butler

    Rutgers University Press 2010; US$ 21.95

     In Do Hummingbirds Hum? George C. West, who has studied and banded over 13,500 hummingbirds in Arizona, and Carol A. Butler provide an overview of hummingbird biology for the general reader, and more detailed discussions of their morphology and behavior for those who want to fly beyond the basics. Enriched with beautiful and rare photography,... more...